Broncos Move Into WAC Semifinals With 4-1 Win

Boise State's tennis team is trying to rediscover the magic it enjoyed just a few short years ago, when they were the dominant team in the WAC. This year, they were given the #3 seed. With a 4-1 victory over New Mexico State today, the Broncos move on to face #2-seed Fresno State tomorrow afternoon in Fresno.

Boise State , which has struggled the last two years in the Western Athletic Conference tournament, was able to beat #68 New Mexico State 4-1 this afternoon in Fresno , California .

The Broncos emerged victorious from doubles play thanks to identical 8-4 sets in both #1 and #2 doubles.  James Meredith teamed with Jeff Mullen to down Jim Brouleau and Orlando Superlano, while Vicente Joli and Filipp Pogostkin put away Arthur Surreaux and Eduardo Salas.

Bothe defeated Superlano and Joli topped Gustave Diep in straight sets to put Coach Greg Patton's squad within a point of the win.  Pogostkin fell to Surreaux despite winning the first set, leaving it up to Meredith, the nation's #47 player.  Despite that high ranking, Meredith too lost his first set 3-6, but rebounded for the win.

Boise State will meet the home team ( Fresno State ) with all the associated advantages tomorrow afternoon at 3 p.m. Mountain time.  Idaho , which upset #4 seed Nevada 4-2, meets top seed Hawai'i in the other semifinal.

#42 Boise State 4, #68 New Mexico State 1

Doubles:

  1. James Meredith/Jeff Mullen (BSU) def. Jim Brouleau/Orlando Superlano (NMSU) 8-4
  2. Vicente Joli/Filipp Pogostkin (BSU) def. Arthur Surreaux/Eduardo Salas (NMSU) 8-4
  3. Alex Bothe/Erik Sheldon (BSU) vs. Gustave Diep/Luis Ramirez (NMSU) unfinished (4-6)

Singles: (Order of finish: 5, 2, 3, 1)

  1. #47 Meredith (BSU) def. Brouleau (NMSU) 3-6, 6-1, 7-5
  2. Joli (BSU) def. Diep (NMSU) 6-3, 7-6
  3. Surreaux (NMSU) def. Pogostkin (BSU) 3-6, 6-4, 6-2
  4. Harry Skinner (BSU) vs. Matej Stakne (NMSU) unfinished (6-7, 6-1, 3-0)
  5. Bothe (BSU) def. Superlano (NMSU) 6-3, 6-3
  6. Mullen (BSU) vs. Ramirez (NMSU) unfinished (7-5, 5-7, 3-2)

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