Coach Patton Collects 600th Victory of Coaching Career as Boise State Sweeps Utah State

BOISE, Idaho - Greg Patton collected the 600th win of his collegiate coaching career, Saturday, as the No. 22 Boise State University men’s tennis team swept Western Athletic Conference rival Utah State 7-0, at the Appleton Tennis Center.

On a cold spring evening, the Broncos jumped out to a 1-0 match lead by taking all three doubles matches.

Piotr Dilaj and Eric Roberson collected their third victory of the dual match season and first at No. 1 doubles as the Bronco duo ousted Oscar Ericsson and Jonas Tyden 8-1.

Blake Boswell teamed with Stanley Sarapanich to defeat Hannes Schenk and Dantley Young at No. 2 doubles 8-4. This is the fifth teammate Sarapanich has paired with during dual match play en route to compiling a 12-2 doubles record.

Clancy Shields and Brent Werbeck then knocked off Mike Banks and Nate Ballam at No. 3 doubles 8-4 and ensure the sweep of the doubles matches for Boise State.

With the doubles point secure the match turned to singles where Boise State did not drop a set to Utah State.

Luke Shields earned his team-leading 21st singles victory in dual match play as he vanquished Ericsson 6-2 and 6-1. The win gives Luke Shields 31 on the season which is just four off the Boise State single season record of 35 which Luke Shields set as a freshman during the 2004-05 season.

Dilaj won his first match of the season at No. 2 singles as he ousted Schenk in straight sets 6-2 and 7-5.

Roberson dominated Gallegos at the No. 3 position winning 6-1 and 6-2, for his 20th victory of the year and 16th in dual match play.

Werbeck earned a 6-3 and 7-5 victory over Tyden at No. 4 doubles as Boise State went ahead 5-0.

Sarapanich improved to 6-2 in singles during dual match play by defeating Banks 6-2 and 6-1.

Jamaal Heburn remains undefeated in dual match play as he knocked off Young at No. 6 singles 7-6 amd 7-6.

With the win the team improved to 25-5 on the season and extended its winning-streak to nine matches with five coming via the sweep. Boise State also extended its winning-streak against Utah State to 15 matches with the win.

Patton has compiled a 600-273 record in his career and a 248-78 record during his eleven seasons at Boise State. During his tenure, Patton has been inducted into the Boise State University Athletic Hall of Fame (2001), guided his Boise State teams to eight conference titles, and has appeared in the NCAA Championship in nine of 10 seasons. Patton has coached at UC Santa Barbara (1976-78), CSU Bakersfield (1978-79), UC Irvine (1979-1992) and Boise State (1993-1997 and 2003-present). Patton coached the 1997 Boise State men’s tennis team to a No. 2 national ranking and fifth place at the NCAA Championships en route to be named the NCAA Coach of the Year.

Come out and watch Coach Patton and his No. 22 Boise State University men’s tennis team in its last home meet of the 2006-07 season Apr. 21, when the Broncos face Eastern Washington at 10:30 a.m. and UC Irvine at 6:00 p.m.

Match Results
Boise State 7, Utah State 0
Appleton Tennis Center
Boise, Idaho

Apr. 14, 2007

1. Luke Shields def. Oscar Ericsson, 6-2, 6-1
2. Piotr Dilaj def. Hannes Schenk, 6-2, 7-5
3. Steve Robertson def. Fernando Galegos, 6-1, 6-2
4. Brent Werbeck def. Jonas Tyden, 6-3, 7-5
5. Stanley Sarapanich def. Mike Banks, 6-2, 6-1
6. Jamaal Hepburn def. Dantley Young, 7-6, 7-6
1. Dilaj/Roberson def. Ericsson/Tyden, 8-1
2. Boswell/Roberson def. Schenk/Young, 8-4
3. C. Shields/Werbeck def. Banks/Ballam, 8-4

Match Notes
Boise State Record: 25-5
Utah State Record: 6-7


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