BOISE, Idaho - The No. 35 Boise State men's tennis team (9-5) will return home for a full slate of matches when the Broncos welcome, Radford, Montana and Cal Poly to the Treasure Valley. The Broncos will start the home-stand by facing Radford, Wednesday at 1:30. The Orange and Blue's match against regional rival Montana will be split, with doubles on Friday at 4 p.m. and singles on Saturday at 9:30 a.m. The men's side will close out the weekend later, Saturday with a 3:30 p.m. match against No. 56 Cal Poly. All of the matches are scheduled to be played at the Appleton Tennis Center, weather permitting.
National Rankings - The Boise State men's tennis team move to No. 45 in the Campbell's/ITA National Team Rankings, Tuesday, falling 10 spots from last week's poll. The Broncos have been ranked all season, starting the spring at No. 49 and reaching as high as last week's No. 35 ranking.
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 a road trip on which they went 2-1, defeating Utah State and No. 59 Utah but falling to BYU. James Meredith won all three of his singles matches at the No. 1 spot while Damian Hume put three wins together at No. 2.
Looking at Radford - The Highlanders enter the weekend with a 7-2 record. Both of the team's losses were 5-2 scores against ranked North Florida and Oregon. Radford is led by Nick Sayer who is ranked 104th in the nation and holds a 6-1 record at the No. 1 position.
Looking at Montana - The Grizzlies own a 4-1 record this spring and are playing their first match since Feb. 18. Ethan Vaugn is the only Montana Player with a perfect record, playing at 4-0 with every win at the No. 5 slot. The Grizzlies have won every doubles point despite losing every No. 2 doubles match because the teams of Caruk/Warren and Demarois/Kuschke are undefeated at the first and third spots, respectively.
Looking at No. 56 Cal Poly - Cal Poly enters the week with a 7-3 overall record and is riding a seven-game winning streak. The Mustangs are 3-3 against ranked opponents with wins over BYU, Arizona and UNLV. Andrew Dome is the team's top player, putting together a 6-1 record this season at No. 1, a feat good enough to warrant the No. 25 ranking in the nation.
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.