Feb. 1, 2018
Match 4: Boise State (1-2) at BYU (5-0)
Location: Provo, Utah
Venue/Facility: BYU Indoor Tennis Courts
Date | Time: Feb. 3 (Saturday) | 1 p.m. (MT)
Live Stats: None
Match 5: Boise State (1-2) at Utah State (3-2)
Location: Logan, Utah
Venue/Facility: Sports Academy & Racquet Club
Date | Time: Feb. 4 (Saturday) | 1 p.m. (MT)
Live Stats: Stats
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WHAT'S HAPPENING: Boise State (1-2) begins a stretch of six-consecutive weeks on the road this weekend as the Broncos travel to the Beehive state to face ITA Mountain Region rival BYU on Saturday at 1 p.m. (MT) in Provo, Utah (BYU Indoor Tennis Courts).
The action will continue on Sunday when the Blue and Orange travels to Logan, Utah (Sports Academy & Racquet Club), for the Mountain West Conference opener against the defending champion Utah State Aggies at 1 p.m. (MT).
LAST TIME OUT: The last time out Boise State defeated Whitman College, the 14th-ranked NCAA DIII team, 5-2 last Saturday night (Jan. 27) to hand coach Greg Patton his 800th career win. The Broncos claimed the doubles point 2-1 to open the night, then collected four singles victories by Ryland McDermott, Stefan Lalovic, Harvey Shackleton and Wyatt DeMulling, respectively. After Whitman rallied to close within 3-2 on a pair of singles wins on courts one and four, Shackleton clinched the match when he won in three sets 6-3, 3-6, 7-5 on court six.
GENERAL PATTON: The "General," head coach Greg Patton enters the year ranked No. 1 in career wins nationally among active collegiate coaches and fourth all-time at 800-392. His win percentage is .671 all-time and .691 at Boise State (449-201).
LEADING THE BRONCOS IN SINGLES: Wyatt DeMulling won at No. 2 singles against Whitman and is now 1-2 in dual matches, while Stefan Lalovic won at No. 3 singles versus Whitman and is now 1-1 in duals and 6-9 on the year. Matteo Tinelli and Mattia Bedolo have split time playing at No. 1 singles with Tinelli getting the nod twice.
DOUBLES LINEUP: The doubles lineup has changed with each match so far. Last time out Mattia Bedolo and Ryland McDermott played on court one, while Wyatt DeMulling and Stefan Lalovic won on court two, Maximilien Blancaneaux and Tim Heslin won on court three.
NEW LOOK BRONCOS: This year's Boise State roster has a new look from last year's version with six new faces. Stefan Lalovic (Las Vegas, Nev.), Matteo Tinelli (Milan, Italy) and Tim Heslin (Auckland, New Zealand) all arrived last fall and competed for the blue and orange.
This spring they were joined by Mattia Bedolo (Venice, Italy), Max Blancaneaux (Paris, France) and Wyatt DeMulling (Seattle, Wash.).
The six newcomers will supplement a core group of five returning from 2016-17 in Kyle Butters, Jack Heslin, Ryland McDermott, Pedro Platzeck and Harvey Shackleton.
STILL LOOKING YOUNG: For the second straight year the roster does not include any seniors. But unlike last year where there were no upperclassmen (seniors or juniors), this year's team has three returning juniors in Butters, Jack Heslin and Platzeck. They are joined by community college All-American transfers Blancaneaux and DeMulling as juniors.
The sophomore class will include McDermott and Shackleton, while there are four freshmen in Bedolo, Tim Heslin, Lalovic and Tinelli.