Bronco Men Advance to WAC Finals with Quick Win Over New Mexico State The No. 20-ranked Boise State men's tennis team had a fine showing in their first match of the 2009 Western Athletic Conference championship #$%^tournament, defeating No. 5 seed New Mexico State in the first of two semifinal matches. The No. 1 seeded
HONOLULU, Hawaii The No. 20-ranked BoiseState men’s tennis team had a fine showing in their first match of the 2009 Western Athletic Conference championship tournament, defeating No. 5 seed New MexicoState in the first of two semifinal matches. The No. 1 seeded Broncos earned a quick 4-1 win over the Aggies on Saturday at the University of Hawaii Tennis Complex to advance to the WAC finals slated for 12 p.m. (Hawaii Time) on Sunday, April 26.
The Broncos were able to capture wins in the No. 2 and No. 3 doubles matches to clinch the crucial doubles point and earn a 1-0 lead in the team standings. Senior Blane Shields and junior Matt Solomon got the Broncos started with an 8-4 win over Gustave Diep and Stefan McKinney in the No. 3 match. Seniors Stanley Sarapanich and Clancy Shields were able to down Jim Brouleau and Arthur Surreax, 8-5, in the No. 2 match to seal the doubles win.
In singles play, NMSU’s McKinney was able to tie up the team score with a 6-3, 6-3 win over Blane Shields in the No. 6 match. The Broncos responded with three straight wins, however, earning the 4-1 win over the Aggies. BoiseState freshman Cristian Hodel was the first Bronco to win at singles, defeating Surreaux, 6-1, 6-2 in the No. 4 match. No. 26-ranked Clancy Shields was just behind, downing Roman Stoisavljevic, 6-1, 6-1, in the No. 2 match. Sarapanich was able to put a quick end to the match with his 6-1, 6-2 win over Matej Stakne in the No. 5 match, clinching the team win for Boise State. The No. 1 and No. 3 singles matches, as well as the No. 1 doubles match, went unfinished since the Broncos had already clinched the match.
BoiseState improves to a 22-7 record on the season and extends to an 11-match win streak. The Broncos will face the winner of the No. 2 seed FresnoState and No. 3 seed Hawaii match that will be played late Saturday in Honolulu.
Tennis Match Results
Apr 25, 2009 at Honolulu, HI
(UH Tennis Complex)
#20 BoiseState 4, New MexicoState 1
1. #74 Kean Feeder (BSU) vs. Jim Brouleau (NMSU) 6-4, 1-5, unfinished