Boise State men’s tennis hit the road for their first tournament of the season at the Battle in the Bay Intercollegiate in San Francisco, California Sept. 22 to Sept. 24.
Representing the Broncos in San Francisco was freshman Matteo Tinelli and junior Jack Heslin, joined by coach Greg Patton, returning for his 22nd year as head coach, where they faced off against some of the top teams across the nation, including USC, Georgia, TCU and Stanford.
Last season the team’s roster faced issues with multiple injuries and one academic setback.
“It was a rough season, but we survived,” Patton said. “It was a great growing experience for everyone.”
Sophomore Ryland McDermott, who has been playing tennis competitively since he was nine years old, is excited about the current roster.
“We’ve only been here for five weeks, but it feels like we’ve been here for four years,” said McDermott. “Everyone gets along and meshes well together.”
McDermott was one of four players who were named 2017 Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) Scholar-Athletes at the end of last season. These players earned a varsity letter, held at least a 3.50 GPA, and attended Boise State for at least two semesters. McDermott who is studying pre-med, spends as much time studying as he does on the court.
“It’s all about time management,” McDermott said.
Last season, the team also received the ITA’s National Community Service Award for the first time in program history. Patton’s approach shows being a coach goes beyond the court.
“Great people make great teams. Great teams develop great players,” Patton said.