Broncos Head to Las Vegas for Trio of Duals

BOISE, Idaho - The No. 52 ranked Boise State women's tennis team is preparing to hit the road for another big test this weekend as the Broncos are set to face three duals, including two against ranked opponents, in Las Vegas, Nev. from Friday to Sunday (March 11-13).

Boise State (9-4 overall, 2-0 Western Athletic Conference) will kick-off the weekend against No. 43 UNLV on Friday (March 11). The Broncos will then meet Furman on Saturday (March 12). Boise State will conclude the weekend on Sunday (March 13) with a showdown against No. 35 SMU. All three matches are scheduled for 10 a.m. (PST).

Last time out...

The Broncos improved to 2-2 at home last weekend with a pair of wins at the BOAS Indoor Tennis Center to snap a two dual losing streak. Boise State opened the weekend with a 7-0 sweep against New Mexico on Friday (March 4). The Broncos continued to roll in their weekend finale, Sunday (March 6), with a 7-0 shutout win over Montana.

Boise State did not lose a singles or doubles match all weekend. The Broncos also did not allow any of the 12 singles matches to go past the second set.

National Rankings...

Boise State moved up 10 spots to No. 52 in the March 8 ITA national team rankings after a pair of decisive home wins last weekend. The Broncos began the year at No. 38 and spent the first four weeks ranked in the top 40. Two home losses dropped Boise State to a season low of No. 62 in the March 1 poll. The Broncos will look to climb back in the top 50 with a pair of duals against ranked opponents in Las Vegas, Nev.

Looking at the Rebels...

UNLV enters the weekend ranked No. 43 nationally after running out to a 9-2 overall record this season. The Lady Rebels will be looking to rebound from a 4-3 loss to Florida International however, which snapped a six dual winning streak. UNLV's only other loss this season came against Oklahoma, 4-1, at the ITA Kick-Off.

The Lady Rebels currently do not have any individual players ranked nationally in singles or doubles.

Looking at the Paladins...

Furman will look to build upon an up and down start to the 2011 season in Las Vegas, Nev. after beginning the year 4-4. The Paladins are 1-1 in true road duals but have yet to play a match on a neutral court this spring. Furman does enter the weekend with some momentum however, as the Paladins are riding a three dual winning streak.

Furman is led by Monica Arguello, who is currently ranked No. 63 nationally in singles.

Looking at the Mustangs...

SMU will be the top ranked opponent Boise State faces this weekend as the Mustangs came in at No. 35 in this week's ITA team rankings. SMU is 9-3 overall this season with all three losses coming against top 30 opponents. The Mustangs are 3-3 overall against ranked teams, but are coming off a 2-5 loss to No. 30 Tulsa.

SMU is paced by Marta Lesniak who is currently ranked No. 8 nationally in singles. Lesniak is also part of two doubles teams that were ranked in the top 75 of the March 1 ITA rankings. Lesniak and Heather Steinbauer are No. 44, while Lesniak and Aleksandra Malyarchikova are No. 73.


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