Boise State is hosting its first NCAA Tennis Tournament since 1999. Four excellent teams will visit Appleton Center this Friday. #16 Texas A & M takes on Montana State in the opening match at 1 p.m. Friday. After the completion of that contest, #31 Boise State meets #34 North Carolina (app. 5:30 p.m.). The Broncos and Tar Heels have a few opponents in common. Both defeated North Carolina State--North Carolina shut them out 4-0 while the Broncos downed the Wolfpack 4-2. Boise State knocked off #32 Notre Dame 4-3 while UNC lost to the Fighting Irish 5-2. North Carolina turned the tables on Virginia Commonwealth, winning 4-3 while the Broncos lost to VCU, 5-2. Here's a look at the four teams:
#31 Boise State--30-7, defeating #32 Notre Dame, #47 Tulsa, 48th-ranked North Carolina State, #50 South Alabama, and losing to top-ranked Baylor, #10 LSU, #11 Kentucky, #20 Tulane, #25 Texas A & M-Corpus Christi, #41 Virginia Commonwealth and #61 New Mexico.
#1 Luke Shields, Freshman, ranked #46 in the country, has a 32-10 singles record. Shields is 7-8 against Top 100 singles players. He defeated #41 Robert Peale of Rice to win the WAC championship. He split with the #9 player in the nation, Sven Swinnen of Oregon, and was playing excellent tennis against #2 Benedikt Dorsch of Baylor in the Indoor National Championships (5-7, 6-3, 3-4) when the match was called. Shields has won 6 matches in a row and 8 of his last 9.
#2 Thomas Schoeck, Junior, was ranked 90th earlier this year, and has a 29-11 record. Schoeck is 2-5 against Top 100 players. Schoeck too was playing well against his Baylor opponent, #18 Benjamin Becker, when that match was called. Thomas was leading Becker (4-6, 7-5, 2-0) at the time. Schoeck has won 12 of his last 14 matches.
#3 Matias Silva,Senior, 28-12 in singles and 0-5 against Top 100 players. Silva had won 11 out of 12 matches before losing 3 times in the WAC tournament. Matias was ranked #55 earlier in the year. They've won 7 of their last 9.
#4 Ikaika Jobe, Senior, 28-13 on the season, has won 7 of his last 10.
#5 Eric Roberson, Freshman, 29-9, and a winner in 6 of his last 7 matches.
#6 Beck Roghaar, Senior, 24-8, has won 10 of his last 12.
#1 Doubles--Shields and Schoeck, #11 in the country, with a 38-8 record. The pair has won 7 matches in a row. They lost 8-6 to the #4 doubles team in the country from Kentucky, but defeated the #2 doubles team from Baylor and the #6 team from LSU in the Indoor Championships. They also beat the #13 team from TCU and split with the #14 team from New Mexico.
#2--Silva & Jobe, have a 27-9 record. They defeated the #54 doubles team from Baylor in the Indoor Championships, beat the #34 team from Utah last fall, and narrowly lost to the #14 team from New Mexico.
#3--Roberson & Werbeck, 7-8 since teaming up after the loss of Nils Klemann to injury.
#34 North Carolina, 16-10, splitting with #8 Duke, defeating #19 South Carolina, #41 Virginia Commonwealth, #48 North Carolina State (twice) and losing to #2 Virginia, #17 Wake Forest, #18 Florida State (twice), #28 Georgia Tech, #32 Notre Dame, #46 Northwestern, #47 Clemson and #56 Alabama.
#1 Raian Luchici, Junior, transferred to UNC from Georgia, has a record of 25-13, including a 6-10 mark against Top 100 players. He split with #5 Ludovic Walter from Duke, winning 6-1, 7-6, and losing 6-4, 6-0. He lost to #12 Doug Stewart of Virginia (6-0, 6-2) . Luchici has lost 8 of his last 12 matches.
#2 Brad Pomerov, Junior, has a record of 16-15 and is 0-9 against Top 100 players. Pomerov has lost 5 of his last 6.
#3 Geoff Boyd, Senior, is 16-10 on the season.
#4 Derek Porter, Junior, 18-11 this season. Porter has won 6 of his last 9 matches.
#5 Jonathan Janda, Senior, 8-5 in singles play.
#6 Benjamin Carlotti, Freshman, #111 in the country. Carlotti is 22-7 with a 2-1 record against Top 100 players and has won 10 of his last 13.
#1 Doubles--Boyd & Pomerov, 26-11, including a 3-2 mark against top doubles teams. They beat the #6 doubles team from LSU at the Indoor Championships.
#2 Janda & Luchici, are 17-9 together, but have lost 5 of their last 7.
#3 The Tar Heels have used numerous combinations at #3, the most recent being Porter & Aly Mandour, who paired for the first time in the ACC Championships--they are 0-2 together.
#16 Texas A & M--15-8, with splits against 13th-ranked Oklahoma State and #21 USC, wins over #24 California, #25 Texas A & M-Corpus Christi, #29 Texas and #47 Tulsa, and losses to #1 Baylor, #2 Virginia, #8 Duke, #9 Pepperdine, #10 LSU and #15 Texas Tech. Opponents in common with the Broncos are A & M Corpus Christi (Broncos lost), Tulsa (Broncos won), Baylor (Broncos lost) and LSU (Broncos lost).
Jerry Makowski, Freshman, Ranked #14 in the country, 21-11, owns a 6-3, 6-3 win over the #2 player in the country, Benedikt Dorsch, has defeated the #13 player, Conor Niland of California, twice, as well as #19 Jamil Al-Aqba of USC. He has a 12-10 record against Top 100 Singles players. Of note, however, is a narrow win over Achim Roth of Tulsa (7-6, 6-4).
Ante Matijevic, Senior, #78 in the nation. He's 13-7 on the season, including a 4-7 mark against Top 100 players. His best win is a 6-4, 4-6, 6-4 win over Callum Beale of Texas. He is the Big 12 #3 singles champion and is a 5-time Croatian national champion.
Bryan Wooten, Sophomore, with a record of 17-13. Has bounced around between mostly #3 and #4. Texas 5A Doubles Champion in high school.
Brett Joelson, Sophomore, has been playing #3, but has lost 4 out of 6 since being moved there.
Mohamed Dakki, #5, has won 6 of his last 8, and has a season record of 18-10.
Matt Bain, Freshman, has been playing mostly #5, and has a 13-10 record. Bain, however, has lost 4 of his last 5. He was the #3 ranked player in Texas before signing with A & M, and excels on the doubles court.
#1--Matijevic and Joelson, have a 14-3 doubles record, lost only to the #1 doubles team from Oklahoma State (ranked #55), Baylor (#2 in the nation) & Pepperdine (the #7 doubles team).
#2--Wooten & Malmgren, have a 13-5 doubles record, including 5 wins out of their last 6 matches.
#3--Bain & Makowski, have a 6-3 doubles record together.
#68 Montana State--Two-time Big Sky champions with a record of 19-6, including a win over #34 SMU (Broncos also defeated SMU) and a loss to #31 Boise State.
#1 Federico Ueltschi, Junior, with a 28-7 singles record. Ueltschi is 1-4 against Top 100 players, including a 6-2, 6-2 loss to Boise State's Luke Shields. Ueltschi has won 8 of his last 10.
#2 Marek Gebicki, Junior, has a 22-8 record, including wins in 6 of his last 8 matches.
#3 Kyle MacDonald, Freshman, is 24-9. MacDonald has won 5 in a row, but lost to Boise State's Ikaika Jobe at #3 singles in April.
#4 Braden Olson, Senior, has a season mark of 7-13.
#5 Jake Berriochoa, Junior from Boise, is 12-13.
#6 Justin Hauck, Freshman, is 12-9, and was a two-time state prep champion in New Mexico.
#1 --Olson and Gebicki, are 14-6, and winners of 5 of their last 6. They lost to Silva and Jobe of Boise State, 8-4.
#2--Ueltschi and Hauck, just recently teamed up together, and are 4-2. They lost to Schoeck and Shields of Boise State 8-4.
#3 Berriochoa and MacDonald are 6-3. They lost to Roberson and Werbeck of Boise State, 8-2.