Broncos at ITA Kick-Off Weekend in LA
Jan. 27, 2017

THIS WEEK FOR MEN”S TENNIS

ITA Kick-Off Weekend
UCLA Bracket (ITA National Indoors Qualifying Tournament)
Location: Los Angeles, California
Facility: UCLA’s Los Angeles Tennis Center

Jan, 28, 2017
Lamar (2-1) Vs. Boise State (1-2) | at 11 a.m. (MT) | Live Stats

Jan. 29, 2017 (If Boise State wins Saturday)
Boise State vs either No. 7 UCLA or New Mexico | at TBD (MT) | Live Stats

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WHAT IS HAPPENING
  • Boise State is off to the ITA Kick-Off Weekend this Saturday and Sunday. The Broncos enter the 64-team competition being seeded No. 2 in the UCLA bracket. The winner of the four-team bracket featuring No.7 UCLA (2-0), Boise State (1-2), New Mexico (0-3) and Lamar (2-0) will advance to the ITA Indoor National Championship in February. 
  • Boise State and Lamar will open the action non Saturday at 11 a.m. (Mountain) at UCLA’s Los Angeles Tennis Center followed by the UCLA vs. New Mexico contest.
  • The winners of the two matches will face off on Sunday at a time yet to be determined.

ON THE ROAD
  • Boise State will b e on the road for the next two weekends following this week’s trip to LA, the Broncos head east to the Chicago metro area where they will play at Northwestern next Friday (Feb. 3) followed by a neutral site match at Northwestern with Harvard on Sunday (Feb. 5) in Evanston, Ill.

NEXT HOME MATCHES
  • Boise State returns home the weekend of Feb. 11 and 12 when they host three matches featuring ITA Regional rivals Idaho State, BYU and Utah at the new Eagle Tennis Club in Eagle, Idaho.

PRESEASON RANKINGS
  • Boise State’s doubles team of Kyle Butters and Jack Heslin, The Kiwi Konnection, enter the spring semester ranked 51st nationally by the Intercollegiate Tennis Association. 
  • The Boise State sophomore tandem went 6-2 as a doubles team last fall and advanced to the title match at the ITA Mountain Region Championship in Las Vegas, Nev., in October. They came within one victory of advancing to the ITA National Indoor Championship.
  • The duo also enters the year ranked second in the ITA Mountain Region.
  • Butters, a sophomore from Wanganui, New Zealand, enters the spring duals ranked 10th in singles for the ITA Mountain Region, while Heslin, a sophomore from Auckland, New Zealand, starts ranked 17th.

REBUILDING YEAR
  • This will be viewed as a rebuilding year for the Broncos men’s tennis team as Boise State features one of the youngest NCAA Division I squads in the country with no upperclassmen, seniors or juniors, playing this year.
  • The 2017 active roster features five sophomores and three freshmen.
  • The sophomore class includes: Kyle Butters (Wanganui, New Zealand), Jack Heslin (Auckland, New Zealand), Pedro Platzeck (Sao Paulo, Brazil), Morgan Stone (Marietta, Ga.) and Greg Wischer Grand Forks, N.D.).
  • The freshmen class includes: Ryland McDermott (Las Vegas, Nev.), Harvey Shackleton (Hertfordshire, England) and Brian Tran (Greystanes, Australia).
  • Lewis Roskilly, a junior from Stevenage, England, will not compete this year.

THE GENERAL
  • Greg Patton enters his 21st season at Boise State where he has posted a 444-178 record while winning 14 conference championships in three different conferences.
  • This is the General’s 37th season as a collegiate head coach ... Patton has put together an impressive 795-371 record, which currently ranks him first nationally for most wins by an active NCAA Division I men’s tennis coach and fourth all-time. 
  • Since returning to Boise State in 2003, Patton guided the team to four-consecutive Mountain West Tournament Championships (2012-15) during its first four seasons in the conference. He also earned Western Athletic Conference titles in four of nine seasons (2003, 2005-07), as well as a WAC regular-season championship in 2009.
  • During Patton’s 20-year tenure with the Broncos he has coached five players to All-America status, including Luke Shields twice in singles (2005 and 2007) and once in doubles (2005), Thomas Schoeck in doubles (2005) with Shields, Guillame Bouvier in singles (2004), as well as the doubles team of Ernesto Diaz and Albin Polonyi (1996).

MOUNTAIN WEST CHAMPIONSHIP COMES TO BOISE
  • The 2017 Mountain West Conference Men’s Tennis Championship Tournament will be held April 28-30 at Boise State’s Appleton Tennis Center.
  • This is the first time that the league’s championship event has been in Boise. 
  • The Broncos have won four MW titles (2012-15) in their first five years as members of the conference. 

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