Men's Tennis To Host Spring Break Classic

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BOISE, Idaho - The No. 42 Boise State men's tennis team (13-5) will host the 2012 Boise State Spring Break Classic presented by Springhill Suites this weekend. The tournament will span March 23-24 with eight teams getting the chance to play three matches. Each team will play two matches, Friday, at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. at various local sites, as well as a final match, Saturday at either 10 a.m. or 1:30 p.m. The Broncos will start their tournament against Ball State at the Appleton Tennis Center, Friday at 10 a.m.

The Field - This year's field includes No. 73 Alabama-Birmingham, Ball State, Idaho, Marquette, Nevada, Southern Mississippi, Utah and host Boise State. 

The Sites - In addition to the Appleton Tennis Center, matches will be played at the Boise Racquet & Swim Club, Julia Davis Park and Timberline High School.

National Rankings - The Boise State men's tennis team moved to No. 42 in the Campbell's/ITA National Team Rankings, Tuesday, falling 4 spots from last week's poll despite defeating an unranked Arizona team, 7-0. The Broncos have been ranked all season, starting the spring at No. 49 and reaching as high as last week's No. 35 ranking.

Damian Hume and James Meredith are each ranked individually. Hume checks in at No. 55 while Meredith sits a spot behind at No. 48.

What Happened Last Time - Boise State men's tennis earned an impressive victory Friday when the Broncos swept the Pacific 12 Conference's Arizona Wildcats at the Boas Indoor Tennis Center in Boise. Boise State opened the contest by sweeping all three doubles matches then followed with six straight victories in singles. Boise State won the match with three straight-set singles victories at the No. 4, 3, and 1 positions. Nathan Sereke started singles off with a quick 6-2, 6-1 win at No. 4 over Arizona's Sumeet Shinde. Not long after Andrew Bettles put the Broncos up 3-0 when he defeated Mario Urquidi 6-1, 6-1 at No. 3 singles. The match clinching victory came from James Meredith, ranked 48th nationally, at the number one position where he claimed a 6-1, 6-3 win over the Wildcats' Andre Vidaller.

"Huge" Wins - Senior Damian "Huge" Hume has been a spark for the Broncos this season and is a perfect 8-0 this spring in singles competition. Hume also holds a 5-1 individual doubles record to combine for 13-1 overall. Teammate Nathan Sereke started the season with nine-consecutive singles wins.

No Place Like Home - The Broncos have enjoyed the comfort of playing at home this season, and remain unbeaten at 10-0.

Best in the West - Sophomore Andy Bettles was named Mountain West Co-Men's Tennis Player of the Week for the span of Jan. 31-Feb. 7. Bettles helped the Broncos defeat Washington by teaming with Scott Sears to defeat the tandem of Jeff Hawke and Max Manthou (8-5) at the No. 2 position in doubles before clinching the match for Boise State in singles action, defeating Washington's Emmett Egger, 6-4, 3-6, 6-2, at the second singles spot to give Boise State its fourth point of the dual.