The Broncos men’s tennis team, ranked No. 48 in the nation, battled the University of California Santa Barbra on Thursday, March 28. Boise State took the match between the Gauchos 6-1 marking their seventh-consecutive victory.
Boise State’s first matches went back-and-forth at the beginning until junior Anerew Bettles and junior Nathan Sereke won their match, 8-5. Freshman Toby Mitchell and redshirt sophomore Aiden Reid finished just minutes after Bettles and Sereke, also winning 8-5. After defeating the Gauchos in the doubles matches Boise State turned their attention to the singles.
Bettles, ranked 29 in the nation in singles action seemed to have walked off the court as quickly as he walked on. Benjamin Recknagel was no match for Bettles who won 6-1, 6-0. This pushed Bettles winning streak to 11 straight.“I knew I was playing well,” Bettles said. “I forced him to get tired during the matches allowing me to win the match in a strong fashion.”
Freshman Thomas Tenreiro also pushed his winning streak to 10 straight matches, defeating Andrew Riminton 6-3, 6-2.“I just won by playing good tennis,” Tenreiro said. “I found a lot of good points to attack him at and I took advantage of that in the second-match.”
Senior Flipp Pogostkin and Sereke won the final two matches of the afternoon for the Broncos. Sereke, won his singles match by a score of 7-5 in both sets against Mbonise Ndimande. Pogostkin also won 6-2, 6-2 in straight sets against
Boise State assistant coah Clancy Shields was pleased with the fight that the Broncos showed against the Gauchos.“We have been looking for a new combo all year,” Shields said. “They have only played together three times, but they pulled it out and they really stepped up today. This gives us another strong option for the doubles competition.”
Friday, March 29, was the men’s second match of the week which took place against the Utah State Aggies. Boise State showcased another dominating performance en-route to a 7-0 victory.
Reid/Mitchell won their match 8-2, as redshirt senior Freddy Walsh and freshman Brian Foley were also dominate in an 8-4 victory.Tenreiro and Bettles continued their strong play. as Tenreiro won his match 6-0, 6-2 capping off his 11th straight win. Bettles captured his 12th straight victory, winning 6-1 in both sets.
Mitchell stayed hot from the doubles matches and won his single bout in straight sets as did his doubles partner Brian Foley who won in three sets. Broncos stayed hot to reach their 8th straight team victory. The two victories now extend the Broncos season record to 14-8 with four matches remaining this season.