Boise State to Face South Florida in NCAA Tournament Opener
Broncos travel to Blacksburg, Va., for their 18th NCAA tournament appearance.
Greg Patton is taking his 16th Bronco squad to the NCAA Tournament.
May 7, 2015
- Match 31: No. 63 Boise State (15-15) vs. No. 18 South Florida (19-6)
- Date and Time: May 8 (Friday) at 9 a.m. (Mountain)
- Location: Blacksburg, Va. (Burrows-Burleson Tennis Center)
- Match 32 (Potential): East Tennessee State (17-7) or No. 15 Virginia Tech (19-4)
- Date and Time: May 9 (Saturday) at 11 a.m. (Mountain)
- Location: Blacksburg, Va. (Burrows-Burleson Tennis Center)
REGIONAL PAIRINGS & SCHEDULE
Friday, May 8 (Round of 64)
- 9 a.m. MT - No. 63 Boise State vs. No. 18 South Florida
- 12 p.m. MT - East Tennessee State at No. 15 Virginia Tech
Saturday, May 9 (Round of 32)
- 11 a.m. MT - Winner vs. Winner
- The 63rd-ranked Boise State Broncos (15-15) are in Blacksburg, Va., for the NCAA Regional where they will open against No. 18 South Florida (19-6) at 9 a.m. (Mountain) Friday morning.
- Should the Broncos win on Friday they would face either the regional's host No. 15 Virginia Tech (19-4) or East Tennessee State (17-7) in the second round on Saturday.
- This is a single elimination tournament.
BRONCOS' NCAA TOURNAMENT HISTORY
- The Broncos are competing in their 18th NCAA Tournament with this being their fourth-straight appearance.
- Boise State has advanced to the Big Dance in 10 of the last 11 years and in 14 of the last 18 overall.
- The Blue and Orange's all-time record in this event is 7-17.
- The Broncos have lost four straight in the opening round and five consecutive matches overall since advancing to the 2009 round of 16.
- Boise State's top performance in the NCAA Tournament was a quarterfinal appearance in 1997.
- Sixteen of Boise State's 18 NCAA appearances have come under head coach Greg Patton.
THE SOUTH FLORIDA MATCH
- The tournament opens for the Broncos with No. 18 South Florida (19-6) at 9 a.m. (Mountain) on Friday at Virginia Tech's Burrows-Burleson Tennis Center.
- This is a rematch between the to programs, South Florida defeated Boise State 4-0 in the opening round of the Blue Gray National Tennis Classic at Montgomery, Ala., on Feb. 20.
- The Bulls enter the contest with an active five-match win streak, four of them by 4-0 scores.
- South Florida won its second-consecutive American Athletic Conference title two weeks ago defeating Temple (W 4-0), Memphis (W 4-1) and Tulsa (W 4-0) all at Tulsa, Okla.
- USF is led by Roberto Cid who is the reigning AAC Player of the Year and is currently ranked No. 21 in singles with a 9-4 record in spring duals ... Sasha Gozun is ranked No. 125 nationally.
POSSIBLE SECOND ROUND OPPONENTS
No. 15 Virginia Tech (19-4)
- Virginia Tech is the host of the regional and own a 19-4 overall record.
- VTU earned an art-large bid into the NCAA Tournament based on its national ranking after being upset in the ACC Tournament.
- This is Virginia Tech's ninth-consecutive appearance into the tournament.
- The Hokies are led by four nationally ranked singles players starting with Andreas Bjerrehus (24-10 overall in singles) at No. 43 and Amerigo Contini (22-11 overall) at No. 68.
East Tennessee State (17-7)
- The Buccaneers have won nine-consecutive conference titles (combined between Southern Conference and Atlantic Sun Conference) with the last one coming in their return season to the Southern Conference (SoCon) this year.
- ETSU enters its 13th tournament at 17-7 overall.
- The Buccaneers are 2-10 all-time in the NCAA Tournament.
- East Tennessee State is led by David Biosca who is 14-5 at No. 1 singles this spring during duals ... Rogerio Ribeiro is 12-6 at No. 2 singles.
QUICK LOOK AT BOISE STATE
- The Broncos are currently 15-15 overall and are on a five-match win streak.
- Versus ITA Mountain Region opponents the Broncos are 7-1 this year.
- The Broncos finished the regular season 8-6 at home in 2015.
- So far this season the Broncos are 7-9 on the road.
BOISE STATE VERSUS NCAA FIELD
- The Broncos met 10 of the 63 teams in this year's NCAA Tournament field for a total of 12 matches: Harvard (0-1), Idaho (1-0), New Mexico (1-1), Northwestern (0-1), Pepperdine (1-1), San Diego State (0-1), South Florida (0-1), Standford (0-1), Texas Tech (0-1) and UC Santa Barbara (0-1).
- Boise State went 3-9 against those teams leading up to the NCAA Tournament.
BOISE STATE UNDEFEATED IN REMATCHES
- The Broncos have played three teams twice this season losing the first contest each time, then going 3-0 in the rematch against Pepperdine, Fresno State and New Mexico.
- Two of the rematch victories came on the opponents' home courts.
- The South Florida contest in the opening round of the NCAA Tournament on Friday will be the fourth rematch of the season for Boise State as the Broncos try to remain perfect in second encounters this spring.
- It is a Boise State tradition not to shy away from a tough schedule, 2015 has not been any different with 18 of the 31 matches coming against teams currently ranked nationally by the ITA.
- Opponents in ITA Top-75: No. 18 South Florida, No. 19 Texas Tech, No. 23 Stanford, No. 28 Northwestern, No. 34 Harvard, No. 38 New Mexico (twice), No. 39 Pepperdine (twice), No. 40 San Diego State, No. 51 Oregon, No. 52 UC Santa Barbara, No. 54 Cal Poly, No. 60 Auburn, No. 66 Fresno State (twice), No. 67 UC Irvine and No. 69 Utah State.
- Boise State is one of seven (out of eight) Mountain West members who have been ranked at some point this year: New Mexico, San Diego State, Nevada, Utah State, Fresno State and UNLV.
- Other teams the Broncos have played that were ranked at some point this season include: Penn and Utah.
- In all, Boise State has faced 19 teams, for a total of 22 matches, who have been ranked this season.
BRONCOS DOMINATE MOUNTAIN WEST
- Boise State is the four-time Mountain West Champion.
- The Broncos have never lost a match in the Mountain West Championship since joining the league four years ago for the 2011-12 campaign.
- Boise State is 11-0 at the event all-time ... six of the 11 victories have been by 4-0 sweeps.
- 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 has won a combined 16 conference tournament championships in program history.
- Big Sky Conference (5) 1974, 1993, 1994, 995, 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.
LEADING THE BRONCOS
- Boise State is led by senior Garrett Patton who plays No. 1 singles for the Broncos ... Patton has won 17 of his last 21 singles matches ... he saw an 11-match win streak snapped in the MW Championship match last time out ... he is now a team-best 24-10 on the year, 15-3 at No. 1 singles.
- Junior Thomas Tenreiro has been the primary No. 2 singles player during duals going 9-9 on that court this spring ... Tenreiro is 15-21 overall in singles on the year.
- In doubles the tandem of Tenreiro and Lewis Roskilly has led the Broncos going 18-6 overall with a 9-5 mark on court one and 9-1 record on court two.
REPRESENTING THE BRONCOS
- The Broncos have struggled this year when dropping the doubles point going 3-11 overall.
- They entered the MW Tournament 1-11 when losing the doubles point but rally twice versus New Mexico and Nevada during the championship event to win the title.
MOUNTAIN WEST HONORS
- Garrett Patton earned All-Mountain West Honors for his singles play during 2015 ... it is the senior's second career all-conference honor after earning the recognition for doubles as a junior.
- The Boise State tandem of Thomas Tenreiro (junior) and Lewis Rosilly (freshman) earned All-MW honors for doubles this spring.
- Greg Patton is in his 19th season as head coach at Boise State where he is 423-165 overall in team duals, his career mark is 774-358 in 35 years.
- His 774 career wins ranks him first among active coaches in the NCAA.
- Patton has taken 21 of his 35 teams to the NCAA Tournament going a combined 11-20 at both UC Irvine (4-5) and Boise State (7-15).