Men's Tennis Opens at Home with Saturday Double Header

BOISE, Idaho - The No. 47 ranked Boise State men's tennis team will host its first two home duals of the 2011 season, Saturday (March 5), as the Broncos are set to face Utah and Utah State in a double-header.

Boise State (4-8 overall, 0-0 Western Athletic Conference) will open the weekend against No. 66 Utah at 11 a.m. Saturday morning. The Broncos and Utes are scheduled to meet at the Appleton Tennis Center, weather permitting. Free parking is available on the fifth floor of the Lincoln Ave. parking structure for all outdoor home tennis matches. In the instance of poor weather the dual will be moved to the BOAS Indoor Tennis Complex.

Saturday evening Boise State will turn around and face its first WAC opponent of the season with a showdown against Utah State at the Boise Racquet & Swim Club. The Broncos and Aggies are scheduled to meet at 6 p.m. The BRSC is located at 1116 North Cole Road in Boise.

Both duals are free admission.

Last time out...

Boise State is coming off a challenging weekend at the Blue Gray National Tennis Classic, last Friday-Sunday (Feb. 25-27), in which the Broncos went 1-2 in a trio of duals against nationally ranked opponents. The men dropped matches to No. 22 Auburn and No. 46 Arizona before knocking off No. 69 Penn State.

Against Auburn, Boise State fell behind early after losing the doubles point and managed just one win in singles. Andy Bettles secured the lone singles win for the Broncos en route to a 4-1 loss. The final score was not completely telling of how close the dual was however, as Boise State led two singles matches before play was called.

On Saturday the Broncos looked to rebound against Arizona and appeared to be in good position after winning the doubles point to gain an early 1-0 advantage in the dual. The Wildcats proved to be too strong in singles though, as Arizona won four of the first five matches to steal the win. Bettles recorded the lone Boise State singles win for the second straight day.

The Broncos did manage to leave the Blue Gray Classic on a high note with a 4-1 win over Penn State on the final day of tournament action to improve to 3-8 against ranked opponents this year. After winning the doubles point, Bettles, Damian Hume and Freddy Walsh each won their singles matches to give Boise State the win.

National Rankings...

The Broncos head into this weekend ranked No. 47 nationally after dropping 10 spots in the March 1 ITA team rankings. This marks the seventh straight poll in which Boise State has been ranked in the top 50. The Broncos began the year at No. 43 and have risen as high as No. 35.

James Meredith is currently the only individual Boise State player ranked nationally as he is No. 116 in singles. Meredith, who is redshirting for the Broncos, has not played this spring.

Looking at the Utes...

Utah moved into the ITA national team rankings at No. 66 this week after starting the 2011 season with a 5-4 overall record. The Utes are looking for their first win away from home however, as they are 0-2 on the road to date. Utah has enjoyed some success as of late, winning three consecutive duals heading into this week.

The Utes currently do not have any players ranked nationally in singles or doubles.

Looking at the Aggies...

Utah State dropped out of the ITA national team rankings this week after splitting a four dual road trip to Texas last weekend. The Aggies, who are now 10-5 overall this season, were ranked No. 71 last week. Utah State will look to improve upon a 6-5 record on the road this season when the Aggies face their second conference opponent of the year. Utah State is 1-0 in WAC competition with their win coming against Nevada, 5-2.

The Aggies currently do not have any players ranked nationally in singles or doubles.

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