No. 35 Boise State to Face Pair of Ranked Opponents

BOISE, Idaho - The No. 35 ranked Boise State men's tennis team will face its second consecutive weekend with multiple duals against nationally ranked opponents, as the Broncos are headed to Minneapolis, Minn. to face No. 28 Virginia Tech and No. 30 Minnesota.

Boise State (2-2 overall, 0-0 Western Athletic Conference) is set to meet Virginia Tech at 3 p.m. (CST) on Saturday (Feb. 5) before squaring off against Minnesota on Sunday (Feb. 6). The Broncos and Gophers will meet at noon (CST).

Boise State is in the middle of a grueling stretch of its schedule that includes eight consecutive road duals against nationally ranked opponents. The Broncos aren't scheduled to play in Boise until March 5 (Saturday) when they host both Utah and Utah State.

Last time out...

Boise State is coming off a solid showing at the ITA Kick-Off Weekend in Lexington, Ky. where the Broncos finished 1-1 in a pair of duals against top 30 teams. The men saw their run at the ITA National Team Indoor Championships come to an end on Saturday (Jan. 29) with a 4-1 loss to No. 12 Kentucky. Boise State won the doubles point to secure and early advantage over the Wildcats, but Kentucky would answer with wins at No. 1, No. 3, No. 4 and No. 2 singles to capture the win.

The Broncos showed their ability to bounce back on Sunday (Jan. 30) as the men earned their first win over a nationally ranked opponent with a 4-0 victory against No. 30 Wisconsin. Boise State took an early 1-0 lead over the Badgers after winning the doubles point and never looked back. Damian Hume, Filipp Pogostkin and Jeff Mullen all earned straight set victories to complete the sweep.

National Rankings...

Boise State enters this weekend ranked No. 35, moving up seven spots in the Feb. 3 ITA National Team Rankings. The Broncos earned their big jump in the national rankings after finishing 1-1 last weekend. Boise State currently has a pair of individuals ranked nationally in singles in Hume (No. 62) and Pogostkin (No. 85).

Looking at the Hokies...

Virginia Tech enters this weekend ranked No. 28 nationally after playing to a 2-2 start to the 2011 season. The Hokies are coming off a pair of close losses at the ITA Kick-Off where they fell to No. 21 Pepperdine, 4-3, and No. 24 Michigan, 4-2. Virginia Tech currently does not have any players currently ranked in singles or doubles.

Looking at the Gophers...

Minnesota moved up three spots to No. 30 in this week's ITA national team rankings after earning a split of their duals at the Kick-Off Weekend. The Gophers dropped their opening round dual to No. 6 UCLA, 4-0, before scoring a 4-2 upset of No. 28 Fresno State on day two.  Minnesota currently does not have any players currently ranked in singles or doubles.

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