Pogostkin Advances to Semifinals of Fall Classic

BOISE, Idaho - Day No. 2 of the Boise State Fall Men's Tennis Classic came and went, Saturday (Oct. 9), in another day full of collegiate tennis action at the Appleton Tennis Center and Julia Davis Park. Sophomore Filipp Pogostkin was the highlight of Saturday's action for Boise State as he secured a spot in the semifinal round of the Blue Singles Flight.

Pogostkin opened his day with a hard fought contest against Alex Rovello of Oregon; in a match Pogostkin would need three sets to finally earn the victory, 4-6, 6-3, 6-4. He would make much quicker work of his quarterfinals match, however, beating Fernando Mussolini of Eastern Washington, 6-3, 6-4, to secure his spot in semifinals. Pogostkin will meet Marius Cirstea (Idaho) at 8 a.m. on Sunday morning at Appleton.

Aside from Pogostkin's run in singles, Boise State struggled to a 2-3 singles record on the day. Erik Sheldon recorded a 6-3, 4-6, 6-3 win over Justin Guay (Portland) in the Orange Flight round of 16 before falling in the quarterfinals to Sho Higuchi (Oregon) 1-6, 6-3, 7-5. Michael Gilliland also split his matches on the day competing in the Blue Flight Consolation. Gilliland beat Taylor Soster (Air Force) 6-3, 6-1 before falling to Andrew Warren (Montana), 7-5, 6-3, 10-5.

The Boise State Fall Classic will conclude on Sunday with matches scheduled to run from approximately 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Boise State's Saturday Results

Blue Flight Singles

R16 - Filipp Pogostkin (BSU) def. Alex Rovello (Oregon) 4-6, 6-3, 6-4

R16 - Mike Hu Kwo (Portland) def. Freddy Walsh (BSU) 4-6, 7-6, 7-6

Q - Pogostkin (BSU) def. Fernando Mussolini (Eastern Washington) 6-3, 6-4

Blue Flight Consolation Singles

CQ - Michael Gilliland (BSU) def. Taylor Soster (Air Force) 6-3, 6-1

CS - Andrew Warren (Montana) def. Gilliland (BSU) 7-5, 6-3, 10-5

Orange Flight Singles

R16 - Erik Sheldon (BSU) def. Justin Guay (Portland) 6-3, 4-6, 6-3

Q - Sho Higuchi (Oregon) def. Sheldon (BSU) 1-6, 6-3, 7-5

Blue Flight Doubles

R16 - Carl Kuschke/David Cysneiros (Montana) def. Gilliland/Pogostkin (BSU) 8-2

CQ - Scott Sullivan/Zhia Hwa Chong (Gonzaga) def. Gilliland/Pogostkin (BSU) 8-3

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