BOISE, Idaho – The Boise State men’s tennis team opened its’ fall season this past weekend (Sept. 10-12), sending a small group of student-athletes to the Utah Fall Tennis Classic in Provo, Utah. The Broncos had three players compete in singles and one team represent Boise State in doubles.
Freshman Jeff Mullen enjoyed the most success of the weekend, finishing with a 3-2 record in the tournament. Mullen opened with a 7-6, 6-0 win against Dustin Whiting. He would stumble in the second round, however, losing to Artem Strunnikov 7-5, 6-4. Mullen rebounded with consecutive wins in consolation action, beating Devan Dean (6-2, 6-2) and Matthew Pearce (injury). Mullen’s weekend would finally come to an end with a hard fought loss in three sets (6-4, 4-6, 10-5) to Christopher Adamson.
Fellow freshman Michael Gilliland concluded his first fall tournament with a 2-2 record, starting things off with a 6-4, 6-2 win against Scott Bohne. Gilliland’s second match would end in a three set loss (4-6, 6-3, 6-3) to Benito Jose Suriano Siu. Gilliland would win his third match of the weekend in consolation action, beating Christopher Elsholz 6-2, 6-0. His weekend would also end at the hands of Adamson, losing in three sets (2-6, 6-1, 6-3).
Boise State’s final singles competitor was junior Nick Gourley, who also finished the weekend with a 2-2 record. Gourley dropped his first match of the weekend to Adamson (6-3, 6-0). He fought back through the consolation bracket, though, beating Fredrik Nordin (6-1, 6-0) and Jason Smits (injury). Gourley finally bowed out of singles play with a 6-1, 6-2 loss to Erik Sheldon, who competed unattached at the tournament.
Gourley also teamed up with Gilliland in doubles, where the duo finished with a 2-1 record. They advanced through their first round match after an injury forfeit by Adamson and Stephen Jacobs. In the second round, Gourley and Gilliland would fall against Keaton Cullimore and John Pearce, 8-2. In consolation action, Gourley and Gilliland would meet Adamson and Jacobs again, this time winning 9-7. That is how their weekend would end, however, as their remaining doubles matches were canceled due to time constraints.
Boise State will return to the court next Friday (Sept. 18), with a group of Broncos traveling to the Midland Intercollegiate Tournament in Midland, Texas, Sept. 18-21.