Men's Tennis Concludes First Day of Boise State Fall Classic

             BOISE, IdahoThe first day of the Boise State Fall Classic concluded Friday (Oct. 9) evening, on a day in which the Bronco men’s tennis team went 4-3 in singles and 2-1 in doubles.

            Boise State was led in singles by Cristian Hodel, who won both of his matches on Friday to advance to the quarterfinal round Saturday morning. Hodel opened the tournament with a 6-3, 6-3 win against Jeff Cero of Portland State. He followed that up with a 6-3, 6-2 win against Mikolaj Borkowski (Montana). Hodel is set to face Evan Urbina of BYU in the quarterfinals.

            Filipp Pogostkin and Nick Gourley each earned first round wins before falling in the second round of singles competition. Pogostkin beat Montana State’s Pawel Turzanski, 6-2, 6-2, before losing to Spencer Smith of BYU (6-4, 2-6, 10-5) in the second round. Gourley opened up the day with a 6-1, 6-1 win over Chris Shallman of Lewis-Clark State College. He would lose to Evan Schleining of the University of Portland, 6-3, 6-7, 10-8 in the second round, however, ending his run at a tournament title. Both Pogostkin and Gourley will play “feed in” matches on Saturday.

            Jeff Mullen rounded out Boise State’s singles play on Friday, opening the weekend with a 6-4, 6-2 loss to Ricado Campos of BYU. Mullen will face Matt Erickson of Portland State in the consolation bracket tomorrow.

            Hodel and Mullen also teamed up in doubles competition, winning their first two matches to advance to Saturday’s quarterfinal round. Their first win came against Dan Buckingham and Nate Gross (Idaho State), 8-0. Next, Hodel and Mullen earned an 8-4 win against Jackson Martin and Bryan Thorp of Portland. In the quarterfinals, Hodel and Mullen will meet Montana State’s Corey Smith and Pawel Turzanski.

            Gourley and Pogostkin also competed in doubles on Friday, although their run through the tournament would be much shorter lived. The duo dropped their first match of the day to George Batrakov and Daniel Hwang of BYU, 8-6, to fall from doubles play.

            The Boise State Fall Classic will continue on Saturday at the Appleton Tennis Center and Julia Davis Park. Singles matches will begin at 9 a.m., with the tournament running all day.

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