Oct. 5, 2013
TULSA, Okla. - Boise State senior Andy Bettles fell in two sets Saturday morning in the All-American Championships consolation quarterfinals. Bettles took on Pepperdine's Alex Sarkissian, ranked 23rd in the ITA's preseason rankings, falling 6-2, 6-3 at the D. Case Tennis Center on the University of Tulsa campus. The loss ends the Somerset, England, native's participation at the All-American and gives him a 7-2 overall record while going 2-2 at the All-American this weekend.
Bettles, ranked 21st-nationally went up against four of the top collegiate players in the nation opening with a three-set loss to Texas' George Goldhoff 6-7(4), 6-3, 6-3. Goldhoff was ranked eighth in the ITA's preseason polls for freshmen and newcomers, the Longhorn reached the main draw's quarterfinals after knocking off No. 1 Mikelis Libietis from Tennessee.
The Bronco senior then went into the back/consolation draw where he recorded the first of two back-to-back victories beginning with UCLA's Dennis Mkrtchian, ranked 45th nationally. Bettles downed the Bruin in straight sets 6-2, 6-3 to advance to the consolation draw round of 16.
In Bettles' third match of the competition he faced the No. 14 Tsvetan Mihov from South Carolina on Friday morning. The Bronco leader wasted little time in upsetting Mihov in straight sets 6-2, 6-3 to advance into today's consolation quarterfinals.
Bettles will still have an opportunity to qualifying for the ITA Indoor National Championship later this month when he travels with his Boise State teammates to the ITA Mountain Regional in Las Vegas, Nev., Oct. 16-20.