Men's Tennis Travels to TCU, New Mexico
BOISE, Idaho - The Boise State men's tennis team (20-6, 2-0 MW) will leave the Appleton Tennis Center to face Mountain West opponents TCU and New Mexico this weekend. The Broncos will take on the Horned Frogs, Friday April 13 at 4:30 p.m. in Fort Worth before battling the No. 61 Lobos in Albuquerque, Sunday April 15 at 11 a.m. The Broncos have been a wrecking ball at home with a 17-0 record but will be tested away from home where they are only 3-6.
National Rankings - The Boise State men's tennis team remained stagnant at No. 30 in the Campbell's/ITA National Team Rankings, Tuesday, after going 2-0 last week with against unranked Air Force and Weber State.
Damian Hume and James Meredith are each ranked individually. Meredith checks in at No. 69 while Hume is close behind at No. 74.
Scouting TCU - The Horned Frogs are 6-12 this season with a 2-11 record against ranked opponents. TCU, like Boise State, has two conference matches under its belt with a loss to San Diego State but a win against UNLV last week. Nick Chappell leads the team in wins with a 10-6 mark at the No. 1 position.
Scouting New Mexico- The Lobos have an overall record of 16-6 this spring season. The Lobos started their last weekend a little rocky, falling to San Diego State before kicking it into gear by winning their last two matches against UNLV and Hawai'i. The team is currently 9-1 at home and the this weekend's match is senior day for Phil Anderson's, Ben Dunbars, Matthew Neelds and Carl Ho. Ho is currently on an 11-match win streak. In doubles, Ho and James Hignett are on a 7 win streak which is tied with fellow teammates Jadon Phillips and Anderson.
What Happened Last Time - Boise State is coming off a weekend in which they swept both Air Force and Weber State in a doubleheader, Saturday. The Broncos did not lose a single doubles or singles match and won 30 of the 31 total sets played. Damian Hume, Andy Bettles, Scott Sears and Garret Patton each won two singles matches while James Meredith, Nathan Sereke, Filipp Pogostkin and Erik Sheldon each won one.
Climbing the Mountain - The men's side is 2-0 in Mountain West play after wins against San Diego State and Air Force. The Broncos ranking of 30th is currently the highest in the conference, ahead of No. 50 San Diego State and No. 61 New Mexico.
No Place Like Home - The Broncos have enjoyed the comfort of playing at home this season, and remain unbeaten at 17-0. Dating back to last season, Boise State holds a 24-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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