Broncos Travel to Pepperdine and UCSB
March 7, 2018

Match 12: Boise State (3-8) at Pepperdine (2-6)
Malibu, Calif. (Ralphs-Straus Tennis Center)
Date | Time: March 9 (Friday) | 3 p.m. (MT)
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Match 13: Boise State (3-8) at UC Santa Barbara (6-4)
Santa Barbara, Calif. (UCSB Tennis Courts)
Date | Time: March 11 (Sunday) | 12:30 p.m. (MT)
Live Stats: None

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WHAT’S HAPPENING: Boise State (3-8) is on the road one more time before returning home for competition next weekend. This week the Broncos head to California to face the Pepperdine Waves (2-6) at 3 p.m. (Mountain) in Malibu, before traveling up the coast to play the UCSB Gauchos (6-4) at 12:30 p.m. (MT) on Sunday in Santa Barbara. The Broncos faced both opponents last year falling 5-2 to UCSB and 4-0 to Pepperdine, both in Boise.

LAST TIME OUT: Boise State is coming off a successful weekend that saw the Broncos sweep a pair of dual matches in San Diego defeating both UC Davis and Villanova by 4-3 scores. Meanwhile, Boise State’s doubles team of Max Blancaneaux and Harvey Shackleton reached the Pacific Coast Doubles Championship consolation semifinals before falling to a duo from UCLA 6-3, 6-1 on Sunday, they led four Bronco pairs with a 3-2 record at the PCDC (March 2-4).

On Thursday (March 1) Boise State rallied twice to defeat UC Davis 4-3 led by four singles victories (three went to third sets) from Matteo Tinelli (7-6(5), 2-6, 6-2), Kyle Butters (6-2, 6-4), Wyatt DeMulling (2-6, 6-4, 6-1) and Pedro Platzeck (4-6, 7-5, 6-3).

On Sunday (March 4) against Villanova in another tightly contested match Boise State won the doubles point with wins by Butters/Jack Heslin and Blancaneaux/Shackleton, as well as three singles victories by Butters (6-2, 6-1), DeMulling (6-3, 6-1) and Platzeck (6-1, 6-2).

LEADING IN SINGLES: In singles play the Broncos are led by Jack Heslin and Kyle Butters who are playing the No. 1 and 2 positions now. Ryland McDermott (7-8) and Pedro Platzeck (8-9) have the top overall singles records on the year. Platzeck went 2-0 last weekend in San Diego.

LEADING IN DOUBLES: There has been a lot of experimenting with the lineup in doubles this year because of youth, new faces and injuries. The top doubles tandem has been Platzeck and Stefan Lalovic who are currently 13-8 together, McDermott and Tinelli are 6-3, while Blancaneaux and Shackleton are 4-2.

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 802-398. His win percentage is .668 all-time and .685 at Boise State (451-207).

STILL LOOKING YOUNG: For the second straight year the roster does not include any seniors. But unlike last year where there were no upperclassmen (seniors or juniors), this year’s team has three returning juniors in Butters, Jack Heslin and Platzeck. They are joined by community college All-American transfers Maximilien Blancaneaux and Wyatt DeMulling as juniors.

The sophomore class will include Ryland McDermott and Harvey Shackleton, while there are four freshmen in Mattia Bedolo, Tim Heslin, Stefan Lalovic and Matteo Tinelli.

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