No. 4 Men's Tennis to Open PL Tourney with No. 5 Colgate Friday Morning - Boston University Athletics
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No. 4 Men's Tennis to Open PL Tourney with No. 5 Colgate Friday Morning

No. 4 Men's Tennis to Open PL Tourney with No. 5 Colgate Friday Morning

2017 Patriot League Tournament Central

BOSTON - Seeking its first Patriot League title, the fourth-seeded Boston University men's tennis team will open the conference tournament against Colgate on Friday with action slated to begin at 10:30 a.m. at Navy's USNA Tennis Courts.

In the event of inclement weather, competition will move indoors to the Tose Family Tennis Center.

The Terriers enter the event at 9-15 with a 2-2 mark against Patriot League competition. They posted a 4-3 win over No. 2 Navy for their first victory against the Midshipmen since joining the conference before falling to No. 3 Lehigh (4-3) and No. 1 Army (4-1), who is the defending conference champion.

BU won its last two matches of the regular season, a 6-1 victory over Bryant and a hard-fought 4-2 decision against No. 5 Colgate. Friday's contest will mark the first-ever meeting between the Terriers and Raiders in the PL tournament. Colgate is currently 10-8 with a 3-2 Patriot League record that features wins over No. 6 Bucknell (4-3), No. 8 Lafayette (7-0) and No. 9 Holy Cross (7-0). The Raiders fell to both the Terriers and No. 3 Lehigh (7-0).

Both squads fell in the quarterfinals last season with BU just missing out in its third-straight PL semifinal appearance in a tough 4-3 decision to Bucknell. The Raiders were eliminated by Lehigh, 4-1, and will now try to snap a three-match losing streak to BU. Colgate owns a slight 7-6 advantage in the all-time series.

Senior Lucas Bombonatti is a three-time PL Player of the Week this season and leads the Terriers with a 9-13 record at No. 1 singles. During the dual season, classmate Mario Sandoval has played at lines 3-6 and collected a team-high 13 singles victories with both freshmen J.P. Avila and Marc Sable also reaching double-digits. Senior Jake De Vries and sophomore Satyajit Simhadri have combined for 12 wins as well to help the Terriers. 

In doubles action, Bombonatti and Simhadri own a 9-10 record in the No. 1 slot with De Vries and Sandoval posting a 6-8 mark at line 2. Avila and Sable have posted two wins together in their last three matches at No. 3 doubles.

Colgate is led by reigning PL Player of the Week Jacob Daugherty, who has won 13 of his last 14 matches. 

The winner of Friday's match will face either No. 1 Army or No. 8 Lafayette on Saturday in the semifinals at 10 a.m. The last two remaining teams will face off for the automatic NCAA berth Sunday at 1 p.m.

2017 Patriot League Tournament Schedule

Thursday, April 20 // First Round TIME
No. 8 Lafayette def. No. 9 Holy Cross 4-0
Friday, April 21 // Quarterfinals TIME
No. 1 Army West Point vs. No. 8 Lafayette 8 a.m.
No. 4 Boston University vs. No. 5 Colgate 10:30 a.m.
No. 3 Lehigh vs. No. 6 Bucknell 1:30 p.m.
No. 2 Navy vs. No. 7 Loyola Maryland 4:30 p.m.
Saturday, April 22 // Semifinals TIME
1/8 vs. 4/5 10 a.m.
2/7 vs. 3/6 2 p.m.
Sunday, April 23 // Championship TIME
TBD 1 p.m.
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