Pacific men's tennis (3-8) continues a three-match roadtrip this week with two matches, one on Wednesday at Boise State (7-3) and another Friday at BYU (12-2).
Pacific is coming off of a loss on Monday at Cal, 4-0 and has an opportunity to get a win before kicking off West Coast Conference play on Friday with Boise State in Provo, Utah. A win or two this week would be big for the Tigers and would also come against two strong teams with winning records.
In singles, the Tigers have been led by juniors Ross Watson and Akram El Sallaly. El Sallay is 6-4 overall in singles and 4-2 at No. 4 singles. Watson is 6-5, but is looking to snap a three-match losing streak in singles play.
Pacific at Boise State
Date and time: Wednesday, March 13, 9:00 a.m. PT, 10:00 a.m. MT
Location: Boise, Idaho
Venue: Appleton Tennis Center
Forecast: Partly cloudy and windy | High of 45, low of 23
Pacific at BYU
Date and time: Friday, March 15, 1:00 p.m. PT
Location: Provo, Utah
Venue: Indoor Tennis Courts
Forecast: Played indoors
Scouting Boise State
The 7-3 Broncos have won four of their last five matches with their only loss in that stretch coming to BYU on Saturday.
Boise State uses its depth well the team has combined to lose only four matches at 4-6 singles. Wyatt DeMulling is 6-1 in the dual match season and is riding a five-match win-streak. Simon Arca Costas has won four-straight and is 8-1 to start the year.
With all of Boise State's success in singles play, they haven't had the same in doubles. The Broncos are a combined 12-12 and only hold a winning record at No. 3 doubles, where they are 6-4.
Pacific's WCC season-opener comes against the No. 22 team in the nation, BYU. The Cougars' two losses came back in January in back-to-back matches against No. 66 UNC-Wilmington and No. 1 Wake Forest. Since, BYU has rattled off nine-straight wins.
In singles, the Tigers will have to deal with one of the nation's top-100 players in No. 97 Sean Hill. Hill is a junior and is 11-1 in singles this year. He went 22-10 in 2017-18. In doubles, Hill and his partner, senior Jeffrey Hsu are No. 37 in the nation but fell from No. 23 in the previous ITA rankings.