Boise State wins 2nd straight MW men's tennis championship

Boise State wins 2nd straight MW men's tennis championship
For the second straight season, Boise State men's tennis has won the Mountain West Conference Championship.

Tied at 3-3, the match came down to the No. 2 singles between Boise State's Nathan Sereke and New Mexico's Conor Berg.

Sereke won the first set, Berg the second and led the third set 4-2 before Sereke stormed back to force and then win a tiebreak 7-4.

“This was absolutely one of the most thrilling college tennis matches I have seen, and I’ve been around a lot of college tennis,” head coach Greg Patton said in a release. “It was magical, Nathan was a lion king out there.”

Patton has led the Broncos to 11 conference championships in four conferences during his two tenures at Boise State.

"To see these guys do this, and for Scotty Sears and Filip (Pogotskin), my two seniors - to see them go out champions of the conference is so big," Patton said. "It's a great conference; great schools, great coaches, so it means a lot to me to be able to repeat."

The Broncos won after dropping the doubles point for the sixth time this season.

Boise State is the first team to win back-to-back MW men's tennis championships since San Diego State did it in 2002 and 2003. The Broncos advance to the NCAA tournament, and will find out its first-round opponent during the selection show Tuesday at 3 p.m. MST.

Results in order of finish:
No. 6 Garrett Patton (BSU) def. Andrew Van Der Vyver: 6-3, 6-4
No. 5 Thomas Tenreiro (BSU) def. James Hignett, 6-3, 6-2
No. 3 Samir Iftikhar (UNM) def. Scott Sears, 6-3, 6-1
No. 4 Mitch McDaniels (UNM) def. Filipp Pogostkin, 6-2, 6-4
No. 1 Andy Bettles (BSU) def. Jadon Phillips, 6-2, 6-4
No. 2 Nathan Sereke (BSU) def. Conor Berg, 6-2, 2-6, 7-6 (7-4)