SANTA CLARA, Calif. Eric Roberson of the Boise State men’s tennis team defeated two opponents Saturday to advance to the semifinals of the Bronco Classic, hosted by Santa Clara University.
In the Round of 16, Roberson ousted California’s John Petit in straight sets, 6-4 and 7-6 (7-3), to make the quarterfinals. There he matched up with Jack Hui from UC Santa Barbara and defeated him 6-4 and 6-3 to earn a spot in the semis.
In the consolation bracket, Jamaal Hepburn earned a spot in the quarterfinals by beating UC Santa Cruz’s Max Liberty-Point in straight sets 7-6 (7-5) and 6-3.
Piotr Dilaj also posted a victory for the Broncos Saturday when he defeated Cal’s Eoin Heavey 6-2 and 6-3 to advance to the quarterfinals. In the following round of the A flight, Dilaj pushed the match to three sets but could not overcome Philip Therp of UCSB and eventually lost 4-6, 6-4 and 6-2.
In the doubles portion of the tournament, Dilaj and Roberson are in the semifinals following two victories. After receiving a bye in the opening round the duo from Boise State defeated Stanford’s Chris Rasmussen and Dave Ryan 9-7. With a spot in the semifinals on the line Dilaj and Roberson took on Michael Chin and Justin Garcia of UC Davis and vanquished the pair 9-8 (3).
Roberson kicks off the final day of competition at the Bronco Classic Sunday at 10:00 a.m. when he takes on Guillaume Tonelli of Nevada in the semifinals of the singles competition.