Patton's Army Says Goodbye to 3 Seniors

Three likeable Broncos will play the final regular-season matches of their home careers this weekend at the Appleton Tennis Center. Boise State hosts BYU Friday and Fresno State Saturday. Come out and say thanks!


     Bronco fans will have a chance to say thanks to three seniors on the Boise State tennis team, each not only outstanding tennis players but outstanding young men.  It's Senior Day for Coach Greg Patton's squad, as Boise State hosts #53 BYU Friday and #61 Fresno State Saturday.  Both matches begin at 1 p.m. and have post-season implications for the Broncos.  Beck Roghaar, Matias Silva and Ikaika Jobe will all take the court Saturday in their final regular-season home matches of their Bronco careers.  Boise State will compete in the Western Athletic Conference tournament next week in Hawai'i and, depending on results around the nation, could possibly compete in the NCAA National Championships.  

     Roghaar is a four-year letter-winner and a WAC all-academic honoree. Although an injured knee has cut down on his court time the last two years, Roghaar has still put together a singles record of 45-33 as a Bronco. He has also been a member of the Student Athlete Advisory Committee and recently was one of 25 seniors to win a Boise State Leadership Society Senior Leadership Award.  Silva, from Lima, Peru, is a four-year letter-winner who has compiled a career win-loss record of 100-47 in singles as a Bronco.  Matias has played anywhere from one through three for Boise State in the past couple of seasons and has been ranked in the top 75 in both singles and doubles several times.   It's been short but very sweet for Jobe, a native of Honolulu, Hawai'i, who transferred to Boise State for his senior season from St. Louis University.  Jobe has gone an impressive 24-10 this year, playing primarily # three and four singles for the Broncos.   Roghaar and Silva were on the Boise State's 2003 WAC Championship team.

                In the four years of these three seniors' careers, the Broncos have gone 76-36 in dual matches.  Asked to comment on the three, Coach Patton said, "Who would have thought we could put together three crazy kids/men from Hawaii, Utah and Peru and come out with these ‘three amigos' to lead the team this year."

     The Fresno State game was originally scheduled for Sunday but was moved up to Saturday due to flight changes for the Fresno team.  Please note that parking is available both Friday and Saturday in the Student Union Building parking lot.        
If the matches move inside because of wet weather, parking will be at the Boas Indoor Tennis Center.

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