Broncos Fall 6-1 to No. 11 Stanford in ITA First Round

BOISE, Idaho The No. 26-ranked Boise State men’s tennis team hosted the first round of the Intercollegiate Tennis Association’s National Team Indoor Saturday at the Boise Racquet and Swim Club. In the first round, No. 4-seeded Boise State (3-2) drew top seed Stanford (3-0) who currently ranks No. 11 in the latest national poll (Jan. 29, 2009). The Broncos were unable to hold of the Cardinal, dropping a 6-1 match.


In doubles play, the Broncos had a chance to clinch the doubles point. Stanford began with the upper hand by winning the No. 3 doubles match, 7-3, with Alex Clayton and Bradley Klan defeating Blane Shields and Matt Solomon. The Broncos, however, answered back quickly with a win at No. 1 doubles with Kean Feeder and James Meredith capturing an 8-5 win over Richard Wire and Blake Muller of Stanford. In the No. 2 doubles match, Clancy Shields and Stanley Sarapanich pushed Matt Bruch and Ryan Thacher to an 8-8 tie. From there, the Cardinal pair was able to pull off a 7-2 tie break to clinch the doubles point for Stanford.


Singles play began rough for the Broncos with Bruch making quick work of Boise State’s Cristian Hodel, 6-2, 6-2 in the No. 3 spot to put the Cardinal up 2-0 in the team running. On court six, Gregory Hirshman was able to down Bronco Blane Shields, 6-1, 6-1, to put the Cardinal within one point of clinching the match. Stanford’s Muller was able to do just that shortly after, upsetting No. 85-ranked Sarapanich, 6-3, 6-2 in the No. 5 spot. In another close match forced to a tie break, No. 62-ranked Wire edged out Boise State’s Meredith, 6-2, 3-6, 7-5, in the No. 4 singles match.


On the No. 2 singles court, No. 90-ranked Feeder was able to pick up the Broncos’ only point of the day when he fought off Thacher in a 7-6, 4-6, 10-6 match. With all but the No. 1 singles match complete, No. 33-ranked Clayton was able to stop two match-point opportunities by No. 22-ranked Clancy Shields, to earn Stanford’s final point in a 7-5, 6-7, 10-5 match.


The Cardinal will face No. 31-ranked Auburn at 10 a.m. on Sunday morning at the Boise Racquet and Swim Club. Boise State will follow with their ITA second round match at 1 p.m. against No. 29-ranked Vanderbilt.

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