MIDLAND, Texas-Two members of the Boise State men's tennis team traveled to the Midland Racquet Club Collegiate Invitational Friday through Sunday, in Midland, Texas. Sophomore Nathan Sereke went 4-1 at the tournament, while redshirt junior Scott Sears finished 3-2.
Sereke and Sears both dropped marathon matches Friday, in the round of 32. Each Bronco won his first set before being forced to a third where they both fell 11-9. The losses put Sereke and Sears in the consolation bracket, where they made deep runs.
Sereke had little trouble dispatching his next four opponents in reaching the consolation finals. The Stockholm, Sweden, native responded to the first-round loss with a 6-3, 6-4 win against Tobias Flood of SMU. Sereke returned Saturday with two straight-set wins to reach the semifinals. He defeated Tristan Jackson of Tulsa (6-4, 6-2) and New Mexico's Phil Anderson (6-4, 6-3). In consolation semifinals Sunday, Sereke continued to roll. He downed Brandon de Bot of Dartmouth 6-2, 6-4. The finals were canceled due to time constraints.
Sears started by bouncing back Friday night, with a 6-4, 6-0, straight-sets win against Blake Wiggins of TCU. He rallied for a win in the consolation round of 16 Saturday, against Chris Ho of Dartmouth, 4-6, 6-4, 10-4. The London native advanced to Sunday with a close win in the quarterfinals, 6-4, 7-5, against Carl Ho of New Mexico. Sears' tournament came to an end in the consolation semifinals in a nail biter. Facing Andy Magee of Maryland, Sears took the first set in a tie breaker. Magee rebounded for a 6-4 win in the second set, before outlasting Sears for a 12-10 win in the decisive third set.
The duo fell in doubles action in the round of 16, 8-5, against Hans Hach and Nick Plum of Abilene Christian. Hach handed Sereke his only loss in singles action as well.
The Broncos return to action Sept. 23-25, at the Eastern Washington/Gonzaga Invite.