April 3, 2018
THIS WEEK'S MATCH INFORMATIONLocation: Appleton Tennis Center, weather permitting (back-up is Boas Indoor Tennis Center)Admission: FreePARKING: West Albertsons Stadium Parking Lot (free if you use kiosk, pick tennis option)Match 20: UC Irvine (12-9) at Boise State (8-11) Date | Time: April 3 (Wednesday) | 1 p.m. (MT)Match 21: Fresno State (13-10, 2-0 MW) at Boise State (8-11, 1-2 MW) Date | Time: April 6 (Friday) | 6 p.m. (MT)Match 22: Nevada (12-4, 1-1 MW) at Boise State (8-11, 1-2 MW) Date | Time: April 8 (Sunday) | 10:30 a.m. (MT)Match 23: Idaho State (6-9) at Boise State (8-11) Date | Time: April 8 (Sunday) | 5 p.m. (MT)
WHAT'S HAPPENING: Boise State (8-11, 1-2 MW) continues its six-match homestand this week with four contests on the slate scheduled for the Appleton Tennis Center, if weather permitting. The action begins at 1 p.m. on Wednesday when UC Irvine of the Big West Conference comes to town. The week's slate will continue at 6 p.m. Friday against rival Fresno State followed by a doubleheader on Sunday versus Nevada at 10:30 a.m. and instate-rival Idaho State at 5 p.m. Admission is free to all four matches and parking will be available in the West Albertsons Stadium Parking Lot if you use the kiosk and select the tennis option.
LAST TIME OUT: Boise State opened a six-match homestand last weekend going 1-1 in Mountain West action defeating San Diego State 4-1 on Thursday (March 29) followed by a 4-1 loss to UNLV on Sunday (April 1).
Mattia Bedolo's three-set win at No. 4 singles clinched the victory for Boise State over San Diego State. Boise State took the early momentum taking the team doubles point 2-1 with wins by the teams of Jack Heslin and Kyle Butters on court one and Stefan Lalovic andPedro Platzeck at the No. 2 position. The Broncos then put the Aztecs away with singles victories by Jack Heslin, Maximilien Blancaneaux and Bedolo, respectively.
Boise State came up on the short end of a 4-1 score to the UNLV Rebels last Sunday. The Broncos opened by taking the doubles point 2-1 with wins by Kyle Butters and Jack Heslin on court one, in addition to Stefan Lalovic and Pedro Platzeck's victory at the No. 2 position. Unfortunately, singles was a struggle for the Broncos as UNLV rallied to take four straight matches to clinch the win 4-1. Boise State's Wyatt DeMulling and Pedro Platzeck were both leading their contests when the match was stopped with the clinching point.
THIS WEEK'S OPPONENTS: UC Irvine is a member of the Big West Conference and enters this week's meeting at 12-9 overall. The Anteaters are coming into the match coming off a 5-2 home loss to Cal Poly, preceded by a pair of home victories over Eastern Washington (7-0) and BYU (4-1).
Fresno State is coached by Boise State alumnus Luke Shields. The Bulldogs are 13-10 overall and 2-0 in Mountain West Conference play, they are 9-0 at home and 4-10 on the road. Fresno State has won five of its last seven contests including a 4-1 win over New Mexico in Fresno last Sunday, before that they fell 4-2 at No. 15 Oklahoma State.
Nevada enters the week at 12-4 overall and 1-1 in MW play. The Wolfpack split a pair of MW contests last week falling 4-1 at New Mexico before regrouping to defeat Air Force 4-0 on Sunday. Nevada will play at Utah State on Friday prior to traveling to Boise.
Idaho State is one of the Broncos' oldest rivals and is a member of the Big Sky Conference. The Bengals enter the week at 6-9 overall and 3-5 in Big Sky play. They are coming off a pair of home league losses last weekend falling to Northern Arizona 6-1 and Montana 7-0, those were preceded by three straight wins. ISU will host Sacramento State in a Big Sky match on Friday before its trip to play the Broncos.
LEADING IN SINGLES: In singles play the Broncos are led by Jack Heslin (4-7 at No. 1) and Kyle Butters (3-3 at No. 2) who are playing the No. 1 and 2 positions. Pedro Platzeck (10-10) as the top overall singles records on the year and is 5-1 in his last 10 singles matches (the 10 includes matches that were abandoned) to lead the team, while Wyatt DeMulling is 5-2 and Kyle Butters 4-4.
LEADING IN DOUBLES: The doubles lineup has seen a lot of experimenting ver the course of the season because of youth, new faces and injuries. The top doubles tandem has been Platzeck and Stefan Lalovic who are currently 17-10 together and 6-3 at No. 2 doubles during duals, Butters and Jack Heslin have played No. 1 doubles most of the season and are 6-6 on court one, while Max Blancaneaux and Harvey Shackleton are 6-2.
GENERAL PATTON: The "General," head coach Greg Patton enters the year ranked No. 1 in career wins nationally among active collegiate coaches and fourth all-time at 807-401. His win percentage is .668 all-time and .685 at Boise State (456-210).