Boise State Heads to California for Three
Broncos to face UC Santa Barbara, Cal Poly and Stanford.
Brendan McClain has won 10-straight in singles.
March 27, 2014
WHAT’S HAPPENING THIS WEEK
- No. 19 Boise State (16-3, 2-0 MW) is of to the Golden State for the final three road matches of the regular season.
- The action begins on Friday when the Broncos take on coach Patton’s alma mater in the UC Santa Barbara Gauchos (6-9, 1-0 BWC) out of the Big West Conference. The match is scheduled for at 2 p.m. (Mountain) in Santa Barbara, Calif.
- The road trip goes north on Sunday when Boise State encounters its second Big West school in as many matches in the Cal Poly Mustangs (7-9, 2-1 BWC) in San Luis Obispo, Calif., at 2 p.m. (Mountain).
- The final match of the trip will be on Tuesday afternoon at 1:30 p.m. (Mountain) when the Broncos face the Pacific 12 Conference’s Stanford Cardinal (6-2, 0-0 Pac-12) Stanford, Calif.
- Friday (March 28)
- 2 p.m. (Mountain) Boise State at UCSB (Santa Barbara, Calif.)
- Sunday (March 30)
- 2 p.m. (Mountain) Boise State at Cal Poly (San Luis Obispo, Calif.)
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QUICK LOOK AT THE OPPONENTS
- UCSB enters the match at 6-9 overall and 1-0 in Big West play. The Gauchos’ top singles players are Tobias Galskov who is 12-3 in duals and 20-6 overall, as well as Ziad Sultan who is 6-9 in duals playing primarily on court two, he is 13-13 overall. Galskov and Sultan are also the top doubles team going 4-1 at No. 1 position.
Cal Poly Mustangs
- Cal Poly enters the weekend at 7-9 overall and 2-1 in Big West play. The Mustangs are led by Marco Comuzzo (8-7 duals, 15-11 overall) and Ben Donovan (8-4 duals, 13-7 overall) who have seen most of the action on courts one and two in singles. Comuzzo and Matt Thompson are the No. 1 doubles tandem going 8-6 in duals and 8-8 overall.
- Stanford enters the weekend at 6-2 overall and will play two Pac-12 road matches against Utah and Arizona before returning home to host the Broncos on Tuesday. The Cardinal are led by Maciek Romanowicz who is ranked 55th nationally in singles with a 11-2 overall record and 6-0 duals mark playing primarily on court three. John Morrissey has seen the most time at No. 1 singles where he is 4-2 in duals and 8-7 on the year.
BRONCOS IN NATIONAL RANKINGS
- After winning their second-consecutive Blue Gray National Tennis Classic championship in Montgomery, Ala., on Feb. 23rd Boise State catapulted 26 spots from No. 41 up the national rankings to No. 15.
- Boise State has since gone 6-1 and are currently ranked 19th in this week’s ITA rankings.
BETTLES NATIONALLY RANKED
- Bronco senior Andy Bettles enters the weekend with and overall mark of 19-12 and is ranked 86th nationally.
BRONCOS REGIONALLY RANKED
QUICK LOOK AT BOISE STATE
- Recently: Boise State has swept six consecutive home matches entering this weekend’s road trip. Last week the Broncos defeated Marquette (5-2), Montana (6-1) and Fresno State (5-2).
- Record: Boise State is 16-3 overall and 2-0 MW entering this weekend. Last year the Broncos went 20-10 overall and 8-1 in conference.
- The Broncos at Home: Boise State is 7-1 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 then-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 on the road current No. 54 Utah (W 5-2) and No. 69 New Mexico (W 4-3) 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.
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 13-4 in duals (4-0 at #1, 9-4 #2).
- Bettles and Tenreiro have won five straight matches, the last three on court one.
Garrett Patton and Nathan Sereke
- One of the newer combinations on the team senior Nathan Sereke and junior Garrett Patton went undefeated (3-0) on court two last week versus Marquette, Montana and Fresno State.
- The true freshman is having an outstanding campaign for Boise State going 20-6 on the year to be the first Broncos to reach the 20-win mark this year.
- In duals he has gone 15-2 this spring playing primarily on court five.
- McClain has an active 10-match win streak going.
- 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.
- Sereke was named the Mountain West Men’s Tennis Player of the Week following a 5-0 (2-0 singles, 3-0 doubles) performance against Marquette, Montana and Fresno State March 22-23.
- The senior has won four consecutive matches, second longest streak on the team.
- He is now 11-8 overall and 11-6 in duals playing predominately on court two.
- 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 8-9 overall in duals to go with a 19-12 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 15-9 overall and 9-5 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 sophomore from Henderson, Nev., has come in and play at No. 6 singles where he has been steady for the Broncos going 8-3. He is 15-7 in singles overall during the 2013-14 campaign.
- Foley swept all three matches versus Marquette, Montana and Fresno State last weekend, including the match clinching point versus Montana.