No. 4 UNLV Knocks Off No. 2 Boise State In MW Championship Final
LAS VEGAS, Nev. – The No. 4 seed UNLV Rebels defeated the No. 2 seed Boise State Broncos, 4-3, on Sunday to capture the second Mountain West Men’s Tennis Championship title in program history. The Rebels, who won their first league title since 2007, improve to 15-9 overall on the season and earn the Conference’s automatic bid into the NCAA Men’s Tennis Championship. The complete NCAA Tournament field will be announced on Tuesday, May 3 at 3:30 p.m. MT/2:30 p.m. PT in a live-streaming selection show on NCAA.com.
The Rebels earned the crucial doubles point with wins at the No. 2 and No. 1 positions. Boise State won the first doubles contest of the match at No. 3 when Brian Foley and Pedro Platzeck defeated Alexandr Cozbinov and Richard Solberg, 6-2. UNLV responded with a win at No. 2 from Adam Gage-Brown and Evaldo Neto over Lewis Roskilly and Thomas Tenreiro, 6-3. Jakob Amilon and Ruben Alberts sealed the doubles tally for the Rebels with a 6-4 victory against the Broncos’ Kyle Butters and Toby Mitchell.
Amilon extended UNLV’s lead to 2-0 with a straight-set win over Foley, 6-3, 6-4, at the No. 1 singles spot.
Boise State climbed back in the match after picking up victories at both the No. 3 and No. 4 positions. Mitchell ousted Alberts, 7-6, 6-3, before Butters knocked off Neto, 6-3, 7-5, to even the team score at two apiece.
The Rebels regained the lead thanks to a win at the No. 5 spot from Gage-Brown. The sophomore defeated Platzeck in straight-sets, 7-6, 6-2, to pull UNLV within one point of clinching the title.
Tenreiro put the Rebels’ celebration plans on hold by rallying to knock off Cozbinov at No. 2, 3-6, 6-3, 6-2.
With the match tied at 3-3, both team’s title hopes rested on the No. 6 match between Solberg and Roskilly. The UNLV freshman dropped the first set, 4-6, before rallying to win the second and third frames, 6-0, 6-3, to clinch the championship for the Rebels.
The loss ends Boise State’s four-year run of Mountain West titles. Prior to Sunday’s loss, the Broncos were a perfect 13-0 all-time in Championship play.
For a full recap of the 2016 Mountain West Men’s Tennis Championship, including highlights, interviews, photos and more, visit the Championship Central page on TheMW.com.
UNLV 4, Boise State 3
1. Jakob Amilon (UNLV) def. Brian Foley (BSU) 6-3, 6-4
2. Thomas Tenreiro (BSU) def. Alexandr Cozbinov (UNLV) 3-6, 6-3, 6-2
3. Toby Mitchell (BSU) def. Ruben Alberts (UNLV) 7-6, 6-3
4. Kyle Butters (BSU) def. Evaldo Neto (UNLV) 6-3, 7-5
5. Adam Gage-Brown (UNLV) def. Pedro Platzeck (BSU) 7-6 (6-2), 6-2
6. Richard Solberg (UNLV) def. Lewis Roskilly (BSU) 4-6, 6-0, 6-3
1. Jakob Amilon/Ruben Alberts (UNLV) def. Kyle Butters/Toby Mitchell (BSU) 6-4
2. Adam Gage-Brown/Evaldo Neto (UNLV) def. Lewis Roskilly/Thomas Tenreiro (BSU) 6-3
3. Brian Foley/Pedro Platzeck (BSU) def. Alexandr Cozbinov/Richard Solberg (UNLV) 6-2
Order of finish: Doubles (3,1,2); Singles (1,3,4,5,2,6)