Feb. 12, 2016
SALT LAKE CITY, Utah - Brian Foley led Boise State Friday night winning both his singles and doubles matches to lead the Broncos who fell 5-2 to Utah in Salt Lake City. Boise State rallied to win the team doubles point, but then managed to pick up only Foley's win in singles as the Utes came back against the Blue and Orange. The loss drops the 59th-ranked Broncos to 5-3 overall, while Utah remains undefeated at 10-0. Next up for Boise State is a match at Brigham Young on Saturday at 5:30 p.m.
"We played hard today and came out strong winning the doubles point where they are usually the strongest," said coach Greg Patton. "But they came back and got us in the singles portion. It was a battle the hole way. I am really proud of the way Brian Foley has been playing this season and he won a big match today, he is now 4-1 in duals. Lewis (Roskilly) played his heart out and took it to three sets before falling 6-4 in the third set."
Boise State opened the day by rallying for the team doubles point after dropping the first doubles match completed on the night. Foley and Pedro Platzeck led the rally by recording a 6-3 victory at No. 3 doubles over Utah's tandem of Dan Little and David Micevski to tie it at one all. It is the second doubles victory of the season for the Bronco duo moving them to 2-0 overall.
That left it to No. 1 doubles to determine which school would earn the team point. Kyle Butters and Toby Mitchell gained the point for the Broncos when they put away Utah's duo of Matt Cowley and Jamey Swiggert 6-4. Butters and Mitchell are now 6-2 as a team on the year following their victory.
"It is hard to lose any match, but we are coming along and getting better. Our doubles played has really improved for us this semester," Patton said. "I thought that two key turning points in the match were when we lost the two set one tiebreakers at No. 1 and 5 singles. Now we have to regroup and get ready for another tough opponent tomorrow when we play at BYU, followed by a match at Idaho State on Monday."
After Utah had tied the team score at 1-1 following a victory on court four, Foley gave Boise State a momentary reprieve when he defeated the Utes' Little in straight sets 6-3, 6-4. The win gave the Broncos a 2-1 lead, it was also a good win for Foley over a quality opponent like Little who reached the ITA Mountain Region singles title match last fall. The Boise State senior from Henderson, Nev., is now 8-4 in singles on the year and 4-1 this semester during team duals.
Unfortunately for Boise State that was the last win for the Broncos on the day as the Utes came back and swept the remaining four singles matches to claim the team victory. Of the four matches the Broncos lost a heartbreaker on court six where Roskilly battled from one set down to fall in three sets 6-4, 2-6, 6-4 to Santiago Sierra.
Mitchell was one of the two players who lost key set one tiebreakers that slowly turned momentum to Utah. The senior ended up falling 7-6, 6-2 on court one to Utah's Cowley. The other key swing was on court five where freshman Pedro Platzeck dropped his opening set in a tiebreaker as well and eventually lost 7-6, 6-3 to Swiggert.
No. 59 Boise State (5-3) at Utah (10-0)
Salt Lake City, Utah
Feb. 12, 2016
Utah def. Boise State 5-2
1. Butters/Mitchell (BSU) def. Cowley/Swiggart (UU) 6-4
2. Weverink/Sierra (UU) def. Hewko/Roskilly (BSU) 6-3
3. Foley/Platzeck (BSU) def. Little/Micevski (UU) 6-3
Order of finish: 2,3,1
1. Matt Cowley (UU) def. Toby Mitchell (BSU) 7-6, 6-2
2. Brian Foley (BSU) def. Dan Little (UU) 6-3, 6-4
3. David Micevski (UU) def. Kyle Butters (BSU) 6-4, 6-2
4. Egbert Weverink (UU) def. Abe Hewko (BSU) 6-1, 6-3
5. Jamey Swiggert (UU) def. Pedro Platzeck (BSU) 7-6, 6-3
6. Santiago Sierra (UU) def. Lewis Roskilly (BSU) 6-4, 2-6, 6-4
Order of finish: 4,2,3,1,5,6