Men's Tennis Set to Face No. 1-ranked Virginia on Saturday

The No. 29-ranked Boise State men’s tennis team hits the road for what could possibly be their toughest road trip of the season. Not only do the Broncos have to travel to one of their farthest destinations, but they will face the University of Virginia (12-0) who was ranked as the nation’s No. 1 team in the ITA’s team rankings release on Feb. 19. The Broncos will take on the Cavaliers at 10 a.m. (Mountain Time) on Saturday in Charlottesville, Va., and will continue their in-state trip at the College of William and Mary (10-7) on Sunday with an 8 a.m. (Mountain Time) match in Williamsburg, Va.


SCHEDULE (All Times Eastern):
Saturday, Feb. 21 12 pm #29 Boise State at #1 Virginia (Boar’s Head Sports Club)
Sunday, Feb. 22 10 am #29 Boise State at #67 College of William and Mary (McCormack-Nagelsen Tennis Center)


The Broncos are coming off a 2-0 weekend on Feb. 7 and 8 where they earned wins over No. 71-ranked Oklahoma and No. 39-ranked Washington at the Great Northwest Shootout in Seattle. The Broncos picked up the doubles point in both matches, leading to their 4-3 wins against both opponents.


The Broncos enter the weekend as the No. 29-ranked team in the country after moving up one spot on this week’s charts. The Broncos are well rested after one week off from competition and hold a 5-3 record so far on the season. Boise State also holds a 4-3 record against nationally ranked teams, including a 6-1 upset over then-ranked No. 14 Pepperdine.

Boise State has two ITA nationally ranked singles players in the mix, including No. 57-ranked Kean Feeder who, as a senior, is 11-2 this season and 7-1 in duals at the No. 2 spot. Senior Clancy Shields holds the No. 62 spot in the singles rankings, holding a 13-6 overall singles record and a 5-3 dual record at the No. 1 spot this season. No Broncos hold national doubles rankings this week.


Not only does Virginia enter the weekend as the No. 1-ranked team in the country, but they are fresh off of winning the ITA National Team Indoor Championship title in Chicago, Ill., on Feb. 18. Individually, Sanam Singh earned the ITA National Team Indoor MVP title while the Cavaliers boast an impressive 12-0 team record on the season.

The Cavaliers currently hold five spots in the ITA singles rankings as well as two in the ITA doubles rankings. Virginia’s Dominic Inglot (Sr.) leads the pack with a No. 6 national ranking and a 15-5 singles record on the season (8-1 dual). Sophomore Michael Shabaz holds the No. 12 singles spot with a 24-5 singles record and a 10-0 dual record. Singh, a sophomore, boasts a 21-3 singles record (10-0 duals), good for the No. 17 national ranking. Junior Lee Singer enters the weekend with a No. 73 rank as well as a 12-4 (5-1 duals) singles record while junior Houston Barrick enters as the No. 81-ranked player with a  22-5 (9-1 duals) record.

In doubles play, Singh and Barrick join forces as the No. 2-ranked ITA doubles team in the country. The pair boasts a 24-4 record over the entire season as well as a 9-1 record in dual matches. Also ranked, Inglot and Shabaz join as the No. 10-ranked doubles team in the nation, holding a 21-4 record (11-1 duals).


The College of William and Mary enters the weekend as the No. 67-ranked team in the country and holds a 10-7 record thus far on the season. The Tribe most recently earned a 4-3 win over Purdue on Feb. 14. No players from the Tribe rank in the ITA’s weekly singles or doubles rankings.


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