You never want to say you're happy just to be selected for a national tournament but there was probably jubilation in Boise when Coach Greg Patton's team was selected last week. The Broncos take on #29 Florida State this Saturday in the opening round of the NCAA Tennis Tournament in Athens, Georgia.
#42 BoiseState faces a tough FloridaState team in the opening round
of the men's NCAA Tennis Tournament next Saturday in Athens, Georgia.Both teams received at-large berths after losing in conference
BoiseState had an up-and-down season,
as Coach Greg Patton's team struggled to a third-place finish in the regular
season and then were eliminated 4-2 by FresnoState in the semifinals of the
Western Athletic Conference Tournament.
The Broncos are led by
WAC Player of the Year James Meredith.Filipp
Pogostkin was named WAC Freshman of the Year.
FloridaState sports a 14-9 record, 6-5
in the Atlantic Coast Conference.The
‘Noles disposed of Clemson in the opening round of the ACC Tournament before
running into 17th-ranked Duke, which eliminated them 4-0.BoiseState used to be of the caliber
of this year's Blue Devils but that was when Brothers Shields played for them
a few short years ago.
Dwayne Hulquist has
guided FSU for 11 seasons, leading them into the NCAA Tournament for the past
eight years.Florida State has
beaten 10 ranked teams this spring, including #16 Pepperdine (4-3), #29 LSU
(4-2), #38 Georgia Tech (5-2) and #39 Miami of Florida (5-2).They also lost to 44th-ranked Notre Dame.
Seminoles are led by #31 Jean-Yves
Aubone (5-9, Sr. from Miami, Florida), who has a 17-8 record this spring.Among Aubone's victims was 19th-ranked Casey Watt of Notre
#54 Vahid Mirzadeh (19-5) will
probably play #2 singles while 66th-ranked Clint Bowles (5-9, Jr.
from Tampa, FL) is 14-5 at #3 singles.All
Mirzadeh (5-9, Sr. from Wellington, Florida) did was shock Sanam Singh, the #2
singles player in the United States, and also come away with a win over 10th-ranked
EdCorrie of Texas.
FloridaState is solid 1-3; they have taken down 15
ranked opponents between them.Connor Smith (6-1, Fr. from Tampa) is 11-7 overall but 9-5 at #4 singles.Hultquist will count on freshman Jordan Kelly-Houston (8-9) at #5 singles
while another freshman, Anderson Reed will likely go at #6 singles.Andres Bucaro, a 6-1 freshman from Guatemala, also has considerable
experience at both #5 and #6 and could be substituted for one of those two.To win the match, BoiseState will have to come through in the
lower part of the lineup.
in tennis at this level, it is almost imperative that you win the doubles point.Mirzadeh and Smith are
going to be hard to stop at #1 doubles—they are 17-8 this season.The duo was able to down #2-ranked Schnugg/ and
Hunt of Georgia last October.Aubone
and Bowles form a lethal combination at #2, going 13-4 this spring.Aubone and Bowles put away #19 Singh and Barrick of Virginia in
conference play.Should BoiseState be fortunate enough to topple one of
the top two tandems, they will have to be victorious against the #3 team of Reed
will not be easy for this young
team—they clearly will have to play their best tennis of the year.