Four-Time MW Champs Begin Title Defense
Boise State opens MW title defense Friday with Nevada at Las Vegas.
April 28, 2016
FOLLOW THE ACTION
- 17th Mountain West Championship
- Date and Time: April 29-May 1 (Friday-Sunday)
- Location: Las Vegas, Nevada
- Facility: Fertitta Tennis Complex
PAIRINGS & SCHEDULEFriday, April 29: Quarterfinals
- MW Tournament Central
- Note: The Live Stats and Live Video Stream links are available on the tournament central page for all contests.
10 a.m. MT - No.3 San Diego State vs. No. 6 Air Force
4 p.m. MT - No. 1 Utah State vs. No. 8 Fresno State
7 p.m. MT - No. 4 UNLV vs. No. 5 New Mexico
Saturday, April 30: Semifinals
7 p.m. MT - Winners of Quarterfinal 3 vs. Quarterfinal 4
Sunday, May 1: Championship
BRONCOS’ MW TOURNAMENT HISTORY
- The 59th-ranked Boise State Broncos (18-9, 5-2 MW) open defense of their four back-to-back Mountain West Tournament Championships Friday afternoon as the No. 2 seed.
- The Broncos will face the seventh-seeded Nevada Wolf Pack (6-15, 2-5 MW) at 1 p.m. (Mountain) in the second quarterfinal on Friday at UNLV’s Fertitta Tennis Complex in Las Vegas.
- This encounter gives Boise State a chance to revenge a 4-3 loss to Nevada in Boise on April 10, the last time the Broncos lost and its only defeat at home (10-1).
- This contest is also a rematch of the 2015 MW Championship match when the Broncos beat the Wolf Pack 4-3 for the title at Albuquerque, N.M.
- This will be the 31st meeting between the two teams since the 1986-87 season with Boise State leading the series 23-8 ... the Broncos lead MW series 2-1 and the series at the MW Tournament 2-0.
- The Nevada-Boise State rivalry is the longest rivalry for the Broncos among MW schools dating back to their days in the Big Sky 1980 and stretching through four different conferences Big Sky, Big West, Western Athletic and now the Mountain West.
- If Boise State were to win its encounter with Nevada they would advance to the first semifinal match on Saturday scheduled for 4 p.m. (Mountain) against the winner of Friday’s No. 3 San Diego State versus No. 6 Air Force quarterfinal contest.
- This is a single elimination tournament.
- At stake for the Broncos is the MW’s automatic berth into the NCAA National Tournament May 13-23.
CONFERENCE TOURNAMENT RECORD
- The Broncos have never lost at the MW Tournament since joining the league for the 2011-12 campaign and are the reigning four-time defending champions.
- Boise State won the 2015 title by defeating No. 69 Fresno State (W 4-0), at No. 39 New Mexico (W 4-2) and Nevada (W 4-3).
- Boise State is currently 11-0 all-time in this event ... six of the 11 victories have been by 4-0 sweeps.
- Boise State and New Mexico have met in the championship match in three of the last four years, 2015 Boise State defeated Nevada 4-3.
- Since the 1982 Big Sky Conference Tournament, Boise State has gone 87-36 all-time at conference championship tournaments.
- From 1970-1992 the Big Sky Conference Tournament was a round-robin format.
- Starting with the 1993 Big Sky Tournament all of the conference championship events (all leagues) in leagues Boise State has been a member of have been a bracket format ... since that time Boise State has reached at least the semifinal round every year and has gone 49-8 in conference tournaments.
BOISE STATE VERSUS MW TOURNAMENT FIELD
- Since 1993 (bracket format for tournaments) the Broncos have reached 17 conference championship matches, they are 15-2 in those contests ... 13-2 under head coach Greg Patton.
- Boise State has won a combined 16 conference tournament championships in program history.
- Big Sky Conference (5) 1974, 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996
- Big West Conference (3) 1997, 1999, 2000
- Western Athletic Conference (4) 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007
- Mountain West (4) 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015
- They also won the 2009 WAC regular season title.
QUICK LOOK AT BOISE STATE
- The Broncos played everyone in the league during the 2016 regular season going 5-2 overall ... the lone losses where at Utah State and at home to Nevada, both by 4-3 scores.
- Since the 1986-87 season Boise State is 107-48 all-time against the other seven Mountain West schools.
- Since joining the conference for the 2011-12 campaign, the Broncos have gone 23-6 during regular season matches and 11-0 at the MW Championship.
BOISE STATE RANKED BY ITA
- The Broncos are currently 18-9 overall and went 5-2 during MW play to finish tied for second.
- Boise State has won four straight and 11 of 13 matches since March 1st.
- Versus ITA Mountain Region opponents the Broncos are 7-4 this year.
- The Broncos finished the regular season 10-1 at home and 8-8 on the road ... 5-6 on the opponent’s home court and 3-2 at neutral sites.
LEADING THE BRONCOS IN SINGLES
- The blue and orange enters the MW Championship ranked 59th nationally.
- The Broncos are one of three MW teams ranked, Utah State is No. 56 while New Mexico is 64.
- On the year five teams have been in the national rankings including San Diego State and Fresno State.
LEADING THE BRONCOS IN DOUBLES
- Boise State is led by freshman Kyle Butters who has won 12 straight singles matches at No. 4 singles to finish the regular season at 22-10 overall, 17-7 in spring duals and 7-0 in MW play.
- Senior Thomas Tenreiro has been solid since returning to the lineup in March going 11-2 at No. 2 singles and helping the Broncos to a 11-2 mark during that time span ... Tenreiro finished the regular season at 18-3 overall and 5-2 in MW action.
- Toby Mitchell has won six straight matches at No. 3 singles, including four team victory clinching wins ... the senior from England went 11-11 in spring duals and 16-14 overall on the year ... he went 6-1 in MW play.
- Brian Foley has gone 7-8 at No. 1 singles this spring ... the senior went 14-12 on the year and 10-9 this spring.
- Pedro Platzeck joined the team during winter break and has gone 12-8 playing primarily at No. 5 singles.
- Kyle Butters and Toby Mitchell lead Boise State in doubles playing at the No. 1 position where they are 11-5 this spring in duals, they are 16-8 overall on the year ... the Bronco tandem went 3-2 in MW action ... they are the sixth ranked team in the ITA Mountain Region.
- Thomas Tenreiro and Lewis Roskilly are 6-5 playing at No. 2 doubles this spring and 10-6 overall on the year ... they went 3-3 in league matches.
BOISE STATE ALUMNI COACHING IN MW
- Greg Patton is in his 20th season as head coach at Boise State where he is 441-175 overall in team duals, his career mark is 792-368 in 36 years.
- His 792 career wins ranks him first among active coaches in the NCAA.
- The Broncos’ win over Southern Utah (Jan. 19, 2016) moved him into fourth-place all-time on the NCAA career list at 777.
- He has led his teams to the NCAA Tournament 21 times in 35 years ... five at UC Irvine and 16 at Boise State.
- Patton’s NCAA Tournament record is 11-21 overall ... 4-5 at UC Irvine and 7-16 at Boise State.
- His team’s have won 24 conference championships ... one at Cal State Bakersfield, nine at UC Irvine and 14 at Boise State.
- Patton has been named the NCAA Coach of the Year twice ... 1987 at UC Irvine and 1997 at Boise State.
- Patton has been named the ITA Regional Coach of the Year four times, all at Boise State.
- He has been named the conference coach of the year 15 times ... five at UC Irvine and 10 at Boise State.
- Patton has been named to four hall of fames ... 2000 UC Irvine Athletic Hall of Fame, 2001 Boise State Athletic Hall of Fame, 2013 Idaho Tennis Association Hall of Fame and 2015 ITA Mountain Region Hall of Fame.
- Both Utah State and Fresno State are coached by Boise State alumni, the Shields brothers Clancy and Luke, respectively.
- Luke is the oldest of the two brothers and is Boise State men’s tennis’ only three-time All-American playing from fall 2005 through the spring of 2008 earning eight all-conference honors and was named the 2007 WAC Player of the Year ... Clancy (played fall 2006 through spring 2009) was also an eight-time all-conference honoree and was named the 2009 WAC Player of the Year.
- Clancy Shields is in his third season as the head coach at Utah State guiding the Aggies to a school record for wins at 21-7 and the school’s first ever MW regular season title in any sport.
- Luke Shields left his position as the associate head coach at Boise State last September to take over as the head coach at Fresno State.
- Boise State split with the two schools during the regular season falling 4-3 at Utah State (March 19), while defeating Fresno State 4-2 (April 8) in Boise.