Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Blue Through and Through First--Boise State Beats San Diego State 5-2

In one of many stories that you will hear about first right here on this blog--the Bronco tennis team salvaged a win in California with a 5-2 win over San Diego State.

Boise State had suffered 6-1 and 7-0 setbacks to #20 Pepperdine and #6 UCLA before today but the good news is they didn't leave the Golden State empty-handed.

No. 36 Boise State 5, No. 54 San Diego State 2
1. Damian Hume/Scott Sears (BSU) def. Hunter Nicholas/Jose Sierra Short (SDSU) - 8-5
2. Jeff Mullen/Nathan Sereke (BSU) def. Javier Pulgar/Juan Florez (SDSU) - 9-7
3. Andre Feliz/Tim Schulz van Endert (SDSU) def. Flipp Pogostkin/Erik Sheldon (BSU) - 8-5

1. No. 109 Damian Hume (BSU) def. Javier Pulgar (SDSU) - 6-2, 6-4
2. Flipp Pogostkin (BSU) def. Andre Feliz (SDSU) - 6-2, 6-3
3. Juan Florez (SDSU) def. Scott Sears (BSU) - 6-4, 7-6 (7-3)
4. Hunter Nicholas (SDSU) def. Jeff Mullen (BSU) - 6-1, 7-5
5. Andrew Bettles (BSU) def. Tim Schulz van Endert (SDSU) - 6-1, 7-6 (7-3)
6. Natahan Sereke (BSU) def. Jose Sierra Short (SDSU) - 6-4, 2-6, 0-6

Boise State Making Headway on Gymnastics Scene

Boise State is ranked higher than they have ever been in gymnastics (11th) and Amy Glass is ranked #1 in the nation on the balance beam. Does this mean the Broncos will finally break through and qualify for Nationals? At this point, it doesn't appear that way.

To reach Nationals, a team must finish in the top two at Regionals. There are six regionals scattered around the country, each sending two to the Championships. Boise State is #11, but would have to perform at a higher level to reach their goal. The problem for the Broncos is that 5 of the top 13 teams in the country are in the West and only two can go. Boise State is ranked fourth out of those five.

Now we know how the SEC feels in football.

Glass has a season average of 9.875 on the beam, ranked ahead of #2 Leslie Mak of Oregon State (9.865) and #3 Sharaya Musser of Penn State (9.867). Glass is also #8 overall. That spot is held by Lindsay Cheek of Georgia with a 39.550 all-around average.

1. Cheek, Georgia 39.550
2. Kylee Botterman, Michigan 39.504
3. Allyse Ishino, Stanford 39.345
4. Alaina Johnson, Florida 39.340
5. Shelley Alexander, Stanford 39.330
6. Stephanie McAllister, Utah 39.325
6. Ashley Morgan, Stanford 39.325
8. Amy Glass, Boise State 39.320

Hailey Gaspar, who turned in a remarkable 9.95 vault to help the Broncos defeat upstart San Jose State last week, is now 8th on the floor with a 9.875 average. Ashanee Dickerson of Florida is #1 with a 9.930 average. Boise State's Brittany Potvin-Green is also 11th in vault with a 9.858 average this season; Cheek leads that apparatus with a 9.925.

Boise State Drops to #5 in Intermat Wrestling Rankings

The Boise State wrestling team came back bruised and battered from their dual with Oklahoma State last week. Despite being roughly even on paper, the Broncos were badly beaten and to make matters worse, their star wrestler, #1-ranked Kirk Smith, was carried off the mat following his medical forfeit.

Boise State Coach Greg Randall is being tight-lipped about the injury and Smith's condition is unknown at this time. That uncertainty is contributing to the downgrading of Boise State's prospects at the National Championships. Intermat today dropped the Broncos from #2 to #5 and they are probably being kind. If Smith's teammates perform in Philadelphia the way they did in Stillwater, the Broncos will be fortunate to finish in the Top 15. Three of Boise State's previously unbeaten wrestlers went down in Oklahoma and Alan Bartelli was the only individual to step it up and get an upset.

But life isn't about the cards you're dealt but rather how you respond. The next few weeks will tell us a lot about the Bronco team. Will the rest of the Bronco team pick up the slack for their fallen star? Passionate Boise State wrestling fans are hoping they do.

(Click on the story title to see this week's Intermat rankings.)