Boise State Welcomes Utah State and Middle Tennessee State
Thomas Tenreiro plays No. 3 singles.

April 2, 2014

WHAT’S HAPPENING

  • No. 22 Boise State (18-4, 2-0 MW) plays host to Utah State (9-8, 0-1 MW) and Middle Tennessee State (8-11, 0-0 CUSA).
  • The Broncos play Utah State at 10 a.m. (Mountain) on Saturday and will look to build on their two-match conference win streak.
  • Later in the day, Boise State will square off against Middle Tennessee State at 6 p.m. (Mountain).
  • The matches are scheduled to take place at the Appleton Tennis Center, weather permitting. If the weather prohibits outdoor play than the match will move indoors to the Boas Tennis Center.


WEEKEND SCHEDULE

  • Utah State (9-8, 0-1 MW) at Boise State (18-4, 2-0 MW)
  • Boise, Idaho (Appleton Tennis Center)
  • April 5 (Saturday) at 10 a.m. (Mountain)
    Parking at the Liberal Arts Parking Lot 
  • Middle Tennessee State (8-11, 0-0 CUSA) at Boise State (18-4, 2-0 MW)
  • Boise, Idaho (Appleton Tennis Center)
  • April 5 (Saturday) at 6 p.m. (Mountain)
    Parking at the Liberal Arts Parking Lot 
QUICK LOOK AT UTAH STATE
  • Utah State has won three of their last four matches, with two of those matches taking place at the Appleton Tennis Center here in Boise March 22-23. The Aggies dropped their first match to Montana 7-0, but rebounded and defeated Marquette 4-3. They defeated Weber State 5-2 on March 25, their last time out.
  • Dennis Baumgartner and Sebastian Schneider both lead the Aggies with 13 victories apiece. Baumgartner (13-9, 1-0) has played every match on court one, while Schneider (13-6, 0-1) has played the majority of his matches at No. 5, but has also seen time at the No. 3 and 4 positions.

QUICK LOOK AT MIDDLE TENNESSEE STATE
  • Middle Tennessee State is fresh off a Middle Tennessee Shootout title where they defeated Illinois State 4-0, UAB 4-1, and South Alabama 4-1. The three consecutive wins is the Blue Raiders’ longest streak of the season.
  • The Blue Raiders are led in singles by Ettore Zito and his 10-6 record playing the majority of his matches at the No. 1 position. The No. 1 doubles team of David Fox and Victor Cornea are ranked 57th-nationally and possess a 7-7 record in duals this spring.

BRONCOS IN NATIONAL RANKINGS
  • After winning their second-consecutive Blue Gray National Tennis Classic championship in Montgomery, Ala., on Feb. 23rd Boise State catapulted 26 spots from No. 41 up the national rankings to No. 15.
  • Boise State has since gone 9-2 and are currently ranked 22nd in this week’s ITA rankings.

BETTLES NATIONALLY RANKED
  • Bronco senior Andy Bettles enters the weekend with and overall mark of 21-13 and is ranked 86th nationally.

BRONCOS REGIONALLY RANKED

QUICK LOOK AT BOISE STATE
  • Recently: The Broncos are coming off a three-match road trip to California where they went 2-1 defeating UC Santa Barbara and Cal Poly by 6-1 scores, before falling at No. 52 Stanford 4-0 on Tuesday.
  • Record: Boise State is 18-4 overall and 2-0 MW entering this weekend. Last year the Broncos went 20-10 overall and 8-1 in conference.
  • The Broncos at Home: Boise State has swept six consecutive home matches entering this weekend’s slate and is 7-1 at home in 2014. Traditionally the Broncos are hard to beat in Boise where they went 10-1 during the 2012-13 season.
  • Boise State on the Road: The Broncos are 11-3 on the road in 2014 with its three losses coming at then-seventh-ranked Baylor (Jan. 25) 4-0, a 5-2 loss at then-No. 43 Oregon (March 2), as well as at No. 52 Stanford (April 1) 4-0.
  • Roster Review: Boise State returned an experienced squad last fall which has helped the program move up the national rankings. Boise State welcomed back two seniors in Andy Bettles and Nathan Sereke, two juniors, three sophomores, as well as added two freshmen in Brendan McClain and Abe Hewko.

TOUGH SCHEDULE
  • To Boise State’s credit it has played an extremely tough schedule which included five straight weeks on the road where the Broncos won nine consecutive matches before finishing the stretch 9-2.
  • They have faced 11 nationally ranked opponents to date and have gone 7-4 against them.
  • They have recorded victories over No. 21 Clemson (W 4-3), No. 37 VCU (W 4-2), No. 36 Alabama (W 4-0), No. 66 BYU (W 4-3) and No. 32 Drake (W 4-1), all away from Boise. They have also defeated No. 42 Minnesota (W 5-2) and No. 46 Virginia Tech (W 4-3) in Boise. Note, the rankings are what they were at time of match.
  • The Broncos lone losses are to No. 7 Baylor (L 4-0) at Waco, Texas, in the second week; at home against No. 32 Northwestern (L 5-2) on the opening weekend; a 5-2 loss to No. 43 Oregon; and most recently 4-0 at No. 52 Stanford.
  • Boise State has played and defeated on the road current No. 58 Utah (W 5-2) and No. 68 New Mexico (W 4-3) who were not ranked at the time of the match, they have also defeated Marquette who has been in and out of the rankings this year.
  • They will also play a few teams that have been in and out of the rankings this season including MW members San Diego State and Air Force.

NOTABLE HIGHLIGHTS

Andy Bettles and Thomas Tenreiro

  • The doubles team of senior Andy Bettles and sophomore Thomas Tenreiro has been the most consistent duo for the Broncos this spring going 14-4 in duals and 16-5 overall.
  • Bettles and Tenreiro have won six straight matches, the last four on court one.

Garrett Patton and Nathan Sereke

  • One of the newer combinations on the team senior Nathan Sereke and junior Garrett Patton went undefeated (3-0) on court two last week versus Marquette, Montana and Fresno State.

Brendan McClain

  • The true freshman is having an outstanding campaign for Boise State going 21-8 on the year to be the first Broncos to reach the 20-win mark this year.
  • In duals he has gone 16-4 this spring playing primarily on court five.
  • The native of Ventura, Calif., was named Mountain West Player of the Week for the week of Feb. 19-25 after helping the Broncos win their second-consecutive Blue Gray Classic title.
  • McClain was named the Blue Gray National Tennis Classic Most Valuable Player after going undefeated in singles, in fact he did not drop a set during the tournament.

Nathan Sereke

  • Sereke was named the Mountain West Men’s Tennis Player of the Week following a 5-0 (2-0 singles, 3-0 doubles) performance against Marquette, Montana and Fresno State March 22-23.
  • He is now 12-10 overall and 12-8 in duals playing predominately on court two.

Andy Bettles

  • The senior from Somerset, England, won his 100th singles match as a Bronco when he defeated Oregon’s Robin Cambier 6-4, 7-5 in Eugene, Ore.
  • He has played every match this season on court one where he is 10-10 overall in duals to go with a 21-13 singles mark for the year.
  • Bettles is 4-6 versus nationally ranked opponents as a senior.
  • He was also given the Blue Gray National Tennis Classic Sportsmanship Award.

Thomas Tenreiro

  • The sophomore from Miami, Fla., has been solid this season going 16-9 overall and 10-5 in duals.
  • Tenreiro earned back-to-back Mountain West Player of the Week honors for the weeks of Jan. 29-Feb. 2 and Feb. 5-11.

Brian Foley

  • The sophomore from Henderson, Nev., has come in and play at No. 6 singles where he has been steady for the Broncos going 10-4. He is 17-8 in singles overall during the 2013-14 campaign.

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