What’s Happening - The No. 19 ranked Boise State University men’s tennis team will face No. 66 Brigham Young University in a dual meet Mar. 22, at 1:30 p.m., at the Appleton Tennis Center (weather permitting), at Boise, Idaho.
The Team - The Broncos are 16-5 on the season in dual match play after defeating 11 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 has also posted victories over No. 16 South Alabama, No. 39 Wisconsin, No. 40 New Mexico, No. 49 San Diego, No. 50 San Diego State, No. 64 UNLV, No. 67 Penn, twice, No. 73 UC Santa Barbara and No. 75 William and Mary. The only losses this season have come against five teams ranked in the top 20 nationally (No. 3, 4, 13, 14 and 16).
BYU enters the match with an 8-7 record including its marquee win over No. 50 Denver.
The Players Luke Shields enters the match ranked 13th nationally and first is the mountain region according to the ITA. L. Shields, 15-3 in singles and 11-5 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 70th nationally and fourth in the region, is 10-4 in singles and 7-6 in doubles during dual matches. 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 for Mar. 5, after leading Boise State to three victories over a two-day period. Robertson sports a record of 12-2 in singles play and 9-8 in doubles. Robertson’s emergence in the middle of the order as provided Boise State with yet another reliable racquet.
Junior Piotr Dilaj has proven to be a force at the No. 3 position behind the Shields brothers. He has come through with critical wins throughout the season en route to going 10-7 in singles and 11-5 in doubles.
Five other members of the team contributed with victories (singles, doubles) in dual match play including Blake Boswell (No. 9 in the ITA Mountain Region, 7-9 singles and 13-4 doubles), Eric Roberson (No. 13, 6-8 and 13-4), Brent Werbeck (No. 16, 8-5 and 1-1), Jamaal Hepburn (1-0 and 1-0) and Stanley Sarapanich (3-1 and 6-1).