It rained, and poured, Tuesday for the Boise State men’s tennis team.
“It was the perfect storm and we were on the wrong end of it,” head coach Greg Patton said.
Patton and the no. 22 ranked Boise State men’s tennis team went into Palo Alto, Calif. with the goal of capping off their West Coast with three wins, but instead left soaked and sorrowful.
According to Patton, there was only a two or three hour window in which the match could be played because of weather, so the Broncos were forced to breeze through their warmups and were unable to perform many of their prematch “rituals.”
Stanford swept the Broncos 4-0 in unbelievable fashion. Boise State didn’t put up much of a fight in singles matches, losing each of the four matches in straight sets. Senior Andy Bettles, ranked no. 86 in the nation in singles play, was defeated 6-1 and 6-4 by the Cardinal’s John Morrissey.
Patton blames the uncharacteristic loss on a lack of preparation and faulty coaching. Following the match, Patton continuously told The Arbiter he blamed the loss on himself.
“This hurts. It hurts like crazy. This is one of my best teams,” Patton said.” I just felt that they were going to be ready to go. We were flat and I can’t allow that. Usually I don’t allow that to happen.”
The Broncos had just mounted 6-1 victories over UC Santa Barbara and Cal Poly on their California road trip, and had the opportunity to move into the top 16 in the national rankings, and earn a very favorable draw in the upcoming NCAA Championships.
“I just don’t see how we can get in the top 16,” Patton said. “We didn’t really have the preparation we wanted on the court. I thought we were better than this, and I was wrong. I’m angry at myself. I’m really angry at myself.”
Despite the loss, Boise State still stands as a favorite to win the Mountain West Championships and has an opportunity to correct some of its mistakes.
“I thought they did some things better that we’ve been talking about this week. We’ve got some big things ahead of us,” Patton said. “It’s about how we respond to it, and it’s going to make us better.”
Patton has long wanted to bring a national championship to campus, and still believes his team has a chance. The lack of preparation against Stanford, however, isn’t a good indicator of a championship-caliber team.
“The train had left the station before we could jump on it,” Patton said.