Boise State, New Mexico Advance To 2014 MW Men's Tennis Championship Final
FRESNO, Calif. – The 2014 Mountain West Men’s Tennis Championship final is set after No. 1 Boise State and No. 2 New Mexico won its respective semifinal contests on April 26 at the Sierra Sport & Racquet Club in Fresno, Calif.
The 27-4 Broncos, No. 25 in the latest ITA National Poll, topped Nevada 4-2, while No. 2 New Mexico outlasted No. 3 San Diego State 4-3 in the other semifinal. Sunday’s championship match is scheduled for 1 p.m. PT. The winner receives the conference’s automatic-qualifying bid into the 2014 NCAA Men’s Tennis Championship. It’s the third straight year Boise State and New Mexico (20-7) will meet in the final.
Boise State started its match with Nevada (19-5) by winning the No. 2 and 3 doubles matches to earn the doubles point. Garrett Patton and Brendan McClain won 8-1 over Moez Chargui and Quentin Mege at No. 2 and Toby Mitchell and Nathan Sereke defeated Fernando Sunago and Andrew Poustie 8-4.
In singles play, Nevada’s, Victor Ouvrard, the 2013-14 Mountain West Men’s Tennis Player of the Year, took down Andy Bettles in straight sets 6-2, 6-1 to even the match 1-1. Sereke put the Broncos on top 2-1 with his win at No. 2 singles over Chargui 6-2, 6-2. The Wolf Pack knotted the score 2-2 with Ryan Andrada’s 6-2, 6-2 win against McClain at No. 5 singles. Boise State closed the match out with wins at No. 3 and 4 singles. Thomas Tenreiro won 6-1, 6-4 versus Mege 6-1, 6-4 at No. 3 and Patton took home the match-clinching point with a 6-4, 0-6, 6-3 decision over Poustie.
The New Mexico-San Diego State match came down to the No. 1 singles contest between Sam Iftikhar and Thorsten Bertsch. Iftikhar dropped the first set 6-2, but claimed the second in a lengthy tiebreak, 7-6 (9). In the third set, the Lobo junior took home the match by a 6-3 score.
Rodolfo Jauregui won in straight sets at No. 3 singles against Freddy Gelbrich 6-3, 6-1 and James Hignett earned a point at No. 5 singles with a 6-2, 6-0 victory versus Andranik Khachatryan. Iftikar and Hignett won their No. 1 doubles match against Bertsch and Nicholas 8-5 and Andy Van Der Vyver and Mads Hegelund picked up an 8-5 win over Milen Ianakiev and Juan Florez to claim the doubles point for the Lobos.
Nicholas earned a point for the Aztecs (12-12) with a 6-4, 6-3 win over Hayden Sabatka, and Hendrik Jebens scored a 6-1, 6-2 against Van Der Vyver.