Jan. 24, 2016
COLLEGE STATION, Texas - Boise State men's tennis fell 4-0 Sunday afternoon at fifth-ranked Texas A&M in the second round of the ITA Kickoff. Boise State lost the doubles point 2-0 before Texas A&M put it away with three consecutive singles wins. It is the first loss of 2016 for 59th-ranked Boise State who moved to 4-1 on the year.
Senior Toby Mitchell and freshman Kyle Butters had major challenges this afternoon as both faced nationally ranked opponents in singles. Unfortunately both suffered their first losses of 2016 but earned valuable experience against quality opponents in the process.
Mitchell took on 5th-ranked Arthur Rinderkneck at No. 1 singles falling in two sets 6-3, 6-3. Meanwhile, Butters the hero of Saturday's win over San Francisco also fell in straight sets 6-3, 6-3 at No. 2 singles to No. 29 Shane Vinsant.
Doubles was a challenge as well for Boise State's No. 3 duo of freshman Pedro Platzeck and junior Abe Hewko who faced Texas A&M's tandem of Jordi Arconada and Max Lunkin who are ranked 29th nationally. The Broncos battled hard before bowing out 6-2.
Things do not get any easier for the Broncos this week as they head to the east coast for Blacksburg, Va., to face the 14th-ranked Virginia Tech Hokies on Saturday.
No. 59 Boise State (4-1) at No. 5 Texas A&M (4-0)
2016 ITA Kickoff Weekend
College Station, Texas (Mitchell Tennis Center)
Jan. 24, 2016
Texas A&M def. Boise State 4-0
1. Harrison Adams/Shane Vinsant (TAMU) vs. Toby Mitchell/Kyle Butters (BSU) 3-3 DNF
2. Arthur Rinderknech/Jackson Withrow (TAMU) def. Lewis Roskilly/Brian Foley (BSU) 6-1
3. #29 Jordi Arconada/Max Lunkin (TAMU) def. Pedro Platzeck/Abe Hewko (BSU) 6-2
Order of finish: 2.3
1. #5 Arthur Rinderknech (TAMU) def. Toby Mitchell (BSU) 6-3, 6-3
2. #29 Shane Vinsant (TAMU) def. Kyle Butters (BSU) 6-3, 6-3
3. Jordi Arconada (TAMU) vs. Brian Foley (BSU) 6-4, 3-4 DNF
4. Harrison Adams (TAMU) def. Abe Hewko (BSU) 6-4, 6-2
5. AJ Catanzariti (TAMU) vs. Lewis Roskilly (BSU) 7-6, 2-2 DNF
6. Max Lunkin (TAMU) vs. Tillman Haynes (BSU) 7-5, 1-3 DNF
Order of finish: 4,2,1