Boise State Heading to MW Championship as No. 1 Seed

April 21, 2014

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MOUNTAIN WEST TOURNAMENT FACTS


BRONCOS TO MEET UTAH STATE IN MW QUARTERFINALS

  • The 24th-ranked Boise State men's tennis team is headed to the 2014 Mountain West Championship as the No. 1 seed where it will face the No. 8 seeded Utah State Aggies in Thursday's quarterfinals at the Sierra Sport & Racquet Club in Fresno, Calif. Boise State enters the tournament with an outstanding regular season record of 25-4 and is the favorite to win its third-consecutive Mountain West championship. 
  • The Broncos open up against the Aggies and a familiar face in Utah State head coach Clancy Shields. Shields is a Boise State alumnus, a former Bronco assistant and the brother of current Boise State associate head coach Luke Shields
  • The two teams met once earlier this year on April 5th in Boise at the Appleton Tennis Center where the Broncos won 6-1. Boise State won the doubles point 2-0, then recorded singles victories by Andy Bettles, Garrett Patton, Brendan McClain, Brian Foley and Toby Mitchell.
  • This is the first year in which Utah State and Boise State have been in the Mountain West together, the Aggies joined this year and the Broncos in 2012. 


WHAT'S NEXT

  • If Boise State advances into the semifinals they would meet the winner of the No. 4 Nevada versus No. 5 Fresno State quarterfinal at 3 p.m. on Friday. 


BOISE STATE AT THE MW CHAMPIONSHIP TOURNAMENT

  • This is the third trip for Boise State to the Mountain West Championship where they are a perfect 5-0 all-time. 
  • Boise State has won back-to-back MW championships by defeating New Mexico 4-0 in 2012 and 4-3 in 2013 in the title matches.


BOISE STATE AT CONFERENCE CHAMPIONSHIP TOURNAMENT

  • Boise State has won 14 conference championships overall and has placed second eight times. 
  • The Broncos won titles in 1974, 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996, 1997, 1999, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2012 and 2013. 


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 is currently ranked 24th in this week's ITA rankings.


BETTLES NATIONALLY RANKED

  • Bronco senior Andy Bettles enters the weekend with and overall mark of 23-14 and is ranked 82nd nationally.


ITA REGIONAL RANKINGS


QUICK LOOK AT BOISE STATE

  • Recently: Boise State is coming off three successive weekends of home sweeps (7-0). Last weekend they defeated Air Force (7-0) and San Francisco (4-1).
  • Record: Boise State is 25-4 overall and 5-0 MW entering this weekend. Last year the Broncos went 20-10 overall and 8-1 in conference.
  • 20 Wins: This is the eighth time in the last 12 years, since Patton returned as coach, that the Broncos have won 20 or more matches in a season. 
  • The Broncos at Home: Boise State has won 13 consecutive home matches and went 14-1 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.


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. Note, the rankings are what they were at time of match.
  • Boise State has played and defeated on the road current No. 53 Utah (W 5-2) and No. 69 New Mexico (W 4-3) who were not ranked at the time of the match. The Broncos have also defeated Marquette, Washington, San Diego State and Air Force who have been in and out of the rankings this year.


LEADING THE BRONCOS

  • Andy Bettles leads the Broncos playing at the No. 1 singles position where he is 12-11 in duals this spring to go with a 23-14 overl mark in 2013-14. The senior is also an impressive 23-7 in doubles overall and 18-5 in dual matches.
  • Nathan Sereke another senior on the squad has been playing on court two most of the season where he is 13-10 in duals, his overall mark on the year is 15-12. Sereke also has an equally impressive doubles mark going 17-4 on the year.
  • Thomas Tenreiro has played the most at No. 3 singles accumulating a 17-5 duals record, in addition to a 21-7 mark on the year. Tenreiro has been an impact in doubles as well splitting time between No. 1 and 2 going a combined 17-5 this spring to go with a 21-7 record for the year.
  • Garrett Patton has an overall record of 23-12 in singles, including a 16-7 duals mark while playing primarily on court four where he is 10-7. Patton's doubles record overall is 21-12.
  • Freshman Brendan McClain has had an outstanding debut season going a team-best 25-8 on the year in singles, including a 20-4 mark in duals. McClain has also gone 23-12 in doubles so far this year splitting time on courts one and two during duals (13-9). 
  • Brian Foley has been solid for the Broncos in 2013-14 with a total of 21 wins and nine losses in singles, 14-5 in duals this spring. Foley went 12-2 in doubles throughout the 2013-14 year entering the MW tournament. 
  • Toby Mitchell accumulated a mark of 21-7 on the year for singles matches, including 13-3 this spring. Mitchell's doubles mark is 15-5 in duals playing primarily at No. 3, his overall mark for the year is 21-8.
  • The doubles team of Garrett Patton and Brendan McClain has seen the most time at No. 1 doubles where they are 7-8, they are 16-10 on the year. 
  • Andy Bettles and Thomas Tenreiro are 7-1 at No. 1 doubles and 9-4 on court two for a combined 16-5 duals record this spring. 
  • Nathan Sereke and Toby Mitchell have gone 13-4 during the dual season this spring playing mostly on court three. 


ABOUT THE OPPONENTS
Utah State Aggies

  • The Aggies are 9-15 overall and 0-7 in MW play. They have lost seven straight including a pair of home losses last week to UNLV 6-1 and Fresno State 7-0.
  • Marcus Fritz and Fredrik Peterson have split time playing No. 1 and No. 2 singles for USU. Fritz is 5-9 on court one and 4-4 on court two this spring. Peterson is 1-7 at No. 1 and 2-6 at No. 2. 
  • During the dual season the team of Dennis Baumgartner and Marcus Fritz have gone 7-7 on court one. 


Nevada Wolf Pack

  • Nevada is a solid 18-4 overall and 4-2 in league competition. The Wolf Pack have won seven of their last eight matches to close the regular season. 
  • Victor Ouvrard went 17-1 in duals, 9-1 on court one and 8-0 on two, he is 21-5 overall. Moez Chargui is 13-5 in duals, 5-4 at No. 1 and 8-1 at No. 2, and 17-7 on the entire year. 
  • Robert Allan and Victor Ouvrard are 20-3 on the year as a doubles team, 15-2 in duals and 10-2 on court one. 


Fresno State Bulldogs

  • Fresno State is 13-9 on the year, 4-4 in conference and 7-2 at home this season. The Bulldogs closed the season 6-1 including a road split last week losing 5-2 at Nevada and winning 7-0 at Utah State.
  • In singles Sai Kartik Nakireddi is 9-4 on court one and 14-7 in duals this year. Sam MacNeil is 4-4 at No. 1 singles and 9-9 in duals. 
  • There have been seven different pairs play on court one in doubles with John Darmstaedter and Sai Kartik Nakireddi who are 3-5 at the position. 


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