BOISE, Idaho - The No. 42 ranked Boise State men's tennis team returns home this weekend looking to rebound from a tough road trip to open the week, as the Broncos host Montana State and UC Santa Barbara in a pair of non-conference duals on Saturday (April 3).
The Broncos will square off against MSU at 10 a.m., before facing UCSB at 5 p.m. MSU and UCSB will also play each other on Friday (April 2) at 1 p.m. All duals are scheduled to be played at the Appleton Tennis Center, but will be moved to the BOAS Indoor Tennis Complex in the instance of bad weather.
Last time out...
Boise State returns home from a tough two-day road trip to Southern California in which the Broncos faced No. 30 Pepperdine and No. 9 UCLA. Boise State opened the week at Pepperdine on Tuesday (March 30) with a dual that turned out to be a nail biter.
After winning the doubles point the Broncos would drop three singles matches to even the team score at 3-3 with just the No. 5 match remaining. Boise State's Alex Bothe would fight hard to bring home the upset win, but eventually fell short with a 4-6, 7-6, 7-5 loss to Mousheg Hoyhannisyan.
The Broncos looked to rebound from Tuesday's heartbreaking loss with a trip to UCLA on Wednesday (March 31), but the Bruins proved to be simply too much. UCLA swept the doubles matches to gain an early 1-0 lead in the dual. The Bruins rolled from there with a sweep of all six singles matches, five of which coming in straight sets.
The losses ended Boise State's seven dual win streak and drop the Broncos overall record this season to 13-8 (3-1 Western Athletic Conference).
Boise State jumped 10 spots in this week's ITA National Team Rankings following an impressive 5-0 showing last week (Feb. 22-28). The Broncos moved from No. 52 to No. 42 after earning four wins over nationally ranked opponents last weekend. After starting the season just 2-5 against ranked teams, Boise State now boasts a 7-7 record.
The Broncos are led by sophomore James Meredith who continues to be Boise State's only player currently ranked in either singles or doubles by the ITA. Meredith dropped seven spots to No. 48 in this week's poll. He has played to a 13-5 dual record this spring, and is 7-3 against ranked opponents dating back to last fall.
Tough at home...
Boise State will look to stay perfect at home this weekend as the Broncos have run out to a 9-0 record in Boise this spring. Home proved to be a big advantage for the Broncos last weekend as they played to a 5-0 record en route to winning the 2010 Boise State Spring Break Classic. Including this weekend, Boise State is down to just four home duals this season.
Looking at the Bobcats...
Montana State enters this weekend with a 5-13 overall record. The Bobcats have bounced back from a 0-7 start to the season, playing just below .500 (5-6) in their last 11 duals. MSU has earned wins this season over Idaho State, 4-3, Lewis-Clark State, 5-2, MSU-Billings, 7-0, Montana, 4-3 and UC Riverside, 4-3.
Looking at the Gauchos...
UCSB travels to Boise with just a 7-9 record this season, but the Gauchos have been more dangerous than their record may indicate. UCSB is ranked No. 67 following a pair of wins over No. 31 BYU, 4-3, and Dartmouth, 7-0. The Gauchos have played several ranked opponents tough this season, including a 4-3 win over No. 53 Utah and a 4-3 loss to No. 4 Southern California.