Bronco Men's Tennis Opens Season against Oregon Thursday



BOISE, Idaho - The Boise State men's tennis team will open its' 2010 spring schedule on Thursday (Jan. 21) when the No. 22 ranked Broncos host the University of Oregon at the Boise Racquet and Swim Club at 6:30 p.m.

Looking at the Broncos...

            Boise State enters the 2010 season looking to improve upon an outstanding 2009 campaign in which the Broncos made an exciting run to the Sweet 16 of the NCAA tournament. Boise State opens the indoor season ranked No. 22 by the Intercollegiate Tennis Association.

            The Broncos are led by sophomore standout James Meredith, who is currently ranked No. 35 in singles. Meredith finished the fall with a 5-2 record, which included an impressive 4-0 record against top-100 opponents.

            Boise State will rely on a talented group of young players, as the current Bronco roster boasts just three upperclassmen. Senior transfer Vicente Joli (Fresno Pacific University) is expected to play a big role in the Broncos' success this season, along with a large group of freshman and sophomores.

Looking at the Ducks...

            The Oregon men's tennis team is looking to rebound from a 9-15 finish in 2009. The Ducks open their season on Wednesday (Jan. 20), when they take on Weber State at 11 a.m. in Boise. In their second dual of the season the Ducks will look to avenge a 5-2 loss to the Broncos from a year ago.

            Oregon returns some much needed experience this year, as there are currently five upperclassman on roster.

Closing in on 300...

            Bronco Head Coach Greg Patton has his sights set on a career milestone this weekend, as he is just one win shy of his 300th in blue and orange. Patton has compiled a 299-101 (.748) record at Boise State throughout the 13 seasons in charge of the program. Patton's career head coaching record is 650-294 (.689).

Challenges ahead...

            Boise State will face a challenging couple of weeks ahead, as the Broncos are first scheduled to travel to California for duals against Pepperdine (Sunday, Jan. 24) and UCLA (Monday, Jan. 25). Boise State will then travel to Champagne, Ill. on Jan. 29 (Friday) to face the University of Washington in the first round of the ITA National Team Indoor Championships.

Getting to the dual...

            The Boise Racquet and Swim Club is located at 1116 North Cole Road in Boise. Traveling from Boise State, take the I-184 connector to the Cole Road exit (1A). Take a right on Cole Road (heading North) and go through the stoplight at Cole and Emerald. The Racquet Club will be on your right just after the light.