March 23, 2018
Match 17: Boise State (7-9) at Cal Poly (11-4)
Location: San Luis Obispo, Calif. (Mustang Tennis Complex)
Date | Time: March 25 (Sunday) | 1 p.m. (MT)
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WHAT’S HAPPENING: The Broncos (7-9) hit the road for one match this weekend when they travel to play at Cal Poly in San Luis Obispo, Calif., at 1 p.m. (Mountain) on Sunday at the Mustang Tennis Complex. Boise State looks to extend its current hot streak of winning three straight and six of its last seven matches when the Broncos face the Mustangs.
MW PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Boise State junior Jack Heslin was named the Mountain West Men’s Tennis Player of the Week on Monday after leading the Broncos to three home victories last weekend over Santa Clara (4-3), Montana State (4-3) and Weber State (4-0). Heslin went a combined 5-1 overall winning all three singles matches at the No. 1 position and went 2-1 in doubles. This is his first MW Player of the Week honor since transferring to Boise State following his freshman season at Tennessee.
THIS WEEK’S OPPONENT: The Cal Poly Mustangs enter the match at 11-4 overall and winners of five straight contests. Last week they defeated Idaho (4-2) and UTSA (4-0). Cal Poly associate head coach is Boise State alumnus Garrett Patton ─ son of Bronco head coach Greg Patton ─ who is in his second year with Cal Poly.
LAST TIME OUT: After six weeks on the road the Broncos closed a successful weekend at home last week sweeping three matches over Santa Clara (4-3), Montana State (4-3) and Weber State (4-0).
Jack Heslin went 5-1 on the weekend, 3-0 at No. 1 singles and 2-1 in doubles. Heslin also recorded the match clinching singles victories against Santa Clara and Weber State. Maximilien Blancaneaux led the Broncos on Sunday versus Montana State and Weber State going 4-0 overall, 2-0 at No. 6 singles and 2-0 in doubles, while Wyatt DeMulling won all three of his singles matches over the weekend.
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. In the last nine matches, Pedro Platzeck (10-10) has gone 6-3, Wyatt DeMulling (8-9) is 5-3 and Butters (4-4) is 4-3.
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 15-9 together, McDermott and Tinelli are 6-3, while Blancaneaux and Shackleton are 6-2.
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 806-399. His win percentage is .669 all-time and .686 at Boise State (455-208).
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.