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Boise State Heads to Blue Gray National Tennis Classic
Friday, 02/21/2014
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TOURNAMENT FACTS

  • 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

MATCH 9

  • Boise State (6-2) vs. Alabama (4-4)
  • Feb. 21, 2014 at 8 p.m. (Mountain)


MATCH 10

  • 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


Clemson Tigers

  • 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


Princeton Tigers

  • 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


FOLLOW THE BRONCOS

  • On the web at: BroncoSports.com
  • On Twitter at: @BroncoSportsMTN
  • On FaceBook at: Boise State University Men’s Tennis


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).


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