No. 36 Men's Tennis Set to Face No. 31 Cal in NCAA First Round
Boise State men’s tennis team has earned its fourth-straight trip to the NCAA First and Second rounds. The No. 36-ranked Broncos (21-11) will head west to Los Angeles, Calif. where No. 6-ranked University of Southern California will play host to the May 10-11 first and second rounds.
Boise State will face off with No. 2-seeded Cal at 9 a.m. on Saturday, May 10 while No. 1-seeded USC will face No. 4-seeded Southern at 12 noon on Saturday. The winners of semifinal 1 and semifinal 2 will face off on Sunday, May 11 at 12 noon.
Information covering the NCAA First and Second rounds in L.A. will be available at: http://usctrojans.cstv.com/sports/m-tennis/usc-m-tennis-body.html. Full NCAA tournament results and information can be found at www.ncaasports.com.
ABOUT THE BRONCOS:
The Broncos, who have qualified for NCAA post-season play for the 13th time in school history, enter the region with a No. 3 seed. Dropping four spots to No. 36 in the ITA national rankings, the Broncos will look to bounce back from their tough WAC Tournament semifinal loss to Hawai’i two weeks ago. The Broncos boast No. 83-ranked Clancy Shields and No. 97-ranked Luke Shields in singles play, while the duo joins as the No. 29-ranked doubles team nationally.
BRONCOS’ LAST TIME OUT:
The Broncos ended their most recent weekend with heartbreak. After capturing the No. 1 seed for the WAC Championships, the Broncos were upended by No. 3 seeded Hawai’i, 4-3 in the semifinals. However, the Broncos had some highlights on the weekend placing both Shields brothers on the All-WAC First-Team roster for singles as well as doubles. Senior Brent Werbeck notched a spot on the All-WAC Second-Team roster in singles while Paul Koenke and Eric Roberson were named to the All-WAC Second-Team doubles roster.
BOISE STATE’S NCAA INDIVIDUAL QUALIFIERS:
As a team, Boise State has qualified for the NCAA First and Second Rounds this upcoming weekend, however, two Broncos have also qualified for the NCAA Individual Championships. Clancy Shields has earned a singles bid, while Luke Shields will join his brother in the doubles draw. Although the 64-player singles field and 32-team doubles field are complete, the complete brackets are yet to be released. Check back to www.broncosports.com or to www.ncaasports.com for updates.
Playing host and holding the top seed in the region, the Trojans enter the matches with a 19-4 record after placing second in the Pac-10 Conference championships. The Trojans have four ranked singles players, including: Robert Farah (#6), Kaes Van’t (#29), Jaak Poldma (#54), and Gary Sacks (#72). In addition, Farah and Van’t combine as the No. 2-ranked doubles team in the nation. The Broncos have already faced USC once during the regular season, falling to the Trojans 5-2 on February 9 in Los Angeles.
The No. 31-ranked Golden Bears of Cal enter the first rounds of the tournament with a 12-10 record after placing fourth in the Pac-10 Championships. No. 2-seeded Cal has only one ranked player, Kallim Stewart who owns the No. 110 spot in the singles rankings.
Traveling all the way from Baton Rouge, La. the Jaguars of Southern enter with a 10-11 record. The No. 4-seeded Jaguars were the only team of the four to earn an automatic bid to the championships by winning their Southwestern Conference Championships.
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