Saturday, April 25, 2015

Boise State Wins 4-2

Coach Greg Patton has his team playing their best tennis of the season at a most opportune time.

Boise State lost the doubles point, then proceeded to win four of five singles matches to defeat #1-seed New Mexico 4-2 this afternoon in Albuquerque. The Broncos advanced to the Mountain West Championship game tomorrow against upstart Nevada. The home team won a relatively easy doubles point, with Shunji Hirooka and Augustus Ge pounding Garrett Patton and Toby Mitchell 6-0 on the second court and Mitch McDaniels and Samir Iftikhar putting away Brian Foley and Abe Hewko 7-5. Lewis Roskilly and Thomas Tenreiro upset the #60 doubles team in the nation, Hayder Sabatka and Bart Van Leijsen 6-4 in the other match. Coach Patton knows that the doubles point is important, but he met with his team and told them "Let's fight hard and show everyone what the Blue and Orange is all about, by playing hard." Garrett Patton took that advice to heart, taking a 6-3 win in the opening set of his match at #1 singles. Roskilly followed suit with a 6-1 win his first set. Tenreiro lost his set 6-3, and Hewko fell 6-4, but Foley prevailed in his opening set 6-3. When Mitchell won his first set 6-4, it meant four of the six Broncos captured opening sets. Four Broncos would have to win their singles matches for Boise State to defeat the Lobos. Patton disposed of Sabatka 6-3, 6-2 to tie the match. The tide was beginning to swing Boise State's way. Hewko responded by evening his match with a 6-2 win in the second set. Foley followed with a 6-3, 6-2 win at #4 singles, and Roskilly made it 3-1 Boise State with an impressive 6-1, 6-3 victory at #5 singles. Mitchell had a great chance to win his match, but fell in the second set 6-4. Tenreiro battled hard in the second set, but lost 3-6, 5-7. It was now 3-2 Boise State. That made the other Broncos step up, as the Lobos grabbed the momentum briefly in the ever-changing ebb and flow of college tennis.   Attention of the 500-plus spectators focused on the two remaining courts. Mitchell and McDaniels were locked in a 3-3 dual in the third and final set. Hewko grabbed a 4-3 lead in the final set of his match with Rodolpho Juaregui. Juaregui was set to serve, but Hewko broke service and took a 5-3 lead.   With all the pressure on him, and the Lobo fans responding loudly to any glimpse of hope, Hewko served for the set and the match. He got down early 15-30, then uncorked two killer aces. Then, when the game went to add-in point, unleashed another laser that set him up for the winner. Boise State will meet Nevada tomorrow in the championship match. Action gets underway at 11 a.m. Mountain Time. You can follow the action with a live stream on

Hewko With a Huge Break

Abe gets a break at #6 singles, and leads 5-3 in the third set.

Tenreiro Loses 3-6, 5-7

New Mexico comes within one set of tying the match.

New Mexico Grabbing the Momentum

Still 3-1 Boise State, but New Mexico is winning the points right now.  Broncos need to buckle up.

Mitchell Loses Second Set 6-4

He won the opening set 6-4.

Roskilly Wins 6-1, 6-3

Boise State takes a 3-1 lead over the home team in the Mountain West Men's Tennis Semifinal.

Hewko Wins Second Set 6-2

Abe battles back for a 6-2 win in the second set after losing the opener 6-4.

Roskilly with a late break, leads 5-3

Lewis won the opening set 6-1, and with the late break, can now serve for his match.

Foley Wins 6-3, 6-2

Brian just became the second Bronco to win his match, joining Garrett Patton.  Boise State takes the lead for the first time in Albuquerque, 2-1.

Foley with another break

Brian leads 5-2 in the second set.

Hewko Now Leads 4-1 in Second Set

It appears now that New Mexico has to win that pairing to win the match.  Abe lost the opening set 6-4.

Foley Gets a Break at #4 Singles

Brian leads 4-2 in the second set.

Patton Wraps It Up at #1 Singles

Patton wins 6-3, 6-2.  The match is tied at 1 apiece.  Boise State taking on New Mexico in the semifinals of the men's tennis championships.

Hewko Up in Second Set, 3-0

Good rally by Abe after losing the opening set 6-4.

Mitchell Wins 6-4 in Opening Set

Toby became the fourth Bronco to win the opening set.  Four  Broncos have to win their matches for Boise State to defeat the top-seeded Lobos.

Set One Recaps

#1 Singles--first set to Patton of Boise State 6-3.  He leads second set 3-0.

#2 Singles--First set to Samir Iftikhar of New Mexico 6-3.

#3 Singles--Mitchell can put a lot of pressure on if he wins.  He leads the first set 5-4.

#4 Singles--Brian Foley won the first set 6-3.

#5 Singles--Lewis Roskilly won 6-1.

#6 Singles--Rodolfo Jauregui won 6-4.

Boise State has won four of five first sets.

Hewko Loses First Set 6-4

Abe needs to rally.  A win by him would make it tough for the Lobos.

Foley Wins First Set 6-3

Brian becomes the third Bronco to win his opening set.

Tenreiro Loses First Set 6-3

Two Broncos won the opening set, and now #98 Samir Iftikhar of New Mexico has won his first set.

Patton Gets a Break in Second Set

Garrett playing outstanding tennis, leads the second set 2-0.

Tenreiro Gets a Break

But still down a break at 5-3.

Roskilly Wins First Set 6-1

Two Broncos win their opening set.  Tennis, though, is a game of ebbs and flows and changes in momentum.  We have a long ways to go.

Patton wins First Set 6-3

Patton the first player to win a set in singles.

Mitchell Gets a Break at #3 Singles

Toby leads 4-2 now.  His play could greatly impact the results for this match.

Tenreiro Down 5-1 at #2 Singles

Thomas is playing the #98 player in the nation.  Not looking good, so the other Broncos need to step up bigtime.

Hewko Suffers a Break at #6 Singles

Abe is behind 4-2.  Broncos need either Foley or Hewko to win, or both Patton and Tenreiro will have to win for Boise State to win the match.

Patton Leads 5-2 at #1 Singles

Garrett going for the opening set. 

Tenreiro Down a Break

Thomas Tenreiro is behind 3-1 at #2 singles.  Probably need either Patton or Tenreiro to win for Boise State to advance.

Patton with a Break at #1 Singles

Garrett leads 3-1 in the opening set.

Mitchell and Roskilly Get Early Singles Breaks

Toby Mitchell (#3 singles) and Lewis Roskilly (#5) both lead 2-0.  Boise State needs four singles victories to advance.

New Mexico Wins the Doubles Point

Unfortunately, a Boise State player hit one of the serves that was clearly out.  But the Broncos lost their momentum in the last ten minutes.

Break for New Mexico on #3 Doubles

New Mexico leads 6-5.  If they hold serve, they win the doubles point.

Might have a Tiebreaker at #3 Doubles

Tied up at 5.

Boise State #3 Doubles Leads 5-4

Very tense action now.  New Mexico thought they had the point, winning #2 doubles 6-0.  But the tide has turned, at least briefly.

Roskilly and Tenreiro Get a Late Break

Ahead 5-4, Lewis Roskilly and Thomas Tenreiro broke serve on the last game and prevailed 6-4.  The doubles match is tied at one set apiece.  #3 doubles will decide it, where it is 4-4.

Foley and Hewko Get the Break Back

The #3 doubles team of Boise State has just broken serve, and that match is tied at 4 now.  The #2 doubles team was blown out 6-0, and New Mexico leads the doubles match one set to none.  First team to win two doubles matches wins the point.

Foley and Hewko Also Down a Break

Things not bouncing Boise State's way in the opening going, Foley and Hewko are down 3-1 at #3 doubles.

Patton & Mitchell Down a Break in Semifinal Doubles Play

The first break of the semifinal match between Boise State and New Mexico goes to the homestanding Lobos.  They lead Boise State's #2 doubles team 2-0.

Boise Not Friendly to the Ducks

Once again, an Oregon team faced Boise State, and they left with a familiar result--a loss to the Broncos.

Boise State's sand volleyball team hosted a match for the first time in program history, and they beat back the Ducks 4-1, before falling 5-0 to #10 Arizona.

Bridges Grand Slam Lifts Boise State Past Colorado State 6-5

Devon Bridges sent a rocket over the fence in the bottom of the seventh inning for a grand slam to give Boise State a 6-5 win over Colorado State last night at Dona Larsen Park in Boise.

The homer was Devon's 50th of her career, and brought the Broncos all the way back from an early 4-0 deficit.