Feb. 20, 2016
EUGENE, Ore. - Down 3-2, Boise State's Kyle Butters and Abe Hewko recorded three-set singles victories to rally the Broncos to a 4-3 come from behind win over the 50th-ranked Indiana Hoosiers Saturday afternoon in Eugene, Ore. Both Broncos had to rally in their matches after dropping their opening sets. Butters tied the match at 3-3 with his singles victory on court three, while Hewko provided the clinching team point when he came back to win at No. 4 singles.
Boise State has now won two straight and improved to 7-4 overall with today's victory over the Big Ten's Indiana Hoosiers. It is also the second road win this season over a nationally ranked opponent on a neutral court, the other being over San Francisco in January. Next up for the Broncos is a match Sunday at 12 p.m. (Mountain) versus their host the 37th-ranked Oregon Ducks (10-1).
"No bigger hearts in college tennis then our Broncos," said head coach Greg Patton. "For the third time this season we have won the decisive singles match when the score was tied 3-3. Kyle Butters at No. 3 and Abe Hewko at No. 4 singles were like Sir Lancelot to the rescue as they both came back from a set down and the Broncos down 2-3 to complete an incredible comeback."
The match opened with the Hoosiers claiming the team doubles point with a pair of 6-4 victories on courts two and three.
Down one team point, Boise State freshman Pedro Platzeck brought the Broncos even with a dominating straight set victory 6-1, 6-1 on court five over IU's Afonso Salgado. Platzeck is now 6-2 in singles since joining the team in January.
The Hoosiers rallied to take a 2-1 lead in the team score following a 6-0, 6-3 win by 45th-ranked Sam Monette over Brian Foley at No. 1 singles.
Toby Mitchell brought the score even when he put away Indiana's Dan Bednarczyk at No. 2 singles in straight sets 7-5, 6-3. The victory moved Mitchell to 9-8 overall in singles this year.
Once again Indiana regained the lead following a 7-5, 6-4 win on court six where Antonio Cembellin defeated Lewis Roskilly to make it 3-2 Hoosiers.
That setup the heroics by Butters and Hewko. It began with both falling in set one to find themselves in an early hole. Butters battled back in commanding fashion to take the final two sets decisively 2-6, 6-1, 6-2 over IU's Raheel Manji on court three. The win gave the freshman from New Zealand a 10-7 overall singles record this year.
The decisive point came down to court four where Boise State junior Abe Hewko was facing Indiana's Matt McCoy with the team victory on the line. Hewko lost set one 4-6, then rallied to take the next two 6-3, 6-4 to clinch the victory for the Broncos. Hewko's biggest win of the spring duals season improved him to 8-9 overall in singles on the year.
No. 67 Boise State (7-4) vs. No. 50 Indiana (4-5)
Eugene, Ore. (UO Student Tennis Center)
Feb. 20, 2016
Boise State def. Indiana 4-3
1. Butters/Mitchell (BSU) vs. Bednarczyk/Monette (IU), 5-4 DNF
2. Chris Essick/Stefan Lugonjic (IU) def. Hewko/Roskilly (BSU), 6-4
3. Manji/Salgado (IU) def. Foley/Platzeck (BSU), 6-4
Order of finish: 2,3
1. #45 Sam Monette (IU) def. Brian Foley (BSU), 6-0, 6-3
2. Toby Mitchell (BSU) def. Dan Bednarczyk (IU), 7-5, 6-3
3. Kyle Butters (BSU) def. Raheel Manji (IU), 2-6, 6-1, 6-2
4. Abe Hewko (BSU) def. Matt McCoy (IU), 4-6, 6-3, 6-4
5. Pedro Platzeck (BSU) def. Afonso Salgado (IU), 6-1, 6-1
6. Antonio Cembellin (IU) def. Lewis Roskilly (BSU), 7-5, 6-4
Order of finish: 5,1,2,6,3,4