Broncos Pull Two Singles Upsets in 5-2 Loss to No. 1 Virginia

CHARLOTTESVILLE, VA The No. 29-ranked Boise State men’s tennis team gave all they had against the No. 1-ranked University of Virginia on Saturday morning, but lost to the undefeated Cavaliers, 5-2 at the Boyd Tinsley Courts. Boise State’s two team points came in upset wins in the No. 1 and No. 3 singles matches by senior Clancy Shields and freshman James Meredith, respectively. The Broncos moved to a 5-4 record while the Cavs defended their perfect record, moving to 13-0 on the season.


Virginia started out strong, picking up all three doubles wins to clinch the first point of the match. The No. 2-ranked Sanam Singh and Houston Barrick teamed to defeat Boise State’s Kean Feeder and James Meredith in a quick 8-3 match in the No. 1 slot. The Broncos pushed the Cavaliers in the final two doubles matches, making the matches close. Virginia’s Drew Courtney and Lee Singer were able to hold off Blane Shields and Matt Solomon in the No. 3 match, earning an 8-6 win and clinching the doubles point. In the No. 2 match Clancy Shields and Stanley Sarapanich fought with No. 10-ranked Dominic Inglot and Michael Shabaz to a 7-6 (7-3) match, losing in the tie-break.


Virginia was able to go up 2-0 after earning the first singles win of the day with the Cav’s Courtney defeating Boise State’s Solomon, 6-1, 6-3 in the No. 6 singles match.


The Broncos were able to narrow the team score to 2-1 in favor of the host team when No. 62-ranked Clancy Shields pulled out an outstanding upset win over No. 6-ranked Inglot, 6-4, 6-3, winning the No. 1 match.


The Cavaliers answered back with Steven Eelkman Rooda picking up a 6-4, 6-4 win over Sarapanich in the No. 5 spot. Virginia was able to clinch the team title by earning a fourth point after winning at the No. 4 spot. No. 81-ranked Barrick defeated Bronco Cristian Hodel, 6-4, 6-4, in the No. 4 match to seal the Cavalier victory.


Although Virginia had clinched the win, the Broncos did not give up with Boise State’s unranked Meredith pulling out a second upset of the day when he defeated No. 12-ranked Shabaz, 4-6, 6-3, 6-4, in the No. 3 singles match.


The 5-2 win by the Cavaliers was actually a near 4-3 match instead, but No. 17-ranked Singh was able to hold off Boise State’s No. 57-ranked Kean Feeder in the No. 2 match, winning, 1-6, 7-6, 10-6 in a nail biter of a finish.


The Broncos continue their road trip in Virginia on Sunday when they travel to Williamsburg, Va., to take on No. 67-ranked College of William and Mary. The match is scheduled for an 8 a.m. (Mountain Time) start at the McCormack-Nagelsen Tennis Center.



Tennis Agate:

Boise State University vs. University of Virginia

Feb. 21, 2009

Boyd Tinsley Courts


#1 Virginia 5, #29 Boise State 2



1. #2 Sanam Singh/Houston Barrick (Vir.) def. Kean Feeder/James Meredith (BSU), 8-3

2. #10 Dominic Inglot/Michael Shabaz (Vir.) def. Clancy Shields/Stanley Sarapanich (BSU), 7-6 (7-3)

3. Drew Courtney/Lee Singer (Vir.) def. Blane Shields/Matt Solomon (BSU), 8-6


Order of Finish: 1, 3, 2



1. #62 C. Shields (BSU) def. #6 Inglot (Vir.), 6-4, 6-3

2. #17 Singh (Vir.) def. #57 Feeder (BSU), 1-6, 7-6, 10-6

3. Meredith (BSU) def. #12 Shabaz (Vir.), 4-6, 6-3, 6-4

4. #81 Barrick (Vir.) def. Cristian Hodel (BSU), 6-4, 6-4

5. Steven Eelkman Rooda (Vir.) def. Sarapanich (BSU), 6-4, 6-4

6. Courtney (Vir.) def. Solomon (BSU), 6-1, 6-3


Order of Finish: 6, 1, 5, 4, 3, 2


Boise State: 5-4

Virginia: 13-0

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