Patton Looks for 800th Win

Jan. 25, 2018

Match 3: Whitman at Boise State
Location: Boise, Idaho
Venue/Facility: Eagle Tennis Club (1650 E Riverside Dr., Eagle, ID)
Date | Time: Jan. 27 (Saturday) | 6 p.m. (MT)
Admission: Free

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WHAT'S HAPPENING: Boise State (0-2) concludes a three-match homestand to open the season this weekend when the Broncos host Whitman College (1-1) at 6 p.m. (Mountain) at the Eagle Tennis Club in Eagle, Idaho. This is the last chance to see the Broncos for a while as they will not play in Boise again until March 17th against Santa Clara.

The Last Meeting
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January 21, 2017
Boise, Idaho (Eagle TC)

LOOKING FOR 800th WIN: The Broncos will be looking to hand coach Greg Patton his 800th career win as a collegiate head coach this weekend when they host the Blues (1-1) from Whitman College, the 14th-ranked NCAA DIII team. Whitman is also coached by a former Patton and Boise State assistant coach in Jeff Northam (1994-95 through 1995-1996). Patton currently stands at 799 wins of which 448 have come at Boise State dating back to his first season in 1992-93.

GENERAL PATTON: The "General," head coach Greg Patton enters the year ranked No. 1 in career wins nationally among active collegiate coaches and fourth all-time at 799-392. His win percentage is .671 all-time and .690 at Boise State (448-201).

BRONCOS ON THE REBOUND: Boise State went 0-2 during the season opening weekend last week when they fell to Northwestern and No. 17 Michigan. The Broncos look to bounce back on Saturday as the host the Whitman Blues. The Broncos will look to shuffle the lineup around a bit this weekend with both Mattia Bedolo and Max Blancaneaux available for selection.

LEADING THE BRONCOS IN SINGLES: Freshman Matteo Tinelli started at No. 1 singles this past week followed by Jack Heslin at No. 2, while newcomer Wyatt DeMulling (Seattle, Wash.) played on court three.

DOUBLES LINEUP: The No. 1 doubles team on opening weekend was Tinelli and Jack Heslin with Stefan Lalovic and Pedro Platzeck competing on court two. Meanwhile, No. 3 doubles saw two combinations with DeMulling playing in both with Ryland McDermott versus Northwestern and Mattia Bedolo against Michigan.

NEW LOOK BRONCOS: This year's Boise State roster has a new look from last year's version with six new faces. Stefan Lalovic (Las Vegas, Nev.), Matteo Tinelli (Milan, Italy) and Tim Heslin (Auckland, New Zealand) all arrived last fall and competed for the blue and orange.

This spring they were joined by Mattia Bedolo (Venice, Italy), Max Blancaneaux (Paris, France) and Wyatt DeMulling (Seattle, Wash.).

The six newcomers will supplement a core group of five returning from 2016-17 in Kyle Butters, Jack Heslin, Ryland McDermott, Pedro Platzeck and Harvey Shackleton.

STILL LOOKING YOUNG: For the second straight year the roster does not include any seniors. But unlike last year where there were no upperclassmen (seniors or juniors), this year's team has three returning juniors in Butters, Jack Heslin and Platzeck. They are joined by community college All-American transfers Blancaneaux and DeMulling as juniors.

The sophomore class will include McDermott and Shackleton, while there are four freshmen in Bedolo, Tim Heslin, Lalovic and Tinelli.

PATTON ADDS THREE TO ROSTER: Coach Patton announced on Thursday the addition of three new student-athletes to the 2018 spring roster. Joining the Broncos are two junior college transfers Wyatt DeMulling (Seattle, Wash.) from Irvine Valley College in California and Maximilien Blancaneaux (Paris, France) from Cypress College in California, as well as true freshman Mattia Bedolo (Venice, Italy). This trio will represent Boise State at the National Collegiate Tennis Classic in Rancho Mirage, Calif., Friday through Sunday. None of the trio traveling this week played collegiately this past fall so they will work to shake the rust off at the NCTC in preparation for next week's season openers.

The two community college transfers were both ITA/CCCAA All-Americans last spring in both singles and doubles and led their respective teams to outstanding seasons. DeMulling helped his team the Irvine Valley Lasers to their third-straight California Community College Athletic Association (CCCAA) championship, while Blancaneaux's team, Cypress College, fell in the CCCAA semifinals to DeMulling's IVC squad. Bedolo is a talented Italian who was ranked in the top-30 nationally in Italy for junior tennis.

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