What’s Happening - The Boise State men’s tennis team will travel to California to meet Stanford on Saturday, Jan. 27, and Santa Clara on Sunday, Jan. 28. The team will compete against each school in a dual match format. Stanford enters the match with the number nine ranking in the country and Boise State at number 25.
The Team - The Broncos are coming off the Intercollegiate Tennis Association Mountain Region Team Playoff where they advanced to the ITA National Team Indoor Championships by sweeping UNLV 4-0 and New Mexico 5-0.
The Players The Broncos feature seven of the top 20 players in the region including number one ranked Luke Shields.
Luke Shields enters the match ranked 15th nationally according to the ITA. He is also ranked third in the region in doubles along with his partner Piotr Dilaj. Luke led the Broncos during the fall with 10 victories including five of them coming against opponents ranked in the top 100 (#12, 18, 22, 41 and 87). He also qualified for the quarterfinals at the All-American tournament and the ITA National Individual Indoor Championships. At the Mountain Region Playoff he earned two victories with the first coming against the region’s 15th ranked player, Elliot Wronski of UNLV and the number six ranked player, Max Jones of New Mexico.
Clancy Shields also enters the ITA Mountain Region Team Playoff nationally ranked at number 94. He advanced to the finals of the ITA Mountain Region Championships and earned the number four ranking in the region. Clancy enjoyed a team-best five match winning streak during the fall which included victories over three nationally ranked opponents (#32, 63 and 90). He was named Western Athletic Conference’s Tennis Player of the Week for collecting two victories in the playoff including the clinching match point over Johnny Parkes (#12) only a diving volley.
Four other members of the team contributed with singles victories in the Mountain Region Playoff including Blake Boswell (#9), Eric Roberson (#13), Piotr Dilaj (#14) and Steve Robertson (#17).
Boise State’s doubles teams also collected a match point against New Mexico with Clancy Shields and Robertson knocking off the number eight doubles team in the region, while Boswell and Roberson defeated New Mexico’s other doubles team.