Broncos Head to Blue Gray National Tennis Classic
Boise State is off to Montgomery, Ala., to compete in its second BGNTC
Feb. 18, 2015
Bronco Weekly: Head coach Beck Roghaar recaps the Broncos performance on the road the last few weeks, and looks ahead to the trip to Alabama for the Blue Grey National Tennis Classic this weekend.
THIS WEEK’S FACTS
- Tournament: Blue Gray National Tennis Classic
- Location: Montgomery, Ala.
- Facilities: Lagoon Park Tennis Center (2855 Lagoon Park Dr, Montgomery, Ala.) and O’Conner Tennis Center (500 Anderson St, Montgomery, Ala.)
- Dates: Feb. 20-22
- Live Stats
- Blue Gray Draws
- Match 1: Boise State (4-2) Vs. No. 8 Alabama (5-1)
- Date and Time: Feb. 20 (Friday) at 1 p.m. (Mountain)
- Location: Lagoon Park Tennis Center
- Match 2: Boise State (4-2) Vs. No. 49 DePaul (7-2) or No. 60 Princeton (2-5)
- Date and Time: Feb. 21 (Saturday) at TBA (Mountain)
- Location: If Broncos win match 1 they will be at Lagoon Park, if they lose Boise State will be at O’Conner
- Match 3: Boise State (4-2) Vs. TBA
- Date and Time: Feb. 22 (Sunday) at TBA (Mountain)
- Location: TBA
WHAT’S HAPPENING THIS WEEK
- After a week off, Boise State women’s tennis is headed to Montgomery, Ala., along with the men’s team to participate in the Blue Gray National Tennis Classic. The tournament is entering its fifth year for the women with this being the second time that the Broncos have competed in the event. The tournament will be played at two different locations in Montgomery, Ala., at both the Lagoon Park Tennis Center and the O’Conner Tennis Center.
THE BLUE GRAY (BGNTC)
- The Blue Gray National Tennis Classic is one of the oldest and prestigious collegiate men’s tennis tournaments in the country dating back to its first year in 1949.
- It originally began as a individual (singles) tournament and remained that way for 30 years.
- In 1984 the modern era of the Blue Gray began as the tournament became a team competition.
- The Blue Gray expanded in 2011 to include a women’s tournament to run side-by-side with the men’s event.
THE BRONCOS AT THE BLUE GRAY
- The last time the Blue and Orange ventured to Montgomery, Ala., was for the 2013 edition of the Blue Gray.
- Boise State opened the 2013 tournament against No. 40 Ohio State falling 4-0 to the Buckeyes, followed by a 4-2 defeat to Marshall in the next round. The Broncos recorded a break through win on the final day earning a hard-fought 4-3 win over the Big Ten’s Michigan State Spartans.
- Representing the Broncos this spring are Kaitlyn Brown (4-7 singles, 5-3 doubles), Naomi de Hart (9-3 singles, 9-5 doubles), Megan LaLone (18-4 singles, 7-9 doubles), Nancy Menjivar (2-1 singles, 1-0 doubles), Bobbi Oshiro (14-4 singles, 13-4 doubles), Arianna Paules Aldrey (12-7 singles, 9-8 doubles), Milena Toseva (9-9 singles, 7-6 doubles), Teal Vosburgh (16-6 singles, 10-5 doubles), Sammie Watson (14-2 singles, 13-4 doubles).
NEXT UP - HOME SWEET HOME
- The Broncos will return to Boise next week to host a series of matches featuring Fresno State in the Mountain West Conference opener and the Pacific-12’s Colorado Buffaloes in a rematch of last year’s season opener when the Broncos defeated CU 4-3 in Boulder. Colo.
QUICK LOOK AT BOISE STATE
- The Record: Boise State enters the weekend 4-2 overall.
- Recently: The Broncos were on the road the last time it competed falling at Brigham Young 6-1 on Feb. 5.
- Last Year: The Broncos went 13-10 overall during 2014 and 4-3 versus Mountain West opponents.
- The Broncos at Home: Boise State is currently 4-0 at home this year and went 10-4 at home last season competing at both the Boas Indoor Tennis Center and the Appleton Outdoor Tennis Center.
- Attendance: Boise State finished the 2014 campaign ranked third nationally in total attendance, while the men came in at fourth.
- The Broncos on the Road: The Broncos are looking for a road break through this week entering the Blue Gray at 0-2 in matches away from Boise.
- Last Year on the Road: The Broncos went 3-6 on the road in 2014.
- The Coach: Beck Roghaar is in his fifth season as head coach at Boise State where he is 55-42 overall in team duals, his career mark is the same.
THIS WEEK’S PLAYERS TO WATCH
- Megan LaLone is undefeated in singles this spring going 5-0 to date splitting time between courts three through five, she is a team-best 18-4 overall on the year.
- Junior Bobbi Oshiro is 14-4 overall in singles and has gone 4-2 this spring playing at the four lower positions.
- The hottest doubles team for the Broncos has been the tandem of Bobbi Oshiro and Sammie Watson. The pair plays the No. 1 slot where they have gone 4-2 this spring in duals, they are 13-4 overall.
LAST WEEK’S STANDOUT
- The last time the Broncos played was two weeks ago on Feb. 5 at Brigham Young falling 6-1.
- Bronco of the Week: Megan LaLone led the Broncos against the Cougars recording the team’s lone victory in singles on court three where she defeated BYU’s Nicolette Tran in a third set 10-point tiebreak 1-6, 6-3, 1-0 (10-5).
ITA REGIONAL RANKINGS
- Boise State has three players regionally ranked by the Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA). Regional rankings come out once in the spring semester just before the season starts, they are based on fall results.
- Singles: Junior Teal Vosburgh went 12-3 in the fall season and begins the 2015 dual season ranked 16th in the ITA Mountain Region, she is the only Bronco ranked for singles.
- Doubles: The doubles team of senior Sammie Watson and junior Bobbi Oshiro enter the year ranked eighth in the region after going 8-2 during the fall semester.
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