April 10, 2016
BOISE, Idaho - Boise State men's tennis started out slow and never quite recovered as the Broncos' rally attempt came up short against the Nevada Wolf Pack in a 4-3 home loss. Boise State dropped the doubles point and was forced to battle from behind all day. The Broncos collected singles wins from Kyle Butters, Toby Mitchell and Brian Foley during their rally effort.
The loss was the first at home and snapped a five-match win streak for Boise State as the Broncos move to 14-9 overall and 3-2 in league play. The Broncos have now won seven of their last nine contests and are 6-1 at home this season.
"Nevada wanted it more than we did today," said coach Greg Patton. "This is what sports are all about, you have to bring your best everyday and to every match or you are going to lose. We did not bring it today and as a result we lost. Give Nevada credit, they came to play and they're leaving with the win."
The doubles team of Butters and Mitchell brought in the lone win for the Broncos as they beat Nevada's No. 1 pair 6-2. They are now 14-8 overall and 9-5 at No. 1 doubles during duals this spring.
Trailing by one heading into singles the Broncos pulled even following Butters dominating straight-set win on court four 6-1, 6-3 over Robert Allan. The freshman from New Zealand extended his team leading nine-match win streak as he improved to 19-10 overall and 14-7 in duals.
Nevada regained its lead following a victory at No. 6 singles as Lewis Roskilly fell in straight sets.
Mitchell pulled Boise State even again when he dispatched the Wolf Pack's Mile Cilic in two sets 6-2, 7-5. The native of Somerset, England, has won four consecutive contests and is now 14-14 overall.
Andrew Poustie put Nevada back in front when he defeated Boise State's Thomas Tenreiro 6-1, 6-3 at No. 2 singles.
Foley brought the Broncos back once again after winning a second set tiebreaker to beat the Wolf Pack's Ryan Andrada on court one 6-3, 7-6 (5). Foley was forced to hold off a rally by Andrada in the second set that force the tiebreaker. The Bronco senior then turned in a rally of his own as he came from 5-2 down in the tiebreaker to win 7-5 to make the team score 3-3.
That meant the decisive point would come from No. 5 singles where Pedro Platzeck was forced into a third set. The freshman from Brazil had a chance to end it with the Broncos on top, but fell in a second set tiebreaker which would have given Boise State the win. The match went into a third frame where Nevada's Aaron Breust rode his momentum from winning the tiebreaker to a 2-6, 7-6 (7), 6-1 victory clinching the team win for the Wolf Pack.
Nevada (5-13, 1-3 MW) at No. 64 Boise State (14-9, 3-2 MW)
4/10/2016 at Boise, Idaho (Appleton Tennis Center)
Nevada def. Boise State 4-3
1. Kyle Butters/Toby Mitchell (BSU) def. Robert Allan/Andrew Poustie (NEV) 6-2
2. Mile Cilic/Robert Margitfalvi (NEV) def. Lewis Roskilly/Thomas Tenreiro (BSU) 6-0
3. Ryan Andrada/Aaron Breust (NEV) def. Brian Foley/Abe Hewko (BSU) 6-2
Order of finish: 2,1,3
1. Brian Foley (BSU) def. Ryan Andrada (NEV) 6-3, 7-6 (7-5)
2. Andrew Poustie (NEV) def. Thomas Tenreiro (BSU) 6-1, 6-3
3. Toby Mitchell (BSU) def. Mile Cilic (NEV) 6-2, 7-5
4. Kyle Butters (BSU) def. Robert Allan (NEV) 6-1, 6-3
5. Robert Margitfalvi (NEV) def. Pedro Platzeck (BSU) 2-6, 7-6 (9-7), 6-1
6. Aaron Breust (NEV) def. Lewis Roskilly (BSU) 6-1, 6-4
Order of finish: 4,6,3,2,1,5