Feb. 25, 2017
MONTGOMERY, Ala. - Boise State men's tennis dropped a pair matches Saturday at the Blue Grey National Tennis Classic, falling to Alabama and Princeton each by a 4-1 margin.
The Broncos (2-11) return to action March 2 against Toledo in San Diego.
In Saturday's opener, Boise State's No. 3 doubles pair of Harvey Shackleton and Brian Tran outlasted Alabama's Thibault Cancel and Zho Zhou, 7-6 (7) to even things up at a match apiece and put the doubles point in the hands of the No. 2 doubles court. The Crimson Tide would take it, however, as Edson Ortiz and Spencer Richey defeated Pedro Platzck and Greg Wischer, 6-3.
Tran stayed hot as action moved to the singles courts, defeating Cancel in straight sets at No. 2 singles, 6-1, 6-4. That would be Boise State's only singles victory, though, as Alabama reeled off three-straight wins with Ortiz defeating Boise State's Jack Heslin, 6-3, 6-2, Alexey Nesterov beating Shackleton, 6-2, 6-0, and Mazen Osama downing Kyle Butters, 6-4, 2-6, 6-2.
The pattern repeated in the second match of the day, against Princeton. The doubles point again came down to the final match thanks to Butters and Heslin beating Princeton's Alex Day and Luke Gamble, 6-3, but it ended up in the Tigers' hands as Tom Colatti and Payton Holden defeated Platzeck and Wischler, 6-4.
In singles action, Boise State drew first blood again as Heslin defeated Gamble, 6-3, 6-3, but dropped three in a row to lose the match. Princeton's Jimmy Wasserman beat Platzeck, 6-3, 6-1, followed by Jonathan Carcione downing Shackleton, 6-4, 6-3, and Kial Kaiser beating Tran, 6-3, 2-6, 6-3.
Alabama 4, Boise State 1
No. 1 - Alexey Nesterov/Mazen Osama (Alabama) d. Kyle Butters/Jack Heslin (Boise State) 7-6 (4)
No. 2 - Edson Ortiz/Spencer Richey (Alabama) d. Pedro Platzeck/Greg Wischer (Boise State) 6-3
No. 3 - Harvey Shackleton/Brian Tran (Boise State) d. Thibault Cancel/Zho Zhou (Alabama) 7-6 (7)
Order of finish: 2, 3, 1
No. 1 -Mazen Osama (Alabama) defeated Kyle Butters (Boise State) 6-4, 2-6, 6-2
No. 2 -Brian Tran (Boise State) defeated Thibault Cancel (Alabama) 6-1, 6-4
No. 3 - Edson Ortiz (Alabama) defeated Jack Heslin (Boise State) 6-3, 6-2
No. 4 - Pedro Platzeck (Boise State) vs. Spencer Richey (Alabama) 5-7, 1-0 DNF
No. 5 - Greg Wischer vs. Zhu Zhou (Alabama) 6-4, 2-0 DNF
No. 6 - Alexey Nesterov (Alabama) defeated Harvey Shackleton (Boise State) 6-2, 6-0
Order of finish: 2, 3, 6, 1
Princeton 4, Boise State 1
No. 1 -Kyle Butters/Jack Heslin (Boise State) defeated Alex Day/Luke Gamble (Princeton) 6-3
No. 2 - Tom Colatti/Payton Holden (Princeton) defeated Pedro Platzeck/Greg Wischer (Boise State) 6-4
No. 3 - Jonathon Carcione/Jimmy Wassereman (Princeton) defeated Harvey Shackleton/Brian Tran (Boise State) 6-2
Order of finish: 3, 1, 2
No. 1 - Kyle Butters (Boise State) vs. Alex Day (Princeton) 6-7,4-2 DNF
No. 2 - Kial Kaiser (Princeton) defeated Brian Tran (Boise State) 6-3, 2-6, 6-3
No. 3 - Jack Heslin (Boise State) defeated Luke Gamble (Princeton) 6-3, 6-3
No. 4 - Jimmy Wasserman (Princeton) defeated Pedro Platzeck (Boise State) 6-3, 6-1
No. 5 - Greg Wischer (Boise State) vs. Payton Holden (Princeton) 1-6, 6-4, 3-2 DNF
No. 6 - Jonathon Carcione (Princeton) defeated Harvey Shackleton (Boise State) 6-4, 6-3
Order of finish: 3, 4, 6, 2