What’s Happening - The No. 19 ranked Boise State University men’s tennis team will host the 16-team, double elimination, dual match style, Boise State Red Lion Spring Break Invitational Tournament, Mar. 28-31. The matches will be held at a variety of sites through Boise, Idaho, including the Appleton Tennis Center, Crane Creek, and the Boise Racquet and Swim Club.
The Broncos will open with Gonzaga, Wednesday, Mar. 28, at 9:00 a.m., at the Appleton Tennis Center, weather permitting.
The Team - The Broncos are 17-5 on the season in dual match play after defeating 12 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. 66 BYU, 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).
The Players Luke Shields enters the match ranked 13th nationally and first is the mountain region according to the ITA. L. Shields, 16-3 in singles and 12-5 in doubles, has been a stabilizing force atop the Boise State lineup. Luke Shields received his second WAC Men’s Tennis Player of the Week honor, Mar 12. His first came Jan. 29, after Shields led Boise State to an undefeated road trip in the Bay Area, where the team knocked off No. 9 Stanford. Luke Shields also earned the UTSA Sportsmanship award at the ITA National Team Indoor Championship for displaying outstanding sportsmanship and exemplifying the spirit of college tennis throughout his career.
Clancy Shields, ranked 70th nationally and fourth in the region, is 11-4 in singles and 8-6 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 10-8 in singles and 12-5 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, 8-9 singles and 13-5 doubles), Eric Roberson (No. 13, 8-9 and 13-4), Brent Werbeck (No. 16, 7-6 and 1-1), Jamaal Hepburn (1-0 and 1-0) and Stanley Sarapanich (3-1 and 6-1).