Men's Tennis

Tinelli and McDermott Lead Broncos Friday

Oct. 6, 2017

BOISE, Idaho - Matteo Tinelli swept two singles matches and won a doubles contest to lead the Broncos on the first two days of the Boise State Dar Walters Fall Classic at the Appleton Tennis Center. In all the four Broncos participating in the tournament have gone a combined 6-3 in singles and 1-1 in doubles

Tinelli, a freshman from Milan, Italy, dispatched Seattle U's Emilio Monroy in straight sets 6-1, 6-3 in the round of 32, then rallied from one set down to beat Idaho's Lucas Coutinho in a tiebreaker 2-6, 6-3, 1-0(10-7). The two victories advanced Tinelli into Saturday's quarterfinal round in singles at 11:30 a.m. Saturday at the Appleton Tennis Center on campus.

Ryland McDermott went 2-1 in singles over the two days before falling in the round of 16. The sophomore from Las Vegas,Nev., rallied from a set down Thursday night to defeat Whitman's Tom Chang in the round of 64. He split two matches on Friday putting away Portland State's Majeed Bukhari in straight sets 6-0, 6-3, then fell in the round of 16 to Oregon's Ty Gentry 6-2, 6-2.

Pedro Platzeck split his first two singles matches winning his round of 64 contest over Whitman's Bear Lee 6-0, 6-1 before falling in a tightly contested on a tiebreaker to Montana's Victor Casadevall 3-6, 6-2, 1-0(10-7).

Stefan Lalovic, a freshman from Las Vegas, Nev., also split his first two singles matches at the Dar Walters Fall Classic. He opened the tournament with a solid two-set victory Thursday night over Idaho State's Austin Gwilliam 6-2, 6-2. Lalovic faced Seattle U's Arshak Ghazaryan in the round of 32 where he became the second Bronco to fall on the day in a tiebreaker 4-6, 6-4, 1-0 (11-9).

The doubles team of Tinelli and Ryland McDermott won their first match Friday morning to reach Saturday's round of 16. The Bronco tandem soundly defeated Gonzaga's team of Simon Homedes and Matthew Perkins 8-1. Tinelli and McDermott with take on Idaho's duo of Lucas Coutinho and Esteban Santibanez at 8:30 a.m. Saturday.

Lalovic and Platzeck attempted to keep their momentum going after going 4-1 at Idaho State last week, but came up on the short end of a 8-4 score to Abilene Christian's Paul Domanski and Hunter Holman.


Head Coach, Greg Patton

On the hosting this tournament . . .

We need battles, we need to get dirty and we need to survive. We're still a young team and we need to get a lot of play in and that's what a tournament like this does for us. Our guys didn't get as much play in over the summer as they needed, in this sport you need a lot of play. If you're going to get on a tight wire and walk across the Grand Canyon, you have better be practicing every night. So what we're doing is getting that experience which is good. This tournament is a win-win for us. The guys get to play at home in front of their family and friends, its great. I'm really thrilled about how good we are, they guys compete really-really hard."

On the team's play . . .

"I felt all the guys did really well today, they played hard and we had two guys lose in exciting tiebreakers that went down to the wire. What we need to learn is that the closer it gets the more fun it becomes, the more thrilling it is, that is what tennis is all about. Matteo gets it, he got to a third set tiebreaker and won. That's the reason I did this tiebreaker format in this tournament to get the guys use to the pressure as it builds in tight situations."

On Matteo's play . . .

"You know Matteo sat out for eight months from playing waiting to get cleared by the NCAA. That guy is so much fun to watch, he's so exciting. He's so good, but he's in the boxing ring now, he's learning how to be apart of a team and he follows instructions really well, he knows what to do during the match and it's exciting to watch him."


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