Boise State Media Relations
SPOKANE, Wash. – Boise State's Stefan Lalovic has gone 3-0 in singles and has advanced to Sunday's red flight singles title match to lead the Broncos at the Gonzaga Fall Invitational. After a tight opening round of 16 match on Friday, Lalovic swept through his quarterfinal and semifinal matches with relative ease to reach tomorrow's final.
Lalovic opened the tournament Friday afternoon rallying from one set down to defeat Montana's Oisin Shaffrey. After Shaffrey won the opening set 6-4, Lalovic came back to take the second to force a decisive third. He was leading 5-4 in the third when Shaffrey retired because of injury handing the Bronco sophomore a 4-6, 6-4, 5-4 victory.
With one win under his belt, Lalovic rolled into Sunday's final with a pair of straight-set wins. He beat Portland State's Tommy Edwards 6-2, 6-2 in the quarterfinals, then downed Avery West – also from Portland State – 6-2, 6-1 in the semis. Lalovic – who was the only Bronco of four to win in singles – will face Portland's Issa Yoshida in the red singles flight Sunday morning.
In doubles play, Jack Heslin and Ryland McDermott split a pair of matches in the blue flight. They opened with a tough 8-5 loss to Portland's Lefteris Neos and Nick Oberg in the round of 16, then regrouped to defeat Montana's duo of Milo Benn and Max Korkh (score unavailable) in the consolation semifinal. They will face Utah's Mathias Gavelin and R.J. Parker in the consolation title match Sunday morning.
The second doubles team for the Broncos featured Maximilien Blancaneaux and Lalovic. They opened the red draw with an 8-6 victory over Eastern Washington's tandem of Jeremy Field and Manuel Balce in the quarterfinals. The Boise State duo then fell 8-1 at the hands of Ludvig Hallgren and Pontus Hallgren from Montana in the semifinals. Blancaneaux and Lalovic will play for third place Sunday against Utah's Paul McCallie and Chase Stoner.
Gonzaga Fall Invitational
Spokane, Wash. (Stevens Center)
Oct. 26-28, 2018
Blue Main Draw Singles (Top Flight)
16. Vincent Rettke (GU) def. Maximilien Blancaneaux (BSU) 7-6, 6-0
16. Jeremy Field (EWU) def. Jack Heslin (BSU) 6-4, 6-3
Blue Consolation Draw Singles
CQF. Lefteris Neos (UP) def. Maximilien Blancaneaux (BSU) ??
CQF. Ed Pudney (UM) def. Jack Heslin (BSU) 3-2, ret.
Red Main Draw Singles
16. Stefan Lalovic (BSU) def. Oisin Shaffrey (UM) 4-6, 6-4, 5-4, ret.
QF. Stefan Lalovic (BSU) def. Tommy Edwards (PSU) 6-2, 6-2
SF. Stefan Lalovic (BSU) def. Avery West (PSU) 6-2, 6-1
White Main Draw Singles
16. Leo Hibi (UP) def. Ryland McDermott (BSU) 7-6 (2), ret.
Blue Main Draw Doubles (Top Flight)
QF. Lefteris Neos/Nick Oberg (UP) def. Jack Heslin/Ryland McDermott (BSU) 8-5
Blue Consolation Draw Doubles
CSF. Jack Heslin/Ryland McDermott (BSU) def. Milo Benn/Max Korkh (UM) ??
Red Main Draw Doubles
QF. Maximilien Blancaneaux/Stefan Lalovic (BSU) def. Jeremy Field/Manuel Balce (EWU) 8-6
SF. Ludvig Hallgren/Pontus Hallgren (UM) def. Maximilien Blancaneaux/Stefan Lalovic (BSU) 8-1
Red Doubles, Third Place Match
3rd. Maximilien Blancaneaux/Stefan Lalovic (BSU) vs. Paul McCallie/Chase Stoner (UU)
TEAM LEGEND: Boise State (BSU), Eastern Washington (EWU), Gonzaga (GU), Idaho (UI), Montana (UM), Montana State (MSU), Portland (UP), Portland State (PSU), Utah (UU)
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