What’s Happening - The No. 27 ranked Boise State University men’s tennis team will host a four-team round robin tournament, Mar. 9-10, at Appleton Tennis Center at Boise, Idaho, weather permitting.
Boise State will open the weekend against the University of the Pacific (0-5), Friday, at 1:00 p.m. At the conclusion of the Pacific match, the Broncos will warm back up and face Idaho in doubles, Friday, at 5:30 p.m. Boise State will finish the dual match against Idaho (2-6) with singles, Saturday, at 10:30 p.m. The round robin tournament will conclude after the Boise State and New Mexico (6-2) match, which begins at 1:30 p.m., Saturday. If weather does not cooperate, matches will be moved to Boas Tennis and Soccer Complex.
The Team - The Broncos are 11-4 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. 50 San Diego State, 4-3, No. 64 UNLV, 4-0, No. 67 Penn, twice, 4-1 and 6-1, No. 73, UC Santa Barbara, 6-1, No. 75, William and Mary, 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 four teams ranked in the top 20 nationally (No. 3, 4, 13, and 16).
The Players Luke Shields enters the match ranked 14th nationally and first is the mountain region according to the ITA. L. Shields, 11-3 in singles and 8-5 in doubles, 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.
Clancy Shields, ranked 64th nationally and fourth in the region, is 8-3 in singles and 5-5 in doubles during 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.
Six other members of the team contributed with victories (singles, doubles) in dual match play including Blake Boswell (No. 9 in the ITA Mountain Region, 5-6 singles, 8-3 doubles), Eric Roberson (No. 13, 4-8 and 8-3), Dilaj (No. 14, 7-5 and 8-4), Brent Werbeck (No. 16, 5-5 and 0-1), Steve Robertson (No. 17, 7-1 and 6-6), and Stanley Sarapanich (1-1 and 4-0).