Men's Tennis Heads to NCAA Regional

ATHENS, Ga.  - The Boise State men's tennis team (26-6) heads to Athens, Ga., this week to take part in the opening rounds of the 2012 NCAA Tennis Tournament, marking its 15th appearance in school history and seventh in the past eight years. The Broncos will face No. 33 Florida State in the opening round, Saturday at 7 a.m. MT. With a win, the Broncos would advance to face the winner of South Carolina State and the overall No. 2 seed, Georgia, Sunday at noon MT. 

Live Coverage - Live scoring and live video of all six courts will be available at the HERE. The video stream will not be archived so fans will need to watch live.

National Rankings - The Boise State men's tennis team moved up one spot in the Campbell's/ITA National Team Rankings after winning the Mountain West tournament and now sits in 38th.

Damian Hume and James Meredith are each ranked individually. Hume checks in at No. 69 while Meredith is No. 94.

Scouting No. 33 Florida State - The Seminoles will be making their 10th-consecutive NCAA Tournament appearance after going 18-9 this season. They were picked as an at-large selection after falling to Virginia in the ACC Semifinals. While the Broncos enter the tournament on a hot streak, Florida State is looking to overcome losing five of its last seven matches. The Seminoles do not have any individuals ranked but the duo of Blake Davis and Jordan Kelly-Houston are the 54th-ranked doubles team in the nation.

Déjà vu - Boise State me met Florida State in the first round of their latest NCAA Tournament appearance in 2010. Regional seeding and location was the same with Florida State as the No. 2 seed and Boise State as the No. 3 seed in the four-team Athens seeding and at the same regional site. Florida State was victorious in that meeting, 4-0.

Coming in Hot - The Broncos enter the NCAA tournament on a 10-match win streak and have won 18 of their last 19 contests. The only loss in that span came against No. 1 USC in Los Angeles.

Atop the Mountain - The men's side solidified its national tournament berth after winning the Mountain West Conference Tournament. The Broncos captured the tournament title to go along with the regular season title which was earned by finishing a perfect 5-0 in Mountain West play.

Vs. Ranked Opponents - Boise State is 11-5 against ranked opponents this season with a 10-1 record against teams ranked No. 26 and above. The trouble has come when facing top-25 competition as the Broncos have gone 0-4 in those matches.

The Doubles Point - The Broncos are 22-0 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 - Nathan Sereke is the most recent of four Broncos to be named Mountain West Men's Tennis Player of the week this season but the only one to be named twice. Sereke picked up the award on May 2, accompanying his April 4 selections. In addition to Sereke, Andy Bettles, Damian Hume and James Meredith have also been named Player of the Week this season.

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.

Patton was named Mountain West Coach of the Year, May 3. Patton has been named coach of the year 10 times at the helm of the Broncos and in four different conferences.

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