Men's Tennis Fends-off No. 36 New Mexico in 4-3 Win

BOISE, Idaho - The No. 23-ranked Boise State men’s tennis team faced a tough opponent in No. 36-ranked University of New Mexico Sunday afternoon, battling for four hours with the Lobos to a 4-3 victory for the Broncos. The Broncos picked up the doubles point as well as wins in the No. 2, No. 4 and No. 6 matches to clinch the team title. Boise State improves to 15-7 on the season while New Mexico is handed only their third loss with a 15-3 record.


Although doubles play took an hour and a half to complete, the Broncos came out victorious in all three matches, clinching the crucial doubles point. The first to earn a win was Clancy Shields and Stanley Sarapanich in the No. 2 match, defeating Graeme Kassautzki and Joe Wood, 8-4. In the No. 1 match, No. 50-ranked Kean Feeder and James Meredith clinched the doubles point with their 8-2 win over Johnny Parkes and Miles Bugby. Blane Shields and Matt Solomon were able to seal the doubles sweep when they defeated Elliot Chang and Ben Dunbar, 8-6, in the No. 3 match.


In singles play, the Lobos came out with a vengeance, looking to knock off the Broncos who had a 1-0 lead. Boise State freshman put the Broncos in a quick 2-0 lead when he downed Chang 6-4, 6-2 in the No. 4 match; however, the Lobos came back to win three straight and take the team lead at 3-2. The first to earn a point for the Lobos was Parkes who upset No. 70-ranked Feeder, 4-6, 6-2, 6-1 in the No. 1 match. Bugby was the second Lobo to earn an upset, knocking off No. 71-ranked Meredith with a 6-3, 7-5 win in the No. 3 match. UNM’s Dunbar was the next off the courts, defeating Sarapanich in the No. 5 match, 6-4, 2-6, 7-5, and putting the Lobo’s in the team standing lead with a 3-2 score.


Bronco senior Clancy Shields rose to the occasion in his third set, overcoming Kassautzki 6-2, 6-7, 6-2 in the No. 2 match to tie up the team score 3-3. With the match on the line, freshman Blane Shields was able to fight off Phil Anderson in the No. 6 spot, winning 5-7, 7-5, 6-2 to clinch the team win for Boise State.


The Broncos continue action at home on Thursday when they host the University of Denver. The match is slated for a 1 p.m. start at the Appleton Tennis Complex.


Tennis Match Results

New Mexico vs Boise State University

Apr 05, 2009 at Boise, Idaho


#23 Boise State University 4, #36 New Mexico 3


 Singles competition

1. Johnny Parkes (NM) def. #70 Kean Feeder (BSU) 4-6, 6-2, 6-1

2. #26 Clancy Shields (BSU) def. Graeme Kassautzki (NM) 6-2, 6-7, 6-2

3. Miles Bugby (NM) def. #71 James Meredith (BSU) 6-3, 7-5

4. Cristian Hodel (BSU) def. Elliot Chang (NM) 6-4, 6-2

5. Ben Dunbar (NM) def. Stanley Sarapanich (BSU) 6-4, 2-6, 7-5

6. Blane Shields (BSU) def. Phil Anderson (NM) 5-7, 7-5, 6-2


 Doubles competition

1. #50 Kean Feeder/James Meredith (BSU) def. Miles Bugby/Johnny Parkes (NM) 8-2

2. Clancy Shields/Stanley Sarapanich (BSU) def. Graeme Kassautzki/Joe Wood (NM) 8-4

3. Blane Shields/Matt Solomon (BSU) def. Elliot Chang/Ben Dunbar (NM) 8-6


Match Notes:

New Mexico 15-3; National ranking #36

Boise State University 15-7; National ranking #23

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


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