Broncos Open Indoor Season in Seattle

BOISE, Idaho - The Boise State men's tennis team will kick off its 2011 indoor season this weekend (Jan. 22-23) with a trip to Seattle, Wash. to face the University of the Pacific and the University of Washington in a pair of duals at the Nordstrom Tennis Center.

The No. 43 ranked Broncos will open up the weekend with a dual against Pacific, Saturday (Jan. 22), at noon (PST). The men will then square off against No. 26 Washington at noon on Sunday (Jan. 23). Free live video will be available for Sunday's dual at  

Pacific and Washington are set to meet on Friday.

Last time out...

Jeff Mullen and Nathan Sereke officially started the 2011 season for Boise State this past weekend (Jan. 14-16) with a trip to the National Collegiate Tennis Classic in Palm Springs, Calif. Mullen and Sereke both enjoyed strong showings at the N.C.T.C. with an opportunity to compete against players from some of the nation's top teams.

Mullen earned his first singles win of 2010-11 as he beat Alex Moreno (Pepperdine), 1-6, 7-6, 10-3, on day two of competition. He finished 1-1 in singles on the weekend.

Sereke, who was competing for the first time as a Bronco, recorded his first collegiate victory on day No. 1 with a 6-4, 7-5 win against Kieren Thompson (Arizona). Sereke would drop three close matches to finish the tournament 1-3.

Mullen and Sereke also teamed up to finish 1-2 in doubles competition with their lone victory coming against Kieren Thompson and Andrew Vidaller (Arizona), 8-2.  

National Rankings...

Boise State starts the 2011 season ranked No. 43 nationally, which is just one spot behind where the Broncos finished 2010. The men are led by a pair of players currently ranked individually in singles. Junior Damian Hume starts the indoor season ranked No. 62 in singles after playing to a 2-2 record in the fall. He is joined by sophomore Filipp Pogostkin who is ranked No. 85 in singles after finishing the fall 6-2.

This marks the first individual ranking for either player at Boise State.

Looking at Washington...

Washington officially started its indoor season last Friday (Jan. 14) with a 7-0 win against Gonzaga in Seattle, Wash. The Huskies begin 2011 ranked No. 26 nationally after finishing last spring at No. 28. UW went 17-5 in 2010 but fell from the first round of NCAA tournament action with a 4-3 loss to No. 33 Rice.

The Huskies have three players currently ranked nationally in singles, while two doubles teams are also ranked by the ITA. Kyle McMorrow (No. 81), Martin Kildahl (No. 83) and Jeevan Nedunchezhiyan (No. 92) are all ranked in singles. Nedunchezhiyan and McMorrow are also currently No. 30 in doubles, while Kildahl and Tobi Obenaus are No. 33.

Washington and Boise State met at the 2010 ITA Indoor Championships, which the Huskies won 5-1.

Looking at Pacific...

Pacific opens its indoor schedule on Friday when the Tigers take on Washington. Pacific starts the season unranked after finishing 2010 with a 9-12 record. The Tigers were 3-2 in Big West Conference action after falling to UC Irvine, 4-1, in the conference semifinals.

Tough road ahead...

Sunday's showdown with Washington will kick-off an eight dual road trip against ranked opponents for the Broncos between now and Feb. 15. After facing No. 26 UW, Boise State will take on No. 12 Kentucky, No. 22 Wake Forest or No. 29 Wisconsin, No. 24 Virginia Tech, No. 21 Pepperdine, No. 6 UCLA and No. 52 San Diego State.

Life won't get any easier for the Broncos after that however, as the men then will travel to the National Indoor Team Championships and the prestigious Blue Gray Indoor Classic.

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