Broncos Open Season Against the Big Ten
Jan. 18, 2018

Match 1: Northwestern at Boise State
Location: Boise, Idaho 
Venue/Facility: Boise Racquet and Swim Club (1116 N Cole Road, Boise)

Date | Time: Jan. 21 (Sunday) | Noon (MT)
Admission: Free

Match 2: No. 17 Michigan at Boise State
Location: Boise, Idaho 
Venue/Facility: Boise Racquet and Swim Club (1116 N Cole Road, Boise)
Date | Time: Jan. 22 (Monday) | 11:30 a.m. (MT)
Admission: Free

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WHAT’S HAPPENING: Boise State (0-0) opens the spring team dual season this weekend in a big way hosting two prominent Big Ten opponents in the Northwestern Wildcats (0-0) and the 17th-ranked Michigan Wolverines (0-0) this Sunday and Monday, respectively. Both opponents will open the season prior to traveling to Boise, Northwestern will host North Carolina State on Thursday, while Michigan is at Washington on Saturday.

The action begins for Boise State at noon on Sunday when the Broncos take on Northwestern at the Boise Racquet and Swim Club located at 1116 N Cole Road in Boise. Admission is free to all Boise State tennis matches. The blue and orange played at Northwestern last year falling 4-0.

The opening weekend concludes Monday morning when Boise State entertains No. 17 Michigan at 11:30 a.m. This contest will also be held at the Boise Racquet and Swim Club in west Boise. The Broncos traveled to Ann Arbor, Mich., last year to take on the Wolverines where they fell 5-0.

LAST TIME OUT: Boise State prepared for the team dual season opener this week with a warm-up tournament last weekend. The Broncos took their three newcomers Mattia Bedolo, Max Blancaneaux and Wyatt DeMulling, who joined the team at the start of spring semester, to the National Collegiate Tennis Classic at Rancho Mirage, Calif. The doubles team of Bedolo and DeMulling led the way going 2-1 overall. Bedolo went 1-2 in singles followed by DeMulling at 1-3.

NEW LOOK BRONCOS: This year’s Boise State roster has a new look from last year’s version with six new faces. Stafan Lalovic (Las Vegas, Nev.), Matteo Tinelli (Milan, Italy) and Tim Heslin (Auckland, New Zealand) all arrived last fall and competed for the blue and orange.

This spring they were joined by Mattia Bedolo (Venice, Italy), Max Blancaneaux (Paris, France) and Wyatt DeMulling (Seattle, Wash.).

The six newcomers will supplement a core group of five returning from 2016-17 in Kyle Butters, Jack Heslin, Ryland McDermott, Pedro Platzeck and Harvey Shackleton.

STILL LOOKING YOUNG: For the second straight year the roster does not include any seniors. But unlike last year where there were no upperclassmen (seniors or juniors), this year’s team has three returning juniors in Butters, Jack Heslin and Platzeck. They are joined by community college All-American transfers Blancaneaux and DeMulling as juniors.

The sophomore class will include McDermott and Shackleton, while there are four freshmen in Bedolo, Tim Heslin, Lalovic and Tinelli.

PATTON ADDS THREE TO ROSTER: Coach Patton announced on Thursday the addition of three new student-athletes to the 2018 spring roster. Joining the Broncos are two junior college transfers Wyatt DeMulling (Seattle, Wash.) from Irvine Valley College in California and Maximilien Blancaneaux (Paris, France) from Cypress College in California, as well as true freshman Mattia Bedolo (Venice, Italy). This trio will represent Boise State at the National Collegiate Tennis Classic in Rancho Mirage, Calif., Friday through Sunday. None of the trio traveling this week played collegiately this past fall so they will work to shake the rust off at the NCTC in preparation for next week’s season openers.

The two community college transfers were both ITA/CCCAA All-Americans last spring in both singles and doubles and led their respective teams to outstanding seasons. DeMulling helped his team the Irvine Valley Lasers to their third-straight California Community College Athletic Association (CCCAA) championship, while Blancaneaux’s team, Cypress College, fell in the CCCAA semifinals to DeMulling’s IVC squad. Bedolo is a talented Italian who was ranked in the top-30 nationally in Italy for junior tennis.

PATTON ON THE CLASS OF NEWCOMERS: “They are the future of Bronco tennis, I love these guys! I have two guys, Max and Wyatt, that bring great junior college experience and are junior college All-Americans, both were basically top-10 in the country in singles. They bring passion and fire, if you turn off the lights it will just light up again because they’re so positive, so excited and enthusiastic that they could be the electric grid that keeps the whole state of Idaho going. The third one is Mattia Bedolo, he is one of the top juniors from Italy. He brings a lot of flare and personality with a smile that is just going to light up the place. I don’t think we could of had a better recruiting class for January than these guys. They are definitely going to help us this spring.”

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