Jan. 24, 2014
WHAT’S HAPPENING THIS WEEK
- Boise State (1-1, 0-0 MW) is off to Waco, Texas, where the Broncos will face No. 7 Baylor (0-0), then either No. 28 Auburn (3-0) or No. 32 Drake (2-1). All matches will be held at the Hurd Tennis Center on the Baylor campus.
- The Broncos open the weekend’s action Saturday morning versus their host the seventh-ranked Baylor Bears who will be opening their 2014 campaign.
- Baylor has four players ranked nationally in singles: No. 2 Julian Lenz, No. 7 Patrick Pradella, No. 18 Diego Galeano and No. 92 Tony Lupieri.
- Boise State will play either No. 28 Auburn or No. 32 Drake on Sunday morning at Baylor depending on Saturday’s outcomes.
- Auburn has two players ranked in singles No. 89 Dante Saleh and No. 112 Daniel Cochrane, as well as the doubles team of Dennis Lengsfeld and Lukas Ollert ranked 37th nationally.
- Drake has Matt Frost ranked No. 123 in singles and the doubles team of Robin Goodman and Ravi Patel ranked eighth.
BRONCOS NATIONALLY RANKED
- Boise State enters the week ranked 47th nationally by the ITA in the most recent rankings (1/21/2014).
BETTLES NATIONALLY RANKED
- Bronco senior Andy Bettles begins his final season at Boise State ranked 54th nationally in singles after going 11-3 last fall and 3-1 versus top-50 opponents.
FOLLOW THE BRONCOS
- On the web at: BroncoSports.com
- On Twitter at: @BroncoSportsMTN
- On FaceBook at: Boise State University Men’s Tennis
DEFENDING MW CHAMPIONS
- Regular Season Champions: The Broncos are the defending regular-season Mountain West Conference co-champions after going 8-1 in league play during 2013.
- Tournament Champions: Boise State is the two-time defending Mountain West Tournament champion after defeating New Mexico 4-3 in last year’s title match at Colorado Springs, Colo.
- NCAA Tournament Participant: Boise State advanced to the NCAA Tournament in 2013 for the 16th time in school history and the eighth time in the last nine years. The Broncos fell 4-3 to No. 23 Clemson in the first round of the tournament at Knoxville, Tenn.
- Record: The Broncos split a pair of home matches last weekend to open the 2014 campaign.
- Match 1: Boise State opened the campaign with a dominating 7-0 sweep over Montana State on Jan. 16.
- Match 2: The Broncos stumbled a bit against then No. 32 ranked Northwestern last Friday (Jan. 17) when the Wildcats came to town and defeated Boise State 5-2.
- Freshman Brendan McClain was the only Bronco to win both singles matches last week defeating Montana State’s Matin Morillas 6-2, 6-2 at the number two position and Northwestern’s Alex Pasareanu 6-1, 6-4 on court 5.
QUICK LOOK AT BOISE STATE
- The Record: This is Boise State’s opening weekend. Last year the Broncos went 20-10 overall and 8-1 in conference.
- The Broncos at Home: Traditionally the Broncos are hard to beat at home in the Boas Tennis Center and at the Appleton Tennis Center. They went 10-1 in Boise during the 2012-13 season.
- Boise State Singles: The Broncos will feature one of its strongest lineups this spring with a solid mix of experience and youth. Look to seniors Andy Bettles and Nathan Sereke to lead the nine-member squad this spring playing on courts one and two, respectively.
- Regionally Ranked Singles: Boise State has four Broncos ranked in the top 20 in the ITA’s Mountain Region led by Andy Bettles at No. 3, Thomas Tenreiro at No. 9, Garrett Patton No. 10 and Brendan McClain at No. 14.
- Boise State Doubles: Boise State has a solid selection of doubles teams in which to choose. Leading numerous potential teams is the duo of freshman Brendan McClain and junior Garrett Patton who went 7-3 as a team during the fall semester to earn them the No. 2 ranking in the ITA Mountain Region this spring.