Defending Champion Boise State Tops Fresno State In Quarterfinal Round Of 2015 Mountain West Men's Tennis Championship
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – The No. 5 Boise State Broncos served notice that they fully intend on a fourth straight Mountain West men’s tennis championship, opening its defense with a dominating 4-0 victory over No. 4 Fresno State in Thursday’s quarterfinal round.
Boise State advances to the semifinals at Noon, MT, where it awaits the winner of No. 8 Air Force and No. 1 New Mexico. The 2015 Mountain West Tennis Championships are being held at the new McKinnon Family Tennis Stadium, hosted by the University of New Mexico.
Boise State opened with the doubles points, sweeping that 2-0. From there about the only thing in the way of the Broncos was a hefty wind, but that soon died down. Boise State did no such thing. Abe Hewko won handily on court six 6-1, 6-4 and Thomas Tenreiro followed a minute later on court two 6-3, 6-1. From there it was a matter of time as to which Bronco would clinch the match, and it was turned in by Garrett Patton.
The All-Conference senior rebounded after dropping the first set to win going away over Sai Kartik Nekireddi 4-6, 6-1, 6-1, showcasing a dizzying arsenal of drop shots, winners and chess-like strategy.
“This conference has never been deeper, as you saw this morning” said Boise State head coach Greg Patton, referring to No. 7 Nevada’s upset of No. 2 Utah State. “But our guys feed off the momentum of each other. They push each other to better themselves, and you could see it out there. We don’t want our season to end.”
Of his son Garrett getting the clinching victory, Patton was all smiles.
“That’s always a special moment.”
Boise State improved to 13-15 overall, while Fresno State saw its championship dreams end at 16-10.
Notes: Every match of the 2015 Mountain West Tennis Championships is available on the Mountain West Network, powered by Campus Insiders. Download the Mountain West app to your phone or tablet to catch all the action … Boise State is now 9-0 all-time in Mountain West Tournament play, having won six of those