SEATTLE - The Boise State men's tennis team will continue its tough slate against ranked opponents when it heads to Seattle to face No. 36 Santa Clara and No. 23 Washington this weekend. The Broncos will take on Santa Clara, Saturday at 2 p.m. (PT) and Washington, Sunday at noon.
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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. 36 Santa Clara - Boise State fell 4-1 against Santa Clara last weekend as part of the ITA Kick Off Weekend in Berkeley, Calif. Santa Clara lost its opening match of that weekend against Michigan and is currently holds a 4-1 record this season. John Lamble tops the lineup and is ranked 65th in singles.
Scouting No. 23 Washington - The Huskies are 3-2 this season with wins over Gonzaga (7-0), Tulsa (4-3) and Portland (5-1) while losing to Texas and Pepperdine. The team is led by senior Kyle McMorrow who has twice qualified for the NCAA Singles Championship. Boise State defeated Washington last year in Boise, 4-3.
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.