April 28, 2013
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - The Lobos were stopped short from receiving their third Mountain West Conference championship by the No. 2 seed Boise State. The No. 46 Broncos (20-9) received their second straight MW tournament title. The Lobos finished the tournament with an overall record of 14-13.
The Lobos, coming off an upset after defeating No. 1 seed San Diego State, came into doubles fully prepared to play at their absolute very best and the doubles scores reflect it.
The two teams were 1-1 with number three doubles to decide who would take the doubles point.
At the number three position, Jadon Phillips and Simon Hegelund were neck and neck against Toby Mitchell and Aidan Reid. The Lobos came out on top in the end when they won the match in a tiebreak 9-8 (7-3).
The Lobos had the doubles point and were looking to keep the momentum on their side. The Broncos had other plans.
The Broncos tied up the score with a win at number six over Van der Vyver with a score of 6-3, 6-4.
Boise State took the lead 2-1 with a 6-3, 6-2 win over Hignett at the number five spot.
Samir Iftikhar tied the score up at 2-2 when he defeated Scott Sears at the number three position with a score of 6-3, 6-1.
The Lobos took the lead again when Mitch McDaniels won his match at number four singles with a score of 6-2, 6-4. The score was now 3-2.
The Broncos bounced back to tie the score up at 3-3 with a win at the first court with a score of 6-2, 6-4.
The match and the conference title rested upon the shoulders of the winner at the number two court.
Conor Berg had dropped the first set 6-2 against Nathan Sereke, but battled back in the second set to win it 6-2. The two were neck and neck throughout the third set that a tiebreak had to take place in order to decide a winner. Sereke came out on top in the tiebreak, winning only by three points, to decide the match with a final score of 6-2, 2-6, 7-6 (7-4).
This win for Boise State marks their second straight Mountain West Championship Title. Since the Broncos won the finals match, they will also receive the Mountain West's automatic bid to the 2013 NCAA Men's Championships, which begin May 10.
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