Broncos Aim for 13th Tournament Championship
SAN DIEGO - The Boise State men's tennis team (24-6, 5-0 MW) will look to bring home its 13th conference tournament championship when it heads to San Diego to defend its top seed at the Mountain West Tennis Championships this weekend. The Broncos will receive a first-round bye before taking on No. 4 TCU in the semifinal, Saturday at 10 a.m. A win would put Boise State in the championship match against the winner of No. 2 San Diego State (No. 59 nationally) vs. No. 3 New Mexico (No. 66 nationally).
Live Scoring - Live scoring will be available at the Mountain West's championship central page HERE.
National Rankings - The Boise State men's tennis team dropped seven spots to No. 39 in the Campbell's/ITA National Team Rankings, Tuesday, after going 2-0 last week with wins against College of Idaho (6-0) and UNLV (7-0).
Damian Hume and James Meredith are each ranked individually. Hume checks in at No. 68 while Meredith is No. 91.
Scouting No. 4 TCU - The Horned Frogs enter the tournament as the No. 4 seed with an 8-14 record, going 2-3 in conference action. In the first meeting between the two teams Boise State defeated TCU, 5-2 in Fort Worth, April 13. The team is led by Nick Chappell who is ranked 125th in the ITA singles rankings and holds a 13-6 dual-match record.
Scouting No. 2 San Diego State - The Aztecs are ranked 59th with at 15-7 this season and a 4-1 mark in the Mountain West. All seven of those losses came against ranked opponents. In the first meeting with Boise State, the Broncos cruised to a 6-1 win, taking five of the six singles matches in straight sets. San Diego State could present a stiff challenge this time around, as they are 10-1 on its home court compared to a 3-5 road record. Thorsten Bertsch leads the team with 14 wins this spring, playing primarily at the No. 3 spot, but Javier Pulgar leads the team with his national ranking of 117th individually.
Scouting No. 3 New Mexico - The Lobos (17-7, 3-2 MW) are ranked 66th nationally heading into the tournament and is coming off a 4-3 win against TCU. The duo of Jadon Phillips/Phil Anderson own a 10-3 doubles record which has bolstered them to a No. 58 doubles ranking. In total, New Mexico has won 75 percent of its doubles matches, seven points higher than the team's singles winning percentage. Carl Ho leads the team with 19 singles wins this season and currently rides a 13-match win streak.
Coming in Hot - The Broncos enter the conference tournament on an eight-match win streak and have won 16 of their last 17 contests. The only loss in that span came against No. 1 USC in Los Angeles.
Atop the Mountain - The men's side finished a perfect 5-0 in Mountain West play this season with its most recent 7-0 win against UNLV in the season finale. The Broncos ranking of 39th is currently the highest in the conference, ahead of No. 59 San Diego State and No. 66 New Mexico.
Vs. Ranked Opponents - Boise State is 10-5 against ranked opponents this season, but is 6-0 against teams ranked Nos. 51-100 which is where both San Diego State and New Mexico fall. The highest ranked team the Broncos have beaten is No. 26 Washington (Feb. 6) and again No. 26 Fresno State (March 31).
The Doubles Point - The Broncos are 22-0 this season when winning the doubles point this season and 2-4 when dropping it. Boise State rallied to comeback wins against No. 56 Cal Poly and No. 26 Fresno State.
No Place Like Home - The Broncos enjoyed the comfort of playing at home this season, finishing 19-0 at the Boas Tennis Center (indoor) and Appleton Tennis Center (outdoor). Dating back to last season, Boise State holds a 26-match winning streak.
Best in the West - Damian Hume is the most recent of four Broncos to be named Mountain West Men's Tennis Player of the week this season. Hume, who was honored April 18, joined club which already included Andy Bettles, James Meredith and Nathan Sereke.
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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