BOISE, Idaho - The No. 37 Boise State men's tennis team (16-6) will host a big weekend of key matches, as it opens Mountain West play against No. 48 San Diego State, Thursday at 1:30 p.m., before taking on rival No. 26 Fresno State, Saturday 11 a.m. Each of the matches are scheduled to be played at the Appleton Tennis Center, but will be moved to the Boas Tennis Center in the case of inclement weather.
National Rankings - The Boise State men's tennis team moved to No. 37 in the Campbell's/ITA National Team Rankings, Tuesday, moving up five spots from last week's poll after going 3-1last week with a win against No. 73 UAB and a loss to No. 1 USC. 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. Meredith checks in at No. 56 while Hume is close behind at No. 63.
Scouting No. 48 San Diego State - The Aztecs are 11-5 this season and will come to Boise looking to rebound off a 6-1 loss to No. 54 Denver. San Diego State is 2-5 against ranked opponents this spring with wins against Cal Poly and UC Irvine. Javier Pulgar leads the team on the individual side, earning a ranking of 104th in the latest ITA rankings.
Scouting No. 26 Fresno State - The Bulldogs enter the match with a 13-2 record coming off a 6-1 route of Hawaii. The long-time WAC foe has two ranked singles players, No. 28 Remi Boutillier and No. 48 Francis Alcantara.
What Happened Last Time - The Broncos are coming off a loss to the No. 1 ranked team in the nation, USC. The Orange and Blue battled to a tough singles point but eventually fell 6-1 after Scott Sears picked up the team's lone point at the No. 6 singles spot. Over the weekend, Boise State won the 2012 Boise State Spring Break Classic presented by Springhill Suites. The field consisted of eight teams from around the nation including No. 73 UAB, which the Broncos defeated in the finals, 6-1.
"Huge" Wins - Senior Damian "Huge" Hume has been a spark for the Broncos this season and is 11-1 this spring in singles competition after starting a perfect 11-0. Hume also holds a 7-2 individual doubles record to combine for 13-3 overall.
No Place Like Home - The Broncos have enjoyed the comfort of playing at home this season, and remain unbeaten at 13-0. Dating back to last season, Boise State holds a 20-match winning streak.
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.