BOISE, Idaho - The Boise State men's tennis team will finish February ranked in the top-30 nationally as the Broncos were voted No. 29 in the final ITA team rankings of the month, Tuesday (Feb. 23). Boise State spent the entire month ranked No. 29.
The Broncos (3-3 overall, 1-0 Western Athletic Conference) travel to Utah this weekend to face another pair of nationally ranked opponents in No. 70 University of Utah and No. 45 Brigham Young University. Boise State will face Utah on Friday (Feb. 26) at 5 p.m. in Salt Lake City, Utah before traveling to Provo, Utah to meet BYU at 4 p.m. on Saturday (Feb. 27).
Last time out...
Boise State is coming off a weekend full of struggles, between struggling against No. 8 ranked Stanford as well as with mother nature in Fresno, Calif. The Broncos opened their weekend in Palo Alto, Calif. against Stanford, where Boise State would fall to the Cardinal in decisive fashion (6-1). Filipp Pogostkin won the only match of the dual for the Broncos in the No. 4 singles match.
On Saturday (Feb. 20), Boise State traveled to Fresno to meet No. 30 Fresno State in a critical WAC match up. After fighting with rain all weekend, however, the highly anticipated conference dual would have to be put on hold. Before doubles play could finish on Saturday, the match was postponed due to rain. Play resumed on Sunday, but shortly after the start of singles competition the dual was finally cancelled as rain started to fall again.
The Broncos did take a 1-0 advantage into singles competition after winning an exciting doubles point on Sunday. Having split No. 1 and No. 3, the doubles point came down to a close No. 2 match. Pogostkin and Vicente Joli finally outlasted Fresno State's Taylor Leiby and Mirko Zapletal, 9-8 (7-4), to give the Broncos a 1-0 lead.
Boise State Ranked...
After opening the 2010 indoor season ranked No. 22 overall, Boise State has managed to remain in the top-30 for nearly two months to start the year. The Broncos reached as high as No. 21 before dropping to No. 29 after a pair of losses at the ITA Kick-Off. Boise State has been ranked No. 29 in four consecutive ITA polls.
Individually, the Broncos are led by sophomore standout James Meredith who is currently ranked No. 36 nationally in singles. Meredith is 8-5 in singles dating back to last fall, including a 3-3 record in duals this spring. Most impressively, however, Meredith has been dominant against nationally ranked opponents, winning four of five matches against top-100 players.
Looking at the Utes...
The University of Utah enters this weekend ranked No. 70 nationally after playing to a 4-3 overall record this season. The Utes have been extremely dominant aside from one weekend in Knoxville, Tenn. when Utah dropped matches against No. 2 Tennessee (7-0) and No. 60 Virginia Commonwealth (6-1).
Utah is led by Phillip Eilers who has compiled a 4-3 record as the No. 1 singles player for the Utes this season. Eilers has also teamed up with Alex Golding to play to a 5-2 doubles record, which includes winning four straight matches at No. 1 for Utah.
Looking at the Cougars...
BYU moved up to No. 45 nationally this week with a 9-1 record through the first month and a half of the 2010 season. The Cougars only loss came at the hands of No. 24 ranked Arizona (5-2). BYU has compiled a trio of top-70 wins already with victories over No. 61 Harvard (4-3), No. 67 Mississippi State (4-2) and No. 55 Denver (4-3).
The Cougars are led by Thomas Shubert who is currently ranked No. 98 in singles. Shubert has also compiled a 9-1 record this spring playing at No. 1 for BYU.
Prior to facing Boise State on Saturday, BYU will host the University of San Francisco, Friday (Feb. 26), at 5:30 p.m.