Men's Tennis to Meet No. 12 Kentucky at ITA Kick-Off

BOISE, Idaho - The No. 42 ranked Boise State men's tennis team hits the road again this week for a meeting with three top 30 opponents as part of the 2011 ITA Kick-Off, Jan. 29-30, in Lexington, Ky.

The ITA Kick-Off is a 60 team event, which is broken into 15 locations featuring a four team pool at each site. Boise State is paired with No. 12 Kentucky, No. 22 Wake Forest and No. 30 Wisconsin. The team that goes 2-0 from each of the 15 locations will earn a trip to the 2011 ITA Indoor Team National Championships in Seattle, Wash., Feb. 18-21.

The Broncos open the weekend on Saturday (Jan. 29) with a match-up against Kentucky at 2 p.m. (CST). Depending on the outcome of Saturday's dual, Boise State will then play the winner or loser of Wake Forest and Wisconsin on Sunday at 10 a.m.

Last time out...

Boise State split its opening weekend duals to start the 2011 indoor season 1-1 after a pair of hard fought contests in Seattle, Wash. The Broncos knocked off Pacific, 6-1, on Saturday (Jan. 22) before falling to No. 26 Washington, 5-2, on Sunday (Jan. 23). Boise State won the doubles point against Pacific before capturing five of six wins in singles as well. Sunday proved to be tougher sledding however, as the Broncos only wins of the day came at No. 4 and No. 6 singles, and No. 3 doubles.

National Rankings...

Boise State moved up one spot in this week's ITA national rankings to No. 42 after its 1-1 record on opening weekend. The Broncos top 50 national ranking to start the season comes in large part to a pair of individuals currently ranked nationally in singles. Damian Hume is currently No. 62 nationally, while Filipp Pogostkin is No. 85.

Looking at the Competition...

Kentucky rolls into this weekend with plenty of momentum following a 4-0 start to the season. The Wildcats are coming off a thrilling 4-3 victory at No. 46 Indiana, and has also earned wins against Toledo (6-1), Xavier (6-0) and Cumberland (6-0). Kentucky is paced by a trio of individuals ranked in singles, including the nation's current No. 2 overall player Eric Quigley. He is joined by No. 39 Alex Musialek and No. 72 Alberto Gonzalez in the ITA rankings.

Wake Forest will see its first action of 2011 this weekend as the Demon Deacons have yet to play a dual this season. Wake Forest finished 2010 ranked No. 22 nationally after tallying a 16-9 overall record and earning a trip to the NCAA tournament. The Deacons currently have three players ranked nationally in singles, with No. 45 Jonathan Wolff, No. 100 Danny Kreyman and No. 109 Iain Atkinson.

Wisconsin has also enjoyed a solid start to the indoor season with a 2-0 record heading into the weekend. The Badgers beat UW-Whitewater and Butler both by a score of 7-0. Wisconsin currently doesn't not have any players ranked in either singles or doubles.

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