Broncos Travel to Face Virginia Tech
Toby Mitchell will lead the Broncos playing No. 1 singles.
Jan. 29, 2016

THE SCHEDULE

  • No. 58 Boise State (4-1) at No. 18 Virginia Tech (1-1)
  • Blacksburg, Va. (Burrows-Burleson Tennis Center)
  • Jan. 30, 2016 at 3 p.m. (Mountain)


WHAT'S HAPPENING
  • Boise State is headed to the east coast this weekend where the 58th-ranked Broncos will face the 18th-ranked Virginia Tech Hokies at 3 p.m. (Mountain) Saturday at Blacksburg, Va. 
  • The action will take place at Virginia Tech's Burrows-Burleson Tennis Center.
  • Live stats will be available through Virginia Tech's website: www.hokiesports.com/. 

REPRESENTING THE BRONCOS THIS WEEK
  • Kyle Butters: The freshman from New Zealand is 8-4 in singles matches and 4-2 in doubles.
  • Brian Foley: The senior is 6-4 in singles and 4-3 in doubles.
  • Tillman Haynes: The freshman from Texas is 5-3 in singles and 4-1 in doubles.
  • Abe Hewko: The junior is currently 6-5 singles and 8-2 in doubles competition.
  • Toby Mitchell: The senior from England has a 8-4 singles record and 4-2 doubles mark.
  • Pedro Platzeck: The freshman from Brazil joined the team during the winter break and is currently 3-0 in singles and 4-1 in doubles.
  • Lewis Roskilly: The sophomore from England is 5-5 in singles and 6-3 in doubles.
  • Note: The players' records are for the 2015-16 year.

WHAT'S HAPPENED RECENTLY
  • The Broncos went 2-1 last week opening with a quick 7-0 victory over Southern Utah (Jan. 19), then traveled to the ITA Kickoff in College Station, Texas, over the weekend. 
  • Boise State held off San Francisco 4-3 in the first round Saturday (Jan. 23) when freshman Kyle Butters won a three-set thriller at No. 2 singles to hand the Broncos the victory. 
  • The Blue and Orange then advance into the second round where they faced their host and 5th-ranked Texas A&M. Boise State suffered its first loss of 2016 falling 4-0 to the Aggies. 

COACH PATTON
  • Greg Patton is in his 20th season as head coach at Boise State where he is 427-167 overall in team duals, his career mark is 778-360 in 36 years.
  • His 778 career wins ranks him first among active coaches ... the Broncos' win over Southern Utah (Jan. 19) moved him into fourth-place all-time on the NCAA career list at 777. 

FOUR-TIME MOUNTAIN WEST CHAMPS
  • The Broncos have never lost (11-0) at the Mountain West Tournament since joining the league for the 2011-12 campaign and are the four-time defending champions.
  • Overall Boise State has won 16 conference titles, 14 under coach Patton's leadership

NCAA NATIONAL TOURNAMENT
  • Boise State advanced to the NCAA Tournament in 2015 for the 18th time in school history and the 10th time in the last 11 years.

BOISE STATE 58th NATIONALLY
  • The Boise State moved up one spot in the latest Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) National Rankings to 58th following a split last weekend.
  • The Broncos started the 2016 campaign ranked 59th nationally by the ITA. 

MOUNTAIN WEST LOOKING TOUGH IN 2016
  • Boise State is one of three Mountain West teams currently listed in the ITA national rankings Jan. 27.
  • Leading the group is San Diego State at No. 38, followed by No. 58 Boise State and No. 66 Fresno State.
  • A five MW members have been ranked this season with New Mexico and Utah State dropping out recently.

BOISE STATE LEGACY ALIVE AND WELL
  • Bronco alumni Clancy Shields and Luke Shields both have had their teams in the nationally rankings to start the season.
  • Clancy Shields in his third season as the head coach at Utah State had his Aggies ranked 70th in the first national poll on Jan. 5, they are not currently ranked.
  • Luke Shields, the older of the two brothers, left his position as the associate head coach at Boise State in September to take over as the head coach at Fresno State. His Bulldogs entered the season ranked 67th in the nation and are now at 66.
  • Boise State plays at Utah State on March 19th and will host Fresno State on April 8th.

TOUGH SCHEDULE, BRONCOS COULD FACE 15 TEAMS CURRENTLY RANKED
  • In addition to the two Mountain West teams, San Diego State and Fresno State, currently in the ITA rankings there are 13 other schools on the Broncos' schedule that are among those ranked.
  • Boise State has already defeated then ranked No. 69 San Francisco 4-3 (Jan. 23) and lost 4-0 at No. 5 Texas A&M (Jan. 24). 
  • The Broncos will still face: No. 18 Virginia Tech (Jan. 30), No. 46 Oregon (Feb. 21), No. 47 UC Santa Barbara (March 23), No. 53 Indiana (Feb. 20), No. 57 Cal Poly (March 26), No. 69 San Francisco (Jan. 23) and No. 67 UC Irvine (March 3).
  • The Broncos could also face the following schools in tournaments: the five schools in the Blue Gray National Tennis Classic (Feb. 26-27) No. 13 South Florida, No. 25 Oklahoma State, No. 34 Princeton, No. 55 Auburn and No. 61 Alabama. 
  • Other schools on the schedule that have been ranked include: Utah State and New Mexico.

TENREIRO AND MITCHELL RANKED REGIONALLY FOR SINGLES
  • Boise State seniors Thomas Tenreiro and Toby Mitchell open the 2016 team dual season ranked in the ITA Intermountain Region for singles.
  • Tenreiro starts the season ranked fourth regionally, while Mitchell begins the year ranked 14th.

TWO BOISE STATE DOUBLE TEAMS RANKED REGIONALLY

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