Thursday, April 5, 2012

Busy Saturday Ahead for Bronco Sports

This weekend will be a little busier for Bronco fans than last week.

I imagine most fans will have their attention on the NCAA Regional Gymnastics Championships, where the NCAA most graciously placed Boise State in the home of the team they have to beat, the #10 Arkansas Razorbacks.  Boise State is hoping the judges remain impartial despite thousands of Arkansas fans cheering for the home team.  Ha-Ha.

But the odds were stacked against the Bronco gymnasts long before the seeding.  By not scoring over 196 until late in the season, as Blue Through and Through pointed out, Boise State was unable to secure a Top 12 ranking and a #2 seed in the Regionals.  That alone will influence the judges in their scores Saturday.  In a perfect world, it wouldn't, but we don't have a perfect world.

Still, I can't help but think that if the gymnasts had the same chip on their shoulders that the football team has, they'd come away from Fayetteville with a berth in the National Tournament.

But the gymnasts are far from the only Bronco student-athletes we'll have our eyes on.  The Boise State track team will be in Provo for an important status meet against BYU and USC--some of the members of the team are at the WAR5 Meet in Spokane, also Saturday.  The Boise State women's tennis team, 1-2 in MWC play, is at San Diego State while the men's tennis team hosts Air Force Saturday at 10:30 and Weber State at 5.

Nathan Sereke Earns Mountain West Tennis Player of the Week

Nathan Sereke became the third Bronco to be honored as the Mountain West Conference Men's Tennis Player of the Week, the league office announced.

Sereke helped Boise State defeat #25 Fresno State and #48 San Diego State last week, earning the Broncos a new ranking of #30.  Sereke defeated Hunter Nicholas of San Diego State 6-3, 6-1 at #4 singles and his victory against Fresno State was the deciding match, a 6-2, 6-2 win over David Ayoun.

Boise State hosts a doubleheader at Appleton Tennis Center this Saturday, with a 10:30 MWC match against Air Force and a 5 p.m. tilt against Weber State.