Broncos Prepare for Busy Week Ahead

            BOISE, Idaho - The Boise State men's tennis team used its' week and a half off the court to prepare for a busy five day stretch that lies ahead as the Broncos host College of Idaho on Wednesday (March 10) before traveling to California for a two dual road trip.

            Boise State will host the Coyote at 1 p.m. on Wednesday at the Appleton Tennis Center, weather permitting. The Broncos will turn right around and head to San Diego, Calif. to square off against San Diego State at 11 a.m. (PST) on Saturday (March 13) and the University of San Diego, Sunday (March 14), at 12 p.m. (PST).

Last time out...

            Boise State was off the court last weekend, which means the Broncos have not played since Jan. 26-27 when they split a pair of road duals in Utah. Boise State earned a much needed 6-1 win over No. 70 University of Utah, before falling at No. 45 Brigham Young University, 5-2.

Boise State in the national rankings...

            Despite spending last week out of competition, the Broncos dropped another eight spots to No. 66 in the March 9 ITA National Team Rankings. Following a loss at No. 45 BYU on Jan. 27, Boise State fell from No. 29 to No. 58 in just one week. This week marks the lowest ranking for the Broncos so far this season.

Boise State is still led by sophomore James Meredith, who remained at No. 36 in singles in the March 2 ITA rankings. Meredith, who has played at No. 1 for the Broncos all season, has compiled a 5-3 record in duals. He is currently on a two match winning streak and boasts a 5-1 record against nationally ranked opponents, dating back to last fall.      

Looking at the Yotes...

            College of Idaho struggled through the first month of the 2010 season as the Coyote enter this week with a 0-4 record in duals. C of I has yet to play a home dual, with losses coming at George Fox University (9-0), Pacific University (8-1), as well as a pair of 9-0 losses at Utah State.

            To date, the Yotes have won just one singles match in dual competition (1-23), while being swept in doubles action (0-12).

Looking at the Aztecs...

            San Diego State has also experienced its' share of struggles early on this season with just a 1-7 record in duals thus far. The Aztecs have faced five nationally ranked opponents, however, which all resulted in losses.

            For the most part SDSU has played its' ranked opponents close, though, with losses coming against No. 39 Texas Tech (4-3), No. 28 Fresno State (4-3), No. 57 UNC-Wilmington (5-2) and No. 6 UCLA (5-2).

            The Aztecs are led by Juan Gomez, who has compiled a 7-1 record in duals so far, playing at No. 1 for SDSU.

Looking at the Toreros...

            The University of San Diego men's tennis team will look for its' second big win of the season when the Toreros host No. 58 Boise State on Sunday. USD entered the national rankings for the first time this season with a No. 45 ranking this week. USD is 6-2 in duals this spring, but has recorded just one win over a nationally ranked opponent so far. The Toreros beat No. 51 UC Irvine, 4-3, on March 3.

            USD's two losses came against formidable opponents in then No. 1 University of Southern California, 7-0, and Pacific University, 4-3. The Toreros are led by Dean Jackson, who currently boasts a 7-1 record at No. 1 singles.

            USD will play two duals before meeting the Broncos. The Toreros are set to host USC Upstate on Thursday (March 11) and the University of Arizona on Saturday (March 13).

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