Butters Honored by ITA
May 10, 2016

BOISE, Idaho (May 10, 2016) - Boise State freshman Kyle Butters has been named the Intercollegiate Tennis Association’s (ITA) Mountain Region Rookie of the Year as announced from the ITA offices this afternoon. This is the third postseason accolade for Butters, a freshman from New Zealand, who was named the 2016 Mountain West Freshman of the Year and all-conference two weeks ago at Las Vegas. He is the sixth Bronco since 2000 to earn this ITA freshman award.

“The future is really right with this type of Butter that we are going to have on our recipe for the next couple years,” said coach Greg Patton. “I knew that this was a good dairy product when he came in, but no way I did not know he was a top of the line Butter. But seriously, Kyle by leaps and bounds did incredible stuff as a freshman and to be acknowledge by the conference, in the region and by his teammates speaks a lot about him and proves that we have exciting stuff in store for us next year.”

Boise State men’s tennis also announced the postseason team awards at its banquet Monday night. Butters was named the Most Valuable Player by his teammates for the 2015-16 campaign. The freshman finished the year with an impressive 25-10 overall mark in singles. Butters closed the season on a team-best 15-match win streak at No. 4 singles as he went undefeated (15-0) at the position. The 15 wins at No. 4 ranks third all-time, while his perfect win percentage (1.00) is a new school record on court four.

Joining Butters on Monday night’s honor stand were two seniors. Toby Mitchell was picked as the team’s Most Inspirational player, while Brian Foley was tabbed as the Most Improved.

Mitchell, a senior from Somerset, England, closed his Boise State career by winning his last nine singles matches, all at the No. 3 position, to finish the season at 19-14 overall. The 2016 All-Mountain West honoree for doubles completed the season going 17-10 while playing at the top position with Butters.

Foley, a senior from Henderson, Nev., moved up three singles positions from No. 4 singles in 2015 to No. 1 in 2016 where he earned All-Mountain West recognition this spring going 14-14 overall and 3-3 in league play.

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