Broncos Face First True Road Trip in Utah

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The No. 35 Boise State men's tennis team (7-4) will continue its stretch away from home when it travels the state of Utah for its first three true road matches. The Broncos will face Utah State in Logan, Thursday at noon, BYU in Provo, Friday at 5:30 p.m. and No. 59 Utah in Salt Lake City, Saturday at 5 p.m.

National Rankings - The Boise State men's tennis team jumped to No. 35 in the ITA National Team Rankings, Tuesday, moving up nine spots from last week's poll. The Broncos have been ranked all season, starting the spring at No. 49 and moving to their previously best position last week at No. 44.

Damian Hume and James Meredith are each ranked individually. Hume checks in at No. 59 while Meredith sits a spot behind at No. 60.

What Happened Last Time - The Broncos are coming off the Blue-Gray Tennis Classic in Montgomery, Ala., where the team went 0-3 against three SEC teams who are currently in the top 20. Boise State fell 4-1 to No. 12 Auburn, 4-0 to No. 14 Mississippi State and 4-1 to No. 19 Tennessee.

Looking at Utah State - Utah State will meet the Broncos with a 3-4 record. The Aggies have lost to common opponents Idaho State and Montana State this season, both of whom Boise State defeated handily.

Looking at BYU - The Cougars are 7-5 this season with four of their five losses coming against ranked teams. No. 1 singles player Georgy Batrakov enters the weekend as the 54th-ranked singles player nationally.

Looking at No. 59 Utah - The Utes are 6-2 this year with a No. 59 ranking. Utah is led by Dmytro Mamedov, Devin Lane and Slim Hamza who each have 7-1 dual-match records this season. The team is an overall 35-13 in singles matches and 15-9 in doubles matches.

Too Easy - Nathan "Big Easy" Sereke is still undefeated this season at 8-0, playing primarily at the No. 5 spot. The Stockholm, Sweden native also owns a 7-2 record in doubles, making for a 15-2 combined record.

Grub and Greet - The Boise State men's and women's tennis teams will be hosting a "Grub and Greet" event where fans and boosters will have the opportunity to have the opportunity to dine with both teams in the Stueckle Sky Center. The event will be held March 9 at 7 p.m. To make reservations, call the Boas Tennis Center at 208-426-5737, Greg Patton at 208-484-2432 or Beck Roghaar at 208-631-2842. Reservations can also be made via email and sent to tapsey@boisestate.edu, gpatton@boisestate.edu, or beckroghaar@boisestate.edu.

Best in the West - Sophomore Andy Bettles was named Mountain West Co-Men's Tennis Player of the Week for the span of Jan. 31-Feb. 7. Bettles helped the Broncos defeat Washington by teaming with Scott Sears to defeat the tandem of Jeff Hawke and Max Manthou (8-5) at the No. 2 position in doubles before clinching the match for Boise State in singles action, defeating Washington's Emmett Egger, 6-4, 3-6, 6-2, at the second singles spot to give Boise State its fourth point of the duel.

Next Home Match - Boise State will return to play in Boise next weekend. The Broncos will next face Radford, March 7 in a match scheduled to be played at the Appleton Outdoor Tennis Center.