Men's Tennis Extends Win Streak to 11, Honors Five Seniors in Final Home Match

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BOISE, Idaho The No. 35-ranked Boise State men’s tennis team closed the book on their 2008 regular season on Sunday with a nearly perfect day against No. 65-ranked UC Santa Barbara and Weber State. The Broncos (21-10) upended the UCSB Gauchos 7-0 on Sunday morning at the Boas Indoor Tennis Center and went on to defeat the Wildcats 6-1 Sunday evening.

Celebrating the end of five seniors’ careers, the Boise State home fan base said goodbye to Piotr Dilaj, Jamaal Hepburn, Eric Roberson, Luke Shields, and Brent Werbeck who ended their careers in Boise with style.

Dilaj ended with a 2-0 finish in doubles play and a 1-0 record in singles play on Sunday. Roberson had an average doubles day, going 1-1, but answered back with two fantastic singles wins. Shields had a perfect 2-0 finish in both singles and doubles while Werbeck went 2-0 in singles and 0-1 in doubles.

The Broncos made their win over the UCSB Gauchos look easy winning all three doubles matches as well as all six singles matches. In doubles play the No. 18-ranked duo of Luke and Clancy Shields easily defeated Bijan Hejazi and Philip Therp 8-4 in the No. 1 position. The next to finish was Dilaj and Steve Robertson in the No. 3 spot, downing Anders Dalskov and Jack Hui of UCSB, 9-8 (3). Paul Koenke and Roberson fought off Josh Finkelstein and Alex Konigsfeldt, winning 9-8 (4) in the No. 2 doubles match.

In singles play against UCSB, No. 61-ranked Clancy Shields was the first to finish, defeating Hejazi, 6-1, 6-4 at the No. 2 spot. No. 101-ranked Luke Shields defeated Therp, 6-2, 6-3 in the No. 1 match while Koenke picked up a 6-2, 6-3 win over Max Taylor in the No. 5 spot. Robertson downed Konigsfeldt, 6-4, 6-3 in the No. 4 singles match while Werbeck fought off a tough Jack Hui in the No. 3 match winning 6-4, 6-7, 10-5. In the No. 6 match, Roberson had an excellent match against Finkelstein, winning 6-4, 6-3.

In their evening match against Weber State, the Broncos dropped only one singles match and one doubles match. Seniors Luke Shields and Dilaj teamed to defeat Fabio Mancarella and Sascha Kiehne in the No. 1 match, 8-3, while Nick Gourley and Robertson downed Ryan Garner and Spencer Marchant, 8-4, in the No. 3 doubles match. The Wildcats were able to sneak away an 8-6 win with Henning Hipp and Nick Plum tripping up the senior duo of Roberson and Werbeck.

Playing their final home matches at home, Shields, Werbeck, Dilaj and Roberson all picked up singles wins.

Werbeck was the first to finish, earning a 6-2 ,6-3 win over Kiehne in the No. 2 spot. Roberson followed suit, downing Travis Covington, 6-1, 6-2 in the No. 6 spot. Koenke was the third finisher for the Broncos, downing Chris Williams, 6-0, 6-3 in the No. 5 match while Dilaj picked up a 6-2, 6-3 win over Plum in the No. 4 match. Robertson was the only Bronco to drop a singles match, falling 6-3, 6-4 to Mancarella in the No. 3 spot. Finishing as the last Bronco on the court, Luke Shields capped his home career with a 6-2, 7-5 win over Hipp in the No. 1 spot.

The Broncos improve to 21-10 on the season and extend their winning streak to 11 matches. They close their 2008 home season with a 16-1 record, including a 14-9 record over nationally ranked teams both at home and on the road.

Boise State will now prepare for the Western Athletic Conference Championships on April 26-27 in Las Cruces, New Mexico. With their two wins on Sunday, the Broncos stand a good chance of entering the tournament as the No. 1 seed. More information on the WAC Championships will be posted during the week at www.broncosports.com.