Boise State Outlasts New Mexico To Win 2013 Mountain West Men's Tennis Championship
April 28, 2013
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - The 2013 Mountain West Men's Tennis Championship between No. 2 Boise State and No. 4 New Mexico all boiled down to the No. 2 singles match Sunday afternoon at the United States Air Force Academy Tennis Center.
In a highly-competitive three-set affair, the Broncos' Nathan Sereke prevailed over the Lobos' Conor Berg, 6-2, 2-6, 7-6 (7-4), to give the No. 46 Broncos (20-9) their second straight MW tournament title.
Boise State also earns the Conference's automatic bid into the NCAA Tournament by virtue of its win. The No. 66 Lobos, who lost in the finals to the Broncos last year, fall to 14-13.
"It came down to one or two points," said Boise State coach Greg Patton. "That's the beauty of college team tennis."
After starting the year 2-7, Boise State is 18-2 in its last 20 matches. "We had a big team meeting," Sereke said. "We said we were going to win out, win the league and we did it."
Sereke had to dig deep to win the third set. He fell behind 4-2 but behind his big serve, was able to force the tiebreaker.
"I did feel like I had the advantage," Sereke said. "I was returning (Berg's) serve well and was getting my serves in."
Andy Bettles, the 2012-13 MW Men's Tennis Player of the Year, won his No. 1 singles contest over New Mexico's Jadon Phillips, 6-2, 6-4. Thomas Tenreiro took care of James Hignett at No. 5 singles in straight sets, 6-3, 6-2, and at No. 6 singles, Garrett Patton defeated Andy Van Der Vyver, 6-3, 6-4.
New Mexico started the championship match off by winning the doubles point, and then grabbed a 2-1 lead when Samir Iftikhar won his No. 3 match over Scott Sears, 6-3, 6-1. Mitch McDaniels took care of Filipp Pogostkin, 6-2, 6-4, to draw the Lobos within a point of their first MW tournament championship since 2009.