PROVO, Utah The Boise State men’s tennis team had three freshmen start their careers as Broncos with opening round wins at the Utah Fall Classic on the campus of Brigham Young University over this past weekend. Two of those freshmen, Cristian Hodel and Freddy Walsh, made their way into the quarterfinals with Hodel advancing into the finals.
Hodel made an impressive run through his first tournament that included an upset of the No. 1 seed, Brad Pearce, in the semifinals in a three-set victory. Hodel came out strong and took the first set 6-4 before falling 2-6 in the second set. The third set was a battle that went down to the wire with Hodel emerging as the 7-5 winner. It was the second upset of the weekend for Hodel, who had beaten the No. 3 seed, Jonathan Sanchez, on Saturday in the round of 16. In the finals, Hodel was defeated 6-4, 6-2 by Thomas Schubert.
Another impressive Bronco debut was made by Walsh, who won his first two matches before falling in the quarterfinals. In his first match, Walsh wasted no time in defeating Tyler Loong 6-1 6-1 and looked equally as strong in the round of 16 by defeating Mike Banks 6-3, 6-2. Walsh ran into Pearce in the quarterfinals and fell 6-3, 6-0.
Stefan Simikic was the third Bronco to make his debut with a 6-2, 6-1 victory in his first round match with Nelson Whiting. Simikic was defeated in the second round by Jacob Asplund, but continued to compete in the consolation bracket where we won two more straight-set victories to put him in the consolation quarterfinals. In the quarterfinals, Simikic was defeated by Spencer Marchant 6-3, 6-4.
In the doubles competition, the success continued when Walsh and Hodel won their first match 8-3. The pair advanced into the quarterfinals with the victory but was defeated 8-3 by Evan Urbina and Roman Warias. Overall, the Broncos freshman put together a weekend record of 10-5.