No. 1-Seeded Broncos Knocked Off by No. 4-Seeded Hawai?i

LAS CRUCES, N.M. The No. 32-ranked Boise State men’s tennis team had a tough first day of competition at the 2008 Western Athletic Conference Championships. The No. 1-seeded Broncos who were defending a three-year title run fell, 4-3, to No. 4-seeded Hawai’i in Saturday’s semifinal round. The Broncos looked as if they were going to advance on to Sunday’s final match when going up 3-0, however the No. 92-ranked Rainbow Warriors came back to win four-straight matches to clinch the team win.

The Broncos came strong out of the gates in doubles play, clinching the doubles point. In the No. 1 doubles match, No. 32-ranked Luke Shields and Clancy Shields upended Sascha Heinemann and Andreas Weber, 8-3. Broncos Eric Roberson and Paul Koenke recorded the same score in their No. 2 doubles win over Jeff Fitch and Dennis Lajola. The No. 3 doubles match went unfinished with Boise State’s Piotr Dilaj and Steve Robertson tied with Craig Faulk and Spence Mendoza at 5-5 when doubles play was ceased.

In singles play, Boise State locked in two quick wins with Dilaj making a quick break to defeat Faulk 6-0, 6-1 in the No. 4 match. No. 94-ranked Luke Shields picked up the second singles win of the day, defeating Lajola 6-2, 2-6, 6-3 in the No. 1 match.

From there the Rainbow Warriors took control, picking up four singles wins. Hawai’i’s Weber downed Brent Werbeck, 7-6, 6-1 in the No. 3 spot while Mendoza picked up a 7-6, 6-3 win over Paul Koenke in the No. 5 match. No. 108-ranked Heinemann fought off No. 77-ranked Clancy Shields to win the No. 2 singles match 6-4, 4-6, 6-4. The Warriors’ Fitch helped to clinch the title when he defeated Roberson 3-6, 6-4, 7-5 in the No. 6 singles match.

With the loss the Broncos’ 11-match winning streak comes to a halt and they now hold a 21-11 record while the Warriors improve to a 7-10 record. Boise State will await Tuesday’s NCAA First Round selections to discover where they will advance in post-season play.

Tennis Match Results

Hawai'i Rainbow Warriors vs Boise State

Apr 26, 2008 at Las Cruces, N.M.

(NMSU Tennis Center)

#92 Hawai'i Rainbow Warriors 4, #32 Boise State 3

Singles competition

1. #94 Luke Shields (BSU) def. Dennis Lajola (UH) 6-2, 2-6, 6-3

2. #108 Sascha Heinemann (UH) def. #77 Clancy Shields (BSU) 6-4, 4-6, 6-4

3. Andreas Weber (UH) def. Brent Werbeck (BSU) 7-6, 6-1

4. Piotr Dilaj (BSU) def. Craig Faulk (UH) 6-0, 6-1

5. Spence Mendoza (UH) def. Paul Koenke (BSU) 7-6, 6-3

6. Jeff Fitch (UH) def. Eric Roberson (BSU) 3-6, 6-4, 7-5

Order of Finish: 4, 1, 2, 3, 5, 6*

Doubles competition

1. #32 Luke Shields/Clancy Shields (BSU) def. Sascha Heinemann/Andreas Weber (UH) 8-3

2. Eric Roberson/Paul Koenke (BSU) def. Jeff Fitch/Dennis Lajola (UH) 8-3

3. Piotr Dilaj/Steve Robertson (BSU) vs. Craig Faulk/Spence Mendoza (UH) 5-5, unfinished

Order of Finish: 1, 2*

Did Not Finish: 3

Match Notes:

Hawai'i Rainbow Warriors 7-10; National ranking #92

Boise State 21-11; National ranking #32

WAC Semifinals

BSU - No. 1 Seed

UH - No. 4 Seed

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