Broncos Fight Off Huskers to Win Boise State Spring Break Invitational Title

BOISE, Idaho 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 in front of a home crowd, Boise State 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, Boise State 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 Boise State. 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. Boise State 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 Boise State University

Mar 28, 2009 at Boise, Idaho


#23 Boise State University 5, #44 University of Nebraska 2


 Singles competition

1. #36 Clancy Shields (BSU) def. David Bendheim (NU) 6-2, 4-6, 6-4

2. #78 Kean Feeder (BSU) def. Calin Paar (NU) 6-4, 7-6

3. Christopher Aumuelle (NU) def. #80 James Meredith (BSU) 6-3, 3-6, 6-2

4. Hendrik Stahmer (NU) def. Cristian Hodel (BSU) 6-2, 6-1

5. Stanley Sarapanich (BSU) def. Francois Van Impe (NU) 6-2, 6-1

6. Blane Shields (BSU) def. Benedikt Lindheim (NU) 6-3, 3-6, 6-4


 Doubles competition

1. #68 Kean Feeder/James Meredith (BSU) def. David Bendheim/Calin Paar (NU) 9-8

2. Stanley Sarapanich/Clancy Shields (BSU) def. Christopher Aumuelle/Benedikt Lindheim (NU) 8-3

3. Hendrik Stahmer/Francois Van Impe (NU) def. Blane Shields/Matt Solomon (BSU) 8-2


Match Notes:

University of Nebraska 16-3; National ranking #44

Boise State University 14-7; National ranking #23

Order of finish: Doubles (2,3,1); Singles (5,4,6,3,2,1)


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