Bronco Men's Tennis Upends Wichita State to Win Boise State Spring Break Invite

BOISE, Idaho The No. 35-ranked Boise State men’s tennis team finished with a perfect 3-0 record on Saturday in the finals of the Boise State Spring Break Invitational against No. 65-ranked Wichita State. The Broncos (14-10) earned their tenth win at home this season when they topped the Shockers 4-0 at the Appleton Tennis Center.

The Broncos started out strong on Saturday, winning the doubles point with two victories in the three matches. No. 13-ranked Luke Shields and Clancy Shields joined to easily defeat Adrian Chermaci and Tiago Espirito Santo, 8-1 in the No. 1 doubles match. Blake Boswell and Steve Robertson clinched the doubles point for the Broncos with their 8-1 win over Kevin Gardner and Jonathan Obrist at the No. 3 spot. Boise State’s No. 2 doubles team of Paul Koenke and Eric Roberson were unable to finish their match, but had an 8-7 lead over Albert Ballesta and Thiago Dos Santos.

In the singles matches, Boise State won a quick three to seal the team title and the tournament championship title. At the No. 1 spot, No. 79-ranked Luke Shields quickly topped No. 103 Espirito Santo, 6-2, 6-1, to bring the Broncos to a 2-0 lead. Roberson posted the same winning score, but at the No. 6 position to defeat Matt Teivans to put the Broncos within one point of the team title. At the No. 4 singles spot, Robertson was able to clinch the victory for Boise State when he topped Obrist, 6-1, 6-3. Matches at the No. 2, 3, and 5 spots were not completed since Boise State had already clinched the team title.

Boise State will continue their home season next weekend when they host Brown University on Friday, March 28 at 1:30 p.m. and the University of Denver on Sunday, March 30 at 12 noon. Both matches will be played at the Appleton Tennis Center.

Tennis Match Results
Wichita State University vs Boise State
3/22/08 at Boise, Idaho

#35 Boise State 4, #65 Wichita State University 0

Singles competition
1. #79 Luke Shields (BSU) def. #103 Tiago Espirito Santo (WSU) 6-2, 6-1
2. Albert Ballesta (WSU) vs. #60 Clancy Shields (BSU) 6-2, 5-3 DNF
3. Thiago Dos Santos (WSU) vs. Brent Werbeck (BSU) 2-6, 4-3 DNF
4. Steve Robertson (BSU) def. Jonathan Obrist (WSU) 6-1, 6-3
5. Adrian Chermaci (WSU) vs. Paul Koenke (BSU) 4-6, 6-2 DNF
6. Eric Roberson (BSU) def. Matt Teivans (WSU) 6-2, 6-1

Doubles competition
1. #13 Luke Shields/Clancy Shields (BSU) def. Adrian Chermaci/Tiago Espirito Santo (WSU) 8-1
2. Paul Koenke/Eric Roberson (BSU) def. Albert Ballesta/Thiago Dos Santos (WSU) 8-7 DNF
3. Blake Boswell/Steve Robertson (BSU) def. Kevin Gardner/Jonathan Obrist (WSU) 8-1

Match Notes:
Wichita State University 11-2; National ranking #65
Boise State 14-10; National ranking #35
Order of finish: Doubles (1,3); Singles (1,6,4)

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