We will find out very soon how good the 2010
You see, Coach Greg Patton's team starts the fall
campaign with a bang, first opening the year off hosting
The latter two are some of the most respected tennis
programs in the
You can talk about being a contender, about being a Top 25
team, about having some nice wins, but if you beat UCLA, you have truly
accomplished something. The Bruins
finished last season at being #5 and are #6 in the latest Intercollegiate Tennis Association Rankings. They,
like Boise State, are young, featuring just two seniors to go with six
sophomores and four freshmen. Haythem
Abid was #57 in the nation last year in singles while Matt Brooklyn was #64,
Michael Look #92 and Nick Meister #100.
Pepperdine is no slouch either, finishing last season at
#18. They are #15 this week in indoor action. The Waves have been ranked in
the Top 25 every season since 2001, reaching as high as #2 in 2006.
Pepperdine is reloading this spring—they are even younger than
This is a young Bronco team—many of the stars of recent
years (Thomas Schoeck, Luke Shields, Clancy Shields and Kean Feeder) are gone.
Well, not quite. The first
three—Schoeck and the two marvelous Shields brothers, are now with the program
as paid assistants to Patton.
That is a lot of tennis talent surrounding the young
Cristian Hodel played last season at #3 and #4 singles.
He was 22-15 but came up huge in the NCAA Tournament, knocking off
Michael Thompson of
Vicente Joli is a newcomer to
James Meredith was crowned as the national #1 player in
Meredith shocked #12 Michael Shabaz of Virginia Tech last
season for his biggest win. Meredith
was named 2009 Western Athletic Conference Freshman of the Year, the 2009
Mountain Region Player to Watch, was named All-
Filipp Pogotskin is the next promising Bronco superstar.
He has been ranked as high as #22 in the nation in the 18 and under
division and has beaten three world Top 20 players.
One of his favorite players to watch was Pete Sampras (another of
Patton's pupils). Pogotskin will
be exciting to watch over the next four years.
Nick Gourley is a redshirt junior from
Jeff Mullen is an intriguing player.
He towers over the competition at 6-feet, eight-inches.
He was ranked in the top two in northern
Freddy Walsh was 7-5 in singles last season for
Michael Gilliland redshirted last season and will need to
show what he can do to earn a spot on the starting roster.
Meredith will likely be the #1 singles player for
This certainly isn't a cupcake schedule and if it
weren't challenging to this young Bronco team, they wouldn't be at
They may be jumping into the fire immediately, but we will find out right away what these Broncos are made of. Isn't that what we all want to know anyway?