Broncos on the Road for Three
April 11, 2018


Match 23: Boise State (9-14) at Denver (8-8)
  • Location: Denver, Colo. (Stapleton Tennis Pavilion)
  • Date | Time: April 12 (Thursday) | 9:30 a.m. (MT)
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Match 24: Boise State (9-14, 1-4 MW) at Air Force (12-10, 0-4 MW)
  • Location: United States Air Force Academy, Colo.
  • Date | Time: April 13 (Friday) | 2 p.m. (MT)
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Match 25: Boise State (9-14, 1-4 MW) at New Mexico (12-9, 2-2 MW)
  • Location: Albuquerque, N.M. (Linda Estes Tennis Complex)
  • Date | Time: April 15 (Sunday) | 12 p.m. (MT)
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WHAT’S HAPPENING: Boise State (9-14, 1-4 MW) is on the road for three matches this week with one nonconference and two Mountain West contests. The action begins Thursday morning at 9:30 a.m. (Mountain) in Denver, Colo., when the Broncos play the Denver Pioneers from the Summit League.

On Friday Boise State returns to league play when it faces Air Force at 2 p.m. (Mountain) at USAFA, Colo. The weekend concludes with a noon (Mountain) match at New Mexico in Albuquerque on Sunday. This three-match weekend wraps-up the Broncos final regular-season road trip of 2018.

LAST TIME OUT: Boise State closed a six-match homestand this past week going 1-3 overall falling to UC Irvine (4-2), Fresno State (4-1) and Nevada (4-3) before regrouping to defeat rival Idaho State 4-3. All were battles to the end with Jack Heslin leading the way going 2-2 at No. 1 singles and No. 1 doubles, while Pedro Platzeck went 2-2 in singles and Max Blancaneaux 1-1.

Boise State rallied for the victory against Idaho State after dropping the doubles point. The Broncos recorded singles victories from Platzeck, Blancaneaux, Ryland McDermott and Heslin, respectively. Heslin brought home the victory over the Bengals by breaking a 3-3 tie by rallying from one set down to win his No. 1 singles match in a third-set tiebreaker 4-6, 6-4, 7-6 for the clinching point.

THIS WEEK’S OPPONENTS: The week begins at Denver who is 8-8 overall and coming into the match off a 7-0 home victory over Oral Roberts, preceded by three-consecutive losses. Air Force enters the week at 12-10 overall and 0-4 in MW play, the Falcons are on a four-match skid and have lost 10 of their last 11 contests. New Mexico comes into the week at 2-2 in league play and 12-9 overall, the Lobos have split each of the last two weekends in MW play recording wins over Nevada (4-1) at home and over San Diego State (4-3) on the road.

LEADING IN SINGLES: In singles play the Broncos are led by Jack Heslin (6-9 at No. 1) and Kyle Butters (4-3 at No. 2) who are playing the top two positions. Pedro Platzeck (12-12) as the top overall singles records on the year.

LEADING IN DOUBLES: The doubles lineup has seen a lot of experimenting over the course of the season because of youth, new faces and injuries. The top doubles tandem has been Platzeck and Stefan Lalovic who are currently 18-12 together. Butters and Jack Heslin have played No. 1 doubles most of the season and are 8-8 on court one, while Max Blancaneaux and Harvey Shackleton are 6-3.

GENERAL PATTON: The “General,” head coach Greg Patton enters the year ranked No. 1 in career wins nationally among active collegiate coaches and fourth all-time at 808-404. His win percentage is .667 all-time and .682 at Boise State (457-213).

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