BOISE, Idaho – The Boise State men’s tennis team returns home after a long stretch on the road to host Utah and Gonzaga in a doubleheader, Saturday. The Broncos will start with Utah at 11 a.m., at the Appleton Tennis Center before taking on Gonzaga at 6 p.m., at the Boise Racquet and Swim Club.
Live Results: Live stats will be available for the match against Utah, HERE
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Kids Clinic – The Boise State tennis program will conduct a kids clinic in association with the Idaho Tennis Association prior to the second match of Saturday’s doubleheader. The clinic will start at 4:30 p.m. at the Boise Racquet and Swim Club.
In the Rankings - Junior Andy Bettles is currently ranked the 30th-best singles player in the nation after a 7-3 fall season and a 6-4 record so far this spring. Bettles has played all 10 matches in this spring at the No. 1 spot, eight of which were against ranked opponents.
Scouting Utah – The Utes are 7-2 this season with eight of those nine matches being played on their home court. The back end of the Utah lineup has provided the team a lot of power as the Utes are 17-1 this season at Nos. 5 and 6. Slim Hamza leads the team with 17 wins and is currently ranked 98th in the nation.
Scouting Gonzaga – The Bulldogs enter the weekend with a 5-3 record and are led by Alvaro Nazal who has put together a 17-5 record this season including a 4-3 spring mark at the No. 1 position. In doubles, the No. 3 spot for Gonzaga has been unbeatable, going a perfect 8-0. Perez/Nazal have seven of those wins and are 7-0 this spring.
Bettles Named Player of the Week: Junior Andy Bettles was named Mountain West Men’s Tennis Player of the Week, Feb. 13, after going a combined 3-1 on the against Minnesota and Louisville. Bettles defeated two ranked opponents in singles while pairing with Nathan Sereke to upset the 24th-ranked doubles team of Froment/Bonin.
Early Schedule: Boise State faces a grueling stretch in the early going of the 2013 season. The Broncos have already faced No. 14 Cal, No. 35 Santa Clara twice and No. 23 Washington, No. 44 Minnesota and No. 35 Louisville. In total the Broncos will have faced eight ranked opponents in a row, all on the road.
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.