What’s Happening - The No. 27 ranked Boise State University men’s tennis team will travel to Montgomery, Ala., to compete in the prestigious 16-team Blue Gray National Tennis Classic, Mar. 15-18. In the first round Boise State will face No. 39 Wisconsin in this double-elimination tournament. The following match the Broncos will face either No. 34 Middle Tennessee State University or No. 16 South Alabama.
The Team - The Broncos are 14-4 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 over 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, 12-3 in singles and 9-5 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 9-3 in singles and 6-5 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.
Sophomore Steve Robertson was named WAC Tennis Player of the Week after leading Boise State to three victories over a two-day period. With the victories Robertson extended his winning streak to seven matches and improved his record to 10-1 in singles and 8-7 in doubles.
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, 6-7 singles, 11-3 doubles), Eric Roberson (No. 13, 6-8 and 11-3), Piotr Dilaj (No. 14, 9-6 and 10-4), Brent Werbeck (No. 16, 8-5 and 1-1), Jamaal Hepburn (1-0 and 1-0) and Stanley Sarapanich (3-1 and 6-1).