No. 40 Boise State to Host No. 43 Pepperdine, No. 52 San Diego State

The No. 40 Boise State men’s tennis team continues their season at home playing host to No. 43 Pepperdine and No. 52 San Diego State. The Broncos first host the Aztecs of San Diego State on Saturday, March 8 in while they face the Waves of Pepperdine on Sunday, March 9. Both matches are scheduled for a 1 p.m. start at the Boise State Appleton Tennis Center.

Friday, March 7 San Diego State vs. Idaho, 10 a.m.
Saturday, March 8 Boise State vs. San Diego State, 1 p.m.
Sunday, March 9 Boise State vs. Pepperdine, 1 p.m.

(All matches will be played at the Appleton Tennis Center, weather permitting. The Boas Tennis Center will serve as a backup if the matches are moved due to rain or cold.)

The Broncos improved one spot to the No. 40 spot this week in the Intercollegiate Tennis Association’s national team rankings. Now with an 8-8 record (6-7 against ranked opponents) the Broncos will look to defend their perfect 6-0 home record, including a 4-0 home record against ITA ranked teams this season.

In singles rankings, Boise State’s Clancy Shields moved up five spots to the No. 55 spot in the nation in singles play. Older brother Luke Shields also moved up in the singles rankings, also improving five spots to the No. 59 position. The brother duo also holds a spot in the doubles rankings, sitting at No. 41 this week to move up 14 notches from last week.

The Broncos are coming off a weekend of home court play where they finish 2-0 against No. 67 Minnesota and No. 38 William and Mary. The Broncos were able to win 6-1 in both dual matches to improve their record to 8-8 overall and improve to a 6-0 home record so far this season.

San Diego State enters the weekend ranked No. 52 in the ITA team rankings, however the Aztecs have no singles or doubles players in the weekly rankings.

The San Diego State men's tennis team had its two-match winning streak snapped on Monday, March 3 as then ranked No. 24 Rice claimed a hard-fought 5-2 decision at Aztec Tennis Center. Despite a valiant effort against a lineup that featured three nationally ranked singles players and one doubles team, SDSU (4-4) was unable to generate any momentum against the Owls, who won for the eighth time in their last 10 outings.

Pepperdine enters the weekend with a No. 43 team ranking and solid individual rankings to bring in tough competition. The Wave’s Andre Begemann holds the No. 19 spot in singles rankings this week while teammate Bassam Beidas sits just behind at No. 25. A third Pepperdine player, Omar Altmann holds the No. 97 ranking in singles play as well. In doubles rankings, Begemann and Altmann join together to hold the No. 26 spot this week.

Pepperdine (3-5) earned a 7-0 win over UC Irvine with the help of Rickus de Villiers who earned the final point at the No. 6 singles spot to seal the 7-0 sweep. De Villiers prevailed to help the Waves defeat the Anteaters, 7-0, Tuesday afternoon at Ralphs-Straus Tennis Center in Malibu, Calif.

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