BOISE, Idaho – Coming off a win at the Blue Gray Classic, the No. 46 Boise State men’s tennis team will look to continue its success at home while hosting the Boise State SpringHill Suites Invitational. The Broncos will play two matches on Saturday, starting against Marquette at 9 a.m. before taking on No. 62 Idaho at 3:30 p.m.
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Utah vs. Marquette 9 a.m. Boas Tennis Center (BTC)
Idaho vs. Southern Miss 11 a.m. BTC
Southern Miss. vs. Marquette 4 p.m. Appleton Tennis Center (ATC)
Idaho vs. Utah 7 p.m. BTC
Boise State vs. Marquette 9 a.m. BTC
Utah vs. Southern Miss. Noon ATC
Boise State vs. Idaho 3:30 p.m. ATC
In the Rankings – The Broncos jumped from the realms of the unranked to No. 46 in the nation this week after defeating three ranked teams at the Blue Gray Classic last weekend.
Junior Andy Bettles is currently ranked the 25th-best singles player in the nation after a 7-3 fall season and a 13-4 record so far this spring. Bettles has played all 17 matches at the No. 1 spot, 10 of which have been against ranked opponents.
Scouting Marquette – The Golden Eagles are 8-7 this season and are coming off a 5-2 loss against Central Florida. Dan Mamalat leads the squad with a 12-2 dual record at the No. 1 position and currently rides a seven-match win streak. The team will be looking to overcome some road woes, as they are 0-4 in road matches this season.
Scouting No. 62 Idaho - The Vandals are 15-1 this season with their only loss coming against No. 40 Oregon in a 4-3 decision. Sophomore Dmitry Perevoshchikov leads the team and is ranked 122nd in the nation.
Bettles on Fire - After starting the season 1-3, Andy Bettles has won 12 of his last 13 matches.
Player of the Week – Sophomore Garrett Patton was named Mountain West Player of the Week, March 20, after going 4-0 at the Blue Gray Tennis Classic. Patton won two singles matches and two doubles matches with partner Scott Sears.
Junior Andy Bettles has twice been named Mountain West Men’s Tennis Player of the Week, first on Feb. 13 and most recently, March 13. Bettles has now received the award three times in his career and joins San Diego State’s Thorsten Bertsch as the only two players to receive the honor twice this season.
No Place Like Home – Boise State owns a 23-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.
Loving the Golden State – This marks the third trip to California this season for the Broncos who played in Berkely, Calif. Jan. 25-26 and San Diego Feb. 22-23. One more trip is in store as the team will face Fresno State in Fresno, Calif., April 14.
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.