The No. 35 Boise State men’s team will play host to seven teams in the Boise State Spring Break Invitational on March 21 and 22. Matches will begin on Friday, March 21 at 9 a.m. and will be held at the Boise State Appleton Tennis Center, the Boise Racquet and Swim Club, Julia Davis Park, and the Crane Creek Country Club. The Broncos will host Ball State, Brigham Young, Georgia State, Portland, Nevada, No. 65 Wichita State, and Yale over the two days.
BOISE STATE SPRING BREAK INVITATIONAL SCHEDULE:
Friday, March 21 9 a.m.
Boise State vs. Georgia State Appleton Tennis Center
Portland vs. Yale Julia Davis Park
Wichita State vs. Ball State Boise Racquet and Swim Club
Nevada vs. BYU Crane Creek Country Club
Friday, March 21 1:30 p.m.
Main Draw Semifinal 2 Appleton Tennis Center
Back Draw Semifinal 1 Julia Davis Park
Back Draw Semifinal 2 Boise Racquet and Swim Club
Friday, March 21 5 p.m.
Main Draw Semifinal 1 Appleton Tennis Center
Saturday, March 22 9 a.m.
Back Draw Finals Julia Davis
Main Draw Semifinal Losers Appleton Tennis Center
Back Draw Semifinal Losers Boise Racquet and Swim Club
Saturday, March 22 12 noon
Main Draw Finals Appleton Tennis Center
ABOUT THE BRONCOS:
The Broncos continue to hold the No. 35 ranking, which they also held last week. Singles player Clancy Shields dropped from No. 55 last week to No. 60 this week, while brother Luke Shields dropped from No. 59 to No. 79 in the weekly ITA rankings. The brotherly duo joined together this past week, jumping an amazing 28 spots from No. 41 last week to No. 13 this week in the doubles rankings.
BRONCOS’ LAST TIME OUT:
Boise State finished with a 2-1 record at the Blue Gray Classic in Montgomery, Alabama. The Broncos first downed the University of Oklahoma (then ranked No. 46), 4-1, while the Shields brothers upended then No. 28 Federico Chavarria and Andrei Daescu, 8-6 in the No. 1 doubles match. Boise State went on to fall to then No. 65 Penn State, 1-4 on Friday and rebounded with a 4-3 upset win over No. 30 Notre Dame on Saturday.
BOISE STATE SPRING BREAK INVITATIONAL OPPONENTS:
Ball State: The Cardinals enter the tournament with a 6-8 record and are coming off a 5-2 loss to UNLV on Friday, March 14.
Brigham Young: The Cougars improved to a 10-5 record on the season after a 5-2 win at home over Pacific and a 6-1 win over Portland.
Georgia State: The Panthers come off a week of no competition after having their dual with Lipscomb canceled due to rain this past weekend. Georgia State (1-10) played their last match against South Florida on March 8, falling 5-0.
Portland: The Pilots enter the weekend with a 6-5-1 record after recording a 6-1 loss to BYU on March 14 and a 3-3 tie with Pacific on March 15.
Nevada: Fellow Western Athletic Conference member Nevada enters this weekend’s tournament with a 2-8 record on the season. In their last match, the Wolf Pack fell 6-0 to Mississippi State on March 15 at home.
Wichita State: Ranked No. 65 in this week’s ITA rankings, the Shockers hold a 9-1 record. Last weekend at the Shocker Classic the team finished 3-0 defeating North Florida 4-1, Oral Roberts 5-0, and Arkansas Little Rock 4-3.
Yale: The Bulldogs hold a 4-6 record entering the weekend and are coming off a 4-2 loss to San Diego State on March 15.