Men's Tennis Announces 2010-11 Schedule

BOISE, Idaho - Excitement surrounded the Boise State men's tennis program, Thursday (Sept. 16), as Head Coach Greg Patton announced the Broncos 2010-11 schedule, which features eight regular season home duals, two home tournaments, and a tough road schedule that will pit the Broncos against some of the nation's best.

"A warrior becomes a warrior only in war", Patton said. "We feel that the greatest way to improve during the season is to play the very best teams in the nation. To be the best you must play the best."

That is most evident in how Boise State will kick-off its spring schedule in January, as the Broncos open with nine road duals; eight of which are against teams that finished 2010 nationally ranked. Boise State will open the indoor season on Jan. 21 at the University of Oregon. From there, the Broncos will face Washington (Jan. 23), Kentucky (Jan. 29), the winner of Wake Forest and Wisconsin (Jan. 30), Virginia Tech (Feb. 5), Minnesota (Feb. 6), Pepperdine (Feb. 12), San Diego State (Feb. 13) and UCLA (Feb. 15) on the road. All eight opponents qualified for the NCAA tournament last spring.

"We feel that we are going to have the most talented team in our history which will have no seniors. We need to schedule the very top teams in order to be able to make an onslaught into the very top of the national team rankings. Our schedule has land mines all over it, but if we survive this schedule, it will be our ticket to the top ten in the nation."

The Broncos will end their month and a half long road trip at the annual Blue Gray Classic in Montgomery, Ala., Feb. 25-27, which will also feature seven opponents that finished 2010 ranked nationally. Of those teams, Alabama, Arizona, Auburn, Notre Dame, Pepperdine and Texas Tech all finished in the top-40.

"The challenge of our schedule is bigger than humungous, but I know from the individuals on our team, that they welcome this challenge and are ready for it."

Along with a grueling road schedule, Boise State will also host its share of home duals to go along with one fall tournament and another tournament in the spring. Bronco fans will get their first chance to see Boise State men's tennis Oct. 8-10 when the Broncos host the Boise State Fall Classic. Following the Fall Classic, Boise State won't play at home until March.

From March 5 to April 2 the Broncos will play host to eight duals. They will also host the annual Boise State Spring Break Classic (March 25-26). During their eight dual home stand the Broncos will face Utah and Utah State (Mar. 5), BYU (Mar. 12), New Mexico, Idaho and San Francisco (Mar. 19-20), and Montana State and Weber State (Apr. 2).

Boise State will conclude the spring by hosting the 2011 Western Athletic Conference Tennis Championships, April 29 through May 1.  

"Our young team will take the experiences of playing this tough schedule with them to the following season. By the end of the 2010-11 season we will be battle hardened veterans."

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