BOISE, Idaho - The No. 21 ranked Boise State men's tennis team will get its' first chance to challenge some of the nation's best this weekend (Jan. 29-30) when the Broncos travel to Champaign, Ill. for the Intercollegiate Tennis Association Kick-Off hosted at the University of Illinois.
The Broncos will open up the weekend at 2 p.m. (CST) on Friday (Jan. 29) against No. 26 University of Washington. Depending on which teams win or lose, Boise State will then face either No. 15 Illinois or No. 27 Virginia Tech on Saturday (Jan. 30).
Last time out...
Boise State enters this weekend with a 1-0 record after knocking off the University of Oregon last Thursday (Jan. 21) in the Broncos' season opener. After dropping the doubles point to Oregon, Boise State mounted a huge comeback en route to a 4-3 win.
The win was monumental for the Broncos, as it earned head coach Greg Patton his 300th career win at Boise State.
Moving up in the rankings...
The Broncos moved up one spot in this week's Campbell's/ITA National Team Rankings to No. 21. After finishing the 2009 season ranked No. 20 nationally, Boise State opened this indoor season at No. 22. The ITA team rankings will continue to come out weekly throughout the season, while the singles and doubles rankings will come out every other week starting Feb. 18.
Looking at the Huskies...
Washington has been dominant so far this season, compiling a 4-0 record through the first couple weeks of the season. The Huskies earned wins over Gonzaga (7-0), No. 54 Arkansas (4-3), Portland (7-0) and UC Irvine (6-1) to start the year.
The ITA Kick-Off
The second-annual ITA Kick-Off Weekend is a collegiate tennis event that gives 60 teams from around the country the opportunity to play for a berth in the 2010 ITA National Indoor Team Championships. The field has been broken into four-team tournaments that will be played out at 15 different college campuses.
Teams have been seeded 1-4 at all 15 locations, with the top seed playing the four seed to open the weekend. The two day-one winners will play on Saturday for the right to play at the indoor team championships.
Visit itatennis.com to follow the Broncos throughout the weekend.