The No. 41 Boise State men’s tennis team returns home to play on their home courts for the first time in over a month, hosting No. 67 and No. 38 William and Mary on Saturday, March 1 and Monday, March 3, respectively. The Broncos will first face Minnesota on Saturday followed by William and Mary on Monday with both matches scheduled for 1 p.m. at the Appleton Tennis Center (weather permitting).
ABOUT THE BRONCOS:
After dropping to No. 37 Stanford and No. 71 Fresno State last week, the Broncos dropped from No. 28 to No. 41 in the ITA National team rankings. Since the individual rankings did not change from their February 20 release, BSU’s Clancy Shields (13-11) continues to hold the No. 60 spot in singles play while older brother Luke Shields (13-10) sits just behind at No. 64. In doubles play the Shields brothers hold the No. 55 spot in the ITA rankings and have posted a 6-4 record this season.
Boise State is 6-8 overall, but undefeated on their home courts with a 4-0 record. The Broncos have not played at home since the Mountain Region Playoffs at the Boas Tennis Center on January 19.
ABOUT THE MINNESOTA:
Minnesota is 1-8 overall with all eight losses coming to ranked foes. The No. 67 Gophers will look to snap a six-match losing streak this weekend. It is the third straight weekend the Gophers have traveled across the country, having played in Tucson, Ariz. and Dallas, Texas the past two weekends. Minnesota faces BSU on Saturday followed by a dual match with William and Mary on Sunday at the Appleton Tennis Center.
Gophers’ senior Raoul Schwark is ranked 46th in the country and brings a 16-7 record into the weekend. Dino Bilankov is 14-8 overall, but has dropped three consecutive matches after winning his previous six.
ABOUT WILLIAM & MARY:
William and Mary enter the weekend with a No. 38 ranking after splitting their last day of action with a 1-1 record. On Sunday, February 17, the Tribe first dropped a 4-3 match to No. 24 Rice before defeating James Madison in a convincing 7-0 match. The Tribe now post an 11-4 record with a 4-4 record against ranked foes.
The Tribe will first face Minnesota on Sunday at the Appleton Tennis Center and will face the Broncos on Monday. They will be led by their No. 16 ranked doubles team of Alexandru Cojanu and Keziel Juneau.
LAST TIME OUT:
The Broncos return from California where they finished 0-2 over the weekend. The Broncos first faced the Cardinal of Stanford, dropping 4-3 in a drawn out match due to rain delays. The Broncos continued play the next day, Saturday, February 23, against Fresno State but ceased play for the day due to a second downpour. The Broncos and Bulldogs finished their dual on Sunday, February 24, with Fresno State winning 4-2 in singles play. Doubles play was not contested due to Fresno State earning the best of seven points in the singles play.