Feb. 10, 2016
No. 59 Boise State (5-2) at Utah (9-0)
Salt Lake City, Utah (Eccles Tennis Center)
Feb. 12, 2016 at 5 p.m. (Mountain)
No. 59 Boise State (5-2) at Brigham Young (7-1)
Provo, Utah (BYU Tennis Complex)
Feb. 13, 2016 at 5:30 p.m. (Mountain)
LAST WEEK FOR THE BRONCOS
- Boise State will hit the road again this weekend traveling to the Beehive state to take on ITA Mountain Region opponents Utah and Brigham Young.
- Boise State enters the weekend at 5-2 overall and ranked 59th in the latest ITA poll ... the Broncos are also 2-0 in regional matches to date with wins over Montana State and Southern Utah.
- The Blue and Orange is looking for its first road win on the opponents’ home courts this weekend going 0-2 so far this year ... the Broncos are 1-0 at neutral sites with a 4-3 win over San Francisco in College Station, Texas, during the ITA Kickoff Weekend.
PREVIEW FOR THIS WEEK
- After two tough weeks on the road at top-20 nationally ranked teams, the Broncos bounced back last Sunday (Feb. 7) with a 4-3 victory over Santa Clara.
- Boise State went up 3-1 against SCU but was forced to hold off a rally by the visitors to win on the final match of the day when freshman Pedro Platzeck won at No. 6 singles in three sets 6-2, 4-6, 6-2.
- In addition to winning the doubles team point, the Broncos also recorded singles wins by Brian Foley on court two and Kyle Butters on court three.
REPRESENTING THE BRONCOS THIS WEEK
- This week’s action begins in Salt Lake City, Utah, where the Broncos will face the Utah Utes (9-0) at 5 p.m. on Friday at the George S. Eccles Tennis Center.
- Despite being undefeated the Utes are not ranked by the ITA ... they are coming off a pair of home victories on Feb. 6 over Montana (W 7-0) and Montana State (W 6-1).
- Utah does not have anyone ranked nationally in singles or doubles, but is represented in the regional rankings by Dan Little (#3), Matt Cowley (#7) and Parker McGuinness (#12) in singles, while their doubles teams of Santiago Sierra/Freddie McGeehan (#3) and Cowley/Egbert Weverink (#5) are ranked.
- The road trip will conclude on Saturday when Boise State plays Brigham Young in Provo, Utah, at 5:30 p.m. in the BYU tennis complex.
- The Cougars are 7-1 overall and have yet to be ranked this season by the ITA ... BYU is coming off its lone loss so far this year, a 4-3 defeat at Denver last Saturday (Feb. 6).
- Like Utah, BYU has no one ranked nationally. However, the Cougars have several in the regional rankings led by Keaton Cullimore (#8), Shane Moore (#13) and Andrey Goryachkov (#17) in singles, as well as the doubles team of Cullimore and John Pearce at No. 8.
- Kyle Butters: The freshman from New Zealand is 9-5 in singles matches and 5-2 in doubles.
- Brian Foley: The senior is 7-4 in singles and 3-5 in doubles.
- Tillman Haynes: The freshman from Texas is 5-3 in singles and 4-1 in doubles.
- Abe Hewko: The junior is currently 6-7 singles and 8-3 in doubles competition.
- Toby Mitchell: The senior from England has a 8-6 singles record and 5-2 doubles mark.
- Pedro Platzeck: The freshman from Brazil joined the team during the winter break and is currently 4-1 in singles and 5-2 in doubles.
- Lewis Roskilly: The sophomore from England is 5-7 in singles and 5-5 in doubles.
- Danny Moyer: The sophomore is 3-2 in singles overall and 3-1 in doubles matches.
- Greg Wischer: The freshman is 1-1 in singles this year and 3-0 in doubles.
- Note: The players’ records are for the 2015-16 year.
BOISE STATE 59th NATIONALLY
- Greg Patton is in his 20th season as head coach at Boise State where he is 428-168 overall in team duals, his career mark is 779-361 in 36 years.
- His 779 career wins ranks him first among active coaches ... the Broncos’ win over Southern Utah (Jan. 19) moved him into fourth-place all-time on the NCAA career list at 777.
MOUNTAIN WEST LOOKING TOUGH IN 2016
- The Boise State slipped one spot in the latest Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) National Rankings from 58th to 59th following the loss at Virginia Tech last Saturday (Jan. 30) ... there was no rankings this week while the ITA Indoor National Championship takes place.
- The Broncos started the 2016 campaign ranked 59th nationally by the ITA.
- Boise State is one of three Mountain West teams currently listed in the ITA national rankings Jan. 27.
- Leading the group is San Diego State at No. 38, followed by No. 58 Boise State and No. 75 Fresno State.
- Five MW members have been ranked this season with New Mexico and Utah State dropping out recently.
FOUR-TIME MOUNTAIN WEST CHAMPS
- In addition to the two Mountain West teams, San Diego State and Fresno State, currently in the ITA rankings there are 13 other schools on the Broncos’ schedule that are among those ranked.
- Boise State has already defeated then ranked No. 69 San Francisco 4-3 (Jan. 23) and has lost at No. 5 Texas A&M (Jan. 24) and at No. 18 Virginia Tech (Jan. 30).
- The Broncos will still face: No. 42 Oregon (Feb. 21), No. 48 UC Santa Barbara (March 23), No. 53 Indiana (Feb. 20), No. 58 Cal Poly (March 26), No. 70 UC Irvine (March 3) and No. 72 San Francisco (Jan. 23).
- The Broncos will also face at least two of the following schools at the Blue Gray National Tennis Classic (Feb. 26-27) in Montgomery, Ala.: No. 13 South Florida, No. 17 Oklahoma State, No. 45 Princeton, No. 56 Auburn and No. 63 Alabama.
- Other schools on the schedule that have been ranked include: Utah State and New Mexico.
NCAA NATIONAL TOURNAMENT
- The Broncos have never lost (11-0) at the Mountain West Tournament since joining the league for the 2011-12 campaign and are the four-time defending champions.
- Overall Boise State has won 16 conference titles, 14 under coach Patton’s leadership.
BOISE STATE LEGACY ALIVE AND WELL
- Boise State advanced to the NCAA Tournament in 2015 for the 18th time in school history and the 10th time in the last 11 years.
TENREIRO AND MITCHELL RANKED REGIONALLY FOR SINGLES
- Bronco alumni Clancy Shields and Luke Shields both have had their teams in the nationally rankings to start the season.
- Luke Shields, the older of the two brothers, left his position as the associate head coach at Boise State in September to take over as the head coach at Fresno State. His Bulldogs entered the season ranked 67th in the nation and are now at 75.
- Clancy Shields in his third season as the head coach at Utah State had his Aggies ranked 70th in the first national poll on Jan. 5, they are not currently ranked.
- Boise State plays at Utah State on March 19th and will host Fresno State on April 8th.
TWO BOISE STATE DOUBLE TEAMS RANKED REGIONALLY
- Boise State seniors Thomas Tenreiro and Toby Mitchell open the 2016 team dual season ranked in the ITA Intermountain Region for singles.
- Tenreiro starts the season ranked fourth regionally, while Mitchell begins the year ranked 14th.