Broncos Fight Off Huskers to Win Boise State Spring Break Invitational Title The No. 23-ranked Boise State men's tennis team had a big task ahead of them on Saturday afternoon, facing No. 44-ranked Nebraska in the Boise State Spring Break Invitational championship match. Although the Huskers fought hard to upend the Broncos i
BOISE, Idaho The No. 23-ranked BoiseState men’s tennis team had a big task ahead of them on Saturday afternoon, facing No. 44-ranked Nebraska in the Boise State Spring Break Invitational championship match. Although the Huskers fought hard to upend the Broncos in front of a home crowd, BoiseState was able to pick up a 5-2 win and improve to 14-7 on the season. Nebraska fell to 16-3 with the loss at the Appleton Tennis Complex.
The Broncos started out the doubles play with a much needed 8-3 win by seniors Stanley Sarapanich and Clancy Shields over Christopher Aumuelle and Benedikt Lindheim in the No. 2 match. Nebraska answered back with an 8-2 win by Hendrik Stahmer and Francois Van Impe over Broncos Blane Shields and Matt Solomon in the No. 3 spot, bringing the doubles scores to 1-1. With the doubles point on the line, Nebraska’s David Bendheim and Calin Paar were up 6-4 over No. 68-ranked Kean Feeder and James Meredith. The Bronco pair proved why they are a ranked team, however, coming back to earn a 9-8 win in the No. 1 spot and helping the Broncos clinch the doubles point.
After going up 1-0, BoiseState had to face tough singles competition. Sarapanich eased the tension a bit with a 6-2, 6-1 win over Van Impe in the No. 5 match, putting the Broncos up 2-0. The Huskers’ Stahmer kept his team in the running; however, winning the No. 4 singles match, 6-2, 6-1 over Cristian Hodel. Blane Shields put the Broncos one point closer to victory when he clinched a tough three-set victory over Lindheim in the No. 6 match, 6-3, 3-6, 6-4. Nebraska’s Aumuelle again brought his team closer to a title when he defeated No. 80-ranked Meredith, 6-3, 3-6, 6-2, in the No. 3 match. No. 78-ranked Feeder earned a 6-4 win in his first set at No. 2 singles and fought from behind to win his second set over Paar, 7-6, to clinch the team title for BoiseState. Clancy Shields rounded out the Broncos’’ well-fought success with a 6-2, 4-6, 6-4 win over Bendheim in the No. 1 match, giving the Broncos a 5-2 win.
The Broncos earned the Boise State Spring Break Invitational championship title with their win over Nebraska. BoiseState will take a week-long break to prepare for their upcoming home match against New Mexico. The match is slated for a 1 p.m. start on Sun., Apr. 5 at the Appleton Tennis Complex.
Tennis Match Results
University of Nebraska vs BoiseStateUniversity
Mar 28, 2009 at Boise, Idaho
#23 BoiseStateUniversity 5, #44 University of Nebraska 2