March 21, 2014
Boise State March 23, 2014 3:30 p.m. PT
Appleton Outdoor Tennis Center Boise, Idaho
Fresno State (7-7, 1-2 MW) at Boise State (13-3, 1-0 MW)
Series Record: Fresno State leads 16-9
Last Meeting: 2013 (L: 6-1)
'Dogs Battle Boise State in MW Matchup
In search of its fifth straight win, the Fresno State men's tennis team travels to faces No. 23 Boise State in a Mountain West dual match this weekend. The Bulldogs are set to square off with its longtime rivals, the Broncos on Sunday at 3:30 p.m. PT at the Appleton Outdoor Tennis Center. The 'Dogs have now won five of their last six dual matches played and look to win its second conference dual of the season.
About the Competition
Boise State (13-1, 1-0 MW) has swept three consecutive home matches entering the weekend with wins over No. 42 Minnesota (5-2), Idaho State (7-0) and No. 46 Virginia Tech (4-3). The Broncos are 4-1 at home this season and host Marquette and Montana before facing Bulldogs on Sunday afternoon. Bronco senior Andy Bettles has moved from 83rd nationally to No. 60 in the most recent ITA singles rankings (March 11). He enters the weekend with and overall mark of 18-10 and 7-7 in duals while playing on court one. The doubles team of senior Andy Bettles and sophomore Thomas Tenreiro has been the most consistent duo for the Broncos this spring going 10-4 in duals and 9-4 on court two (1-0 at No. 1). Fresno State leads Boise State 16-9 all-time, though the Broncos has have the last two matchups including a 6-1 win last season. Both teams are in search of their second MW win of the year.
Lopez Steps Up for the 'Dogs
Freshman Ethan Lopez stepped up huge for the Bulldogs clinching the match point in back-to-back 4-3 wins on the road last weekend over Utah State and Arizona. Lopez's crucial points on court six helped Fresno State to their first conference win of the season over the Aggies and their fourth straight victory with the win over Arizona. Against Utah State Lopez defeated Tomas Cosmai in straight sets, 6-4, 7-5. Then with the match on the line again against the Wildcats, Lopez came from behind to beat Trevor James 3-6, 6-0, 6-4. Lopez is 7-5 in singles dual play this spring and has won three straight matches.
Papic Leading the Bulldogs
Sophomore Nikolas Papic leads the Bulldogs with a 9-3 dual record in singles play while currently on a five-match win streak. Papic and his doubles partner, freshman Ethan Lopez are 5-1 at No. 3 and have won their last three matches.
After facing Boise State on the road this weekend, Fresno State returns to Spalding G. Wathen Tennis Center for a four-match home stand as they host UC Irvine, Air Force, UNLV and Sac State. The Bulldogs then travel to Nevada and Utah State for its final road duals of the season before hosting the MW Championships on April 24-26 at the Sierra Racquet Club in Fresno, Calif.
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