Boise State continues its six-match homestand this week when the Broncos host UC Santa Barbara (9-5) at 3:30 p.m. on Thursday and Pepperdine (7-7) at 1:30 p.m. on Saturday.
Coach Patton is looking for his 800th career win as a collegiate coach needing two to reach the milestone.
ABOUT THE BRONCOS
The Broncos enter the weekend having won two straight over UNLV (4-3) and Eastern Washington (6-1) and are looking to extend their win streak when they face the Gauchos and Waves.
Leading the way in singles for Boise State are Jack Heslin (So., Auckland, New Zealand) who is 16-10 overall and 9-7 in duals splitting time primarily between courts two and three ... Brian Tran (Fr., Greystanes, Australia) is 12-9 on the year and 9-8 in duals playing mostly at No. 2 and 3 singles ... Kyle Butters (So., Wanganui, New Zealand) has played No. 1 singles in nearly every match this year going 4-9 in duals and 10-13 overall this year.
The Broncos have one of the youngest rosters in the NCAA featuring five sophomores and three freshmen, no upperclassmen.
ABOUT THE GAUCHOS
UC Santa Barbara enters the match at 9-5 overall ... the Gauchos have won two straight by 6-1 scores over Gonzaga and Princeton at Santa Barbara.
The Gauchos’ doubles team of Simon Freund and Morgan Mays is ranked No. 9 nationally.
UCSB is a member of the Big West Conference where they are a perennial power.
UCSB is Boise State head coach Greg Patton’s alma mater.
ABOUT THE WAVES
Pepperdine enters the weekend at 7-7 overall ... the Waves have an active three-match win streak going with home victories over Princeton (6-1), Saint Mary’s (4-0) and Pacific (4-0).
Guilherme Galvao leads the Waves playing No. 1 singles where he is 7-6 in duals and 14-10 overall ... Pedro Iamachkine (15-9) and Stefan Menichella (12-6) follow Galvao and have split time playing on courts two, three and four.
In doubles their top team is Menchilla and Jack Van Slyke who are 6-7 on court one, while Guilherme Hadlich and Gabriel Sidney are 9-2 in duals playing at No. 2 doubles.
RECENTLY FOR THE BRONCOS
Boise State has won two straight matches including a 6-1 victory this past Monday over Eastern Washington in Boise.
Jack Heslin’s straight-set victory at No. 2 singles clinched the match for Boise State as the Broncos rolled past Eastern Washington ... Boise State took the doubles point from EWU 2-0 to open the match, then followed with five wins in singles by Pedro Platzeck, Morgan Stone, Heslin, Ryland McDermott and Brian Tran, respectively.
NEXT UP ON SCHEDULE
The Broncos continue the six match homestand next week when they host three more contests including a pair of Mountain West Conference matches versus New Mexico (April 7) at 6 p.m., followed by a doubleheader on Sunday (April 9) versus Air Force 9:30 a.m. and instate-rival Idaho at 3:30 p.m.
Greg Patton enters his 21st season at Boise State where he has posted a 447-190 record while winning 14 conference championships in three different conferences.
This is the General’s 37th season as a collegiate head coach ... Patton has put together an impressive 798-383 record, which currently ranks him first nationally for most wins by an active NCAA Division I men’s tennis coach and fourth all-time.
Since returning to Boise State in 2003, Patton guided the team to four-consecutive Mountain West Tournament Championships (2012-15) during its first four seasons in the conference. He also earned Western Athletic Conference titles in four of nine seasons (2003, 2005-07), as well as a WAC regular-season championship in 2009.
MOUNTAIN WEST CHAMPIONSHIP COMES TO BOISE
The 2017 Mountain West Conference Men’s Tennis Championship Tournament will be held April 28-30 at Boise State’s Appleton Tennis Center.
This is the first time that the league’s championship event has been in Boise.
The Broncos have won four MW titles (2012-15) in their first five years as members of the conference.