No. 28 Men's Tennis Drops to No. 37 Stanford After Rain Delay

PALO ALTO, Calif. The No. 28 Boise State men’s tennis team (6-7) battled through long lasting rain delays, but dropped 4-3 to No. 37 Stanford on Friday evening. After originally pushing the match back over an hour, the match began only to be delayed by the day’s second downpour after the completion of only one doubles match. Eventually the dual was finished, concluding at 11 p.m., eleven hours after the original start time.

The Cardinal were able to take the early lead in the first hour of play before the second rain delay. Gregory Hirshman and Richard Wire earned an 8-5 victory over BSU’s Blake Boswell and Steve Robertson in the No. 3 doubles. Once play resumed, No. 55 Luke Shields and Clancy Shields were able to win the No. 1 doubles match over Blake Muller and Alex Clayton, 8-6. The Cardinal were able to come out on top in doubles play, however, with Matt Bruch and Ted Kelly picking up a 9-7 win over Paul Koenke and Eric Roberson at the No. 2 doubles spot.

In singles play the Broncos evened the score with Robertson making quick work of Phil Kao (6-1, 6-1) in the No. 5 spot. The Cardinal were able to go up 2-1 over the Broncos after No. 62 Richard Wire defeated Brent Werbeck, 6-4, 6-3 at the No. 3 singles spot. Putting Stanford up 3-1, No. 2 Alex Clayton topped No. 64 Luke Shields, 6-4, 7-6 at the No. 1 singles spot. BSU closed the team scoring gap when No. 60 Clancy Shields fought off No. 72 Bruch in a 6-7, 6-2, 6-1 in the No. 2 match. The Cardinal were able to clinch the team win when Hirshman picked up a win over Koenke (6-1, 5-7, 6-2) in the No. 6 singles match. Although Stanford had clinched the match, play was finished in the No. 4 singles match with Piotr Dilaj topping Muller in a 5-7, 6-2, 6-3 finish.

The Broncos continue play on Saturday, February 23 when they face Western Athletic Conference opponent No. 71 Fresno State at 11 a.m. (Pacific Time) in Fresno, Calif.

No. 37 Stanford vs. No. 28 Boise State
Taube Family Tennis Center
Stanford, Calif. - 02/22/08
Conditions: Cloudy, Windy, Cool
Final Score: Stanford 4 - Boise State 3

Singles Results: Stanford 3 - Boise State 3
Order of Finish: 5, 3, 1, 2, 6, 4
1) #2 Alex Clayton (S) d. #64 Luke Shields (BSU), 6-4, 7-6
2) #60 Clancy Shields (BSU) d. #72 Matt Bruch (S), 6-7, 6-2, 6-1
3) #62 Richard Wire (S) d. Brent Werbeck (BSU), 6-4, 6-3
4) Piotr Dilaj (BSU) d. Blake Muller (S), 5-7, 6-2, 6-3
5) Steve Robertson (BSU) d. Phil Kao (S), 6-1, 6-1
6) Gregory Hirshman (S) d. Paul Koenke (BSU), 6-1, 5-7, 6-2

Doubles Results: Stanford wins the doubles point
Order of Finish: 3, 1, 2
1) #55 L. Shields/C. Shields (BSU) d. Muller/Clayton (S), 8-6
2) Bruch/Ted Kelly (S) d. Koenke/Eric Roberson (BSU), 9-7
3) Hirshman/Wire (S) d. Blake Boswell/Robertson (BSU), 8-5

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