Boise State men's tennis team tries for a win against Illinois State and New Mexico in Albuquerque this Saturday. The #31 Broncos, still with three members of its team yet to play this season, have gotten off to a rough start but did manage to knock off previous #13 Texas A & M last Sunday in Boise.
Illinois State collected two wins over Wright State 7-0 before a 4-2 loss to #42 Oklahoma. Illinois State features one senior and three juniors. Junior Yohann Nograbat is 1-1 this season at #1 singles. #2 is Senior Alban Renard, who sports a 3-2 record. Renard reached the finals of the Missouri Valley Individual Championships last weekend. Nuno Jacinto (2-2) plays #3 for Illinois State. Djordje Uskokovic (5-1) plays #4--he also reached the finals in the MVC Individual Championships. Junior Alfredo Lagarda (4-1) won the MVC at #5 as did Sophomore Luke Marinkovic (5-0) at #6.
New Mexico is 1-1 and ranked #64 in the country. The young Lobo team won 5-2 over #71 Montana State and lost 6-1 to #58 Arizona. Sophomore Max Jones (0-2), last year's Mountain West Conference Freshman of the Year, leads things off for New Mexico at #1 singles. The rest of the Lobo lineup is expected to be Freshman Johnny Parkes (1-1) #2, Freshman Graeme Kassautzki (1-1) playing 3rd, Senior Eric Conklin (1-1) 4th, Kamil Pajkowski (1-1) playing #5's with Freshman Chandler Brass (1-1) going at the #6 position.
Boise State's Luke Shields is 13th in the country but just 1-3 on the season at #1 singles for Coach Greg Patton. Senior Thomas Schoeck is solid at #2 singles, while freshman Clancy Shields plays #3. Eric Roberson plays in the #4 position for the Broncos, with #85 Brent Werbeck 5th and Ehren Vaughn 6th.