What’s Happening - The 17th ranked Boise State men’s tennis team will travel to San Diego, Calif., to compete in two dual matches. The first will be held against the 42nd ranked University of San Diego, beginning at 12:30 p.m. (MT), on Feb. 3. The second match will take against No. 49, San Diego State University on Feb. 4, at noon (MT). The Aztecs also boast the 28th ranked player nationally in Christian Groh.
The Team - The Broncos are a perfect 4-0 in dual play after defeating No. 9 Stanford, 5-1 in Palo Alto, Calif., and Santa Clara University, 5-2 in Santa Clara, Calif. The Broncos collected their other two wins at 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 and first is the mountain region according to the ITA. He is also ranked third in the region in doubles along with his partner Piotr Dilaj. L. Shields is undefeated this season in dual play (4-0) and has been a stabilizing force a top the Boise State lineup. He was recently named Western Athletic Conference Tennis Player of the Week for the week of Jan. 29, after capturing two victories in the number one position on the Broncos undefeated road trip to the Bay Area.
Clancy Shields, ranked 94th nationally and 4th in the region, is 3-0 in dual matches including a win at Stanford. C. Shields was named WAC Tennis Player of the Week for Jan. 22, after going 2-0 in the ITA Mountain Region Team Playoff including capturing the decisive match point on a diving volley to advance the team to the National Team Indoor Championships in Chicago, Feb. 16-18.
Six other members of the team contributed with singles victories in dual match play including Blake Boswell (No. 9, 2-1), Eric Roberson (No. 13, 2-1), Piotr Dilaj (No. 14, 2-0), Brent Werbeck (No. 16, 1-1), Steve Robertson (No. 17, 2-0) and Stanley Sarapanich (1-0).