March 26, 2016
SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif. - Kyle Butters win at No. 4 singles handed Boise State its second straight upset of a nationally ranked opponent this week as the Broncos defeated the 67th-ranked Cal Poly Mustangs 4-3 Saturday afternoon in San Luis Obispo, Calif. After dropping the doubles point, Boise State regrouped to win four of the six singles matches recording wins by Thomas Tenriero, Abe Hewko, Pedro Platzeck and Kyle Butters, respectively.
The victory improved Boise State to 11-8 overall as the Broncos head into the heart of Mountain West play next week with their the final road trip at Air Force and New Mexico. They will then close the regular season with six consecutive home matches over a three week stretch in April.
"You know I cannot say enough about this team, they just keep battling and giving it everything they have," said coach Greg Patton. "It is our second straight win over a nationally ranked opponent and like Wednesday's match at UCSB, it was a battle from the start. Kyle (Butters) came through for us again clinching the match for the second time this week. We are improving with each match and I can't wait to get the team home and playing in front of Bronco Nation."
Butters and Toby Mitchell recorded the lone doubles victory for the Broncos defeating the Mustangs' tandem of Ben Donovan and Cory Pang 6-4. The win gave Boise State the edge early up 1-0 before Cal Poly claimed the final two doubles contests for the team point. The Bronco duo of Butters and Mitchell is now 12-6 overall on the year and 7-3 in spring duals.
Trailing Cal Poly 1-0 heading into the singles portion of the match, Boise State wasted little time taking momentum away from its host winning the first three singles matches finished. It began when Tenreiro put away his opponent Garrett Auproux in straight sets 6-1, 6-4 at No. 2 singles. The senior is now 5-0 in spring duals and 12-1 overall in singles on the year.
Abe Hewko followed up with the team's second singles victory to give the Broncos a 2-1 lead in the match score. Hewko also won in two sets dispatching Karl Enander 6-4, 6-2 on court six. The junior from California is now 11-13 overall in singles on the season.
Freshman Pedro Platzeck spotted the Broncos a 3-1 lead with his straight-set victory 7-6 (2), 6-2 on court five over Cal Poly's Axel Damiens. Platzeck is now 10-6 in singles since joining the team for the spring semester.
Cal Poly pulled to within 3-2 before Boise State was able to clinch the match with Butters victory at No. 4 singles. The freshman from New Zealand beat the Mustangs' Josh Ortlip in two 6-4, 6-4. Butters is now 15-10 on the year and 10-7 in springs duals.
The final match of the day went to Cal Poly in a third set 10-point tiebreaker with the Mustangs' Pang edging the Broncos' Mitchell 6-3, 4-6, 1-0 (10-4).
Boise State (11-8) at No. 67 Cal Poly (8-8)
March 26 at San Luis Obispo, Calif. (Mustang Courts)
Boise State def. Cal Poly 4-3
1. Butters/Mitchell (BSU) def. Donovan/Pang (CP) 6-4
2. Auproux/Tan (CP) def. Roskilly/Tenreiro (BSU) 6-4
3. Cardiff/Enander (CP) def. Foley/Hewko (BSU) 7-6(8)
Order of finish: 1,2,3
1. Ben Donovan (CP) def. Brian Foley (BSU) 6-1, 6-4
2. Thomas Tenreiro (BSU) def. Garrett Auproux (CP) 6-1, 6-4
3. Cory Pang (CP) def. Toby Mitchell (BSU) 6-3, 4-6, 1-0 (10-4)
4. Kyle Butters (BSU) def. Josh Ortlip (CP) 6-4, 6-4
5. Pedro Platzeck (BSU) def. Axel Damiens (CP) 7-6(2), 6-2
6. Abe Hewko (BSU) def. Karl Enander (CP) 6-4, 6-2
Order of finish 2,6,5,1,4,3