Boise State Sweeps UTA; Advances to Championship Match Against Georgia State

BOISE, Idaho - The No. 19 Boise State University men’s tennis team earned its 20th victory (20-5) of the season by sweeping UT-Arlington 7-0, Friday, at the Appleton Tennis Center, to advance the championship match of the Boise State Red Lion Spring Break Invitational. In the final, at 1:30 p.m., Saturday, Boise State will face No. 57 Georgia State University (13-3).

The match began with the Broncos capturing the doubles point. At No. 3 Steve Robertson and Stanley Sarapanich turned in a dominant performance as they knocked off Alberto Agis and Dmitry Minkin 8-1. After Luke Shields and Piotr Dilaj fell to Gonzalo Bienobas and Daniel Omana 8-3, at No. 1, the doubles point would be determined at No. 2 doubles.

The pressure did not overcome Blake Boswell and Eric Roberson as the duo collected its team-leading 13th doubles victory in dual match play, over Javier Herrera and Diego Mattar 8-3, and secured the doubles point for the Broncos.

Boise State dominated in singles as it only dropped only one set en route the championship.

Luke Shields garnered his team-leading 18th singles victory (18-3) as he defeated Diego Mattar in the No. 1 position 6-4 and 6-0.

Blake Boswell remained undefeated at No. 2 singles (4-0) when he ousted Daniel Omana 7-5 and 6-1.

Piotr Dilaj battled Alberto Agis in No. 3 singles to a super tiebreaker and won the match 3-6, 6-1 and 10-7.

Steve Robertson improved to 13-2 in singles as he defeated Dmitry Minkin 6-3 and 6-4. Robertson has now won 10 of his last 11 matches.

Eric Roberson earned victory at the No. 5 position as he ousted Javier Herrera 6-4 and 6-4.

Brent Werbeck capped off the match by defeating Bienzobas in straight sets 7-6 and 6-4.

Boise State’s opponent, Georgia State has not lost a match point en route to the final as they defeated Cal Poly 5-0, Portland State 7-0 and Ball State 7-0. The championship match of the Boise State Red Lion Spring Break Invitational will be held Mar. 31, at 1:30 p.m., at the Appleton Tennis Center at Boise, Idaho. Admission is free to all.

The following is a list of Saturday, Mar. 31, matches:

9:00 a.m. UTA vs. Ball State           @BSU         3rd place match

9:00 a.m. UCF vs. USF                  @BRSC       7th place match

9:00 a.m. Gonzaga vs. LCSC          @BRSC       13th place match

9:00 a.m. Weber State vs. ISU        @CC            15th place match

12:00 p.m. UCSC vs. Cal Poly        @BRSC        9th place match

1:00 p.m. Portland vs. CSUS           @BRSC       5th place match

1:30 p.m. Boise State vs. GSU         @BSU         1st place match

Tennis Match Results

Boise State vs. UT-Arlington

3/30/2007 at Boise, Idaho

#19 Boise State 7, UT-Arlington 0

Singles competition

1. #13 Luke Shields (BSU) def. Diego Mattar (UTA), 6-4, 6-0

2. Blake Boswell (BSU) def. Daniel Omana (UTA), 7-5, 6-1

3. Piotr Dilaj (BSU) def. Alberto Agis (UTA), 3-6, 6-1, 10-7

4. Steve Robertson (BSU) def. Dmitry Minkin (UTA), 6-3, 6-4

5. Eric Roberson (BSU) def. Javier Herrera (UTA), 6-4, 6-4

6. Brent Werbeck (BSU) def. Gonzalo Bienzobas, 7-6, 6-4

Doubles competition

1. Bienzobas/Omana (UTA) def. Dilaj/L. Shields (BSU), 8-3

2. Boswell/Roberson (BSU) def. Herrera/Mattar (UTA), 8-3

3. Sarapanich/Robertson (BSU) d. Agis/Minkin (UTA), 8-1

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