Broncos Clinch 4-0 Win Over Middle Tennessee State, Secure Sixth-Ever Trip Beyond First Round

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TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (5-8-09) The 25th-ranked Boise State men’s tennis team earned a trip to the NCAA Division I Men’s Tennis Championship Second Round on Friday afternoon when they earned a 4-0 win over 57th-ranked Middle Tennessee State. The Broncos earned only their sixth voyage in school history past the first round, all under head coach Greg Patton, in their 14 times qualifying for the tournament. With the win Boise State improved to 23-8 on the season while Middle Tennessee State falls to 16-10 and completes their tournament journey.

 

The Broncos, who are now one of 32 teams still alive in the tournament, battled it out for the rights to the doubles point, a must-win point in the eyes of Patton. Junior Matt Solomon and senior Blane Shields took some pressure off their fellow Broncos when they picked up an 8-1 win over Alex McCann and Matthew Langley in the No. 3 match.

 

On courts one and two, the Broncos and Blue Raiders fought hard to the finish, however Boise State came out on top with a win on court two. Seniors Clancy Shields and Stanley Sarapanich were able to clinch the doubles point for their team with an 8-6 win over Rob McKenzie and Morgan Richard.

 

The No. 1 doubles match between 43rd-ranked Kean Feeder and James Meredith and 50th-ranked John Peers and Victor Melo ended in an 8-8 draw since the doubles point had been clinched by the Broncos.

 

In singles play, the seniors helped lead the team with Blane Shields and Stanley Sarapanich each picking up wins while freshman Cristian Hodel earned one of the team’s four final points as well. Sarapanich picked up a 6-1, 6-0 win over Langley in the No. 5 match to put Boise State up 2-0. Hodel boosted the team lead when he downed Richard, 6-3, 6-3 in the No. 4 match while Blane Shields put the icing on the Broncos win with a 6-3, 7-5 victory over McCann in the No. 6 spot.

 

The Friday afternoon win at the University of Alabama Tennis Stadium puts Patton just four wins away from 300 in his Boise State career as well as two wins away from the 650 win mark in his overall collegiate coaching career.

 

The Broncos prepare to face the winner of the 14th-ranked Alabama vs. 59th-ranked Furman University match scheduled to begin immediately following the Boise State vs. Middle Tennessee State match. The second round match will be played at 12:00 p.m. (MST) on Saturday, May 9 at the University of Alabama Tennis Stadium. Tickets for adults are $5, while tickets for children run for $3.

 

To follow the action on Saturday go to: http://www.rolltide.com/sports/m-tennis/spec-rel/2009-m-tennis-ncaa-reg-central.html

 

Live stats are available at: http://www.rolltide.com/livestats/m-tennis/xlive.htm

 

Tennis Results

#25 Boise State 4, #57 Middle Tennessee State 0

Doubles

  1. #43 Kean Feeder/James Meredith (BSU) vs. #50 John Peers/Victor Melo (MTSU), 8-8, DNF
  2. Clancy Shields/Stanley Sarapanich (BSU) def. Rob McKenzie/Morgan Richard (MTSU), 8-6
  3. Matt Solomon/Blane Shields (BSU) def. Alex McCann/Matthew Langley (MTSU), 8-1

 

Order of finish: 3,2

*Tiebreaker had not yet started on court one doubles when point was clinched

 

Singles

  1. #72 Feeder (BSU) vs. #89 McKenzie (MTSU), 7-6 (7-3), 1-2, DNF
  2. #24 C. Shields (BSU) vs. #95 Peers (MTSU), 6-4, 5-3, DNF
  3. #87 Meredith (BSU) vs. Melo (MTSU), 2-6, 4-4, DNF
  4. Cristian Hodel (BSU) def. Richard (MTSU), 6-3, 6-3
  5. Sarapanich (BSU) def. Langley (MTSU), 6-1, 6-0
  6. B. Shields (BSU) def. McCann (MTSU), 6-3, 7-5

 

Order of finish: 5,4,6

Boise State 23-8; National Ranking #25

Middle Tennessee State 16-10; National Ranking #57