No. 2 Boise State Rallies Past No. 3 San Diego State In MW Championship Semifinals

LAS VEGAS, Nev. – No. 2 seed Boise State rallied from down 2-0 to defeat No. 3 seed San Diego State, 4-2, in the semifinals of the 2016 Mountain West Men’s Tennis Championship on Saturday. The victory pushes the Broncos to 20-9 overall on the year and places them in the title match for the fifth consecutive season. The Aztecs finish the 2016 campaign with an 11-14 overall mark. 

San Diego State earned the first point of the match with victories at the No. 2 and No. 1 doubles positions. Sander Gjoels-Andersen and Hendrik Jebens downed Lewis Roskilly and Thomas Tenreiro, 6-3, at No. 2. Santiago Cevallos and Milen Ianakiev clinched the point for the Aztecs with a 7-5 win at No. 1 over Kyle Butters and Toby Mitchell, 7-5. 

As action turned to singles play, the weather began to take a turn for the worse. With the first set complete on five of the six courts, the skies opened up and sent the match into a weather delay. The rain forced the contest indoors to the Lifetime Fitness Club in Henderson. 

Upon resumption of play, San Diego State pushed its lead to 2-0 courtesy of a win at No. 5 by Marko Goles-Babic over Pedro Platzeck, 6-3, 6-3. 

Boise State picked up its first point of the match from Roskilly. The No. 6 player ousted Raul de la Torre in straight sets, 6-3, 6-0. Butters evened the score for the Broncos by downing Gjoels-Andersen at the No. 4 spot, 6-4, 6-4. 

The Broncos completed the comeback with a pair of thrilling wins at the No. 2 and 3 positions. Tenreiro gave Boise State a 3-2 lead with a 6-4, 7-6 (6) win at No. 2. Mitchell delivered the winning point from the No. 3 spot, rallying to defeat Ianakiev in three sets, 3-6, 7-6, 6-3. 

Boise State looks to improve to 14-0 all-time in Championship history when it faces the winner of No. 4 UNLV versus No. 8 Fresno State in Sunday’s title contest. The match can be viewed live and for free on the Mountain West Network. For more information on the 2016 Mountain West Men’s Tennis Championship, including live stats and live video links, visit the Championship Central page on TheMW.com.

Boise State 4, San Diego State 2
Singles competition 
1. Brian Foley (BSU) vs. Freddy Gelbrich (SDSU) 2-6, 6-3, 5-6, unfinished
2. Thomas Tenreiro (BSU) def. Hendrik Jebens (SDSU) 6-4, 7-6 (8-6)
3. Toby Mitchell (BSU) def. Milen Ianakiev (SDSU) 3-6, 7-6, 6-3
4. Kyle Butters (BSU) def. S. Gjoels-Andersen (SDSU) 6-3, 6-4
5. Marko Goles-Babic (SDSU) def. Pedro Platzeck (BSU) 6-3, 6-3
6. Lewis Roskilly (BSU) def. Raul de la Torre (SDSU) 6-3, 6-0

Doubles competition 
1. Santiago Cevallos/Milen Ianakiev (SDSU) def. Kyle Butters/Toby Mitchell (BSU) 7-5
2. S. Gjoels-Andersen/Hendrik Jebens (SDSU) def. Lewis Roskilly/Thomas Tenreiro (BSU) 6-3
3. Brian Foley/Pedro Platzeck (BSU) vs. Marko Goles-Babic/Freddy Gelbrich (SDSU) 6-6, unfinished

Order of finish: Doubles (2,1); Singles (5,6,4,2,3)

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