BSU Men's Tennis Improves to 3-0, Advances to Mountain Regional Playoff Finals

BOISE, Idaho The Boise State men’s tennis team improved to 3-0 on the season with a quick win over the University of Nevada Las Vegas in the first semifinal match of the Mountain Regional Playoffs, Saturday morning. The No. 22 ranked Broncos topped the No. 70 ranked Rebels with a 4-0 score in a best-of-seven match.

The Broncos were led by junior Clancy Shields (ranked #19 in nation) who was the first to earn a win, topping UNLV’s Wes Burrows 6-1, 6-2 in the No. 2 singles match. Shortly after, senior Piotr Dilaj made quick work of Bryan Miller in the No. 4 singles, winning 6-2, 6-1. The Broncos No. 1 singles player, senior Luke Shields (#47) was next to earn a victory, defeating Elliot Wronski 6-1, 6-4. Earning the final point for the Broncos’ 4-0 team win, senior Eric Roberson (#65) earned a 6-1, 6-2 win over Matt Kunkel in the No. 5 singles match.

In the No. 3 singles match, senior Brent Werbeck (#69) had split sets with Luca Barcocchi, 1-6, 6-0 before stopping the match due to the 4-0 team score for the Broncos. BSU’s Blake Boswell stopped his 6-4, 4-2 No. 6 singles match against Andrew Giuffrida for the same reason.

Due to the early four match sweep by the Broncos, no doubles matches were played to decide the winner.

The Broncos await the Mountain Regional Playoff finals set for 6 p.m. on Saturday at the Boas Tennis Center in Boise. BSU will face No. 2 playoff seed New Mexico who defeated No. 3 seed Utah, 4-1 in a 12 noon semifinal on Saturday.

Mountain Regional Playoff - Semifinal 1
#22 Boise State University vs. #70 UNLV
January 19, 2008, 9 a.m. at BSU’s Boas Indoor Tennis Center

1. Kean Feeder/Luke Shields (BSU) vs. Wes Burrows/Elliot Wronski (UNLV), DNP
2. Steve Robertson/Clancy Shields (BSU) vs. Luca Barlocchi/Andrew Giuffrida (UNLV), DNP
3. Paul Koenke/Eric Roberson (BSU) vs. Matt Kunkel/Bryan Miller (UNLV), DNP

1. Luke Shields (#47), BSU def. Elliot Wronski, UNLV; 6-1, 6-4
2. Clancy Shields (#19), BSU def. Wes Burrows, UNLV; 6-1, 6-2
3. Brent Werbeck (#69), BSU vs. Luca Barcocchi, UNLV; 1-6, 6-0, DNF
4. Piotr Dilaj, BSU def. vs. Bryan Miller BSU; 6-2, 6-1
5. Eric Roberson (#65), BSU def. Matt Kunkel UNLV; 6-1, 6-2
6. Blake Boswell, BSU vs. Andrew Giuffrida, UNLV; 6-4, 4-2 DNF

Final Score: Boise State 4, UNLV 0

BSU Season Record: 3-0

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