Feb. 20, 2014
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -
The men's tennis team (4-4) returns to the courts after a week off from competition to take part in the annual Blue Gray National Tennis Classic. The three-day tournament will be played in Montgomery, Ala., from Feb. 21-23, at the Lagoon Park Tennis Center.
The Crimson Tide is seeded fourth in the tournament and will take on Boise State (6-2) in the first round on Friday at 9 a.m. CT. Joining the Tide and Broncos in Montgomery is 11th-ranked Mississippi State, the top-seed in the tournament, 21st-ranked and No. 2 seed Clemson, No. 3 seed Auburn, Princeton, Texas Tech and VCU.
Alabama has played one of the toughest schedules in the country thus far, taking on four teams that are currently ranked in the top 25, three of which are in the top 10. Last time out, the Tide dropped a 4-1 decision to then-No. 7 Oklahoma on Feb. 9, in Tuscaloosa. Alabama has two players ranked in singles, with senior Daniil Proskura moving up to No. 12 in the country from No. 14, while sophomore Becker O'Shaughnessey, who leads the team with a 4-2 record in dual-match play in singles, comes in at No. 72.
Boise State has won five-straight matches, with its last coming in 4-3 fashion at BYU on Feb. 8. The Broncos rallied to win the match, and clinched it with a three-set victory on court five from freshman Brendan McClain. Two-time Mountain West Player of the Week sophomore Thomas Tenreiro leads the team in singles wins at the No. 3 position with a 4-2 record in dual-match play. Senior Andrew Bettles is the lone nationally-ranked Bronco at No. 90 in singles.
Friday's meeting will be the seventh between Alabama and Boise State. Each team has won three matches, with the last going in the Broncos' favor, 4-3, in the second round of the 2009 NCAA Championship Tournament.
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