March 31, 2016
No. 69 Boise State (11-8, 0-1 MW) at Air Force (4-13, 0-1 MW)
Colorado Springs, Colo. (Cadet Tennis Courts)
April 1, 2016 at 4 p.m. (Mountain)
No. 69 Boise State (11-8, 0-1 MW) at No. 70 New Mexico (13-11, 1-1 MW)
Albuquerque, N.M. (McKinnon Family Tennis Stadium)
April 3, 2016 at 12 p.m. (Mountain)
No Live Scoring
- Boise State gets back into Mountain West action this week when the Broncos travel for the final time during the regular season heading to Air Force (4-13, 0-1) and to No. 70 New Mexico (13-11, 1-1 MW).
- Boise State enters the weekend at 11-8 overall and 0-1 in league.
- The Broncos have won two straight coming off a pair of road upsets last week at then-No. 51 UCSB and at then-No. 67 Cal Poly, both by 4-3 scores.
- Boise State is 3-6 when playing on the opponents’ home courts and are 6-8 overall on the road.
- The blue and orange has played 11 ITA nationally ranked teams so far this season going 5-6 in those encounters.
RECENTLY FOR THE BRONCOS
- Boise State completed a successful spring break last week recording two upset victories on the road over ITA nationally ranked opponents defeating No. 51 UC Santa Barbara 4-3 (March 23) and No. 67 Cal Poly 4-3 (March 26).
- In both matches freshman Kyle Butters turned in the victory clinching singles win.
- At UCSB Boise State rallied from 3-0 down to upset the Gauchos in a match that saw a total of eight tiebreakers played before the contest was decided ... the Broncos were forced to win the final four singles matches by Toby Mitchell, Brian Foley, Thomas Tenriero and Kyle Butters, respectively, to claim the victory ... Butters’ win was a classic going to tiebreakers in all three sets before he claimed the decisive victory over UCSB’s Anders Holm 6-7 (3), 7-6 (5), 7-6 (3).
- At Cal Poly, Butters’ win at No. 4 singles handed Boise State the 4-3 victory Saturday afternoon in San Luis Obispo, Calif. ... after dropping the doubles point, Boise State regrouped to win four of the six singles matches recording wins from Tenriero, Abe Hewko, Pedro Platzeck and Kyle Butters.
BUTTERS NAMED MOUNTAIN WEST PLAYER OF THE WEEK
- Boise State freshman Kyle Butters was named this week’s Mountain West Conference Men’s Tennis Player of the Week as announced by the league office Monday afternoon.
- Butters led Boise State to a pair of road upsets over nationally ranked opponents last week recording the match clinching victory in each contest.
- He went a combined 3-1 overall going 1-1 at No. 1 doubles and 2-0 at No. 4 singles.
OPPONENT(S) PREVIEW FOR THIS WEEK
- Air Force enters the week at 4-13 overall and 0-1 in MW play ... the Falcons have lost eight straight and are coming off a 5-2 home defeat to Weber State last weekend ... AFA is 2-5 when playing at home this year.
- New Mexico enters the week ranked No. 70 with a record of 13-11 overall and 1-1 in MW play ... the Lobos are coming off a road split last weekend falling 4-1 at UNLV, then regrouped to down Montana 6-1 in Las Vegas ... the doubles team of Hayden Sabatka and Bart Van Leijsen are ranked 22nd nationally.
REPRESENTING THE BRONCOS THIS WEEK
- Kyle Butters: The freshman from New Zealand is 15-10 in singles matches and 12-6 in doubles.
- Brian Foley: The senior is 10-10 in singles and 6-13 in doubles.
- Abe Hewko: The junior is currently 11-13 singles and 9-9 in doubles competition.
- Toby Mitchell: The senior from England has a 10-14 singles record and 12-6 doubles mark.
- Danny Moyer: The sophomore is 4-2 in singles overall and 4-2 in doubles matches.
- Pedro Platzeck: The freshman from Brazil joined the team during the winter break and is currently 10-6 in singles and 8-9 in doubles.
- Lewis Roskilly: The sophomore from England is 7-10 in singles and 8-13 in doubles.
- Thomas Tenreiro: The senior is 12-1 in singles this year and 9-4 in doubles.
- Greg Wischer: The freshman is 2-1 in singles this year and 4-1 in doubles.
- Note: The players’ records are for the 2015-16 year.
TOP BRONCO DOUBLES TEAM
- Kyle Butters and Toby Mitchell lead Boise State in doubles playing at the No. 1 position where they are 7-3 this spring in duals, they are 12-6 overall on the year ... they are the sixth ranked team in the ITA Intermountain Region.
- Greg Patton is in his 20th season as head coach at Boise State where he is 434-174 overall in team duals, his career mark is 785-367 in 36 years.
- His 785 career wins ranks him first among active coaches ... the Broncos’ win over Southern Utah (Jan. 19) moved him into fourth-place all-time on the NCAA career list at 777.
FOUR-TIME MOUNTAIN WEST CHAMPS
- The Broncos have never lost (11-0) at the Mountain West Tournament since joining the league for the 2011-12 campaign and are the four-time defending champions.
- Overall Boise State has won 16 conference titles, 14 under coach Patton’s leadership.
NCAA NATIONAL TOURNAMENT
- Boise State advanced to the NCAA Tournament in 2015 for the 18th time in school history and the 10th time in the last 11 years.
- Boise State has played 11 teams to date that were ranked at the time of the match and is 5-6 in those contest including victories over then ranked No. 69 San Francisco 4-3 (Jan. 23), No. 50 Indiana 4-3 (Feb. 20), No. 69 UC Irvine 4-3 (March 3), No. 51 UC Santa Barbara 4-3 (March 23) and No. 67 Cal Poly 4-3 (March 26), all on the road.
- The Broncos have lost at No. 5 Texas A&M 4-0 (Jan. 24), at No. 18 Virginia Tech 7-0 (Jan. 30), at No. 37 Oregon 6-1 (Feb. 21), vs. No. 14 South Florida 4-0 (Feb. 25), vs. No. 48 Auburn 4-2 (Feb. 27) and at No. 58 Utah State 4-3 (March 19) ... all six were away from Boise and the rankings were at the time of the contest.
- Other schools who have been ranked, but were not at the time of the match with Boise State include: a home victory over Santa Clara 4-3 (Feb. 7), along with defeats at Utah 5-2 (Feb. 12) and current No. 66 BYU 4-0 (Feb. 13).
- The Broncos will still face: No. 70 New Mexico (April 3), as well as Fresno State (April 8) and San Diego State (April 15) who have both been in and out of the rankings this season.