It's Bronco tennis top twenty-five week.
"Yesterday (the loss to Utah) was very hard on them, but it will make us better. They believe like me that we can be one of the top teams in the nation. The next week, Pepperdine (#9), UCLA (#5) and Texas A&M (#13), will be tough. We will see what we are made of." - Greg Patton, January 22, 2006.
Boise State is ranked #28.
It begins with Pepperdine on Thursday, January 26, 1: PM, at Malibu, California. The Waves are already on a roll. They are 4-0, with wins over UC Irvine, St. Mary's, and San Francisco.
Their biggest win was their first match of the season, a huge 4-3 upset over #1 ranked NCAA powerhouse Virginia. Scott Doerner, who will be Luke's opponent in singles, Waves number one, defeated Virginia's Doug Stewart, #6 last year. Doerner is unranked now. In 2005 he was #36. More impressive…his four wins in singles and he hasn't lost a set.
The Waves number-two singles player, Pedro Rico, ranked #34, defeated Virginia's Somedev Revvarman, #10 in the nation. Thomas will have a challenge with him. In doubles, Doerner and his partner, Andre Begemann, defeated Virginia's #19 nationally ranked team. The Bronco chances look good against them.
A win at Malibu would be as big as the win at Westwood in 1997.
Next up is UCLA. Friday, January 27, 1:30 PM. The match will be played in the 10,000 seat Los Angeles Tennis Center at Westwood, California. UCLA is the winner of sixteen NCAA National Tennis Championships since 1946…and the defending 2005 National Tennis Champion, the alma mater of eleven current touring ATP tennis professionals, and the college of choice for world famous Arthur Ashe and Jimmy Connors.
They are lead by All American Ben Kohlloeffel, ranked #3 in the nation, 2005 ITA "Rookie of the year", and Pac 10 "Newcomer of the year." Interestingly, he lost last weekend to University of San Diego's Ysern Pierrick, ranked #2 in the nation in 2005. Not to worry. Luke can play with him. He had him on the ropes last year and let him get away. UCLA's number three singles player, Mathieu Dehaine, ranked #75, has a 2006 win over the #1 player in the nation at a tennis tournament in Palm Springs, Baylor's Lars Poerschke.
Doubles? Very tough. Thomas and Luke, ranked #7 in the nation, will be playing Kohlloeffel and Philipp Gruendler…ranked #26.
A win at Westwood will be bigger than a win at Malibu…or the win in 1997.
Back to Boise to play Texas A & M. January 29, 2006, 1 PM, at the Boise Racquet and Swim Club. The Aggies ended the 2005 season ranked #18, second place in the Big 12 Conference. They are a perennial tennis powerhouse having reached the NCAA "Sweet sixteen" each of the past six years.
They have not played a dual match in 2006. Their first will be against Minnesota on January 27, then Boise State on January 29. Pepperdine will play them at College Station on February 25.
Texas A & M is led by All American sophomore, Jerry Makowski, ranked #16 in the nation; and in doubles, by Brett Joelson and Bryan Wooten, ranked #14 in the nation.
The 2006 "Week of the Top 25" Bronco Tennis Musings.
"This is going to be quite a ride this year. It will be fun, sometimes painful, but fun. Like a roller coaster that you love to ride but makes you vomit sometimes. Hang with us, we will be something by the end of the season. If everybody stays healthy." - Another quote from Coach Greg Patton, January 22, 2006 –
Coach Patton's guys can do it. His young men have won sixteen Conference Championships in the past twenty-four years. Five of those years Patton was not coaching college tennis. Coach Patton was NCAA "Coach of the Year" in 1987 and 1997. He won the Big West Conference Championship while coaching at UC Irvine in 1981-83-84-85-87-88-89-90-92. He won the Big Sky Conference Championship at Boise State in 1993-94-95-96.
The next year, in 1997, Boise State became a member of the Big West Conference. He won the Big West championship, beat UCLA at their home, and gained a #2 national ranking.
And he has won the Western Athletic Conference Championship for Boise State in 2003 and 2005.