Boise State Hosts Trio of Matches
Jan. 20, 2017

THIS WEEK FOR MEN”S TENNIS

Boise State Host Three Matches

Location: Eagle, Idaho
Facility: Eagle Tennis Club | 1650 E Riverside Dr, Eagle | (208) 938-3015
Admission: Free

Jan, 21, 2017
  • Whitman College Vs. Boise State | at 10 a.m. (MT) | No Live Updates
  • Denver Vs. Boise State | at 6 p.m. (MT) | Live Updates
Jan. 23, 2017
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WHAT IS HAPPENING
  • Boise State officially opens the 2017 team duals season this weekend with a trio of home matches featuring Whitman, Denver and Cal Poly.
  • All three contests will be held at the new Eagle Tennis Center in Eagle, Idaho, at 1650 E. Rvierside Drive, just off State Street.
  • The season starts on Saturday with a doubleheader beginning at 10 a.m. with the Whitman Blues from the NCAA Division III Northwest Conference, the day wraps-up with a ITA Mountain Region match with the Denver Pioneers of the Summit League at 6 p.m.
  • The opening weekend concludes Monday morning with the Big West Conference’s Cal Poly Mustangs at 10 a.m.
  • Garrett Patton a Boise State alum and son of head coach Greg Patton is an assistant coach for the Mustangs.
  • These will be the first matches of the year for Boise State, Whitman and Denver, while Cal Poly opens Friday at Fresno State.
  • Denver participated in the 2016 NCAA National Tournament falling to Mississippi in the opening round at Berkeley, Calif.

PRESEASON RANKINGS
  • Boise State’s doubles team of Kyle Butters and Jack Heslin, The Kiwi Konnection, enter the spring semester ranked 51st nationally by the Intercollegiate Tennis Association. 
  • The Boise State sophomore tandem went 6-2 as a doubles team last fall and advanced to the title match at the ITA Mountain Region Championship in Las Vegas, Nev., in October. They came within one victory of advancing to the ITA National Indoor Championship.
  • The duo also enters the year ranked second in the ITA Mountain Region behind Denver’s Alex Gasson and Yannick James, the team that defeated the Broncos’ top pair in the title match at the regional last fall.
  • Butters, a sophomore from Wanganui, New Zealand, enters the spring duals ranked 10th in singles for the ITA Mountain Region, while Heslin, a sophomore from Auckland, New Zealand, starts ranked 17th.

THE BRONCOS, ONE OF THE YOUNGEST LINEUPS IN NCAA
  • This will be viewed as a rebuilding year for the Broncos men’s tennis team as Boise State features one of the youngest NCAA Division I squads in the country with no upperclassmen, seniors or juniors, playing this year.
  • The 2017 active roster features five sophomores and three freshmen.
  • The sophomore class includes: Kyle Butters (Wanganui, New Zealand), Jack Heslin (Auckland, New Zealand), Pedro Platzeck (Sao Paulo, Brazil), Morgan Stone (Marietta, Ga.) and Greg Wischer Grand Forks, N.D.).
  • The freshmen class includes: Ryland McDermott (Las Vegas, Nev.), Harvey Shackleton (Hertfordshire, England) and Brian Tran (Greystanes, Australia).
  • Lewis Roskilly, a junior from Stevenage, England, will not compete this year.

THE GENERAL, Greg Patton
  • Greg Patton enters his 21st season at Boise State where he has posted a 443-176 record while winning 14 conference championships in three different conferences.
  • Patton has put together an impressive 794-369 record over 36 years as a collegiate head coach, which currently ranks him first nationally for most wins by an active NCAA Division I men’s tennis coach and fourth all-time. 
  • Since returning to Boise State in 2003, Patton guided the team to four-consecutive Mountain West Tournament Championships (2012-15) during its first four seasons in the conference. He also earned Western Athletic Conference titles in four of nine seasons (2003, 2005-07), as well as a WAC regular-season championship in 2009.
  • During Patton’s 20-year tenure with the Broncos he has coached five players to All-America status, including Luke Shields twice in singles (2005 and 2007) and once in doubles (2005), Thomas Schoeck in doubles (2005) with Shields, Guillame Bouvier in singles (2004), as well as the doubles team of Ernesto Diaz and Albin Polonyi (1996).

MOUNTAIN WEST CHAMPIONSHIP COMES TO BOISE
  • The 2017 Mountain West Conference Men’s Tennis Championship Tournament will be held April 28-30 at Boise State’s Appleton Tennis Center.
  • This is the first time that the league’s championship event has been in Boise. 
  • The Broncos have won four MW titles (2012-15) in their first five years as members of the conference. 

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