Men's Tennis Heads to Southern California for Three Tough Duals

What’s Happening:

The 37th-ranked Boise State men’s team takes to the road for the first time this season to face three tough opponents in a weekend trip to Southern California. The Broncos (1-0) will look to continue a perfect record but with a challenge, taking on 4th-ranked UCLA, 14th-ranked Pepperdine and 62nd-ranked UC Santa Barbara.


The Broncos:

Three Broncos remain in the Intercollegiate Tennis Association’s national top-100 singles poll. Senior Clancy Shields leads the way with a No. 22 ranking. Senior Stanley Sarapanich sits at No. 85 and senior Kean Feeder at No. 90 in the Jan. 6, 2009 poll.


The Competition:

Saturday, January 24, 2009 The Broncos begin their road trip at the University of California-Santa Barbara. By Saturday, both teams will have one match under their belts after the Broncos defeated Oregon, 5-2, last weekend and UCSB will play No. 70 BYU on Fri., Jan. 23. The Gauchos will host the Broncos in a 2 p.m. (Mountain Time) match at the UCSB Recreation Center courts.


Sunday, January 25, 2009 - The Broncos head over to Pepperdine for their second of three matches on the road trip. The Waves currently hold a 1-1 record, including a 4-3 win over No. 30 Notre Dame (Jan. 16) and a 6-1 loss to No. 15 Illinois (Jan. 17). The Waves and Broncos will play at 2 p.m. (Mountain Time) in Malibu, Calif.


Pepperdine boasts three nationally ranked singles players as well as one nationally ranked doubles team. Omar Altmann leads the team’s rankings, sitting at No. 51 in singles play. Mahmoud Kamel sits close behind at No. 57, while Bassam Beidas rounds out the Waves’ ranked players at No. 122. In doubles play, Altmann and Beidas have joined to make the No. 45 ranked doubles team in the country.


Tuesday, January 27, 2009 For their final match of the trip, the Broncos will face the tough No. 4 ranked Bruins of UCLA. The Bruins currently hold a 0-0 record, but will have played BYU on Jan. 22 before they face the Broncos. The two teams will face-off at 2 p.m. (Mountain Time) at the L.A. Tennis Center.


UCLA’s line-up includes two nationally ranked singles players, including Matt Brooklyn who leads the way at No. 67. Nick Meister also holds a ranking for the Bruins, sitting at No. 78.


Last Time Out:

The Broncos opened up their 2009 home season last Sunday when they played host to the University of Oregon. The Broncos were able to pick up a 5-2 victory over the Ducks at the Boise Racquet and Swim Club and improve to a 1-0 record on the season.

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