BOISE, Idaho - A long challenging road awaits the No. 29 ranked Boise State men's tennis team, as the Broncos head to California this weekend to face No. 9 Stanford and No. 30 Fresno State on the first weekend of a month long road trip.
The Broncos are set to face the Cardinal on Friday (Feb. 19) at 1:30 p.m. (PST) in Palo Alto, Calif. On Saturday (Feb. 20), Boise State will head to Fresno, Calif. to meet Western Athletic Conference rival Fresno State at 5 p.m. (PST). The Broncos are not scheduled to play in Boise again until March 25 when they host Idaho and UC Irvine.
Looking at the Broncos...
Boise State enters this week ranked No. 29 by the Intercollegiate Tennis Association after earning a pair of much needed home wins their last time out (Feb. 6). The Broncos are now 3-2 on the season. Boise State is led by James Meredith, who was ranked No. 35 in the first ITA singles rankings of the season.
The addition of Arizona State transfer Harry Skinner has proved to be valuable for the Broncos already, as Skinner was a perfect 2-0 in both singles and doubles in his Boise State debut weekend against Utah State and Weber State. For his success, Skinner was named the Verizon WAC Men's Tennis Player of the Week for Feb. 1-7.
Last time out...
The Broncos rebounded from a tough weekend at the ITA Kick-Off with a pair of home wins over Utah State and Weber State on Feb. 6 (Saturday). In front of a crowd of over 100 spectators at the Boise Racquet and Swim Club, the Broncos topped USU, 4-3, and WSU, 7-0.
Against the Aggies, Boise State needed a win by Cristian Hodel in the final set of the last match (No. 3) to prevail and improve to 1-0 in WAC competition. The Broncos would play their way to an easier win against WSU, as Boise State did not lose a match to the Wildcats.
The Broncos finally started to roll in doubles competition, winning their first doubles point of the indoor season against USU. They went on to win all six doubles matches of the weekend.
Looking at the Cardinal...
No. 9 ranked Stanford enters the weekend with a great deal of confidence, coming off an impressive start to the 2010 indoor season. The Cardinal has played to a 6-1 overall record including an amazing 5-1 record against nationally ranked opponents; all of which were ranked in the top-60.
Stanford's only loss of the season came at the ITA National Indoor Team Championships where the Cardinal lost to No. 8 Texas, 4-0. The Cardinal rebounded, however, earning wins over No. 30 Fresno State (4-0) and No. 10 Kentucky (4-2). Stanford's most recent top-60 win came last week against No. 40 Hawai'i (6-1).
Stanford is led by a pair of nationally ranked singles players, in Alex Clayton (No. 37) and Bradley Klahn (No. 54). The Cardinal also boast one of the top doubles team in the country, as Klahn and Ryan Thacher were voted the No. 1 doubles team in the country in the Jan. 5 ITA doubles rankings.
Looking at the Bulldogs...
No. 30 Fresno State is looking to bounce back from a tough weekend at the ITA National Team Indoor Championships, where the Bulldogs dropped matches against No. 1 Southern California (4-0), No. 9 Stanford (4-0) and No. 12 Illinois (4-2).
Up until last weekend the Bulldogs had experienced a great deal of success, which included a pair of wins over No. 12 Texas A&M (4-3) and No. 34 Rice (4-0) at the ITA Kick-Off. Fresno State has played to a 7-4 overall record this season (2-0 WAC).
In singles, the Bulldogs are led by David Ayoun who is currently ranked No. 83 by the ITA. Fresno State will also present a tough doubles challenge this weekend, as they have two teams nationally ranked with Mirko Zapletal and Taylor Leiby ranked No. 20 and Rikus de Villiers and Remi Boutillier ranked No. 36.
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