Video: Boise State Opens MW Play at New Mexico Followed by Match at Arizona

Jan. 30, 2014



SCHEDULE


MATCH 5

  • Opponent: New Mexico
  • Date: Jan. 31 (Friday)
  • Time: 5 p.m. (Mountain)
  • Location: Albuquerque, N.M. (Linda Estes Tennis Complex)
  • Live Stats: None


MATCH 6



WHAT’S HAPPENING THIS WEEK

At New Mexico (Jan. 31)

  • Boise State (2-2, 0-0 MW) opens Mountain West Conference play this Friday at New Mexico (7-1, 0-0 MW).
  • The 44th-ranked Broncos are 2-2 overall coming in off a split last weekend in Waco, Texas where they lost 4-0 at No. 7 Baylor, then regrouped to defeat then-No. 32 Drake 4-1. 
  • Friday’s contest with UNM is a rematch of last year’s conference tournament title match won 4-3 by the Broncos. In fact, the Broncos have defeated the Lobos in the last two Mountain West Tournament championship matches to advance into the NCAA Tournament. 
  • Boise State won last year’s regular season meeting in Boise 7-0. 
  • New Mexico is off to a solid start in 2014 entering the match with a 7-1 overall record, all at home. The Lobos lost their last match to the University of Utah 4-3 on Jan. 26. 
  • The Lobos are led by Samir Iftikhar ranked 45th nationally in singles by the ITA, he is second in the ITA’s mountain region. 
  • Joining Iftikhar in the regional rankings are Mitch McDaniels at No. 17, as well as two doubles teams: No. 4 Hayden Sabatka/Rodolfo Juaregui and No. 10 Andrew Van Der Vyver/Mads Hegelund.


At Arizona (Feb. 2)

  • Boise State will close this weekend’s schedule at Arizona (4-4) Sunday morning at 12 p.m. (Mountain) at the Reffkin Tennis Center in Tucson. 
  • This match will conclude the second of six consecutive weeks on the road for the Boise State men’s team. 
  • The last time Boise State and Arizona met was on March 21 in Boise when the Broncos defeated the Wildcats 7-0. 
  • Arizona is 4-4 overall to open the 2014 team season. The Wildcats are coming off a home sweep of Northern Arizona (7-0) and UC Riverside (7-0) last weekend.
  • The Wildcats do not have anyone ranked nationally in singles or doubles and the are not in Boise State’s ITA region. 

COACH PATTON ON THIS WEEK'S MATCHES
  • “When it comes to the Battle of the Bands our matches with New Mexico rivals the rivalry of the Beatles vs. the Rolling Stones. Year in and Year out, the match with the Lobos are always intense, fierce battles that seem to always come down to the last desperate shot. The past two years we have defeated New Mexico in the finals of the Mountain West Championships.”
  • “It is Rock and Roll tennis to the loudest decibel. Our teams once again (no surprise) evenly matched and I can see it coming down to the final shot of the last match standing.”
  • “We won’t get any reprise with the Arizona Wildcats. Pac 12 teams are always laden with talent.”


BRONCOS NATIONALLY RANKED

  • Boise State enters the week ranked 44th nationally by the ITA in the most recent rankings (1/29/2014). 


BETTLES NATIONALLY RANKED

  • Bronco senior Andy Bettles begins his final season at Boise State ranked 54th nationally in singles after going 11-3 last fall and 3-1 versus top-50 opponents. 


BRONCOS REGIONALLY RANKED


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DEFENDING MW CHAMPIONS

  • Regular Season Champions: The Broncos are the defending regular-season Mountain West Conference co-champions after going 8-1 in league play during 2013.
  • Tournament Champions: Boise State is the two-time defending Mountain West Tournament champion after defeating New Mexico 4-3 in last year’s title match at Colorado Springs, Colo. The Broncos have won 14 conference titles all-time.
  • NCAA Tournament Participant: Boise State advanced to the NCAA Tournament in 2013 for the 16th time in school history and the eighth time in the last nine years. The Broncos fell 4-3 to No. 23 Clemson in the first round of the tournament at Knoxville, Tenn.


QUICK LOOK AT BOISE STATE

  • The Record: Boise State is 2-2 overall after two weeks of action. Last year the Broncos went 20-10 overall and 8-1 in conference.
  • The Broncos at Home: Boise State is 1-1 at home in 2014. Traditionally the Broncos are hard to beat at home in Boise. They went 10-1 at home during the 2012-13 season. 
  • Boise State Singles: The Broncos will feature one of its strongest lineups this spring with a solid mix of experience and youth. Look to seniors Andy Bettles and Nathan Sereke to lead the nine-member squad this spring playing on courts one and two, respectively. 
  • Boise State Doubles: Boise State has a solid selection of doubles teams in which to choose. Leading numerous potential teams is the duo of freshman Brendan McClain and junior Garrett Patton who went 7-3 as a team during the fall semester to earn them the No. 2 ranking in the ITA Mountain Region this spring.

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