BOISE, Idaho - The No. 49 ranked Boise State men's tennis team will bid farewell to its senior class, Saturday (April 10), when the Broncos host their final two home duals of the 2009-10 season at the Appleton Tennis Center.
Boise State will meet a pair of Western Athletic Conference opponents in New Mexico State and Nevada. The Broncos will face NMSU at 9:30 a.m., and UNR at 5 p.m. In the instance of poor weather, Saturday's duals will be moved to the BOAS Indoor Tennis Complex.
Last time out...
Boise State is coming off another tough weekend in which the Broncos went 1-1 in a pair of home duals. The men opened their Saturday double-header with a 7-0 win over Montana State. The Broncos jumped out to an early 1-0 lead against the Bobcats by winning two of three doubles matches. They finished off MSU with a sweep in singles competition.
The Saturday evening finale turned out to be much tougher for the Broncos, as No. 67 UC Santa Barbara managed to hold off a late Boise State run for a 4-3 win. After falling behind in the dual, 3-1, Boise State was able to even the score at 3-3 with a pair of third set victories. The Broncos' incredible comeback was not to be, however, as Vicente Joli dropped a heartbreaking No. 2 singles match in a third set tiebreaker, giving UCSB the win.
Saturday's loss marked the first home loss of the season for Boise State. The Broncos are 10-1 in Boise and 14-9 overall this spring.
Boise State dropped seven spots to No. 49 in the April 6 ITA National Team Rankings following their 1-1 split of last weekend's duals. The Broncos have been ranked nationally all season long after starting the year ranked No. 22. After falling to No. 71, Boise State has managed to stay around the top-50 for the past three weeks.
The Broncos hope to provide a good send off for their two seniors this weekend, as Vicente Joli and Harry Skinner will be playing their final matches in Boise on Saturday.
Joli, a Castellion, Spain native, transferred to Boise State from Fresno Pacific University prior to the start of this season. Since joining the Broncos last fall, Joli has earned a 17-14 singles record and a 17-11 doubles record, playing primarily at No. 2 in both. The highlight of his fall season came in winning the ITA Mountain Region Singles Championship. He was also honored by the WAC as Men's Tennis Player of the Week for March 22-28.
Skinner's Boise State career is concluding almost as soon as it began, as the senior from London, England transferred from Arizona State to join the Broncos at the start of the 2010 spring semester. It didn't take long for Skinner to make an impact on the team; however, as he has been a solidified starter in the No. 2 and No. 3 singles spots all spring long. He is currently 10-8 in singles and 6-6 in doubles. The highlight of his season came after his first weekend of competition when the WAC honored him as Player of the Week for Feb. 1-7.
Looking at the opponents...
Boise State will face a pair of teams on Saturday that have enjoyed their share of success overall, but have struggled this season away from home. New Mexico State has played to a 10-4 overall record (1-1 WAC), but is just 1-3 on the road. Nevada, meanwhile, is only 5-6 (2-2) this season but four of those losses (1-4) have come away from Reno, Nev.