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Boise State University Team Page

I think that the stars could align for us this weekend. So far so good as we prepare in Waco, TX for our first match in the Kick Off tournament against #7 Baylor.

Good news, is that the team practiced outdoors today (45% in Waco) after last night which had sleet and snow in the Waco area. 

Our hit was fantastic, and we are chomping at the bit to play. This is heavy weight prize fighting for us. All of the teams are exceptional, #28 Auburn and #32 Drake are also playing, so it is such a wonderful opportunity to knock it up with these three great teams from across the nation.

Better good news, is that you can watch our match with Baylor at 11am (mountain time) on live streaming.  Click here or go to http://www.baylorbears.com/sports/m-tennis/livestats.html . The live streaming and live blog should be easy to access.

If we win, we will play in the finals on Sunday at 2pm (Mountain Time)  If we lose and are in the consolation match we will play at 2pm on Sunday (mountain time).

The following is some delicious tidbits about the tournament and our team. 

SCHEDULE

MATCH 3
Opponent: No. 7 Baylor
Date: Jan. 25 (Saturday)
Time:  11 a.m. (Mountain)
Location:  at Hurd Tennis Center
Live Stats:  http://www.baylorbears.com/sports/m-tennis/livestats.html
 
MATCH 4
Opponent: No. 28 Auburn or No. 32 Drake
Date: Jan. 26 (Sunday)
Time:  TBA (Mountain)
Location:  at Hurd Tennis Center
Live Stats:  http://www.baylorbears.com/sports/m-tennis/livestats.html

WHAT’S HAPPENING THIS WEEK
Boise State (1-1, 0-0 MW) is off to Waco, Texas, where the Broncos will face No. 7 Baylor (0-0), then either No. 28 Auburn (3-0) or No. 32 Drake (2-1). All matches will be held at the Hurd Tennis Center on the Baylor campus.
The Broncos open the weekend’s action Saturday morning versus their host the seventh-ranked Baylor Bears who will be opening their 2014 campaign.

Baylor has four players ranked nationally in singles: No. 2 Julian Lenz, No. 7 Patrick Pradella, No. 18 Diego Galeano and No. 92 Tony Lupieri. Boise State will play either No. 28 Auburn or No. 32 Drake on Sunday morning at Baylor depending on Saturday’s outcomes.

Auburn has two players ranked in singles No. 89 Dante Saleh and No. 112 Daniel Cochrane, as well as the doubles team of Dennis Lengsfeld and Lukas Ollert ranked 37th nationally.  Drake has Matt Frost ranked No. 123 in singles and the doubles team of Robin Goodman and Ravi Patel ranked eighth.
 
BRONCOS NATIONALLY RANKED
Boise State enters the week ranked 47th nationally by the ITA in the most recent rankings (1/21/2014).

BETTLES NATIONALLY RANKED
Bronco senior Andy Bettles begins his final season at Boise State ranked 54th nationally in singles after going 11-3 last fall and 3-1 versus top-50 opponents.

PROJECTED STARTING LINEUP
The starting lineup can change on a match-by-match basis, but for a typically match look for the following lineup:
Singles
No. 1 - Andy Bettles
No. 2 - Nathan Sereke
No. 3 - Thomas Tenreiro
No. 4 - Garrett Patton
No. 5 - Brendan McClain
No. 6 - Toby Mitchell, Brian Foley or Abe Hewko
Doubles
No. 1 - Brendan McClain and Garrett Patton
No. 2 - Andy Bettles and Thomas Tenreiro
No. 3 - Toby Mitchell and Nathan Sereke

FOLLOW THE BRONCOS
On the web at: BroncoSports.com
On Twitter at: BroncoSportsMTN
On FaceBook at: Boise State University Men’s Tennis

DEFENDING MW CHAMPIONS
Regular Season Champions: The Broncos are the defending regular-season  Mountain West Conference co-champions after going 8-1 in league play during 2013.

Tournament Champions: Boise State is the two-time defending Mountain West Tournament champion after defeating New Mexico 4-3 in last year’s title match at Colorado Springs, Colo.

NCAA Tournament Participant: Boise State advanced to the NCAA Tournament in 2013 for the 16th time in school history and the eighth time in the last nine years. The Broncos fell 4-3 to No. 23 Clemson in the first round of the tournament at Knoxville, Tenn.

LAST WEEK
Record: The Broncos split a pair of home matches last weekend to open the 2014 campaign.
Match 1: Boise State opened the campaign with a dominating 7-0 sweep over Montana State on Jan. 16.
Match 2: The Broncos stumbled a bit against then No. 32 ranked Northwestern last Friday (Jan. 17) when the Wildcats came to town and defeated Boise State 5-2.
Freshman Brendan McClain was the only Bronco to  win both singles matches last week defeating Montana State’s Matin Morillas 6-2, 6-2 at the number two position and Northwestern’s Alex Pasareanu 6-1, 6-4 on court five.

QUICK LOOK AT BOISE STATE
The Record: Boise State is 1-1 in Boise this spring after earning a split last week. Last year the Broncos went 20-10 overall and 8-1 in conference.

The Broncos at Home: Traditionally the Broncos are hard to beat at home in the Boas Tennis Center and at the Appleton Tennis Center. They went 10-1 in Boise during the 2012-13 season.

Boise State Singles: The Broncos will feature one of its strongest lineups this spring with a solid mix of experience and youth. Look to seniors Andy Bettles and Nathan Sereke to lead the nine-member squad this spring playing on courts one and two, respectively.
 
Regionally Ranked Singles: Boise State has four Broncos ranked in the top 20 in the ITA’s Mountain Region led by Andy Bettles at No. 3, Thomas Tenreiro at No. 9, Garrett Patton No. 10 and Brendan McClain at No. 14.
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 went 7-2 as a team during the fall semester to earn them the No. 2 ranking in the ITA Mountain Region this spring. After defeating the Northwestern #1 doubles team last week, the Bronco tandem is now 8-2.

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Greg Patton
Boise State Mens Tennis Coach
1910 University Dr
Boise, ID 83725
cell 208 484-2432

Mountain West Champions   2012, 2013
WAC TENNIS CHAMPIONS
2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009
gpatton@boisestate.edu
www.broncosports.com


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