Broncos Set for Full Weekend, Take on No. 66 Idaho

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BOISE, Idaho - The No. 45 Boise State men's tennis team (4-1) will host three matches this weekend at the Boas Indoor Tennis Center. The Broncos will take part in a doubleheader Friday, facing Montana State at 9 a.m. and Idaho State at 3:30 p.m., before wrapping up the weekend against No. 66 Idaho, Saturday at 6:30 p.m.

National Rankings - Boise State men's tennis was ranked 48th in the first Campbell/ITA College Tennis Rankings of 2012. After falling to 50th with a loss to Santa Clara in Stanford, Calif., the Broncos rebounded with a win over No. 26 Washington to jump to the No. 45 spot.

Damian Hume and James Meredith received national rankings individually.

Hume checks in at No. 25 on the heels of a successful fall season that included the Mountain Region singles title and a run to the National Indoor Intercollegiate Championships.

Meredith is ranked 31st, nationally. His fall season included two wins at the ITA All-American Championships. Meredith is 3-2 in duel meets this spring, going 1-1 against ranked opponents.

Best in the West - Sophomore Andy Bettles was named Mountain West Co-Men's Tennis Player of the Week for the span of Jan. 31-Feb. 7. Bettles helped the Broncos defeat Washington by teaming with Scott Sears to defeat the tandem of Jeff Hawke and Max Manthou (8-5) at the No. 2 position in doubles before clinching the match for Boise State in singles action, defeating Washington's Emmett Egger, 6-4, 3-6, 6-2, at the second singles spot to give Boise State its fourth point of the duel.

Grub and Greet - The Boise State men's and women's tennis teams will be hosting a "Grub and Greet" event where fans and boosters will have the opportunity to have the opportunity to dine with both teams in the Stueckle Sky Center. The event will be held March 9 at 7 p.m. To make reservations, call the Boas Tennis Center at 208-426-5737, Greg Patton at 208-484-2432 or Beck Roghaar at 208-631-2842. Reservations can also be made via email and sent to tapsey@boisestate.edu, gpatton@boisestate.edu, or beckroghaar@boisestate.edu.

What Happened Last Time - The Broncos are coming off a big upset weekend where they defeated No. 26 Washington 4-3 at the Boise Racquet and Swim Club. Boise State started things win a 2-1 win in doubles, getting its final win in a thrilling 9-8 (8-6) victory from Garrett Patton/Filipp Pogostkin to secure the first point of the match. From there, the Broncos needed three wins, and received them from Nathan Sereke, Patton and Bettles.

Looking at Montana State - The Bobcats enter the weekend with a 2-4 record and are coming off a 6-1 loss against Utah. Redshirt freshman Niklas Brandes tops the Montana State lineup as the No. 1 player but has struggled this season, matching the team's 2-4 record in singles play. The Bobcats are a young team, with only two seniors and seven freshman or sophomores.

Looking at Idaho State - The Bengals enter the match with a 2-4 record coming off a 6-1 victory against Big Sky rival Portland State. The ISU men return three players including junior Nate Gross who led the Bengals last season with a 13-6 singles record at the No. 3-No. 6 positions and senior Dan Buckingham who posted a 5-12 singles record at the 4-6 positions. This season, Gross has managed a 3-3 singles record as well as a 3-3 doubles record with Buckingham. ISU also welcomes Scottsdale CC transfer Charles Norman who holds a 2-4 singles record at the No. 1 position.

Looking at Idaho - The Vandals enter the contest ranked No. 66 after starting the season at No. 57. Idaho holds a 4-3 record and is coming off a 4-3 win over Gonzaga in Spokane, Wash. The in-state rivals are led by junior Marius Cirstea who is 3-4 at the No. 1 slot.

Next Home Match - The Boise State will have almost a month before they return to play in Boise. The Broncos will next face Radford, March 7 in a match scheduled to be played at the Appleton Outdoor Tennis Center.