BOISE, Idaho - The No. 59 ranked Boise State men's tennis team will look to make the most of an action packed weekend at home this Saturday-Sunday (March 19-20), as the Broncos are set to host three teams in two days with a pair of duals coming against nationally ranked opponents.
Boise State (6-9 overall, 1-0 Western Athletic Conference) will open its busy weekend, Saturday (March 19), with a showdown against in-state rival Idaho in doubles competition at 9 a.m. The Broncos will follow that up by hosting No. 40 New Mexico at 12 p.m.
Boise State will conclude it's dual against the Vandals, Sunday (March 20) morning, with six singles matches starting at 9 a.m. The Broncos will wrap up the hectic weekend, Sunday afternoon, with a dual against No. 62 San Francisco at 2 p.m.
All of the weekend's matches are free admission and scheduled to be played at the Appleton Tennis Center. In the instance of poor weather however, action will be moved to the BOAS Indoor Tennis Complex.
Last time out...
Boise State's record at home this season dropped to 2-1 last weekend after a 6-1 loss to No. 39 BYU at the Appleton Tennis Center, Saturday (March 12). The Broncos fought the Cougars to a closer finish than the final score would indicate, but four third-set singles losses led to a lopsided finish in the dual.
BYU scored an early lead in the dual after winning at No. 1 and No. 2 doubles, gaining a 1-0 advantage heading into singles competition. Andy Bettles and Filipp Pogostkin would earn the only doubles win for the Broncos at No. 3 as they topped Spencer Smith and Roman Warias in an exciting 8-7 (7-4) tie-breaker.
Damian Hume evened the team score for Boise State early on in singles action as he beat Evan Urbina, 6-3, 6-1, at No. 1 to tie the dual at 1-1. BYU would respond however, winning all five of the remaining singles matches, including four in the third set, to clinch the 6-1 victory.
The Broncos dropped five spots to No. 59 in this week's ITA team rankings following their loss at home to BYU last Saturday. After starting the season ranked No. 43, Boise State spent the first seven weeks of the season ranked in the top 50 nationally. Despite winning three of their last four matches, the Broncos have fallen out of the top 50 for two consecutive weeks.
Hume made his way back into the ITA individual rankings this week, moving to No. 89 nationally in singles. He started the season at No. 62 but fell out of the national rankings on March 1.
This week Hume also joins teammate Scott Sears in the national doubles rankings as the Bronco duo is currently No. 75. This marks the first ever individual ITA ranking for Sears, and the first doubles ranking of Hume's career.
Looking at the Lobos...
New Mexico heads to Boise this weekend looking to expand upon a strong 11-3 start to the 2011 season. The Lobos have been dominant in stretches this year, putting together two different five dual winning streaks already. New Mexico has only played on true road match so far this season, however, which resulted in a 7-0 loss at Arizona.
The Lobos currently have one doubles team ranked nationally by the ITA, as Phillip Anderson and Jadon Phillips were ranked No. 77 this week. New Mexico does not have any players in the ITA singles rankings.
Looking at the Vandals...
Idaho enters the weekend with plenty of momentum after playing to a 9-2 overall record to start the season, which includes winning seven of the last eight duals. The Vandals two losses did come on the road, as they suffered defeats at Oregon (2-5) and Montana (3-4). Idaho has yet to face any WAC opponents this year.
Marius Cirstea is currently the only player ranked individually by the ITA for the Vandals, as he came in at No. 112 in singles in the March 15 rankings.
Looking at the Dons...
San Francisco will look to improve upon a slow start to its 2011 season this weekend as the Dons have played to just a 5-4 overall record to begin the year. San Francisco has experienced its biggest struggles on the road, going 0-4 in true road duals to date.
The Dons do host Northern Colorado, Tuesday (March 15), before heading to Boise for its pair of duals.
San Francisco currently does not have any players ranked nationally in singles or doubles.