Patton and USA Win Sixth Straight Title
Dec. 6, 2016

LILLE, France - For the sixth-consecutive year Boise State head men’s tennis coach Greg Patton has guided the USA Master’U team to the championship of the Master’U BNP Paribas Tournament featuring top collegiate talent from around the world. For coach Patton it is his seventh title in eight tries as co-head coach of the Americans at this prestigious competition.

The United States was one of eight nations competing at the tournament along with teams representing Belgium, France, Germany, Great Britain, Ireland, Russia and China.

Each match featured two women’s singles matches, two men’s singles, one women’s doubles match, one men’s doubles and a mixed doubles all worth one point each. To win a contest a team had to earn four of the possible seven points.

The Americans opened the tournament against the Irish. The USA defeated Ireland 6-1 winning every match but the men’s doubles point.

The USA then advanced into the semifinals where they faced a good German squad on Saturday (Dec. 3). The Americans rallied from 2-0 down to beat Germany 5-2 to move into the title match.

Sunday (Dec. 4) Patton and the Americans took on Russia for the championship. The United States won the Master’U BNP Paribas championship by defeating Russia (4-1) in the final to lift the trophy for the sixth consecutive time. The women’s pair Hayley Carter-Ena Shibahara brought in the decisive point by winning against Anastasia Frolova and Victoria Kamenskaya.


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