Boise State Hosts Regional Foes BYU and Montana State on Saturday


The No. 26-ranked Boise State men’s tennis team will host two ITA Mountain Region foes this weekend beginning with No. 46-ranked Brigham Young University, followed by unranked Montana State. Both matches will take place on Sat., Mar. 14 with the BYU match slated for an 11 a.m. start and the MSU match scheduled to begin at 4 p.m. The location of the matches is set for the Boas Indoor Tennis Center; however, if the weather is nice (usually above 50-degrees) the matches may be moved outdoors to the Appleton Tennis Complex.


WEEKEND SCHEDULE (All times Mountain):

Saturday, March 14 vs. BYU, 11 a.m.

Saturday, March 14 vs. Montana State, 4 p.m.



The Broncos are coming off of a tough loss to then-ranked No. 36 Texas A&M last weekend. The Broncos dropped 6-1 to the Aggies on their home court at Boas Tennis Center. James Meredith was the Broncos’ sole point winner, winning his No. 3 singles match.



Boise State enters the weekend with a 7-6 record and jumps one spot in the ITA national rankings to No. 26. The Broncos also hold a 1-1 ITA regional record as well as a 1-0 WAC record. Boise State will look to improve on its 4-5 home record in their match on Saturday.


In the ITA national single and doubles rankings released on March 3, the Broncos’ Clancy Shields holds on to the No. 26 rank this week while senior Kean Feeder sits at No. 61. Freshman James Meredith sits at No. 70, holding his first career national singles ranking. In doubles rankings, Feeder and Meredith hold the No. 54 rank in the nation.


Both BYU and Montana State are members of the ITA Mountain Region along with the Broncos. Boise State leads the region rankings with five singles players and one doubles team in the regional rankings. Clancy Shields leads the way with the No. 1 region ranking (released Jan. 6), while Kean Feeder sits at No. 4. Cristian Hodel ranks No. 19 and Blane Shields at No. 22 while Stanley Sarapanich rounds out the singles rankings for Boise State at No. 26. In doubles, Feeder and Clancy Shields holds the No. 3 spot.



The No. 46-ranked BYU Cougars enter the weekend with an 8-6 overall record and a 4-0 region record. The Cougars’ four region wins include Weber State, Utah State, Denver and Idaho State. In their most recent match, BYU suffered a 4-1 loss to Middle Tennessee State University who was ranked No. 53 in the Mar. 7 match. Their most recent win came in a 4-2 victory over DePaul University who was ranked No. 50 in their Mar. 6 match.


The Cougars have no nationally ranked singles or doubles players, but do have a handful of regionally ranked players. Thomas Shubert leads the way with a No. 11 ITA Mountain Region singles ranking. Evan Urbina is the only other Cougar with a singles ranking, sitting at No. 25. In doubles rankings, two BYU teams hold spots. Shubert pairs with Cassidy Mears as the No. 4-ranked team in the region (according to the Jan. 6 rankings) while Urbina is joined by A.J. Young as the No. 7-ranked doubles team in the region.



The unranked Bobcats of Montana State enter the weekend with a 7-4 record on the season while also holding a 3-4 record against regional teams. Their most recent match ended in a 7-0 loss to regional foe Eastern Washington in Cheney, Wash., on Mar. 7. The Bobcats’ most recent win came on Feb. 28 when they defeated Montana State-Billings, 7-0, on their home courts.


The Bobcats have no nationally ranked singles or doubles players, but have two regionally ranked singles players from the Jan. 6 rankings. Corey Smith holds the No. 8 spot in the region’s singles rankings while Pawel Turzanski sits at No. 23 for the Bobcats.  


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