Andrew Bettles and Nathan Sereke reached the round of 16 with a pair of wins Thursday at the mens tennis USTA ITA Mountain Regional Championships in Las Vegas. The duo also advanced in doubles play. Bettles beat Idahos Cesar Torres 6-2, 6-1 and Utahs Rafael Davin-Ian 6-0, 6-1 to reach the round of 16, where he will play UNLVs Ace Matias on Friday.
Sereke beat New Mexicos James Hignett 6-0, 6-4 and Utahs Alejandro Medinella 6-7, 6-4, 6-3 and now faces Air Forces Lance Willheim. In doubles, Bettles and Sereke defeated New Mexicos Mads Hegelund and Sam Iftkhar 9-8 and will play New Mexico States Mark Westgate and Luis Ramirez in the round of 16.
IDAHO STATE PICKED NINTH IN BIG SKY PRESEASON MENS HOOPS POLLS: The Bengals received 25 points in the coaches poll and 106 in the media poll, and are ahead of Southern Utah and Northern Arizona in both polls.
Montana, with 98 points and eight first-place votes, was voted to win the league in the coaches poll, and was picked by the media to win with 344 points and 24 first-place votes.