Boise State Heads to San Diego
March 2, 2017

THIS WEEK IN MEN’S TENNIS

March 2 at San Diego, Calif. (San Diego Tennis & Racqeut Club)
Boise State (2-11) vs. Toledo (8-6)  |  at 2 p.m. (MT)
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March 3-5 at La Jolla, Calif. (La Jolla Beach and Tennis Club)
Pacific Coast Doubles Championship  
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March 5 at San Diego, Calif. (San Diego State University)
Boise State (2-11) at San Diego State (4-4)  |  at 11 a.m. (MT)
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WHAT IS HAPPENING

  • Boise State is on the road in at San Diego, Calif., this weekend for a series of events including two duals and the Pacific Coast Doubles Championship.

  • The Broncos (2-11) will open the weekend against the Toledo Rockets out of the Mid-American Conference at 2 p.m. (MT) Thursday at the San Diego Tennis & Racquet Club. The Rockets enter the match at 8-6 overall while the Broncos are 2-11.

  • Later Thursday the Pacific Coast Doubles Championship begins at La Jolla, Calif., where the Boise State doubles teams will be competing in the four day event at the La Jolla Beach and Tennis Club.

  • The trip wraps up with the first official Mountain West Conference match of the spring when the Broncos face the San Diego State Aztecs on Sunday at 2 p.m. (MT).


LAST TIME OUT

  • Last time out Boise State went 0-3 at the Blue Gray National Tennis Classic at Montgomery, Ala. The Broncos fell 4-0 to Rice, and 4-1 to Alabama and Princeton.


NEXT UP

  • Boise State will be on the road again next week when it travels to Michigan to face two Big Ten schools starting with the Michigan State Spartans followed by the Michigan Wolverines.


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.


COACH PATTON

  • Greg Patton enters his 21st season at Boise State where he has posted a 445-185 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 796-378 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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