What’s Happening - The No. 19 ranked Boise State University men’s tennis team will travel to Virginia to compete in two dual matches over the weekend. The Broncos open with Virginia at Charlottesville, Va., on Saturday, Feb. 24, at 10:30 a.m. The following day, the Broncos face William & Mary College at Williamsburg, Va. on Feb. 25, at 10:00 a.m.
The Team - The Broncos are 8-3 on the season in dual match play after defeating five opponents ranked in the top 75 nationally, according to the Intercollegiate Tennis Association, including No. 9 Stanford at Palo Alto, Calif., 5-1. Boise State’s other marquee victories came against No. 49 San Diego, 4-3, No. San Diego State, 4-3, No. 64 UNLV, 4-0, No. 67 Penn, 4-1, No. 73, UC Santa Barbara, 6-1, and a 5-0 victory of New Mexico in the Championship match of the ITA Mountain Regional. The only losses this season have come against three teams ranked in the top 20 nationally (No. 4, 13, and 16).
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 seventh nationally and first is the mountain region according to the ITA. L. Shields has only one blemish on his 9-1 record and has been a stabilizing force atop the Boise State lineup. He was 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. In the match against Virginia, he will possibly square off against No. 4, Somdev Devvarman.
Clancy Shields, ranked 80th nationally and fourth in the region, is 6-2 in dual matches including wins at Stanford, San Diego State and San Diego. 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 the match up against Virginia C. Shields could draw No. 22, Treat Huey.
Six other members of the team contributed with singles victories in dual match play including Blake Boswell (No. 9 in the ITA Mountain Region, 2-3), Eric Roberson (No. 13, 2-7), Dilaj (No. 14, 5-3), Brent Werbeck (No. 16, 4-2), Steve Robertson (No. 17, 4-1), and Stanley Sarapanich (1-1).