BOISE, Idaho - The No. 42 ranked Boise State men's tennis team heads to the 2010 Western Athletic Conference Championships in Fresno, Calif. this Friday-Sunday (April 30 - May 2) with huge postseason implications on the line. Boise State is looking to secure an automatic bid to the NCAA championships, as well as capture its first WAC tournament title since 2007.
The Broncos head into the conference championships as the No. 3 seed after finishing the regular season 4-2 against WAC opponents. The conference tournament kicks off on Friday (April 30) and concludes with the championship dual on Sunday (May 2).
The WAC Championships...
Boise State will face a tough road ahead as the Broncos will likely have to face two teams this weekend they have already lost to in No. 1 seed Hawai'i and No. 2 seed Fresno State. The men open their tournament at 2 p.m. (CST) on Friday against No. 6 New Mexico State. The Broncos already beat the Aggies once this year in a 6-1 home victory.
The winner of Boise State and NMSU will face Fresno State at 2 p.m. on Saturday. Hawai'i, meanwhile, has a first round bye on the top half of the tournament bracket and will only need to win one dual to reach the championship round.
The Broncos will look to make their way back to the top of the WAC tournament for the first time since 2007, as the men will try and earn the fifth WAC tournament title in program history. While Boise State is still in the hunt for an at-large berth in the NCAA championships, the Broncos could wrap up an automatic bid by winning the WAC championship.
Visit wacsports.com for WAC tournament updates and live stats for all matches throughout the weekend.
Last time out...
Boise State concluded its 2010 regular season schedule with three tough road duals on April 15-18, as the Broncos faced New Mexico, No. 42 Hawai'i and No. 28 Arizona. The men managed to finish 2-1 on the road trip, but did drop a critical 4-1 loss against the Warriors to fall to No. 3 in the WAC standings.
Boise State opened its road trip with a 4-3 win over New Mexico. After falling to Hawai'i in dual No. 2, the Broncos rebounded with a big 4-3 win over Arizona to conclude the season.
The Broncos moved up one spot to No. 42 in this week's ITA National Team Rankings despite not playing a dual in just over a week. Boise State joins four other WAC teams that are currently ranked in the ITA top-75. Fresno State leads the way with a No. 29 ranking, while Hawai'i is No. 43, New Mexico State is No. 68 and Idaho is No. 73.
Sophomore James Meredith leads the way for Boise State in the ITA Individual Rankings as he enters this week No. 47 nationally in singles.