Bronco Men Look to Earn Fourth WAC Title in Five Seasons at Hawaii

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BOISE, Idaho The No. 20-ranked Boise State men’s tennis team hopped a flight to Hawaii on Wednesday to defend their 2009 Western Athletic Conference regular season crown. The Broncos, who were dubbed WAC regular season champs this past weekend, hold the No. 1 seed in the seven-team tournament and will have a bye in Friday’s first round matches. Boise State will begin play on Saturday, April 25 in a 9 a.m. match against the winner of the Nevada (#4 seed) vs. New Mexico State (#5 seed) match on Friday.

 

Looking to earn their fourth tournament champion title in five years, the Broncos have a strong squad that features three singles players and one doubles team in this week’s Campbell’s/ITA National Rankings. Senior Clancy Shields leads the way with a No. 26 spot on the singles charts. Senior Kean Feeder holds the No. 74 spot while freshman James Meredith sits at No. 85 in the singles ranks. In doubles, Feeder and Meredith join as the No. 39-ranked team in the country.

 

Fresno State enters the tournament as the No. 2 seed and holds a No. 41 spot on the Campbell’s/ITA National Team Rankings chart. The Bulldogs boast a No. 61-ranked Rudolph Siwy in the singles rankings as well as No. 37-ranked Siwy and Mirko Zapletal in the doubles ranks.

 

Host team, the University of Hawaii, holds the No. 3 seed for the tournament as well as a No. 68 national team rank. After a big singles upset over USC’s then No. 4-ranked Robert Farah, Hawaii’s Dennis Lajola jumped to the No. 60 spot in this week’s singles rankings.

 

The tournament’s first round begins on Thursday, April 24 at 9 a.m. (Hawaii Time) with the Nevada vs. New Mexico State match. The Fresno State Bulldogs take on No. 7 seed Utah State at 12 noon on Friday while the Rainbow Warriors take on No. 6 seed Idaho in a 3 p.m. match. The semifinal matches are slated for 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. on Friday, April 25 while the finals will kick off at 12 noon on Sunday, April 26. All matches will be played at the UH Tennis Complex.

 

WEEKEND SCHEDULE:

Thursday, April 24 (First Round)

9 a.m. - #4 Nevada vs. #5 New Mexico State

12 p.m. - #2 Fresno State vs. #7 Utah State

3 p.m. - #3 Hawaii vs. #6 Idaho

 

Friday, April 25 (Semifinals)

9 a.m. - #1 Boise State vs. Winner of Nevada/New Mexico State match

3 p.m. Winner of Hawaii/Idaho match vs. Winner of Fresno State/Utah State match

 

Sunday, April 26 (Finals)

12 p.m. Winners of each semifinal match