BSU Men's Tennis Preps for No. 6 USC, No. 8 UCLA

Coming Up:
The No. 27 Boise State men’s tennis team has a tough week of competition ahead of them, traveling to Southern California to face UC Irvine, No. 8 UCLA, and No. 6 USC. The Broncos (5-1) will continue their season after a one-week hiatus after matches against BYU and Utah were canceled last week due to weather.

The Broncos will first travel to Irvine, Calif. to face the Anteaters of UC Irvine in a 1 p.m. match on Thursday, February 7. From there BSU will make a short trip to Los Angeles where they will face UCLA on Friday, February 8 and USC on Saturday, February 9.

This weekend’s competitions mark the fifth and sixth matches of the season where the Broncos have played ranked opponents. Friday’s dual against the Bruins of UCLA will mark the first time this season that BSU has played a team ranked in the Intercollegiate Tennis Association’s top-10 rankings.

Bronco Rankings:
The Broncos dropped from No. 25 to No. 27 this week after sitting out from competition over the weekend. Clancy Shields leads the Broncos in singles rankings coming in at No. 19. Senior Luke Shields holds the No. 47 spot while Eric Roberson and Brent Werbeck hold the No. 65 and No. 69 spots, respectively. In doubles play, Roberson joins Paul Koenke hold the No. 41 ranking, the only set of Broncos to be ranked.

Bronco Recap:
Thus far the Broncos have posted a 3-1 record over ranked teams, picking up a win over then No. 70 UNLV and two wins over then ranked No. 54 New Mexico. The Broncos single loss to a ranked team came in a 4-3 loss to then ranked No. 25 Texas A&M who has moved to No. 22. The Broncos also have two dual wins over Montana State and Utah State to bump their record to 5-1 on the season.

UC Irvine “Anteaters”:
The Anteaters lost their season opener 6-1 to USC last weekend, giving them a 0-1 record coming into their dual with Boise State. Senior Victor Lamm (Paris, France) defeated Kaes Van't Hof in the No. 2 singles match, Van't Hof is ranked 10th in the West Region.

UCLA “Bruins”:
After having two matches postponed due to the weather, UCLA finally kicked off its 2008 season last week, defeating No. 16 Pepperdine, Stanford and Cal to quickly begin the season with a 3-0 record. The Bruins dropped the doubles point in two of the three matches, but eventually battled back in singles play to pull off the wins. UCLA has won all three matches by the same 5-2 score. Individually, senior Mathieu Dehaine is ranked No. 32 in singles. He is followed by Haythem Abid at No. 38.

USC “Trojans”:
The No. 6 USC men's tennis team pounded their fifth straight win last Saturday, pushing out to a 5-1 win over host Stanford thanks to a strong singles outing by the Trojans. USC is now 5-0 on the season and will face Clemson University on Friday before facing the Broncos on Saturday.

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