Boise State Hosts Final Regular Season Home Duals Saturday

BOISE, Idaho - The No. 50 ranked Boise State men's tennis team will conclude its regular season home schedule this Saturday (April 2) with a pair of non-conference duals against Montana State and Weber State at the Appleton Tennis Center.

The Broncos (11-10 overall, 1-1 Western Athletic Conference) will open the weekend at 11 a.m., Saturday morning, with a showdown against MSU. Boise State is then set to host WSU at 5 p.m., Saturday evening. In the event of poor weather both duals will be moved to the BOAS Indoor Tennis Complex.

Both matches are free admission. Free parking is also available for all duals at Appleton on the fifth floor of the Lincoln Ave. Parking Structure.

Last time out...

The Broncos managed to claw its way back above .500 for the first time since Jan. 22 thanks to a trio of wins last weekend at the 2011 Boise State Spring Break Classic. The Broncos won duals over Eastern Washington, Wichita State and Idaho en route to capturing the tournament team title. Boise State opened the weekend with a 6-0 win over EWU before knocking off Wichita State, 4-2, in the semifinals.

In the title match the Broncos managed to avenge a 4-3 loss to Idaho just one week prior with a 4-3 win over the Vandals on Saturday (March 26) night. Boise State gained an early 1-0 advantage over Idaho with a sweep of the doubles matches, but a Vandal rally in singles put the Broncos down 3-2 with just two matches left to go. Andy Bettles scored a third set come from behind victory to even the score at 3-3, before Nathan Sereke won at No. 6 to clinch the dual win for Boise State.

The Broncos improved to 7-9 against nationally ranked opponents and 7-2 at home with the win. Boise State remains 1-1 in WAC competition however, as the second Idaho dual does not count as an official conference match because it was played in a tournament setting.

National Rankings...

Following a strong weekend at the Spring Break Classic the Broncos moved up 11 spots to No. 50 in this week's ITA national team rankings. Boise State re-enters the top 50 for the first time since March 8. The Broncos started the season ranked No. 43 nationally and spent the first seven weeks of the spring ranked in the top 50.

Damian Hume managed to remain nationally ranked in singles for the second consecutive poll as he came in at No. 107 this week. Hume dropped from No. 89 in the March 15 rankings.

Hume did enjoy a big jump in the doubles rankings this week as he and Scott Sears are currently the No. 56 ranked doubles team in the country. Hume and Sears moved up 19 spots from No. 75 on March 15.

Looking at the Bobcats...

MSU travels to Boise riding a great deal of momentum despite playing to just a 6-8 overall record (1-0 Big Sky Conference) this spring. The Bobcats have won five of their last six matches including a 4-3 win at Eastern Washington in their last outing. MSU has struggled playing away from home however, boasting just a 2-7 record in true road duals.

The Bobcats currently do not have any players ranked nationally in singles or doubles.

Looking at the Wildcats...

Weber State will look to turn around its early season misfortunes this weekend as the Wildcats have played to just a 4-9 overall record (3-2 Big Sky). WSU began the year with seven consecutive losses, but has won four of its last six to date. The Wildcats will need to find stronger play away from home in order to upset the Broncos however, as WSU is just 1-6 on the road this season.

The Wildcats currently do not have any players ranked nationally in singles or doubles.


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