Boise State Unable to Hold Off No. 3 Ohio State in NCAA Round of 16, Fall 4-0

COLLEGE STATION, Texas Although they gave a valiant effort, the 35th-ranked Boise State men’s tennis team was knocked out of the 2009 NCAA Division I Men’s championship tournament on Thursday afternoon, falling 4-0 to third-ranked Ohio State (34-1). The Broncos end their season with a 24-9 record as well as the second-best tournament finish ever by a Bronco men’s tennis squad, ending in the Round of 16.


Boise State’s best finish came during the 1997 season when they advanced to the quarterfinal round and finished in a tie for fifth-place. The Broncos now hold a 9-14 record in NCAA tournament matches.


"I am really proud of how our team played," said head coach Greg Patton. "They came out and fought hard and I was really happy with the way some of our players like Blane [Shields] were fighting back to earn second-set wins. We were just so happy to be here!"


Four seniors say goodbye to their Boise State team careers, including Clancy Shields, Kean Feeder, Blane Shields and Stanley Sarapanich. Although they will no longer compete as a team, Clancy Shields and Feeder will continue on in the NCAA Division I singles and doubles competitions held after the team championships, May 20-25 in College Station, Texas. After four years of playing for the Broncos, Sarapanich closes out his career with a 28-30 singles record as well as a 41-20 doubles record. In his single season as a Bronco, Blane Shields captured an 18-19 singles record as well as a 19-13 doubles record. Clancy Shields and Feeder have yet to complete their career records with the remaining individual tournament coming up.


Each of the four seniors battled hard to the end on Thursday, representing Boise State well in a solid fight against the nation’s third-ranked team who has suffered only one loss this season. Blane Shields was joined by junior Matt Solomon in the No. 3 doubles match where they were the first to finish in doubles play, falling 8-2 to Shuhei Uzawa and Bryan Koniecko. In the No. 1 doubles match, 43rd-ranked Feeder was and freshman James Meredith joined to pull out an 8-5 win over Justin Kronauge and Matt Allare, evening the playing field and leaving the No. 2 doubles match to decide the doubles point. Seniors Clancy Shields and Sarapanich were unable to hold off 61st-ranked Balazs Novak and Steven Moneke in the No. 2 match, falling 8-6 and giving the Buckeye’s the 1-0 team lead.


Ohio State earned three straight singles wins to capture the 4-0 team title, however each Bronco fought hard to the end of each set. The Buckeye’s 74th-ranked Novak was the first to earn a win, defeating Sarapanich, 6-1, 6-1 in the No. 5 singles match. The No. 3 match was the next to finish, with 25th-ranked Kronauge defeating 87th-ranked Meredith, 6-2, 6-3 to put Ohio State up 3-0. Earning the fourth and final point, ninth-ranked Moneke defeated 24th-ranked Clancy Shields, 6-3, 6-3 to clinch the team title for Ohio State.


"Ohio State was able to get us where we've been strong all season," said Patton. "The prepared well and knew they had to take out our No. 2 and No. 3 singles players to get to us. I can see why they are a 34-1 team and I think they are contenders for the national title."


Three matches remained unfinished with third-ranked Koniecko battling a tough 72nd-ranked Feeder to a 6-6 first-set tie in the No. 1 match before play was ceased. Ohio State was up one set in the No. 4 and No. 6 matches, however the Broncos were fighting towards second-set wins before Ohio State clinched the match.


Including their match on Thursday afternoon at the Texas A&M George P. Mitchell Tennis Center, the Broncos and Buckeye’s have matched-up only four times with Ohio State coming away with wins in each of the four matches.


Ohio State advances on to the quarterfinal round and will face sixth-ranked Baylor in a 3:00 p.m. match (MT) on Saturday, May 16. Baylor defeated Wake Forest, 4-1, on Thursday afternoon in the Round of 16.


NCAA Division I Tennis Championships

Men’s Round of 16

May 14, 2009

George P. Mitchell Tennis Center

College Station Texas


#3 Ohio State 4, #25 Ohio State, 0

RECORDS: Ohio State 34-1; Boise State 24-9



1. (#3) Bryan Koniecko, OSU vs. (#72) Kean Feeder, BSU, 6-6, DNF

2. (#9) Steven Moneke, OSU def. (#24) Clancy Shields, BSU, 6-3, 6-3

3. (#25) Justin Kronauge, OSU def. (#87) James Meredith, BSU, 6-2, 6-3   

4. (#113) Matt Allare, OSU vs. Cristian Hodel, BSU, 7-5, 4-4, DNF

5. (#74) Balazs Novak, OSU  def. Stanley Sarapanich, BSU, 6-1, 6-1        

6. Chase Buchanan, OSU vs. Blane Shields, BSU, 6-2, 3-5, DNF



1. (#43) Feeder/Meredith, BSU  def. Kronauge/Allare, OSU, 8-5

2. (#61) Novak/Moneke, OSU def. C. Shields/Sarapanich, BSU, 8-6          

3. Uzawa/Koniecko, OSU def. Solomon/B. Shields, BSU, 8-2       



Doubles: 3, 1, 2; Singles: 5, 3, 2


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