Broncos Head to the BGNTC in Alabama
Feb. 23, 2017

THIS WEEK FOR MEN’S TENNIS

69th Annual Blue Gray National Tennis Classic
Location: Montgomery, Ala. (Lagoon Park & O’Connor Tennis Center)
Feb. 24-25, 2017

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Round 1 (Feb. 24)
Boise State (2-8) vs. Rice (6-4) | at 7 a.m. (MT)

Round 2 (Feb. 24 Doubles / Feb. 25 Singles)
Boise State (2-8) vs. either Alabama (5-4) or Virginia Tech (3-3) | at TBA (MT)

Round 3 (Feb. 25)
Boise State (2-8) vs. TBA | at TBA (MT)

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WHAT IS HAPPENING

  • Boise State is on the road in Montgomery, Ala., for the 69th annual Blue Gray Tennis Classic this Friday and Saturday.

  • The Broncos (2-8) will open with the No. 2 seed Rice Owls (6-4), former WAC rivals (2002-05), at 7 a.m. (Mountain), then depending on results during the quarterfinals play either Alabama (5-4) or Virginia Tech (3-3) in the next match.

  • All of the action is being split between two sites with contests at Lagoon Park and the O’Conner Tennis Center, both at Montgomery. 

TOURNAMENT FIELD
  • The field includes eight teams featuring Alabama (5-4), Auburn (6-4), Boise State (2-8), Princeton (4-4), Rice (6-4), South Carolina (8-1), Texas Tech (4-6) and Virginia Tech (3-3).

BOISE STATE’S TOURNAMENT HISTORY

  • The Broncos are no strangers to the Blue Gray National Tennis Classic and have been regular at the tournament for over 20 years. Boise State is one of three teams with Southern California and Virginia Commonwealth to win the event three times (1998, 2013 and 2014).

LAST TIME OUT

  • Last time out Boise State went 1-2 at home on the weekend of Feb. 11-12 recording a win over Idaho State (5-0), followed by losses to BYU (4-2) and Utah (4-1).

NEXT UP

  • Boise State will be on the road again next week when it travels to San Diego, Calif., for two duals versus Toledo (March 2) and San Diego State (March 5), in addition to competing in the Pacific Coast Doubles Championship at La Jolla Beach and Tennis Club.

LEADING THE BRONCOS

  • Boise State is currently being led by sophomore transfer Jack Heslin (Auckland, New Zealand) who has accumulated a 11-6 overall record in singles and 4-3 mark during the spring duals playing primarily at the No. 3 position.

  • Kyle Butters, a sophomore from Wanganui, New Zealand, has been playing at No. 1 singles where he is 2-5 this spring, he is 8-9 on the year.

  • Freshman Brian Tran is competing at No. 2 singles where he is 3-4 during the duals season and 7-6 overall on the year.

  • The doubles team of Kyle Butters and Jack Heslin has been the most successful combination this year going 8-4 overall and 2-2 at No. 1 doubles during dual competition.

PRESEASON RANKINGS

  • Boise State’s doubles team of Kyle Butters and Jack Heslin, The Kiwi Konnection, enter the spring semester ranked 51st nationally by the Intercollegiate Tennis Association.

  • The Boise State sophomore tandem went 6-2 as a doubles team last fall and advanced to the title match at the ITA Mountain Region Championship in Las Vegas, Nev., in October. They came within one victory of advancing to the ITA National Indoor Championship.

  • The duo also enters the year ranked second in the ITA Mountain Region.

  • Butters, a sophomore from Wanganui, New Zealand, enters the spring duals ranked 10th in singles for the ITA Mountain Region, while Heslin, a sophomore from Auckland, New Zealand, starts ranked 17th.

REBUILDING YEAR

  • This will be viewed as a rebuilding year for the Broncos men’s tennis team as Boise State features one of the youngest NCAA Division I squads in the country with no upperclassmen, seniors or juniors, playing this year.

  • The 2017 active roster features five sophomores and three freshmen.

  • The sophomore class includes: Kyle Butters (Wanganui, New Zealand), Jack Heslin (Auckland, New Zealand), Pedro Platzeck (Sao Paulo, Brazil), Morgan Stone (Marietta, Ga.) and Greg Wischer Grand Forks, N.D.).

  • The freshmen class includes: Ryland McDermott (Las Vegas, Nev.), Harvey Shackleton (Hertfordshire, England) and Brian Tran (Greystanes, Australia).

  • Lewis Roskilly, a junior from Stevenage, England, will not compete this year.

THE GENERAL, Greg Patton

  • Greg Patton enters his 21st season at Boise State where he has posted a 445-182 record while winning 14 conference championships in three different conferences.

  • This is the General’s 37th season as a collegiate head coach ... Patton has put together an impressive 796-375 record, which currently ranks him first nationally for most wins by an active NCAA Division I men’s tennis coach and fourth all-time.

  • Since returning to Boise State in 2003, Patton guided the team to four-consecutive Mountain West Tournament Championships (2012-15) during its first four seasons in the conference. He also earned Western Athletic Conference titles in four of nine seasons (2003, 2005-07), as well as a WAC regular-season championship in 2009.

  • During Patton’s 20-year tenure with the Broncos he has coached five players to All-America status, including Luke Shields twice in singles (2005 and 2007) and once in doubles (2005), Thomas Schoeck in doubles (2005) with Shields, Guillame Bouvier in singles (2004), as well as the doubles team of Ernesto Diaz and Albin Polonyi (1996).

MOUNTAIN WEST CHAMPIONSHIP COMES TO BOISE

  • The 2017 Mountain West Conference Men’s Tennis Championship Tournament will be held April 28-30 at Boise State’s Appleton Tennis Center.

  • This is the first time that the league’s championship event has been in Boise.

  • The Broncos have won four MW titles (2012-15) in their first five years as members of the conference.


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