Home At Last, Broncos Host Three
March 16, 2018

Match 14: Santa Clara (8-4) at Boise State (4-9)

  • Location: Boise, Idaho (Appleton Tennis Center)
  • Date | Time: March 17 (Saturday) | 11 a.m. (MT)
  • PARKING: Liberal Arts Parking Lot (free)
Match 15: Montana State (3-6) at Boise State (4-9)
  • Location: Boise, Idaho (Appleton Tennis Center)
  • Date | Time: March 17 (Saturday) | 6 p.m. (MT) DOUBLES ONLY
  • PARKING: Liberal Arts Parking Lot
  • Date | Time: March 18 (Sunday) | 9 a.m. (MT) SINGLES ONLY
  • PARKING: West Albertsons Stadium Parking Lot (free if you use kiosk)
Match 16: Weber State (6-8) at Boise State (4-9)
  • Location: Boise, Idaho (Appleton Tennis Center)
  • Date | Time: March 18 (Sunday) | 2:30 p.m. (MT)
  • PARKING: West Albertsons Stadium Parking Lot (free if you use kiosk)

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WHAT’S HAPPENING: The Broncos (4-9) are home at last! After six weeks of road trips Boise State is home for three matches this weekend versus Santa Clara, Montana State and Weber State. All three contests are scheduled for the Appleton Tennis Center on campus, weather permitting. If they cannot play outdoors the matches will move to the Boas Indoor Tennis Center on South Oakland Avenue. As always, all matches are free to attend.

The action begins Saturday morning with Santa Clara (8-4) starting at 11 a.m. (Mountain) followed by the doubles matches with Montana State (3-6) at 6 p.m. The Broncos and MSU Bobcats will play their singles matches at 9 a.m. Sunday, followed by a match against the Weber State Wildcats (6-8) at 2:30 p.m.

THIS WEEK’S OPPONENTS: The West Coast Conference’s Santa Clara Broncos travel to Boise coming off a pair of road losses at Fresno State (6-1) last Sunday and at Oregon (5-2) on Thursday (March 15). Montana State and Weber State are both Big Sky Conference opponents and familiar faces to the Broncos over the years. Montana State ─ coached by former Bronco men’s and women’s assistant coach Jared Burnham (2000-04) ─ has split its last four contests with the two wins coming in conference play against Idaho State (4-3) and North Dakota (7-0). Weber State is coming off a 5-2 loss to Denver preceded by four-consecutive victories, including a win over Mountain West member Air Force (5-2).

LAST TIME OUT: The Broncos wrapped up six weeks of road trips this past weekend at Pepperdine and UC Santa Barbara where they split.

Boise State opened up on Friday (March 9) at Pepperdine in Malibu, Calif., where they extended their win streak to three straight matches defeating the Waves 4-1. The Broncos won the doubles point then followed with singles victories from Pedro Platzeck, Wyatt DeMulling and Kyle Butters to put the match away.

At UCSB the Broncos struggled falling 6-1 to the Gauchos on Sunday (March 11). Platzeck recorded the lone victory for the blue and orange winning at No. 6 singles to extend his team-best win streak to four.

LEADING IN SINGLES: In singles play the Broncos are led by Jack Heslin and Kyle Butters who are playing the No. 1 and 2 positions now. Ryland McDermott (7-8) and Pedro Platzeck (10-9) have the top overall singles records on the year. Platzeck has won a team-best four straight matches.

LEADING IN DOUBLES: There has been a lot of experimenting with the lineup in doubles this year because of youth, new faces and injuries. The top doubles tandem has been Platzeck and Stefan Lalovic who are currently 13-8 together, McDermott and Tinelli are 6-3, while Blancaneaux and Shackleton are 4-2.

GENERAL PATTON: The “General,” head coach Greg Patton enters the year ranked No. 1 in career wins nationally among active collegiate coaches and fourth all-time at 803-399. His win percentage is .668 all-time and .685 at Boise State (452-208).

STILL LOOKING YOUNG: For the second straight year the roster does not include any seniors. But unlike last year where there were no upperclassmen (seniors or juniors), this year’s team has three returning juniors in Butters, Jack Heslin and Platzeck. They are joined by community college All-American transfers Maximilien Blancaneaux and Wyatt DeMulling as juniors.

The sophomore class will include Ryland McDermott and Harvey Shackleton, while there are four freshmen in Mattia Bedolo, Tim Heslin, Stefan Lalovic and Matteo Tinelli.

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