BOISE, Idaho - The No. 54 ranked Boise State men's tennis team will face its biggest challenge at home so far this season, Saturday (March 12), as the Broncos play host to No. 39 BYU at the Appleton Tennis Center in a highly anticipated matchup between ITA Mountain Region teams.
Boise State (6-8 overall, 1-0 Western Athletic Conference) is scheduled to meet the Cougars (9-4) at 2 p.m. The Broncos will look to improve upon a 4-8 record against nationally ranked opponents, which includes going just 1-7 against top 50 teams.
Admission to the dual is free. Free parking is also available for all outdoor matches on the fifth floor of the Lincoln Ave. Parking Structure.
In the instance of poor weather the dual will be moved to the BOAS Indoor Tennis Complex.
Last time out...
Boise State improved to 2-0 at home this season with a pair of wins last weekend, thanks to dominating performances against No. 66 Utah and Utah State. The Broncos opened their Saturday (March 5) double-header with a 7-0 sweep of the Utes at BOAS. Boise State won two of three doubles matches and five singles matches in straight sets to seal the victory.
The Broncos then moved to the Boise Racquet & Swim Club where they would conclude the night cap with a 6-1 win over Utah State to secure their first WAC win of the season. Boise State once again won two of three doubles matches and five singles matches in straight sets en route to the victory. The Broncos suffered their only loss at No. 6 singles in a super tie-breaker third set.
Boise State dropped seven spots to No. 54 in this week's ITA national team rankings despite going 2-0 at home last weekend. The Broncos dropped out of the top 50 for the first time all season after starting the year at No. 43. During the first seven weeks of the season Boise State reached as high as No. 35.
James Meredith is the only Bronco currently ranked in either singles or doubles nationally, as he was No. 116 in the March 1 singles rankings. Meredith has not played this spring however, as he is redshirting for Boise State.
Looking at the Cougars...
BYU travels to Boise with a full head of steam after winning five straight matches, including four over nationally ranked opponents. The Cougars are 9-4 this season following their recent hot streak. BYU is coming off wins over No. 48 Denver (7-0), No. 52 DePaul (4-0), No. 45 Maryland (4-0) and No. 54 Texas A&M Corpus-Christi (5-0).
The Cougars have been less than stellar on the road so far this season however, playing to just a 1-3 record to date.
BYU currently does not have any players ranked nationally in singles or doubles.