BSU Tennis opens against San Diego in UCLA Region

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Boise State wins their third-straight Mountain West Conference men's tennis title. (Courtesy Twitter @BroncoSportsMTN)
BOISE, Idaho - The Boise State men’s tennis team is headed to southern California for the opening rounds of the 2014 NCAA Championship Tournament.

The 25th-ranked Broncos (28-4) will face the 44th-ranked San Diego Toreros (17-7) at UCLA the weekend of May 9-11. This will be the 15th trip for the Broncos to the NCAA and the third straight as Mountain West Conference champions.

“I am ecstatic that we are going dancing and that the party is still going on for this team,” said head coach Greg Patton. “You know we really wanted to host this event, but it was not to be and we are thrilled to be playing in the tournament against San Diego. They are a good team and will be tough. I have a good team who has worked so hard all year. We are ready to go and we are looking to make a long stay in tournament, it all starts in Los Angeles in two weeks.”

The Broncos just completed the Mountain West Championships on Sunday in Fresno, Calif., defeating the New Mexico Lobos 4-0 to claim their third-straight conference title and trip to the big dance. The Broncos have never lost a MW Tournament match since joining the league three years ago.

Boise State will face the champions of the West Coast Conference in the San Diego Toreros. USD downed the Pepperdine Waves in the championship match of the WCC Tournament at San Diego last Saturday. The Broncos and Toreros did not meet during the regular season this year. The last time the two met on the tennis court was during 2013 in San Diego where USD defeated Boise State 5-2.

Joining Boise State in their bracket are the host and sixth-seeded UCLA Bruins (22-3) from the Pacific-12 Conference and the Cal Poly Mustangs (11-12) champions of the Big West Conference. If the Broncos get past San Diego they would face the winner of the UCLA-Cal Poly match in the second round for the right to advance to the NCAA Championship in Athens, Ga., May 16-20.