Nov. 4, 2017
MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. - Boise State's Stefan Lalovic and Pedro Platzeck split a pair of matches on Saturday to lead the Broncos on the second day of the Gopher Invitational at Minneapolis. Overall the Boise State tandem finished the first round of the tournament at 2-1.
On Saturday Lalovic and Platzeck opened against Notre Dame's Nate Griffin and Paul Gota. The Bronco pair won the doubles point 6-4 on Friday night. The contest continued Saturday morning when Lalovic faced Griffin in singles falling in two sets 6-1, 6-4. Platzeck lost a tough one to Gota who edged the Bronco junior in a third set 10-point tiebreaker for a 4-6, 6-4, 1-0 (10-7) win to claim the match 2-1 for the Irish.
In the second contest of the day Lalovic and Platzeck regrouped to defeat Wisconsin's duo of Darius Mackenzie and Alan Sweet 2-1. The Bronco pair took the doubles point with a solid 6-3 victory over the Badgers. In singles play, Platzeck clinched the win for Boise State when Sweet retired because of injury, Platzeck was up 3-0 at the time. Meanwhile, Lalovic was edged out by Mackenzie in a third set tiebreaker 3-6, 6-3, 1-0 (10-5).
Sunday's pairings are determined by points earned during the first round's three matches, one point for each victory. Lalovic and Platzeck tallied five points with two doubles victories and three singles wins. They will advance into the next round against an opponent yet to be determined.
Junior Jack Heslin also played on Saturday continuing on in the competition as a singles player after Kyle Butters' withdrawal on Friday. Heslin had a good day sweeping a pair of singles contests. He opened with a straight-set victory 6-1, 6-4 over Wisconsin's Robert Krill, then followed that up with a victory on a 10-point tiebreaker in the third set 6-4, 4-6, 1-0 (10-3) over Denver's Eric Morris.
Gold DrawFinal: Nate Griffin/Paul Gota (UND) def. Stefan Lalovic/Pedro Platzeck (BSU) 2-1
Final: Stefan Lalovic/Pedro Platzeck (BSU) def. Darius Mackenzie/Alan Sweet (UW) 2-1
- Doubles: Lalovic/Platzeck (BSU) def. Griffin/Gota (UND) 6-4
- Singles: Griffin (UND) def. Lalovic (BSU) 6-1, 6-4
- Singles: Gota (UND) def. Platzeck (BSU) 4-6, 6-4, 1-0(10-7)
- Doubles: Lalovic/Platzeck (BSU) def. Mackenzie/Sweet (UW) 6-3
- Singles: Platzeck (BSU) def. Sweet (UW) 3-0, ret.
- Singles: Mackenzie (UW) def. Lalovic (BSU) 3-6, 6-3, 1-0(10-5)