Bronco Men Advance to WAC Finals with Quick Win Over New Mexico State

HONOLULU, Hawaii 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 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. Boise State 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.

Boise State 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 Fresno State 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 Boise State 4, New Mexico State 1

Singles competition

1. #74 Kean Feeder (BSU) vs. Jim Brouleau (NMSU) 6-4, 1-5, unfinished

2. #26 Clancy Shields (BSU) def. Roman Stoisavljevic (NMSU) 6-1, 6-1

3. #85 James Meredith (BSU) vs. Gustave Diep (NMSU) 6-3, 2-3, unfinished

4. Cristian Hodel (BSU) def. Arthur Surreaux (NMSU) 6-1, 6-2

5. Stanley Sarapanich (BSU) def. Matej Stakne (NMSU) 6-1, 6-2

6. Stefan McKinney (NMSU) def. Blane Shields (BSU) 6-3, 6-3

Doubles competition

1. #39 Kean Feeder/James Meredith (BSU) vs. Roman Stoisavljevic/Eduardo Salas (NMSU) 6-5, unfinished

2. Stanley Sarapanich/Clancy Shields (BSU) def. Jim Brouleau/Arthur Surreaux (NMSU) 8-5

3. Blane Shields/Matt Solomon (BSU) def. Gustave Diep/Stefan McKinney (NMSU) 8-4

Match Notes:

New Mexico State 13-11

Boise State 22-7; National ranking #20

Order of finish: Doubles (3,2); Singles (6,4,2,5)

2009 WAC Tournament Semifinal

No. 1 Boise State vs. No. 5 New Mexico State

Boise State advances to the men's finals on Apr. 26 at Noon

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