INDIANAPOLIS Two members of Boise State's men's tennis team have been selected by the NCAA Division I Men's Tennis Subcommittee to participate in the 2008 NCAA Division I Singles and Doubles Tennis Championships, May 21-26. Boise State's Luke Shields and Clancy Shields will compete in the men's doubles championship, while Clancy Shields will also take part in the men's singles championship.
The singles and doubles competition will take place May 21-26 at the Michael D. Case Tennis Center in Tulsa, Okla., following the conclusion of the men and women's team championships (May 15-20), hosted by the University of Tulsa.
Automatic qualification into the Division I singles championship is awarded to any conference with one or more eligible players ranked in the ITA Top 125. For conferences with more than one singles player within the ITA Top 125, the subcommittee applies the NCAA selection criteria to determine which student-athlete is the automatic qualifier from the conference. Automatic qualification into the Division I doubles championship is awarded to any conference with one or more eligible doubles teams ranked in the ITA Top 60. For conferences with more than one doubles team within the ITA Top 60, the subcommittee applies the NCAA selection criteria to determine which doubles team is the automatic qualifier from the conference.
Boise State junior Clancy Shields received the WAC's automatic qualifier for the men's singles championship and will also compete in the men's doubles championship with teammate and brother Luke Shields, as the WAC's automatic qualifier for doubles. Clancy Shields is currently ranked No. 83 in ITA singles after compiling a record of 15-9 as the Broncos' No. 2 singles player. His wins this year include those over players from then-No. 10. Alabama, No. 25 Texas A&M, No. 30 Notre Dame, No. 37 Stanford, No. 43 Pepperdine, No. 46 Oklahoma, No. 61 San Diego, No. 65 UC Santa Barbara, No. 67 Minnesota, No. 70 UNLV and No. 73 Brown.
The Shields brothers are currently ranked No. 29 in ITA doubles after notching a record of 15-3 as the Broncos' No. 1 doubles tandem. This is the fourth-straight year that Luke Shields has participated in the NCAA men's doubles championships, earning All-American status in 2005 in both singles and doubles by reaching the Round of 16 in each bracket.