Broncos Host Spring Break Classic Friday-Saturday

BOISE, Idaho - The No. 61 Boise State men's tennis team is preparing to host another exciting weekend full of dual competition, Friday-Saturday (March 25-26), as the Broncos welcome seven visiting teams to Boise for the 2011 Boise State Spring Break Classic sponsored by Springhill Suites Parkcenter.

Boise State (8-10 overall, 1-1 Western Athletic Conference) will host Ball State, Eastern Washington, Idaho, Marquette, Portland, Saint Mary's and Wichita State in a tournament that is formatted to guarantee three games for each school.

The tournament is scheduled to be played indoors on Friday, with six of seven matches being held at the BOAS Indoor Tennis Center, and one match at the Boise Racquet & Swim Club. First round matches are set to take place at 8 a.m., 10 a.m., 12 p.m. and 2 p.m. Friday. Second round matches will follow at 3 p.m., 4 p.m. and 6 p.m. on Friday. One semifinals match will be played Saturday morning.

All indoor duals will start with singles competition and only play doubles to break a tie.

Times for Saturday have yet to be set and will be determined depending on the outcome of Friday's matches.

Saturday's first round match-ups are as follows:

Boise State vs. Eastern Washington

Portland vs. Wichita State

Idaho vs. Marquette

Ball State vs. Saint Mary's

All duals will be free admission.

Last time out...

Boise State is coming off a tough weekend at home in which the Broncos went 2-1 to improve to 4-2 overall at home this season. Boise State opened the weekend with a big win over No. 40 New Mexico, 5-2, to secure its fifth (5-9) win over a nationally ranked opponent this spring. The Broncos won at No. 1 and No. 3 doubles to gain an early advantage over the Lobos. Scott Sears, Andy Bettles, Jeff Mullen and Nathan Sereke would score singles victories to clinch the team win.

Boise State suffered its only loss of the weekend, Sunday (March 20) morning, with a 3-4 defeat to in-state rival Idaho to drop to 1-1 in WAC competition. The Broncos actually faced the Vandals in doubles competition on Saturday (March 19), which Idaho won to take a 1-0 lead into singles competition on Sunday. Boise State earned singles wins from Damian Hume, Sears and Bettles but a pair of third set losses by the Broncos would leave them short of the dual victory.

Boise State managed to rebound from the narrow loss, Sunday afternoon, as the Broncos knocked off San Francisco, 4-2, to conclude the weekend. With the dual starting in singles competition, Filipp Pogostkin, Hume, Bettles and Mullen all scored singles wins to give Boise State a 4-2 lead in the dual. Due to time constraints, the match was called prior to doubles.

National Rankings...

The Broncos dropped two spots to No. 61 in this week's ITA national team rankings to fall out of the top 60 for the first time all spring. Hume is the only player ranked nationally in singles for Boise State after receiving a No. 89 ranking in the March 15 poll. Hume is also ranked in doubles with Sears, as the duo has played to a No. 75 national ranking.

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