BERKELEY, Calif. - The No. 38 Boise State men's tennis team (2-0, 1-0 MW) will head to Berkeley, Calif., as part of the ITA Kickoff Weekend, an event that groups the nation's best teams into pods of four, dispersed into 15 sites around the country. The Broncos will play No. 14 California, Friday and either No. 20 Michigan or No. 35 Santa Clara, Saturday. Friday's match will begin at 10 a.m. PT.
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In the Rankings - The Broncos were picked 38th in the first Campbell's/ITA National Team Rankings, the highest of any Mountain West team.
Junior Andy Bettles is currently ranked the 28th-best singles player in the nation after a 7-3 fall season and will look to lead the Broncos this spring. Bettles is ranked third in the Mountain Region while teammate Nathan Sereke sits 11th.
Scouting No. 14 California - This will be the first dual match of the season for the Grizzlies who have four players in the ITA Top 100 singles rankings. Chirstoffer Konigsfeldt leads the way at No. 42, followed by Ben McLachlan (No. 66), Chase Melton (No. 92) and Mads Engsted (No. 93). The doubles point will be a tough get for the Broncos as Cal's Ben and Riki McLachlan pair to make the seventh-ranked doubles team.
Scouting No. 20 Michigan - The Wolverines are 1-0 after a narrow 4-3 win against TCU last week. The squad is led by Vlad Stefan who is ranked No. 48 in singles. Evan King and Shaun Bernstein are the top doubles team, ranked 30th.
Scouting No. 35 Santa Clara- The Broncos won a pair of matches against in-state opponents UC Davis and UC Santa Cruz, Saturday, winning 6-1 and 7-0 respectively. John Lamble tops the lineup and is ranked 65th in singles.
No Place Like Home - Boise State owns a 21-match home win streak after going a perfect 19-0 at home last season. The last Bronco loss in Boise came during the WAC Championships in 2011 in a 4-3 defeat against Fresno State.
About the Broncos - Boise State enters the season as defending Mountain West Champions, going a perfect 7-0 against conference opponents in 2012. This year's team is led by a pair of juniors, Andy Bettles and Nathan Sereke who will man the top two spots for Boise State while seniors Filipp Pogostkin and Scott Sears will give the Broncos strength in the middle of the lineup. Three new faces to the roster will fight to fill out the order as Patton welcomes freshmen Brian Foley, Toby Mitchell and Thomas Tenreiro to the squad.