No. 5 Boise State's Four-Peat Dream Alive, Defeats Top-Seeded New Mexico 4-2 In 2015 MW Men's Tennis Championship Semifinal
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – For the fourth consecutive year, the Boise State Broncos defeated the New Mexico Lobos in the Mountain West tournament to advance to the title match in their quest for a fourth straight Mountain West title.
The fifth-seeded Broncos will face the seventh-seeded Nevada Wolf Pack in the title match-up. The 2015 Mountain West Tennis Championships are being hosted by the University of New Mexico at the McKinnon Family Tennis Stadium.
The day got off poorly for Boise State, dropping the doubles point after getting swept 6-0 at No. 2 and losing to Mitch McDaniel and Sam Iftikhar 7-5 at No. 3 doubles.
However, led by No. 1 singles player Garrett Patton, son of head coach Greg Patton, the Broncos blitzed back. Patton won handily over Hayden Sabatka 6-3, 6-2 to square the match at 1-1. The Broncos then got straight set wins by Brian Foley at No. 4 singles 6-3, 6-3 and No. 5 singles by Lewis Roskilly 6-1, 6-3 to lead 3-1.
The Lobos answered on court two with Iftikhar’s 6-3, 7-5, and UNM’s Mitch McDaniel had turned around his match to take a lead in the third set. That left the drama to court six. UNM’s Rodolfo Jauregui took the opening set, taking advantage of a break of serve in the second game, but after that Boise State’s Abe Hewko dominated his service game, winning his final 13 service games. His back-to-back aces helped him recover from a love-30 deficit in the clinching game.
“We just don’t want this season to end … we want to keep dancing, we want that invitation,” said Boise State’s head coach Greg Patton. “I can’t say enough about the G-Man (Garrett Patton). We know that even if we lose that doubles point he’s going to win his singles match and it’s 1-1.
“I can’t say enough good things about Bart Scott and Ben Dunbar and the New Mexico program,” Patton added. “I really hope that they get in and that we didn’t knock a Mountain West team out of the (NCAA) tournament. That would be a shame. If they get in I’ll be their biggest fan.”
Boise State improved to 14-15 overall, while the Lobos are 20-10, and much like San Diego State, will await the Monday afternoon’s selection show to see if it will get an at-large berth to the NCAAs. The Lobos are 39th in the latest ITA rankings, one slot behind San Diego State, which is 38th.
Notes: Every match of the 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 improved to 10-0 all-time in the Mountain West Men’s Tennis Championships … The Broncos are looking to break a four-way tie with TCU, New Mexico and San Diego State for the most MW Men’s Tennis Tournament titles, as all four schools have three.