Jan. 11, 2018
National Collegiate Tennis Classic
Rancho Mirage, Calif. (Sunrise Country Club)
Jan. 12-14, 2018
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WHAT'S HAPPENING: Boise State men's tennis will send three members of the squad to the 2018 National Collegiate Tennis Classic this weekend to open the spring semester before the team dual season begins next weekend. The NCTC is at times referred to as the "Wimbledon" of collegiate tennis and will be held this Friday through Sunday (Jan. 12-14) at the Sunrise Country Club in Rancho Mirage, Calif.
FORMAT AND FIELD: This is a singles and doubles tournament with no team competition. The field will include some of the top collegiate talent from across the country. At this time the draws are not available.
PATTON ADDS THREE TO ROSTER: Coach Patton announced on Thursday the addition of three new student-athletes to the 2018 spring roster. Joining the Broncos are two junior college transfers Wyatt DeMulling (Seattle, Wash.) from Irvine Valley College in California and Maximilien Blancaneaux (Paris, France) from Cypress College in California, as well as true freshman Mattia Bedolo (Venice, Italy). This trio will represent Boise State at the National Collegiate Tennis Classic in Rancho Mirage, Calif., Friday through Sunday. None of the trio traveling this week played collegiately this past fall so they will work to shake the rust off at the NCTC in preparation for next week's season openers.
The two community college transfers were both ITA/CCCAA All-Americans last spring in both singles and doubles and led their respective teams to outstanding seasons. DeMulling helped his team the Irvine Valley Lasers to their third-straight California Community College Athletic Association (CCCAA) championship, while Blancaneaux's team, Cypress College, fell in the CCCAA semifinals to DeMulling's IVC squad. Bedolo is a talented Italian who was ranked in the top-30 nationally in Italy for junior tennis.
PATTON ON TAKING THE TRIO THIS WEEKEND: "All three of them did not played a lot competitively last fall as they took care of their academics and work needed to transfer here this January. So the idea with taking them this weekend is just to get them some competition and action to shake the dust off a bit before we start the team season next week. The emphasis this weekend is to just play, have a great time and get as much match play in as possible. Any wins for us would be great, but we are going to focus on working hard and getting better as players and building for the future."
PATTON ON THE CLASS OF NEWCOMERS: "They are the future of Bronco tennis, I love these guys! I have two guys, Max and Wyatt, that bring great junior college experience and are junior college All-Americans, both were basically top-10 in the country in singles. They bring passion and fire, if you turn off the lights it will just light up again because they're so positive, so excited and enthusiastic that they could be the electric grid that keeps the whole state of Idaho going. The third one is Mattia Bedolo, he is one of the top juniors from Italy. He brings a lot of flare and personality with a smile that is just going to light up the place. I don't think we could of had a better recruiting class for January than these guys. They are definitely going to help us this spring."
NOTES ON BLANCANEAUX: The native of Paris, France, played last year at Cypress College (Calif.) where he finished the year ranked second in singles and third in doubles by the ITA/CCCAA. His honors in 2017 included: ITA/CCCAA All-American in singles and doubles, Orange Empire Conference (OEC) Player of the Year and a member of the OEC Co-Doubles Team of the Year ─ Note, Boise State teammate Wyatt DeMulling was on the other doubles team ─ and ITA/CCCAA Sophomore Player of the Year.
He helped lead the Chargers to the Southern California Regional Championship match and a ranking of second-place in the final CCCAA state poll. Blancaneaux advanced to the CCCAA State Singles Championship Tournament where he reached the quarterfinals with three-consecutive straight-set victories before falling in a tough two-set affair 7-5, 7-6(5) in the quarterfinals. The then-sophomore also qualified for the CCCAA State Doubles Championship with partner Vincent Reynaud where they went 4-1 to reach the semifinals. Blancaneaux and Reynaud defeated future Boise State teammate Wyatt DeMulling and his partner Chris Politiek 6-4, 5-7, 1-0 (10-5) in the quarterfinals to advance to the semifinals.
NOTES ON DEMULLING: The Seattle, Wash., native played at Irvine Valley College in 2017 where he finished the year ranked fifth in both singles and doubles by the ITA/CCCAA. Like Blancaneaux, his honors last year were numerous and include: ITA/CCCAA All-American honors in both singles and doubles, Orange Empire Conference Co-Doubles Team of the Year and ITA/CCCAA Rookie of the Year.
DeMulling helped lead Irvine Valley to its third-straight CCCAA State Team Championship, third-straight Southern California Region Championship, fourth-consecutive Orange Empire Conference title and the program's first undefeated campaign at 19-0 to extend the Lasers' win streak to 35 straight. He advanced to the CCCAA State Singles Championship Tournament where he was seeded third, reached the quarterfinals with three-consecutive straight-set victories before falling in a classic battle 7-6(4), 7-5. DeMulling also advanced to the CCCAA State Doubles Championship with Chris Politiek where they went 3-1 to reach the quarterfinals. Their trip at state ended when they lost to DeMulling's future Boise State teammate Maximilien Blancaneaux and his partner 6-4, 5-7, 1-0 (10-5). DeMulling and Politiek went undefeated during the year until their loss in the CCCAA State quarterfinals.
NOTES ON BEDOLO: The right-hander comes to Boise State as a true freshman from Venice, Italy where he was ranked in the top-30 nationally for juniors 16 and under. His top ITF combined ranking was 283 in April of 2016 with a career record of 33-27 in singles and 22-22 in doubles. He also played a few tournaments on the ITF Pro-Circuit obtaining a singles ranking of 1,777 in January of 2016.