Thursday, April 24, 2014

Bronco Women Fire Record Round in Mountain West Golf Championships

Last year, Boise State surprised the Mountain West Conference with a strong finish, and nearly pulled out the championship.

The Lady Broncos are once again in the thick of things at this year's championship in Rancho Mirage, California, thanks to a school record 296 on the opening day.  The eight over-par score set a mark for the lowest round at a conference championship, breaking the mark of 302 set at the Western Athletic Conference Championships in 2011 and matched by Boise State at last year's MWC Championships.

"I'm pleased with the way we played today," head coach Nicole Bird said. "We got off to a good start with some birdies early on, which helped us when we made the turn. The weather was great, and everyone played really steady. We are excited about where we sit heading into round two - anything can happen."

The Broncos are tied with Fresno State for fourth place, just three strokes behind leader San Diego State, two behind San Jose State, and one stroke back of New Mexico.

Freshman Oceane Pelloille is in sixth individually with an even-par 72 today.  Boise State will tee off tomorrow morning at 8:45 Mountain Time.

Garrett Patton, Brendan McClain Win the Race to Close the Match

Patton won 6-3, 6-3, while Brendan McClain won his match, 6-2, 6-0.

Boise State will play #4 Nevada in the semifinals on Saturday; the Wolf Pack beat host Fresno State 4-1.

Mitchell Wins 6-1, 6-1

Boise State ahead 2-0 over Utah State in the opening round of the Mountain West Men's Tennis Championship.  Three Broncos have won five games in their second sets--if two of them win their second sets, Boise State will advance to the semifinals.

The Bronco women open play tomorrow against Wyoming.

Bettles, Patton, McClain, Mitchell and Foley Up Breaks in Second Set

All six Boise State singles players won their first sets, and now five have breaks in the second set.

Andy Bettles leads Denni Baumgartner of Utah State 6-1, 4-1 at No. 1 singles.

Thomas Tenreiro won his opening set 6-2.

Garrett Patton is up 6-3, 3-0 at No. 3 singles.

Brendan McClain leads 6-2, 3-0.

Toby Mitchell is about to put the Broncos up 2-0, leading 6-1, 5-0 at No. 5 singles.

Brian Foley won his opening set 6-4 and leads 3-1.

Bettles, Tenreiro, Mitchell and Foley Win First Sets

Top-seed Boise State won the doubles point and leads their quarterfinal match with Utah State 1-0. 

Andy Bettles won his opening set at No. 1 singles, 6-1, with teammate Thomas Tenreiro winning 6-2.  Garrett Patton leads 5-2 at No. 3 singles, and Brendan McClain is up a break 4-1.  Toby Mitchell won his opening set at No. 5 singles 6-1, while Brian Foley emerged with a 6-4 win in the opening set.

Boise State Men Win Doubles Point

Going against Utah State and former Bronco Clancey Shields (now head coach for the Aggies), Boise State opens play in the Mountain West men's tennis tournament by winning the doubles point:

Andy Bettles and Thomas Tenreiro put away Marcus Fritz and Fredrik Peterson of USU 8-4 at No. 1 doubles.  Toby Mitchell and Nathan Sereke won their match 8-4, while Brian Foley and Aidan Reid lost 7-5.

Opening Round Scores from Mountain West Women's Tennis Championships

#8 UNLV whipped #9 Air Force 4-1
#7 Nevada blanked #10 Utah State 4-0
#6 San Jose State rocked #11 Colorado State 4-0

LaLone, Vo Named To All-Mountain West Team

Megan LaLone and Sandy Vo captured All-Mountain West Conference tennis honors last night in a banquet in Fresno, California.

Vo was tabbed All-Conference for both singles and doubles, while LaLone earned honors for doubles play.  Vo was 19-8, including a 14-5 record at #1 singles.  Vo and LaLone teamed up for a 6-2 record at No. 1 doubles.  Vo's overall record was 15-9 in doubles, while LaLone's overall doubles mark was 15-12

Boise State plays Wyoming Friday morning at 11 in the MW quarterfinals.

2013-14 Women’s Tennis All-Mountain West Team
Tiffany Tran, Jr., Air Force*Sandy Vo, Sr., Boise StateSophie Watts, So., Fresno State*Rana Sherif Ahmed, So., Fresno State*Michelle Okhremchuk, Sr., NevadaSheila Morales Hidalgo, Fr., Nevada***Michaela Bezdickova, Sr., New MexicoLizette Blankers, Fr., New Mexico*Laura Antonaña Iriarte, Sr., San Diego StateKristin Buth, Jr., San Diego StateMarie Klocker, Fr., San José StateGaelle Rey, Fr., San José State***Lucia Batta, Sr., UNLV***Aleksandra Josifoska, Sr., UNLVMcKenzie Davis, Jr., Utah State***Veronica Popovici, Sr., Wyoming


Sandy Vo, Sr. / Megan LaLone, So., Boise State
Anneka Watts, So. / Sophie Watts, So., Fresno State^Michelle Okhremchuk, Sr., / Sheila Morales Hidalgo, Fr., Nevada#Michaela Bezdickova, Sr., / Lizette Blankers, Fr., New MexicoDora Somoracz, So. / Hailey Johnson, Jr., San Diego StateMarie Klocker, Fr., / Gaelle Rey, Fr., San José State^Lucia Batta, Sr., / Santa Shumilina, Jr., UNLV+Veronica Popovici, Sr., / Dorottya Jonas, Fr., Wyoming
Player of the Year: Laura Antonaña Iriarte, Sr., San Diego StateCo-Freshmen of the Year: Lizette Blankers, New Mexico; Gaelle Rey, San José State

Five Broncos Selected To All-Mountain West Tennis Team

Boise State has some great talent on its tennis team, as evidenced by the Broncos' sparkling 25-4 record this season.  Five players on the team were named All-Mountain West Conference in a vote by the conference's eight head coaches.

Seniors Andy Bettles and Nathan Sereke and Garrett Patton, Thomas Tenreiro and Brendan McClain were all named to the First Team in a ceremony last night in Fresno, California prior to the beginning of the conference tournament.

Bettles earned postseason honors for the fourth year in a row, capturing All-MWC in both singles and doubles.  Andy is 23-14 in singles play, and is 23-7 in doubles action.  Sereke was tabbed all-conference in singles after sporting a 15-12 record.  Tenreiro made the All-MWC team in doubles with a 16-5 record in duals, including a 7-1 mark at No. 1 doubles with Bettles.

Patton and McClain teamed up for a 16-10 doubles record to each make the all-conference team in doubles.  

The #1 seeded Broncos open play against Utah State this morning.

2013-14 Men’s Tennis All-Mountain West Team

**Andy Bettles, Sr., Boise State
*Nathan Sereke, Sr., Boise State
Sai Kartik, Jr., Fresno State
*Victor Ouvrard, Sr., Nevada
Moez Chargui, Jr., Nevada
*Sam Iftikhar, Jr., New Mexico
Hayden Sabatka, Fr., New Mexico
**Thorsten Bertsch, Jr., San Diego State
Hunter Nicholas, Sr., San Diego State
*Ace Matias, Jr., UNLV
Denys Plume, Jr., UNLV
Tamas Batyi, Sr., UNLV

^Andy Bettles, Sr. / Thomas Tenreiro, So., Boise State
Brendan McClain, Fr. / Garrett Patton, Jr., Boise State
Victor Ouvrard, Sr. / Robert Allan, Fr., Nevada
Sam Iftikhar, Jr., / James Hignett, Jr., New Mexico
#Thorsten Bertsch, Jr., / Hunter Nicholas, Sr., San Diego State
^Ace Matias, Jr., / Denys Plume, Jr., UNLV

Player of the Year: Victor Ouvrard, Sr., Nevada
Freshman of the Year: Hayden Sabatka, New Mexico