Broncos Conclude ITA National Team Indoors With Win

CHICAGO The Boise State University men’s tennis team (8-3) concluded the USTA/ITA National Team Indoor Championship with a, 4-1, victory over the 16th seeded, University of Pennsylvania (No. 67) at the Midtown Tennis Club at Chicago, Sunday.


The Broncos opened the match by capturing the critical doubles point which had eluded the team during its three-match losing streak.


Eric Roberson and Blake Boswell earned their second doubles victory at the National Team Indoors by defeating Justin Fox and Jonathan Boym, 8-6. At No. 1, Clancy Shields and Steve Robertson battled until the very end against Jason Pinsky and Eric Riley but fell, 8-6. With the doubles point on the line Piotr Dilaj and Luke Shields rose to the occasion, defeating Mikhail Bekker and Brandon O’Gara, 8-3, to capturing the match point for Boise State.


Brent Werbeck got Boise State started in singles as he breezed by Adam Schwartz, in straight sets, 6-0 and 6-2 to garner the second match point for the Broncos.


Dilaj, playing No. 3, followed with a convincing, 6-0 and 6-2, victory of his own, over Bekker to give the Broncos a 3-0 lead.


After Clancy Shields fell 6-3 and 7-5 to Boym, his doubles partner, Robertson, was there to pick him and the rest of the team back up.


After capturing the first set, 6-4, over Riley, Robertson found himself in a tiebreaker in the second set, desperately needing the match to capture the clinching point for the Broncos. The two exchanged points back and forth but in the end Robertson prevailed in the tiebreaker, 7-5, to secure the victory for Boise State.


“It is good to be leaving on a high note with the win,” said head coach Greg Patton. “We did not want to get thrown out with the dishwater and I think this win gave us some confidence going forward.”


The win snapped a three-match losing streak for Boise State, with all coming at the hands of opponents ranked in the top 20 nationally.


Next the Broncos will travel to face No. 3 Virginia on Feb. 24, at 10:30 a.m. and then go to William & Mary College on Feb. 25, at 10:00 a.m.




Boise State 4, Penn 1


Singles (5, 3, 2, 6)

1. Luke Shields and Jason Pinsky, 6-4, 5-7, 1-2, DNF

2. Jonathan Boym d. Clancy Shields, 6-3, 7-5

3. Piotr Dilaj d. Mikhail Bekker, 6-0, 6-2

4. Blake Boswell and Justin Fox, 6-3, 4-6, 3-2, DNF

5. Brent Werbeck d. Adam Schwartz, 6-0, 6-2

6. Steve Robertson d. Eric Riley, 6-4, 7-6 (7-5)


Doubles (3, 1, 2)

1. Pinsky/Riley d. Robertson/C. Shields, 8-6

2. Dilaj/L. Shields d. Bekker/O’Gara, 8-3

3. Boswell/Roberson d. Fox/Boym, 8-6



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