BOISE, Idaho - The No. 35 ranked Boise State men's tennis team will look to rebound from a 2-4 start to its season this weekend as the Broncos head to California for three duals in four days against nationally ranked opponents.
Boise State (2-4, 0-0 Western Athletic Conference) will open its weekend in Malibu, Calif. on Saturday (Feb. 12) with a showdown against No. 20 Pepperdine. The Broncos will then travel to Los Angeles, Calif. to meet No. 6 UCLA on Sunday (Feb. 13). The men will wrap up its west coast swing next Tuesday (Feb. 15) at No. 53 San Diego State in San Diego, Calif.
All three duals are scheduled for 1 p.m. (PST).
Boise State is closing out a grueling stretch of eight consecutive road duals against ranked opponents, including seven against top 30 teams. This weekend the Broncos will try and improve upon their 1-4 record against ranked opponents to date.
Last time out...
Boise State will look to bounce back from a tough showing in Minneapolis, Minn., last weekend (Feb. 5-6), in which the Broncos lost to No. 28 Virginia Tech, 4-3, and No. 30 Minnesota, 5-2. The men dropped the doubles point against Virginia Tech to dig an early hole against the Hokies and never recovered. Scott Sears, Andy Bettles and Nathan Sereke each scored singles wins for Boise State, but a loss at No. 1 singles would end the Broncos rally.
Boise State fought hard to regroup on Sunday with a showdown against Minnesota, but after losing the doubles point the Broncos deficit proved to be too much to overcome once again. Sears and Damian Hume each scored wins in singles to narrow the final score, although it wouldn't be enough as the Gophers prevailed to give Boise State its fourth loss in five duals.
Boise State enters this weekend ranked No. 35 for the second consecutive week despite going 0-2 last weekend in Minneapolis, Minn. The Broncos currently have a pair of individuals ranked nationally in singles in Hume (No. 62) and Pogostkin (No. 85).
The second individual national rankings of the season will be released on Feb. 14.
Looking at the Waves...
Pepperdine enters this week looking to improve upon a 5-1 record to start the season, which includes a 2-0 record at home. The Waves only loss to date came at No. 14 Duke, 4-3. Pepperdine will be tested once again before facing the Broncos however, as the Waves travel to Los Angeles, Calif. to meet No. 2 USC on Friday.
Pepperdine currently boasts three players ranked in singles and one doubles team ranked nationally. Sebastian Fanselow (No. 14), Alex Llompart (No. 40) and Finn Tearney (No. 112) are all ranked in singles. Hugh Clark and Tearney are also ranked No. 35 in doubles.
Live scoring will be available for Saturday's dual via www.PepperdineSports.com.
Looking at the Bruins...
UCLA will attempt to stay perfect (6-0) on the season this weekend when the No. 6 ranked Bruins host Boise State on Sunday. UCLA is coming off a thrilling 4-3 win at No. 9 Baylor on Feb. 6, which was the first road dual of the season for the Bruins. UCLA boasts a 5-0 record at home to date.
The Bruins currently have three players ranked in singles and one doubles team ranked nationally. Nick Meister (No. 24), Maxime Tabatruong (No. 64) and Amit Inbar (No. 86) are all ranked in singles. Meister and Inbar are also ranked No. 18 in doubles.
Live scoring will be available for Saturday's dual via www.uclabruins.com.
Looking at the Aztecs...
San Diego State enters this weekend in similar standing as Boise State; a slow start with a schedule against several top ranked opponents to begin the year. The Aztecs are just 1-4 but all four losses have come against ranked teams. San Diego State has suffered losses to No. 2 USC, 6-1, No. 43 BYU, 4-0, No. 32 Fresno State, 6-1, and No. 15 Texas Tech, 7-0.
Before hosting the Broncos on Tuesday the Aztecs will face UC Irvine on Friday.
San Diego State currently does not have any players ranked nationally in singles or doubles.