The No. 2-seeded Broncos opened their Mountain West title defense with a 4-1 victory over No. 7 Nevada on Friday. BSU won the doubles point with victories from Kyle Butters and Toby Mitchell, and Lewis Roskilly and Thomas Tenreiro. Butters, Mitchell and Tenreiro also earned singles victories to clinch the match. BSU (19-9) will face No. 3 San Diego State in Saturday’s semifinals at 4 p.m. MT. Matches are broadcast live on themw.com. A victory Saturday will give the Broncos their 17th 20-win season since the 1986-87 campaign and the 13th under coach Greg Patton. In other quarterfinal action, No. 8 Fresno State upset No. 1 Utah State 4-2.
BSU WOMEN’S TENNIS: The No. 5-seeded Broncos’ season ended with a 4-1 loss to No. 4 San Jose State in the MW Tournament quarterfinals. BSU (12-10) won two doubles matches to earn the doubles point.
BSU WOMEN’S BASKETBALL: Ellie Woerner (Sammamish, Wash.) will transfer from Portland and join the Broncos with three years of eligibility remaining. She will sit out the 2016-17 season per NCAA transfer rules. Woerner led the Pilots and was ranked 13th in the West Coast Conference in scoring, averaging 11.8 points per game while shooting 40 percent from the floor.
BSU SOFTBALL: The Broncos lost to New Mexico 6-3 at Dona Larsen Park in the opener of BSU’s final home series of the season. Kayla Clausen hit a two-run homer to put the Broncos (12-32, 4-12 MW) up 3-1 in the bottom of the fifth.
BSU TRACK & FIELD: Juston Lindsley took third in the men’s discus at the Border Clash at Dona Larsen Park with a season-best distance of 167 feet.
COLLEGE OF IDAHO TRACK & FIELD: Claire Otero crushed her own school record with a fourth-place finish in the discus at the Border Clash, hitting the NAIA “A” qualifying mark with her throw of 148 feet.
IDAHO MEN’S GOLF: The defending champion Vandals shot a first-round 282 (6-under) on the opening day of the Big Sky Conference tournament at Boulder Creek Golf Club in Boulder City, Nev., putting Idaho in second place behind Sacramento State (13-under). Rylee Iacolucci led the Vandals with a 3-under 69, finishing the day tied for fourth.
Big Sky Conference appoints commissioner
OGDEN, Utah — Andrea Williams has served as the associate commissioner for the Big Ten for the past 10 years. She is currently the chair of the NCAA WBCO and is the past president of the Collegiate Event and Facility Managers Association. Williams also volunteers at several major events such as the CFP National Championship Game, Super Bowl and Transplant Games of America. Idaho announced this week it will join the conference in football in 2018. All of the Vandals’ other sports already compete in the Big Sky.