Luke Shields Snags Eighth Career WAC Player of the Week Honor

DENVER, Colo. Boise State’s Luke Shields has been named the Western Athletic Conference Tennis Player of the Week for the week of Apr. 14-20. This is the eighth career honor for Shields, earning the award once already this season, twice as a junior, once as a sophomore and three times as a freshman.

Shields, a senior from Grand Junction, Colo., (Grand Junction) went undefeated in both doubles and singles action, leading the No. 35-ranked Broncos to two victories over No. 65 UC Santa Barbara (7-0) and Weber State (6-1). Shields won both of his singles matches in straight sets, topping UC Santa Barbara’s Philip Therp (6-2, 6-3) and Henning Hipp of Weber State (6-2, 7-5), both at the No. 1 position. Shields also paired with brother Clancy as the No. 18-ranked doubles tandem to take down UC Santa Barbara’s Bijan Hejazi and Therp (8-4), then teamed with senior Piotr Dilaj to defeat Fabio Mancarella and Sascha Kiehne of Weber State (8-3). Shields has led the Broncos to an impressive 21-10 on the season, as well as extend their winning streak to eleven-straight matches.

Other men’s tennis nominees included: Tejesvi Veerepalli of Fresno State helped the Bulldogs to a 7-0 win over Pacific, clinching the doubles point with his partner Flavio Mollinedo in an exciting 9-7 victory over Austin Kakar and Vegerd Veskimagi, before fighting through an injury to take down Artem Gramma, 6-2, 7-6 (3) ... Andreas Weber of Hawaii led the Rainbow Warriors to a victory over Division II powerhouse Hawaii Pacific (6-1), picking up a win over Mark Mestan (6-2, 6-0) at the No. 3 position, before teaming with Sascha Heinemann to blank Mestan and Anton Samuilau (8-0) at the No. 1 doubles spot ... Laurent Garcin of Nevada won lead the Wolf Pack to wins over Sonoma State (7-0) and Portland State (7-0), earning two singles victories in straight sets over Andy Muesse of Sonoma State (6-0, 6-3) and Portland State’s Alex VanDerschelden (6-2, 6-3).

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