Broncos Head to Blue Gray Classic
Feb. 22, 2018

Blue Gray National Tennis Classic

Montgomery, Ala. (Lagoon Park & O’Connor Tennis Center)

Match 7: Boise State (1-5) vs. #20 Arizona State (5-3)
Match 8: Boise State (1-5) vs. Auburn (8-3) or Fresno State (7-5)
  • Date | Time: Feb. 23-24 (Friday-Saturday) | 2:20 p.m./9 a.m. (MT)
  • Live Stats: Blue Gray Scoring
Match 9: Boise State (1-5) vs. TBA

WHAT’S HAPPENING: Boise State (1-5) is on the road at the prestigious Blue Gray National Tennis Classic at Montgomery, Ala., this Friday and Saturday where the Broncos will play three matches against some of the best teams in the country.

Boise State is one of a few schools to ever win the BGNTC three times or more with titles in 1998, 2013 and 2014. Bronco head coach is the dean of the coaches at this year’s tournament having taken teams to the BGNTC over 20 times in his career.

The action begins will a first round match against 20th-ranked Arizona State (5-3) at 11:30 a.m. (Mountain) at Lagoon Park in Montgomery.

Depending on what happens in the first match the Broncos will then play either the Auburn Tigers (8-3) or Mountain West rival Fresno State (7-5). The second round matches will be split with doubles being played late Friday afternoon and the singles competition on Saturday morning.

The tournament will wrap-up Saturday afternoon with a contest versus one of the four teams on the other side of the bracket.

THE FIELD: This year’s field returns to an eight-team format after last year’s going to six teams. This year’s edition of the BGNTC includes No. 33 Alabama, Arizona, No. 20 Arizona State, Auburn, Boise State, Fresno State, Princeton and Rice.

BGNTC BRONCO REUNION: This year’s BGNTC will be a Boise State men’s tennis reunion of sorts with three alumni joining coach Patton in Montgomery. In addition to Patton, Luke Shields (2004-08) is the head coach of Fresno State, Clancy Shields (2005-09) is the head coach of Arizona, while Damian Hume (2010-12) is the assistant coach at Princeton.

Luke Shields is Boise State’s only three-time All-American twice in singles (2005 and 2007) and once in doubles (2005); in addition to being the 2007 WAC Player of the Year and a four-time All-WAC honoree in both singles and doubles. Clancy Shields was the 2009 WAC Player of the Year and a four-time All-WAC honoree in singles and three times in doubles. Hume was a two-time all-conference honoree in both singles and doubles, the first of each while playing in the WAC with the second coming in the Mountain West.

GENERAL PATTON: The “General,” head coach Greg Patton enters the year ranked No. 1 in career wins nationally among active collegiate coaches and fourth all-time at 800-395. His win percentage is .670 all-time and .688 at Boise State (449-204).

STILL LOOKING YOUNG: For the second straight year the roster does not include any seniors. But unlike last year where there were no upperclassmen (seniors or juniors), this year’s team has three returning juniors in Butters, Jack Heslin and Platzeck. They are joined by community college All-American transfers Maximilien Blancaneaux and Wyatt DeMulling as juniors.

The sophomore class will include Ryland McDermott and Harvey Shackleton, while there are four freshmen in Mattia Bedolo, Tim Heslin, Stefan Lalovic and Matteo Tinelli.

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