Men's Tennis Team Seeded No.1 in Western Athletic Conference Championship

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What’s Happening - The No. 23 Boise State University men’s tennis team will participate in the Western Athletic Conference Championship Apr. 27-29, at Boise, Idaho. Boise State received the No. 1 seed in the tournament and will play the winner of the Nevada/New Mexico State match Saturday, Apr. 28, at 3:30 p.m., at the Appleton Tennis Center. The WAC Men’s Championship features seven WAC teams; Boise State, New Mexico State, Hawaii, Fresno State, Nevada, Idaho and Utah State.

Entry Fee- Admission will be $3 for a student day pass and $6 for an adult day pass. Tickets will also be available for all sessions at $8 for a student pass and $15 for an adult pass.

Parking - Parking for the tournament will be free in the Student Union Building Visitors Lot and in any general parking spot in the West Stadium lot (limited space).

The Team - The Broncos defeated Eastern Washington and UC Irvine Last Saturday, Apr. 21, at the Appleton Tennis Center. The Broncos enter the tournament 3-0 versus WAC opponents and 27-5 overall. Boise State has gone 14-5 this season against nationally ranked opponents, according to the Intercollegiate Tennis Association, including wins over No. 9 Stanford at Palo Alto, Calif., and No. 16 South Alabama at the Blue Gray Classic at Montgomery, Ala. The Broncos own a perfect 18-0 home record in 2007. Boise State carries an 11 match winning streak into the weekend.

The Players Six members of the Boise State men’s tennis team have recorded 20 or more singles victories this season.

Luke Shields, ranked 15th in the nation, leads the Broncos with 32 singles victories. L. Shields has posted a 22-3 record for the Broncos at No. 1 singles and a 11-6 record at No. 1 doubles. L. Shields has received two WAC Men’s Tennis Player of the Week honors this season. The first came Jan. 29, after Shields led Boise State to an undefeated road trip to the Bay Area, where the team knocked off No. 9 Stanford 5-1. The second came Mar. 12, after L. Shields led the Broncos to three victories in two days. Luke Shields also earned the USTA Sportsmanship award at the ITA National Team Indoor Championship for displaying outstanding sportsmanship and exemplifying the spirit of college tennis throughout his career. Shields currently carries an 11-match winning streak into the WAC Championship having dropped only one set during the run.

Clancy Shields, ranked 57th nationally, owns a 23-11 singles record including a 14-5 record in dual match play. He has also posted a 17-8 record in doubles including a 7-2 record while playing No. 2 doubles. C. Shields was named WAC Tennis Player of the Week for Jan. 22, after going 2-0 in the ITA Mountain Region Team Playoff including capturing the decisive match point on a diving volley to advance the team to the National Team Indoor Championships. Last season at the WAC Championship, Clancy Shields earned Second-Team All-WAC honors for his outstanding play in doubles alongside Steve Robertson.

Sophomore Steve Robertson was named WAC Tennis Player of the Week for Mar. 5, after leading Boise State to three victories over a two-day period. Robertson sports a record of 18-3 in singles play and 16-8 in doubles in dual match play. Robertson’s emergence and ability to shift throughout the order has provided Boise State with yet another reliable racquet.

Junior Piotr Dilaj has proven to be a force for the Broncos backing up the Shields brothers primarily at the No. 3. He has come through with critical wins in dual match play throughout the season en route to going 16-9 in singles and 15-7 in doubles. Dilaj has also teamed with Luke Shields to create the No. 56 doubles team in the country as the pair has accumulated an 9-6 record at No. 1 doubles and a 15-9 record overall. Dilaj was named WAC Player of the Week for the week of Apr. 16-22, in which he when 2-0 in singles and 1-1 in doubles as Boise State defeated Eastern Washington and UC Irvine.

Junior Eric Roberson carries an 10 match winning-streak into the WAC Championships. Roberson owns a 22-14 record on the year including a 17-9 mark in dual match play. Robertson has collected victories at the No. 3 through No. 6 positions as he demonstrated his ability to adapt to the situation and be successful.

Blake Boswell is the sixth member of the team with 20-plus victories. Boswell has posted a 22-15 record this year including a 14-11 record in dual match play. Boswell owns a 6-0 record while playing No. 2 singles.

Brent Werbeck has recorded 19 victories this season including 13 in dual match play. He carries a six match winning streak into the weekend. He has also posted a 3-1 record in doubles.

Kean Feeder won the first match of his collegiate career Apr. 21, as he defeated Pannhara Mam at No. 1 singles 6-2 and 6-3. This was only a glimpse of the potential Feeder possesses and his ability to help the team win.

Stanley Sarapanich has won seven of his eight previous matches to post a 8-2 record in singles during dual match play. Sarapanich has also been a doubles specialist for the Broncos compiling a 14-2 record while playing with five partners.

Jamaal Hepburn has posted a 9-4 record on the year including 4-1 in dual play. He opened the season winning four straight before falling to Eastern Washington’s No. 6.