Bettles Heads to NCAA Singles Championship

May 19, 2014

Video: Bronco Weekly talked with coach Patton and Andy Bettles about the NCAAs.

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TOURNAMENT FACTS


WHAT'S HAPPENING

  • Boise State senior Andy Bettles is off to the 2014 NCAA Men's Tennis Singles Championship in Athens, Ga., this week. Bettles left Sunday for Georgia in preparation for his second appearance at the singles championship in back-to-back years. The NCAA singles championship opens up on Wednesday at the University of Georgia.

"I had the experience of going to the NCAA's last year, I am excited and want to build on that this year," said Andy Bettles. "This is my last hurrah at Boise State and I would like to go out on a high. I would love to get all-American status this year. But I have to win my first two matches in order to get that. I am going to try my best and we'll see what happens."


BETTLES HEADS TO SECOND NCAA SINGLES CHAMPIONSHIP

  • This is the second trip for Andy Bettles to this championship event after qualifying for it as a junior in 2013. 
  • Last year Bettles ranked 40th nationally fell in the opening round to Southern California's No. 45 Yannick Hanfmann in straight sets 6-2, 6-4. 
  • Bettles, who is currently ranked 87th, left on Sunday for Athens, Ga., where he will have a couple of practice matches before opening the 2014 tournament on Wednesday. 
  • The senior will find out who his opponent is on Tuesday when the draw is released. 

"Andy is one of the reasons this team has been so successful, there is no doubt," said Greg Patton. "He has been the foundation of this program and the heart of this team, he is a warrior. To lose him after this season, he will be so missed by this program not only for what he does on the court but what he does off it as well. He is one of a few players in program history to win over 100 matches during his career and he has been nationally ranked all season as a senior. Andy is ready for the NCAA, he is playing some of his best tennis of the year heading into it."


BRONCOS AT THE NCAA SINGLES CHAMPIONSHIP

  • Andy Bettles became the 11th Bronco all-time to compete in the NCAA Men's Tennis Singles Championship last year.
  • He is the fifth Boise State player to appear in the championship multiple times. 
  • His appearance in the 2014 edition marks the 18th time that a Bronco has appeared in this championship event. 
  • Bettles is attempting to become the third Bronco ever to achieve All-American status in singles and eighth to earn the recognition in either singles or doubles. 
  • Previous Boise State All-Americans in singles are Guillaume Bouvier in 2004 and Luke Shields twice in 2005 and 2007. 
  • Others Broncos reaching this event include: Damian Hume (2012), James Meredith (2010), Clancy Shields (2007-09), Luke Shields (2005-07), Guillaume Bouvier (2004), Marcus Berntson (2003), Leif Meineke (1999-00), Daniel Merkert (1998), Ernesto Diaz (1993 and 1997) and Lee Galway (1989).


A LOOK AT BETTLES' CAREER

  • Andy Bettles' singles record at Boise State is 106-41 all-time and 17-5 in conference matches.
  • Bettles has played primarily at No. 1 singles the last two seasons for the Broncos going a combined 35-18. 
  • His 2013-14 record is 23-15 overall, including a 12-12 record playing on court one in duals.
  • The senior has won 20 or more singles matches in all four seasons at Boise State with a season best mark of 32 wins as a sophomore in 2011-12.
  • He has recorded two seasons with 30 or more singles victories going 32-9 as a sophomore in 2011-12 and 30-10 during his junior campaign in 2012-13. 
  • In doubles Bettles has an overall career mark of 83-36 and he has won 19 or more matches every year including a career-best record of 24-7 this season.
  • Andy Bettles was nationally ranked all season and is currently at 87th in singles. 
  • The native of Somerset, England, is a five-time All-Mountain West honoree, three-times in singles and twice in doubles. He was a double honoree in 2014 earning All-MW in both. 
  • Bettles was also the 2013 MW Player of the Year and the 2011 Western Athletic Conference Freshman of the Year. 
  • He was the 2013 Blue Gray National Tennis Classic MVP and the 2014 Sportsmanship Award winner. 
  • Last fall he won the Midland Intercollegiate singles championship (Sept. 13-15) and reached the semifinals of the ITA Mountain Region Championship (Oct. 16-20).
  • He is a three-time Mountain West Conference All-Academic Honoree.

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