No. 5 Boise State Wins Fourth Straight Mountain West Men's Tennis Championship, Tops No. 7 Nevada 4-3
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – The more things change, the more they stay the same in Mountain West men’s tennis. The Boise State Broncos picked up four singles wins, getting a clinching victory from Brian Foley at No. 4 singles and the No. 5 Broncos won their fourth consecutive Mountain West Men’s Tennis Tournament Championship defeating the No. 7 Nevada Wolf Pack 4-3. Boise State earned the league’s automatic qualifier spot in the NCAA Men’s Tennis Tournament with the victory.
The Broncos became the first team to ever win four MW men’s tennis tournament titles and of course, all of those have come in the last four seasons.
Boise State won in the face of perhaps their most adverse match of the season. The Broncos lost the doubles point at No. 1 doubles as Andrew Poustie and Fernando Sunago earned a late break to win 6-4.
Boise State won three straight matches to go up 3-1 after Abe Hewko made quick work of his opponent at No. 6 singles 6-2, 6-2, Toby Mitchell did likewise at No. 3 singles 6-0, 6-2 and Lewis Roskilly won at No. 5, 6-4, 6-2.
That normally means a Bronco win, but Garrett Patton, who was riding an 11-match winning streak, was derailed by the Conference’s Co-Player of the Year Moez Chargui 7-5, 6-2 at No. 1 singles. Nevada’s Ryan Andrada turned back Thomas Tenreiro 6-4, 6-3 at No. 2 singles. That left it to court four where Sunago was facing off with Foley for the title.
Foley staved off a set-point at 5-4, 40-40 when Sunago double-faulted and then survived failing at two set points himself before prevailing in a brilliantly played tiebreaker 7-5. Foley, a native of Nevada, then took control with a break to make it 2-1. After holding serve, he put a firm grip on his match with a second straight break to go up 4-1 and eventually 5-1. Sunago fought off three championship points to make it 5-2 and then two more in the eighth game before Foley sent a screamer that Sunago made a desperation lunge for. When the ball fell harmlessly in the net, the celebration was on.
“I’m so proud of this team,” said Boise State head coach Greg Patton. “How about that kid Foley. Sometimes he gets the heebie-jeebies when he is up big, but I thought as Freddy (his opponent Fernando Sunago) got more aggressive, Brian responded with his best tennis.
“This is what we expect and this is what our alumni expect of us, so we are excited to be able to bring this trophy back and keep playing. I love this team,” he added.
Boise State evened its record at 15-15 and it’s the first time since being 2-2 that the Broncos have been back at .500 on the season. However, the Broncos are playing their best tennis of the year, having won nine of its last 11 and five in a row. Nevada’s season ended at 9-16.
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 will learn of its opponent during the selection show tomorrow … Nevada was denied its first Mountain West title in any sport.