Bronco Men Sweep No. 24 Notre Dame in Quarterfinal Round of Blue Gray Classic
MONTGOMERY, Ala. The No. 22-ranked Boise State men’s tennis team earned their second 4-0 sweep of the Blue Gray Tennis Classic on Friday, defeating No. 24-ranked Notre Dame in the second day of play. The Broncos improve to 11-6 on the season while the Irish fall to 9-8 on the season.

In doubles play, it took the Broncos only two matches to clinch the doubles win, not completing the third to conserve energy for later tournament rounds. In the No. 1 doubles match, No. 68-ranked Kean Feeder and James Meredith pulled out a huge upset win over No. 25-ranked Brett Helgeson and Tyler Davis, winning 8-6. In the No. 2 match, Clancy Shields and Stanley Sarapanich notched an 8-3 win over Stephen Havens and Casey Watt.

The Broncos only needed three singles matches to clinch the team title, winning in the No. 1, No. 2 and No. 6 matches. No. 38-ranked Clancy Shields snagged a second upset win for the Broncos, earning a 6-1, 6-1 win over No. 22-ranked Helgeson in the No. 1 singles match. No. 78-ranked Feeder quickly defeated Havens in the No. 2 match, 6-4, 6-0, to put the Broncos up 3-0 in the team standings. Freshman Blaine Shields was able to clinch the team title for the Broncos when he defeated Niall Fitzgerald, 6-3, 6-3, in the No. 6 singles match.

Boise State will continue their journey through the tournament in the semifinal round on Sat., Mar. 21. They will face No. 24-ranked Alabama who will have a strong fan backing. The Crimson Tide advanced to the semifinals after a 4-1 win over No. 29-ranked Wisconsin on Friday. The semifinal round will take place a 1:30 p.m. (Central Time) at the Lagoon Park Tennis Center. The winner of the Boise State vs. Alabama match will advance to the final round, slated for a 1 p.m. (CT) start on Sun., Mar. 22. There they will face the winner of the No. 30-ranked Auburn vs. No. 4-ranked Tennessee semifinal.

Mar. 20, 2009
Montgomery, AL
Lagoon Park Tennis Center

1. #68 Feeder/Meredith (BSU) def. #25 Helgeson/Davis (ND), 8-6
2. Sarapanich/C. Shields (BSU) def. Havens/Watt (ND), 8-3
3. B. Shields/Solomon (BSU) vs. Fitzgerald/Johnson (ND), DNF

1. #38 C. Shields (BSU) def. #22 Helgeson (ND), 6-1, 6-1
2. #78 Feeder (BSU) def. Havens (ND), 6-4, 6-0
3. Meredith (BSU) vs. Watt (ND), DNF
4. Hodel (BSU) vs. Stahl (ND), DNF
5. Sarapanich (BSU) vs. Anderson (ND), DNF
6. B. Shields (BSU) def. Fitzgerald (ND), 6-3, 6-3

Boise State: 11-6 (#22)                
Notre Dame: 9-8 (#24)

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