LAS VEGAS-Boise State men's tennis senior Damian Hume completed a dominant run at the USTA/ITA Mountain Region Championships with a win in the title match of the singles main draw. Hume beat New Mexico's Jadon Phillips 6-1, 6-3, Sunday, to cap his week at the Darling Tennis Center in Las Vegas.
"Damian was absolutely brilliant," said head coach Greg Patton. "He 'out-patience-ed' a guy who might be the most patient player in the country. He out-waited a guy who is used to a stare down."
Hume entered the tournament as the No. 2 seed and No. 63-ranked player in the country. Phillips was the No. 4 seed, and ranked 81st nationally. Hume won all seven matches at the tournament in straight sets, outscoring his opponents 85-30.
As the champion, Hume will represent the mountain region at the USTA/ITA National Indoor Intercollegiate Championships Nov. 3-6, in Flushing, N.Y.
"We're really excited about this," said Patton. "It is a great thing for Damian and for our team. It's putting us in the elite category of college teams across the country."
Hume's title is the fourth mountain region singles championship for Boise State in the last five years. Luke Shields (2007), Clancy Shields (2008) and Vicente Joli (2009) won the previous crowns. It also marks the ninth time in the last 10 years the Broncos will be represented at the National Indoor Championships.
"We're back where we want to be," Patton said. "Last year wasn't quite what we've come accustomed to, but that's alright. You have to experience those seasons to really appreciate the things we hope to accomplish."
The Broncos will be back in action Oct. 28-30, at the UNLV-Easley Intercollegiate in Las Vegas.
Singles Main Draw
No. 2 (#63) Damian Hume (BSU) def. No. 4 (#81) Jadon Phillips (New Mexico) 6-1, 6-3