April 27, 2014
FRESNO, Calif. - Boise State men’s tennis steam rolled New Mexico 4-0 in Fresno, Calif., for its third-consecutive Mountain West Championship. Boise State’s day opened with it winning the doubles point, then the Broncos completed the shutout with singles victories by Garrett Patton, Toby Mitchell and Thomas Tenreiro with the clincher. The title gives Boise State its 15th conference championship all-time and improved the Broncos to 28-4 on the year.
The 25th-ranked Broncos were virtually assured of a bid to the NCAA tournament entering the conference championship, but now they can officially book their trip as today’s victory assures them the conference’s automatic berth into the first round in two weeks.
“The most joyous feeling in the world is winning this championship for the third year in a row,” said Greg Patton. “Winning three straight is just better and better, especially since I have three special seniors who have been apart of this streak and have helped build this program. Our success has gotten us to the point where we are not a shot in the pan and that we are for real. We came out and took control early today and never gave up our advantage, and road it to the end. Now we are headed to the NCAA’s. Even though it is a shot in the dark, I believe in miracles and hope that we will host the opening rounds. But even if we do not we are ready to travel anywhere to keep this excitement and the party going.”
The Broncos took the doubles point with solid victories on courts two and three, this was the 18th-straight match in which Boise State has claimed the vital team point. Brendan McClain and Patton claimed an 8-5 victory over the Lobos’ Hayden Sabatka and James Hignett at No. 2 doubles.
Meanwhile, Mitchell and Nathan Sereke made easy work of UNM’s Andy Van Der Vyver and Mads Hegelund downing the Lobo duo 8-4 on court three. The No. 1 doubles match featuring the Broncos Andy Bettles and Tenreiro was abandoned once the team point was decided, however, it was tied at 7-7 when stopped.
In singles, Garrett Patton wasted little time in dispatching the Lobos’ Van Der Vyver in straight sets 6-2, 6-4 to extended the Boise State advantage to 2-0. The junior from Boise went 3-0 at the MW Tournament and will head to the NCAA Tournament with an 26-12 singles mark on the year.
The Boise State lead stretched to three moments after Patton’s victory when Mitchell completed a sweep of New Mexico’s Hegelund 6-3, 6-2 on court six to improve to 23-7 overall in singles.
The clinching point came on court three where sophomore Thomas Tenreiro was taking on the Lobos’ Rodolfo Jauregui. The two went to three sets earlier this year before Tenreiro defeated Jauregui on the road. This time around the Bronco took care of business defeating the Lobo in straight sets 6-2, 6-3 to clinch Boise State’s third-straight and 15th championship overall. The native of Miami, Fla., is now 20-13 this season.
The match stopped once the team victory was clinched. However, in the other three singles matches Boise State’s Andy Bettles was leading at No. 1 6-3, 4-0. Sereke was trailing on court two 6-3, 2-2, while McClain was leading 6-1, 4-3 on court five.
FINAL MATCHES SUMMARY
No. 25 Boise State (28-4) vs. No. 68 New Mexico (20-8)
Mountain West Conference Championship Match
April 27, 2014 at Fresno, Calif. (Sierra Sports and Racquet Club)
Boise State def. New Mexico 4-0
1. Bettles/Tenreiro (BSU) vs. Hignett/Iftikhar (UNM), 7-7 DNF
2. McClain/Patton (BSU) def. Sabatka/Jauregui (UNM), 8-5
3. Mitchell/Sereke (BSU) def. Van Der Vyver/Hegelund (UNM), 8-4
Order of finish:
1. No. 89 Andy Bettles (BSU) vs. Samir Iftikhar (UNM), 6-3, 4-0 DNF
2. Hayden Sabatka (UNM) vs. Nathan Sereke (BSU), 6-3, 2-2 DNF
3. Thomas Tenreiro (BSU) def. Rodolfo Jauregui (UNM), 6-2, 6-3
4. Garrett Patton (BSU) def. Andy Van Der Vyver (UNM), 6-2, 6-4
5. Brendan McClain (BSU) vs. James Hignett (UNM), 6-1, 4-3 DNF
6. Toby Mitchell (BSU) def. Mads Hegelund (UNM), 6-3, 6-2
Order of finish: 4,6,3