- Participants: No. 11 Mississippi State, No. 21 Clemson, No. 28 Auburn, No. 36 Alabama, No. 37 Virginia Commonwealth, No. 41 Boise State, No. 55 Texas Tech and No. 60 Princeton.
BOISE STATE SCHEDULE
- Boise State (6-2) vs. Alabama (4-4)
- Feb. 21, 2014 at 8 p.m. (Mountain)
- Boise State (6-2) vs. either Princeton (6-1) or Clemson (10-1)
- Feb. 22, 2014 at time (TBA)
BLUE GRAY NATIONAL TENNIS CLASSIC (Montgomery, Ala.)
- What’s Happening This Week: Boise State (6-2), ranked 41st nationally in the latest Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) poll, is off to defend its 2013 Blue Gray National Tennis Classic title against seven teams ranked in the top-60 nationally. The tournament is being held at Lagoon Park Tennis Center in Montgomery, Ala., where each team is guaranteed three matches over the course of the weekend.
- Opener: The Broncos will open against the Southeastern Conference’s Alabama Crimson Tide (4-4), ranked 36th nationally.
- Second Round: Depending on the results from Friday’s competition, the Broncos will play either No. 21 Clemson (10-1) or No. 60 Princeton (6-1) on Saturday at a time to be determined.
- Third Round: depending on what happens over the first two days of the tournament Boise State will play a third match against a team from the opposite bracket on Sunday, either No. 11 Mississippi State (9-2), No. 28 Auburn (9-2), No. 37 Virginia Commonwealth (8-4) or No. 55 Texas Tech (4-3).
A LOOK BACK AT THE BGNTC
- Bronco History at BGNTC: Boise State has been a frequent participant in this prestigious tournament over the last 25 years and has won the title on two occasions. The Broncos won the championship first in 1998 defeating Notre Dame 4-3 in the title match, that was followed by last year’s run to the top.
- Last Year: On its way to the title in 2013 Boise State went through No. 38 Nebraska (4-0), No. 22 Notre Dame (4-3) and No. 47 Texas Tech (4-3) in the championship match.
- Past Honorees: The 1998 Blue Gray National Tennis Classic MVP was Boise State’s Daniel Merkert, current Bronco senior Andy Bettles was last year’s most valuable player going 3-0 in singles. Boise State alumnus Damian Hume was the 2012 Sportsmanship Award winner.
QUICK LOOK AT BRONCOS’ SIDE OF BRACKET
Alabama Crimson Tide
- National Rank: 36
- Record: 4-4
- Nationally Ranked Singles: No. 12 Daniil Proskura (Plays No. 1, duals record 2-2, overall 10-4); No. 72 Becker O’Shaughnessey ( Plays No. 2, duals record 4-2, overall 12-6).
- Nationally Ranked Doubles: None
- National Rank: 21
- Record: 10-1
- Nationally Ranked Singles: No. 67 Hunter Harrington (Plays No. 1, duals record 6-2, overall 13-5).
- Nationally Ranked Doubles: None
- National Rank: 60
- Record: 6-1
- Nationally Ranked Singles: None
- Nationally Ranked Doubles: No. 45 Augie Bloom and Jonathon Carcione (Has not played as a team during dual season, 8-2 overall)
BRONCOS NATIONALLY RANKED
- Boise State enters the week ranked 41st nationally by the ITA in the most recent rankings (2/18/2014).
BETTLES NATIONALLY RANKED
- Bronco senior Andy Bettles (14-7 overall, 3-4 duals) is ranked 90th nationally in singles during the most recent ITA rankings released (Feb. 11).
BRONCOS REGIONALLY RANKED
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QUICK LOOK AT BOISE STATE
- The Record: Boise State is 6-2 overall entering this week’s tournament. Last year the Broncos went 20-10 overall and 8-1 in conference.
- The Broncos at Home: Boise State is 1-1 at home in 2014. Traditionally the Broncos are hard to beat at home in Boise. They went 10-1 at home during the 2012-13 season.
- Boise State on the Road: The Broncos are in their fifth of a six week road trip and are currently 5-1 away from Boise. Their lone loss was at then-seventh-ranked Baylor.
- Boise State Singles: Andy Bettles has played on court one for Boise State going 3-4 (14-7 overall), Nathan Sereke is the primary No. 2 where the senior has gone 3-3 in duals and is 4-5 overall in singles this year. Thomas Tenreiro is the No. 3 player for the Broncos going 4-2 in duals and 10-6 overall. The No. 4 singles player is primarily Garrett Patton who is 2-3 at the position and 9-8 in singles this year. The No. 5 position has been played by Brendan McClain in 7-of-8 duals this spring where he is a team-best 5-2 (11-6 overall). Three different players have seen action on court six this spring led by Toby Mitchell (2-2 duals, 11-6 overall), Brian Foley (1-1 duals, 9-5 overall) and Abe Hewko (1-0 duals, 5-3 overall)
- Boise State Doubles: Boise State has a solid selection of doubles teams in which to choose. Leading numerous potential teams is the duo of freshman Brendan McClain and junior Garrett Patton who are 10-4 overall this year and 3-2 playing one court one during duals. Andy Bettles and Thomas Tenreiro have seen the most time on court two as a team going 3-3 in duals and 6-4 overall. Toby Mitchell and Nathan Sereke have gone 3-1 this spring playing the No. 3 position.
- Mountain West Player of the Week: Thomas Tenreiro has been named MW Player of the Week twice this spring (Feb. 5 and 12).