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Luke Shields Snags Eighth Career WAC Player of the Week Honor

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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).