Bettles Leads Bronco Effort at Battle in the Bay

SAN FRANCISCO-Boise State men's tennis sophomore Andy Bettles advanced to the semifinals of the singles championship at the Battle in the Bay Classic, Oct. 13-16, in San Francisco. Freshman Garrett Patton won three singles matches on the weekend.

Bettles, ranked No. 124 in the country, upset No. 67 Clark Spinosa from San Diego in the quarterfinals, 6-3, 6-4, before running out of steam in the semifinals against No. 66 Emelio Gomez of USC. Bettles lost 6-2, 6-3, Saturday, to end his run.

Patton won his first-round singles match against No. 122 Patrick Pohlmann from San Diego. The Bronco freshman jumped out to a 3-1 lead in the first set before Pohlmann was forced to retire. Patton fell in the second round of the main draw, but posted to straight-set wins in the feed-in draw to finish the tournament. He joined junior Scott Sears in doubles, advancing to the quarterfinals where they lost to USC's pairing of Gomez and Eric Johnson, 8-6.

Bronco senior Damian Hume was upset in the first round, but rebounded with two wins in the consolation draw before withdrawing from the tournament prior to the consolation semifinals. Sears went 1-2 in singles competition.

Boise State was joined at the tournament by eight other teams ranked in the ITA top 75 at the end of last season: USC (1), Stanford (7), California (14), Pepperdine (15), San Diego (29), Saint Mary's (60), San Francisco (66) and Pacific (74) were all represented.

The Broncos return to the court Oct. 19-23, at the USTA/ITA Mountain Region Championships, in Las Vegas.

Main Draw Singles
Round of 32
Hugh Clark (Pepperdine) def. #63 Damian Hume (BSU) 6-3, 7-5
Ivan Castro (Pacific) def. Scott Sears (BSU) 3-6, 6-4, 6-3
Garrett Patton (BSU) def. #122 Patrick Pohlmann (San Diego) 3-1, retired
#124 Andy Bettles (BSU) def. Maime Olivan (Saint Mary's) 6-4, 6-2

Round of 16
Jonny Wang (USC) def. Garrett Patton (BSU) 6-3, 6-1
#124 Andy Bettles (BSU) def. Walker Kehrer (Stanford) 7-5, 7-5

#124 Andy Bettles (BSU) def. #67 Clark Spinosa (San Diego) 6-3, 6-4

#66 Emelio Gomez (USC) def. #124 Andy Bettles (BSU) 6-2, 6-3

Consolation Singles
Round of 32
#63 Damian Hume (BSU) def. Jacob Hartwig (San Francisco) 4-6, 6-3, 6-2
Scott Sears (BSU) def. Emilio Mora (San Diego) 2-6, 6-1, 7-5

#63 Damian Hume (BSU) def. Mark DeCastro (San Francisco) 6-4, 3-6, 10-7
David Sofaer (Pepperdine) def. Scott Sears (BSU) 2-6, 7-6, 10-8

Thai Tu (San Francisco) def. #63 Damian Hume (BSU) withdrew

Feed In Singles
Garrett Patton (BSU) def. Alex Hamilton (Pacific) 6-1, 6-2

Garrett Patton (BSU) def. Eric Cedarwall (Pacific) 7-6, 6-0

Main Draw Doubles
Round of 16
Garrett Patton/Scott Sears (BSU) def. Mark DeCastro/Thai Tu (San Francisco) 9-8 (5)
#48 Gavin Leon/Maxime Olivan (Saint Mary's) def. Andy Bettles/Damian Hume (BSU) 8-6

Emilio Gomez/Eric Johnson (USC) def. Garrett Patton/Scott Sears (BSU) 8-6

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