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
Brent Werbeck got
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
“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
Next the Broncos will travel to face No. 3 Virginia on Feb. 24, at 10:30 a.m. and then go to William &
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