Boise State Set to Face No. 3 Ohio State in NCAA Round of 16 on Thursday

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BOISE, Idaho After earning one of the biggest upsets in Boise State men’s tennis history by defeating Alabama on their home courts Saturday, the Broncos are refocusing to face the third-ranked Ohio State Buckeyes in the NCAA Division I Men’s Tennis Championship Round of 16 on Thursday, May 14.

 

The Broncos (24-8) earned a barnburner upset over the Crimson Tide in the NCAA second round this past weekend, advancing to the round of 16 for only the second time in school history.

 

The furthest Boise State has advanced in a tournament was to the quarterfinal round in 1997 where they finished in a tie for fifth-place. Advancing to the top-16 again this season will give the Broncos another chance to reach the quarterfinals. Boise State holds a 9-13 record in NCAA tournament matches.

 

Ohio State (33-1) advances to the round of 16 after earning a 4-0 win over Xavier in the first round and a 4-1 win over Michigan in the second round on their home courts in Columbus, Ohio. The Buckeyes’ only loss of the season was to then-ranked No. 8 Tennessee who won over then-ranked No. 1 Ohio State, 4-3, in the quarterfinals of the ITA Team Indoor Championships in February.

 

Boise State and the Buckeyes begin their NCAA Championship final rounds experience in College Station, Texas on Thursday with a 2:00 p.m. (MT) match at the Mitchell Tennis Center on the campus of Texas A&M University.

 

The Broncos are participating in their 14th NCAA tournament while the Buckeyes are making their eighth trip. Ohio State best appearance was in 2004 when they made it to the quarterfinal round.

 

The Broncos boast three nationally ranked singles players, No. 24 Clancy Shields, No. 72 Kean Feeder and No. 87 James Meredith. Feeder and Meredith join as the 43rd-ranked doubles team in the country. Ohio State features three top-25 singles players, including No. 3 Brian Koniecko, No. 9 Steven Moneke, No. 25 Justin Kronauge, as well as No. 74 Balazs Novak and No. 98 Shuhei Uzawa. In doubles rankings, the Buckeyes’ Moneke and Kronauge join as the 14th-ranked team while Moneke also holds a ranking with Novak as the No. 61-ranked doubles team in the nation.

 

Overall, the two teams have only squared off three times in the all-time series, with the Buckeyes coming away with all three wins. Their most recent win over the Broncos came just last season at the ITA Team Indoor Championships (Feb. 14, 2008) with a 4-0 sweep of Boise State.

 

The Broncos have a few milestones to strive for over the next week with senior Clancy Shields sitting only three wins away from hitting 100 career singles wins. He is also only four wins short of 90 in his career doubles record. Head coach Greg Patton is nearing his 300th win at Boise State holding a 297-98 record while also sitting just one win away from the 650 win mark in his overall coaching career.

 

The winner of the Boise State/Ohio State match will advance on to the quarterfinal round where they will face the winner of the Wake Forest (22-9) vs. Baylor (25-5) match on Saturday, May 16 at 3:00 p.m. (MT).

 

To follow all of the NCAA Division I Men’s Tennis Championships live, visit: http://www.aggieathletics.com/ncaa2009/tennis/. The site includes live stats, results, updated brackets, photos and tournament information.