Jan. 23, 2016
COLLEGE STATION, Texas - Freshman Kyle Butters won a three-set thriller Saturday afternoon to earn the decisive point that handed Boise State a 4-3 victory over the San Francisco Dons at the ITA Kickoff Weekend tournament in College State, Texas. Up 3-0, Boise State was forced to hold off a USF comeback that saw them tie the match up at three all.
That led to Butters' gut checking win at No. 2 singles over the Dons' Thomas Takemoto 7-5, 6-7 (5), 6-2. The Bronco freshman from New Zealand won his first set then lost a hard-fought set two in a tiebreaker to send the match into a third frame. Butters came alive in the decisive set racing out to a 4-1 lead and eventually took it by four games to clinch the team victory, keeping the Broncos undefeated on the year at 4-0 overall. The win advances Boise State into the second round on Sunday against bracket host and fifth-ranked Texas A&M which defeated Fresno State.
"What looked like a nice family outing for the first two hours of the match turned into a Mad Hatter ride at Disneyland that was spinning out of control," said head coach Greg Patton. "They crawled their way out of a huge hole as we had control up 3-0. Give them credit they played hard, but somehow we held off their comeback to win a squeaker. Kyle (Butters) was clutch for us and could have stumbled, but he came roaring back in the third set to get the win."
The contest started out with Boise State taking the doubles point with wins on courts one and three. Pedro Platzeck and Abe Hewko grabbed the first win for the Blue and Orange with a solid 6-2 victory at No. 3 doubles over Tynan Maguire and Thomas Takemoto.
The Broncos' No. 1 doubles pair of Toby Mitchell and Butters secured the team point when they dispatched San Francisco's Nils Skajaa and Vasco Valverde by a 6-3 score.
The final doubles match on court two was stopped once the team point was decided. However, Boise State's Lewis Roskilly and Brian Foley were leading at the time 5-4.
It looked like it was going to be an easy day for the Broncos who jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the team score following singles victories at the number three and one positions. First off was Foley who put away USF's Valverde in straight sets 6-1, 6-3. Toby Mitchell was close behind with a easy 6-1, 6-3 win on court one over the Dons' Skajaa.
San Francisco came storming back handing the Broncos three consecutive three-set defeats on the lower courts, four through six, to tie the match score. That set up the decisive contest at No. 2 singles between Boise State's Butters and San Francisco's Takemoto.
No. 65 San Francisco (1-2) vs No. 59 Boise State (4-0)
Jan 23, 2016 at College Station, TX
(George P Mitchell Tennis Center)
Boise State def. San Francisco 4-3
1. Toby Mitchell/Kyle Butters (BSU) def. Nils Skajaa/Vasco Valverde (USF) 6-3
2. Lewis Roskilly/Brian Foley (BSU) def. Christain Brockstedt/Ryan Marker (USF) 5-4
3. Pedro Platzeck/Abe Hewko (BSU) def. Tynan Maguire/Thomas Takemoto (USF) 6-2
Order of finish: 3,1
1. Toby Mitchell (BSU) def. Nils Skajaa (USF) 6-1, 6-3
2. Kyle Butters (BSU) def. Thomas Takemoto (USF) 7-5, 6-7 (5), 6-2
3. Brian Foley (BSU) def. Vasco Valverde (USF) 6-1, 6-3
4. Ryan Marker (USF) def. Abe Hewko (BSU) 6-2, 4-6, 6-2
5. Tynan Maguire (USF) def. Lewis Roskilly (BSU) 6-0, 5-7, 6-2
6. W. Kumthonkittikul (USF) def. Tillman Haynes (BSU) 6-3, 1-6, 7-5
Order of finish: 3,1,4,5,6,2