BOISE, Idaho - The No. 52 ranked Boise State men's tennis team will get the chance to test its' seven dual winning streak this week, as the Broncos head to California to take on No. 30 Pepperdine and No. 12 UCLA on Tuesday and Wednesday.
Boise State will be in Malibu, Calif. on Tuesday (March 30) to face Pepperdine at 3 p.m. (PST). The Broncos then travel to Los Angeles, Calif. to meet UCLA on Wednesday (March 31) at 1 p.m. (PST).
Last time out...
The Broncos hope momentum is on their side this week after an outstanding performance at the 2010 Boise State Spring Break Classic this past Saturday-Sunday (March 27-28). Boise State won the SBC championship with a 3-0 tournament record. The Broncos capped their impressive run with a 4-0 win against in-state rival Idaho on Sunday.
Boise State finished the weekend with a 5-0 record overall, as the Broncos had kicked the weekend off with a pair of wins on Thursday (March 25). Most impressively, however, was that four of the Broncos' five wins came against nationally ranked opponents.
Boise State is riding high after a strong showing at home this past week, as the Broncos improved their winning streak to seven duals in a row. A big reason for their success as of late is a stretch of five consecutive duals at home, where the Broncos have been dominant this spring. With their five wins this past weekend, Boise State is now 9-0 in Boise this season.
The Broncos' home dominance won't do them any good in California, however, as Boise State will look to improve upon a below .500 record on the road (2-3). Playing in the Broncos' favor is their recent success against nationally ranked opponents. With four wins over top-75 teams this past weekend, Boise State is now 7-5 against ranked opponents this year.
Broncos Rely on Top of Lineup...
A big part of Boise State's success throughout the past seven duals has been the singles play at the top half of the Broncos starting lineup. Following this past weekend, James Meredith, Vicente Joli and Harry Skinner all boast winning streaks of six consecutive matches. Meredith has played at No. 1 all year for the Broncos, while Joli has been playing at No. 2 and Skinner at No. 3.
Looking at the Waves...
Pepperdine's record this spring is a bit deceiving, as the Waves have played to just a 7-9 record so far this season. Pepperdine's No. 30 national ranking tells the whole story, however, because while the Waves do boast a losing overall record they have squared off with the best in the country.
Of their nine losses this season, all nine came against top-40 opponents. Pepperdine has dropped duals against six top-20 teams, and four that are currently ranked in the top-10 nationally. The Waves are coming off a successful outing against No. 11 Illinois, in which they beat the Illini, 4-3.
The Waves are led in singles by a pair of nationally ranked players; Bassam Beidas (No. 40) and Sebastian Fanselow (No. 110). They also have two doubles teams currently ranked in Beidas and Alex Llompart (No. 25) and Llompart and Finn Teamey (No. 80).
Looking at the Bruins...
UCLA enters this week ranked No. 12 nationally after playing to a 10-4 record this spring. The Bruins only four losses came against top-10 opponents, as they have dropped duals to No. 2 Tennessee (4-2), No. 5 USC twice (6-1 and 4-0) and No. 8 Baylor (4-3).
UCLA boasts an impressive lineup of individual players, which includes four singles players who are ranked nationally in the top-125. Matt Brooklyn leads the way for the Bruins with a No. 50 individual ranking. He is joined by Haythem Abid (No. 61), Amit Inbar (No. 108) and Nick Meister (No. 111).
UCLA has also been strong in doubles this spring as three different doubles pairs have earned national rankings in the top-65. Abid and Holden Seguso lead the way with a No. 50 national doubles ranking. Meister and Inbar are not far behind at No. 62, while Meister and Abid have also received a No. 65 ranking.