Broncos Face #9 Northwestern and Harvard
Feb. 3, 2017

THIS WEEK FOR MEN”S TENNIS

Northwestern and Harvard
Location: Evanston, Ill.
Facility: Northwestern’s Combe Tennis Center

Feb. 3, 2017
Boise State (1-4) at No. 9 Northwestern (6-0) | at 1 p.m. (MT) | Live Stats | Live Video ($$)

Feb. 5, 2017
Boise State (1-4) vs Harvard (4-2) | at 9 a.m. (MT) | Live Stats

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WHAT IS HAPPENING

  • Boise State headed to the midwest for two matches this weekend in Evanston, Ill., at Northwestern University. 
  • The action begins with the Broncos taking on their host the ninth-ranked and undefeated Northwestern Wildcats at 1 p.m. (MT) Friday afternoon. 
  • The trip will conclude on Sunday when Boise State and Harvard face off at 9 a.m. (MT). Both matches will be played at Northwestern’s Combe Tennis Center.


NEXT UP FOR THE BRONCOS

  • 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.


LAST TIME OUT

  • Boise State participated in the ITA Kick-Off Weekend last week in Los Angeles, Calif., on the campus of UCLA. The tournament was a four-team sub-bracket in the qualifying tournament for the ITA Indoor National Team Championship later this month. 
  • The Broncos opened against the Lamar Cardinals falling 4-2 to the team from the Southland Conference. Brian Tran and Morgan Stone led Boise State against the Cardinals winning their singles matches to record the Broncos’ two team points. 
  • The Blue and Orange them faced Mountain West rival New Mexico in a consolation match where the Broncos lost 4-0 to the Lobos.


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/YOUTH MOVEMENT

  • 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 444-180 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 795-373 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.
The Last Meeting
Boise State0
Northwestern7
February 6, 2015
Evanston, Ill.
Boise State Falls at No. 26 Northwestern
Boise State's men's tennis team battled No. 26 Northwestern on the road in Evanston, Ill., Friday afternoon falling 7-0 to the Wildcats.

The Last Meeting
Boise State3
Harvard4
February 7, 2015
Evanston, Ill.
Harvard Edges Boise State 4-3
Boise State men's tennis was edged 4-3 by the Harvard Crimson Saturday afternoon in Evanston, Ill.


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