Men's Tennis to Face No. 37 Stanford, No. 71 Fresno State

The Bronco men’s tennis team will hit the road for their final away duals of the spring season, facing No. 37 (ITA) Stanford and No. 71 Fresno State on the road. The Broncos will first travel to Palo Alto, California to take on Stanford at 1:30 p.m. on Friday, February 22 at the Taube Family Tennis Center. On Sunday, February 24, the Broncos will head to Fresno, California to take on the WAC Rival Fresno State Bulldogs at 11 a.m. at the Spalding G. Wathen Tennis Center. Admission to both events is free.

Boise State moved back up seven spots in the ITA National Rankings this week, sitting at No. 28. Two singles players, Clancy and Luke Shields managed to stay in the singles rankings with Clancy holding the No. 60 spot and Luke at No. 64. The brotherly duo out of Grand Junction, Colorado also shares the No. 55 ranking in doubles play.

The Broncos are now 6-6 on the season and are coming off of a 4-3 win over then ranked No. 10 Alabama. The Broncos are now 4-6 against ranked teams this season.

The Stanford Cardinal enters this weekend’s match moving up two spots to the No. 37 ranking. Freshman Alex Clayton remains the second-ranked player in the nation behind Virginia's Somdev Devvarman, while sophomore Richard Wire moved up 13 places to No. 62, and junior Matt Bruch increased from No. 96 to No. 72. Stanford last faced then fourth-ranked Baylor in the HP Cup. The Cardinal fell 5-2 in that match, winning the doubles point by capturing No. 1 and No. 3 doubles, and the No. 2 singles match in which Bruch defeated the No. 10* player in the nation, Denes Lukacs, 3-6, 6-4, 1-0 (10-7).

The No. 71 ranked Bulldogs are 5-0 at home this season and hold an 11-6 all-time record over the Broncos, however, in their last four meetings, the Broncos have come out on top. Fresno State was impressive while beating Santa Clara and Nevada last weekend. The Bulldogs won both matches by the score of 7-0 and won every doubles match, as well. Freshman Denny Fafek went 2-0 in doubles and 2-0 in singles, leading the way for Fresno State during the weekend.

The Broncos return from a 1-2 weekend at the ITA National Team Indoor Championships in Seattle, Wash. There the Broncos first fell 0-4 to No. 3 ranked Ohio State on Friday, followed by a 3-4 loss to No. 11 Illinois on Saturday. In a gigantic rebounding effort by the Broncos, BSU topped No. 10 Alabama in a 4-3 match on Sunday.

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