Brendan McClain leads Broncos with top singles mark of 18-6 on the year.
March 21, 2014
LIVE SCORING (Boise State matches only)
WHAT’S HAPPENING THIS WEEK
Boise State (13-3, 1-0 MW) concludes its six-match homestand this weekend when the 23rd-ranked Broncos welcome Marquette, Montana, Utah State and Fresno State to the Appleton Tennis Center for an action packed weekend of men’s collegiate tennis.
Friday (March 21)
- 1 p.m. Montana vs. Marquette (at Appleton Tennis Center)
Saturday (March 22)
- 10 a.m. Marquette at Boise State (at Appleton Tennis Center)
- 1:30 p.m. Utah State vs. Montana (at Appleton Tennis Center)
- 6 p.m. Montana at Boise State - Doubles ONLY (at Appleton Tennis Center)
- Parking: Liberal Arts Parking Lot
Sunday (March 23)
- 9 a.m. Utah State vs. Marquette (Julia Davis Park)
- 10 a.m. Montana at Boise State - Singles ONLY (at Appleton Tennis Center)
- 3:30 p.m. Fresno State at Boise State (at Appleton Tennis Center)
- Parking: Liberal Arts Parking Lot
FOLLOW THE BRONCOS
QUICK LOOK AT THE OPPONENTS
Marquette Golden Eagles
- Marquette enters the weekend at 9-6 overall. The Golden Eagles are members of the Big East Conference. They have been nationally ranked at times this season by ITA but are not currently. They are led by Dan Mamalat who is 6-3 at No. 1 singles and 4-1 at the two, while Vukasin Teofanovic is 3-3 on court one and 6-2 on two. In doubles they are led by Mamalat and Teofanovic who are 10-4 this spring on court one.
- Montana enters the weekend at 3-6 overall and 2-0 in Big Sky Conference play. The Grizzlies are ITA Regional opponents for Boise State. Mikolai Caruk has played most on court one in singles where he is 2-4 in duals (5-9 overall), Andrew Warren has played three matches at No. 1 singles going 1-2, as well as 3-2 on court two. Warren and Semion Branzburg are the top doubles team for the Grizzlies going 2-4 at the first position. Caruk and Tomasz Soltyka are 3-3 on court two.
Fresno State Bulldogs
- Fresno State is a longtime rival of the Broncos and a Mountain West Conference opponent. The Bulldogs who will play only the Broncos in Boise, enter Sunday’s match at 6-7 overall and 1-1 in MW action. Sam MacNeil leads the Bulldogs in singles going 4-4 on court one and 1-3 at the two. Sai Kartik Nakireddi is 1-3 playing No. 1 and 4-3 at No. 2. Fresno State has used 10 different doubles teams to date with John Darmstaedter and Nakireddi being the most successful (3-2) on court one, they are one of five teams who have played the position this spring.
Utah State Aggies
- Utah State is another Mountain West Conference opponent for Boise State but the two teams will not play this weekend. The Aggies will play Marquette and Montana in Boise. They enter the weekend 7-7 overall and 0-1 in MW play. Dennis Baumgartner has played every match at No. 1 in singles going 8-6 in duals and 12-8 on the year. Marcus Fritz has played the most on court two going 3-4 in duals. Baumgartner and Fritz have teamed up the most at No. 1 doubles were they are 6-4 this spring.
BRONCOS SURGE UP NATIONAL RANKINGS
- After winning their second-consecutive Blue Gray National Tennis Classic championship in Montgomery, Ala., on Feb. 23rd Boise State catapulted 26 spots up the national rankings to No. 15.
- Boise State has since gone 3-1 and are currently ranked 23rd in this week’s ITA rankings.
BETTLES NATIONALLY RANKED
- Bronco senior Andy Bettles has moved from 83rd nationally to No. 60 in the most recent ITA singles rankings (March 11).
- He enters the weekend with and overall mark of 18-10 and 7-7 in duals while playing on court one.
QUICK LOOK AT BOISE STATE
- Recently: Boise State has swept three consecutive home matches entering the weekend with wins over No. 42 Minnesota (5-2), Idaho State (7-0) and No. 46 Virginia Tech (4-3).
- Record: Boise State is 13-3 overall entering this weekend. Last year the Broncos went 20-10 overall and 8-1 in conference.
- The Broncos at Home: Boise State is 4-1 at home in 2014. Traditionally the Broncos are hard to beat in Boise where they went 10-1 at home during the 2012-13 season.
- Boise State on the Road: The Broncos are 9-2 on the road in 2014 with its two losses coming at then-seventh-ranked Baylor (Jan. 25) 4-0, as well as a 5-2 loss at No. 43 Oregon (March 2).
- Roster Review: Boise State returned an experienced squad last fall which has helped the program move up the national rankings. Boise State welcomed back two seniors in Andy Bettles and Nathan Sereke, two juniors, three sophomores, as well as added two freshmen in Brendan McClain and Abe Hewko.
- To Boise State’s credit it has played an extremely tough schedule which included five straight weeks on the road where the Broncos won nine consecutive matches before finishing the stretch 9-2.
- They have faced 10 nationally ranked opponents to date and have gone 7-3 against them.
- They have recorded victories over No. 21 Clemson (W 4-3), No. 37 VCU (W 4-2), No. 36 Alabama (W 4-0), No. 66 BYU (W 4-3) and No. 32 Drake (W 4-1), all away from Boise. They have also defeated No. 42 Minnesota (W 5-2) and No. 46 Virginia Tech (W 4-3) in Boise. Note, the rankings are what they were at time of match.
- The Broncos lone losses are to No. 7 Baylor (L 4-0) at Waco, Texas, in the second week; at home against No. 32 Northwestern (L 5-2) on the opening weekend; and a 5-2 loss to No. 43 Oregon.
- Boise State has played and defeated No. 52 Utah (W 5-2) and No. 62 New Mexico who were not ranked at the time of the match.
- They will also play a few teams that have been in and out of the rankings this season including Marquette, Stanford and MW members San Diego State and Air Force.
SELECT DOUBLES HIGHLIGHTS
Andy Bettles and Thomas Tenreiro
- The doubles team of senior Andy Bettles and sophomore Thomas Tenreiro has been the most consistent duo for the Broncos this spring going 10-4 in duals and 9-4 on court two (1-0 at No. 1).
- Bettles and Tenreiro are 12-5 this year as a doubles team.
Garrett Patton and Brendan McClain
- Patton and McClain have played at No. 1 doubles for Boise State where they are currently 5-6 in duals this spring.
- As a tandem Patton, a junior, and McClain, a freshman, have gone 12-8 overall in the 2013-14 year.
Nathan Sereke and Toby Mitchell
- Sereke and Mitchell have seen the most action on court three where they are 7-3 in duals and 8-4 overall in 2013-14.
SELECT SINGLES HIGHLIGHTS
- The senior from Somerset, England, won his 100th singles match as a Bronco when he defeated Oregon’s Robin Cambier 6-4, 7-5 in Eugene, Ore.
- He has played every match this season on court one where he is 7-7 overall in duals to go with a 18-10 singles mark for the year.
- Bettles is 4-6 versus nationally ranked opponents as a senior.
- He was also given the Blue Gray National Tennis Classic Sportsmanship Award.
- The sophomore from Miami, Fla., has been solid this season going 14-7 overall and 8-3 on court three in duals.
- Tenreiro earned back-to-back Mountain West Player of the Week honors for the weeks of Jan. 29-Feb. 2 and Feb. 5-11.
- The true freshman is having an outstanding campaign for Boise State going 18-6 on the year and a team-best 13-2 in duals this spring.
- The native of Ventura, Calif., was named Mountain West Player of the Week for the week of Feb. 19-25 after helping the Broncos win their second-consecutive Blue Gray Classic title.
- McClain was named the Blue Gray National Tennis Classic Most Valuable Player after going undefeated in singles, in fact he did not drop a set during the tournament.
- The sophomore from Henderson, Nev., has come in and play at No. 6 singles where he has been steady for the Broncos going 5-3. He is 12-7 in singles overall during the 2013-14 campaign.