BOISE, Idaho (3/30/08) Boise State’s 39th ranked men’s tennis team defeated #43 Denver 5-2 at the Boas Indoor Tennis Center on the Boise State campus Sunday afternoon. The Broncos won the doubles point and the first three singles matches decided to secure their seventh consecutive win. The victory completed a weekend sweep for the Broncos while they improve to 17-10 overall on the year. The loss moves Denver, From the Sun Belt Conference, to 13-4 overall.
The doubles point was a battle down to the deciding match at the threes. Denver took an early lead when Adam Holmstrom and Niklas Persson defeated the 13th ranked Shields brothers, Luke and Clancy, at the number ones 8-2. However, the Broncos pulled even when the number two doubles went to Boise State by the score of 8-5 with Paul Koenke and Eric Roberson downing Denver’s duo of Andrew Landwerlen and David Simson.
With the score tied at 1 match all, the number three doubles became the deciding position for the ever important team point. Boise State’s Blake Boswell and Steve Robertson seemed comfortably in control up 6-3 when DU’s pair of Benny Althaus and Kalle Rosen rallied to win four straight games to claim a 7-6 lead. The Broncos regrouped winning the next game to knot the score at seven games all and force a tiebreaker. Boswell and Robertson opened the tiebreaker fast storming out to a 6-0 lead before surrendering two points. The Broncos then responded with the decisive point winning the tie-break 7-2 to claim a 9-8 victory at the number three doubles and in the process handing Boise State the team point heading into singles.
Clancy Shields opened the singles competition by blowing past Denver’s Niklas Persson in a quick straight sets match 6-1, 6-2 at the number two singles giving Boise State a 2-0 advantage in the team score.
Brent Werbeck extended Boise State’s lead to 3-0 when he won a hard fought straight set match over DU’s Benny Althaus 7-5, 6-3 at the number three position. Blake Boswell rallied from one set down to clinch the Broncos’ team victory with a three set battle over Andrew Landwerlen 2-6, 6-3, 6-4 at the number six singles.
Denver claimed victories in the next two singles matches decided to pull the team score to 4-2 with one match left. The Pioneers’ first win came at the number four singles where David Simson rallied from a set down to defeat Boise State’s Paul Koenke 6-7 (5), 6-3, 6-0.
Adam Holmstrom held off Boise State’s Luke Shields at the one’s for Denver’s second point. After dropping the first set 6-3, Shields battled back in the second set from a 5-3 deficit to win 7-5 and force a third set. Unfortunately, Holmstrom regrouped to win the final set 6-3 to claim the victory for Denver.
The final match of the day went to Boise State when Eric Roberson rallied after dropping a first set tiebreaker to defeated Denver’s Kalle Rosen 6-7 (5), 6-4, 10-5 at the number five singles. That gave the Broncos their final victory margin of 5-2.
Tennis Match Results
Denver vs Boise State
3/30/2008 at Boise, Idaho (Boas Indoor Tennis Center)
#39 Boise State 5, #43 Denver 2
1. Adam Holmstrom (DU) def. #79 Luke Shields (BSU) 6-3, 5-7, 6-3
2. #60 Clancy Shields (BSU) def. Niklas Persson (DU) 6-1, 6-2
3. Brent Werbeck (BSU) def. Benny Althaus (DU) 7-5, 6-3
4. David Simson (DU) def. Paul Koenke (BSU) 6-7 (5-7), 6-3, 6-0
5. Eric Roberson (BSU) def. Kalle Rosen (DU) 6-7 (5-7), 6-4, 10-5
6. Blake Boswell (BSU) def. Andrew Landwerlen (DU) 2-6, 6-3, 6-4
1. Adam Holmstrom/Niklas Persson (DU) def. #13 Luke Shields/Clancy Shields (BSU) 8-2
2. Paul Koenke/Eric Roberson (BSU) def. Andrew Landwerlen/David Simson (DU) 8-5
3. Blake Boswell/Steve Robertson (BSU) def. Benny Althaus/Kalle Rosen (DU) 9-8 (7-2)
Denver 13-4; National ranking #43
Boise State 17-10; National ranking #39
Order of finish: Doubles (1,2,3); Singles (2,3,6,4,1,5)
Match played at Boise State University's Boas Indoor Tennis Center.