What’s Happening - Saturday, Apr. 14, the No. 22 Boise State University men’s tennis team will host No. 62 Fresno State at 10:30 a.m., and Utah State at 6:00 p.m., at the Appleton Tennis Center.
The Team - The Broncos defeated Fresno State in the finals of the 2006 Western Athletic Conference Championship 5-2, to capture the conference title and advance to the NCAA Championships. Boise State has defeated Fresno State each of their previous two meetings.
Boise State owns a 14-match winning-streak against Utah State dating back to 1987.
The Broncos are 23-5 on the season in dual match play after defeating 13 opponents ranked in the top 75 nationally, according to the Intercollegiate Tennis Association, including No. 9 Stanford at Palo Alto, Calif., 5-1. Boise State has also posted victories over No. 16 South Alabama, No. 39 Wisconsin, No. 40 New Mexico, No. 49 San Diego, No. 50 San Diego State, No. 57 Georgia State, No. 64 UNLV, No. 66 BYU, No. 67 Penn, twice, No. 73 UC Santa Barbara and No. 75 William and Mary. The only losses this season have come against five teams ranked in the top 20 nationally (No. 3, 4, 13, 14 and 16).
The Players Luke Shields enters the match ranked 12th nationally and first is the mountain region according to the ITA. L. Shields, 19-3 in singles and 13-6 in doubles, has been a stabilizing force atop the Boise State lineup. Luke Shields received his second WAC Men’s Tennis Player of the Week honor, Mar 12. His first came Jan. 29, after Shields led Boise State to an undefeated road trip in the Bay Area, where the team knocked off No. 9 Stanford. Luke Shields also earned the UTSA Sportsmanship award at the ITA National Team Indoor Championship for displaying outstanding sportsmanship and exemplifying the spirit of college tennis throughout his career. Luke also rides an eight-match winning-streak into the weekend.
Clancy Shields, ranked 62nd nationally and fourth in the region, is 13-5 in singles and 12-6 in doubles during dual matches. C. Shields was named WAC Tennis Player of the Week for Jan. 22, after going 2-0 in the ITA Mountain Region Team Playoff including capturing the decisive match point on a diving volley to advance the team to the National Team Indoor Championships.
Sophomore Steve Robertson was named WAC Tennis Player of the Week for Mar. 5, after leading Boise State to three victories over a two-day period. Robertson sports a record of 15-2 in singles play and 15-8 in doubles. Robertson’s emergence in the middle of the order as provided Boise State with yet another reliable racquet.
Junior Piotr Dilaj has proven to be a force at the No. 3 position behind the Shields brothers. He has come through with critical wins throughout the season en route to going 14-8 in singles and 14-6 in doubles. Dilaj has also teamed with Luke Shields to create the No. 52 doubles team in the country.
Junior Eric Roberson carries a seven-match winning-streak into the Fresno State match. Roberson owns a 19-14 record on the year and 14-9 record in dual match play.
Four other members of the team contributed with victories (singles, doubles) in dual match play including Blake Boswell (No. 9 in the ITA Mountain Region, 13-10 singles and 17-6 doubles), Brent Werbeck (No. 16, 12-7 and 2-1), Jamaal Hepburn (3-0 and 1-0) and Stanley Sarapanich (5-2 and 11-2).