Men's Tennis Puts Home Win Streak on the Line
BOISE, Idaho - After a pair of key wins last weekend, the No. 30 Boise State men's tennis team (18-6) will look to take care of business again when they host a doubleheader, Saturday, April 7 at the Appleton Tennis Center. The Broncos will face Mountain West foe, Air Force, at 10:30 a.m., before taking on regional opponent, Weber State, at 5 p.m.
National Rankings - The Boise State men's tennis team jumpted to No. 30 in the Campbell's/ITA National Team Rankings, Tuesday, moving up seven spots from last week's poll after going 2-0 last week with a wins against No. 48 San Diego State and No. 26 Fresno State. The No. 30 position is the highest the Broncos have been ranked all season; their previous high was 35.
Damian Hume and James Meredith are each ranked individually. Meredith checks in at No. 56 while Hume is close behind at No. 63.
Scouting Air Force- The Falcons enter the weekend with an 8-9 record and have not competed since a 4-3 loss to San Diego State, March 25. Air Force is 0-3 in Mountain West play this season, falling to UNLV and New Mexico in addition to San Diego State.
Scouting Weber State - The Wildcats hold a 9-10 record entering the weekend after defeating Idaho State 4-3 in their last contest. Simon Unger has been the team's bright spot this season, garnering a team-high 13 singles wins all while playing at the No. 1 position. Unger has also paired with Oliver Good to go 14-4 at the top singles position.
What Happened Last Time - Last week, Boise State faced a pair of ranked opponents in No. 48 San Diego State and No. 26 Fresno State. Led by a point in doubles, the Broncos rolled to a 6-1 win in their conference-opener against the Aztecs. In Saturday's match against long-time rival Fresno State, the Orange and Blue surrendered the doubles point which was a sign of five of the team's six losses this season. The Broncos would revive themselves this time though for a strong performance in singles play where they picked up four wins from the back end of the lineup. Despite a close 4-3 finish, the match was over after the first four singles finished with Nathan Sereke securing the win on court four.
Climbing the Mountain - The men's side is 1-0 in Mountain West play after the first weekend of action. The Broncos ranking of 37th is currently the highest in the conference, ahead of No. 55 New Mexico and No. 58 San Diego State.
No Place Like Home - The Broncos have enjoyed the comfort of playing at home this season, and remain unbeaten at 15-0. Dating back to last season, Boise State holds a 22-match winning streak.
Best in the West - Boise State's Nathan Sereke was named the Mountain West Men's Tennis Player of the Week, Wednesday, April 4.
A native of Stockholm, Sweden, Sereke helped 30th-ranked Boise State secure victories over No. 48 San Diego State (W, 6-1) and No. 26 Fresno State (W, 4-3), respectively. Sereke began the week by downing San Diego State's Hunter Nicholas, 6-3, 6-1, at the No. 4 singles position last Thursday. He went on to clinch the match against Fresno State on Saturday, helping the Broncos to a narrow dual match victory after securing a 6-2, 6-2 victory over the Bulldogs' David Ayoun at the fourth singles spot.
The honor marks the second-consecutive week a Broncos has been named Player of the Week after James Meredith was tapped last week. Sophomore Andy Bettles was also awarded earlier this season.
Reaching a Milestone - Of the many milestones head coach Greg Patton has reached throughout his career, his most recent came on March 24 during Boise State Spring Classic Championship against UAB. The win was the 700th of Patton's 32-year tenure as an NCAA head coach.
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