Shields Slated to Begin NCAA Singles Competition Wednesday, Feeder and Meredith Begin Doubles on Thursday After ending their team season late last week, the Boise State men's tennis team has a few more matches to look forward to. Although they are not team competitions, the Broncos can cheer on senior Clancy Shields in the 2009 NCAA Division I Men's sing
BOISE, Idaho After ending their team season late last week, the BoiseState men’s tennis team has a few more matches to look forward to. Although they are not team competitions, the Broncos can cheer on senior Clancy Shields in the 2009 NCAA Division I Men’s singles championships while also rooting for senior Kean Feeder and freshman James Meredith in the doubles championships.
Shields will begin his final NCAA quest on Wednesday, May 20 when he faces 50th-ranked Roy Kalmanovich of Illinois in his Round of 64 match. Shields, who holds the No. 24 singles ranking, will be the favorite in the 11:00 a.m. (MT) match after rounding up a 28-9 singles record this season. Kalmanovich enters the Wednesday match with a 29-12 record on the season. Shields needs three straight wins to hit the 100-win mark in career singles wins, holding a 97-44 record currently.
Shields is set to participate in his third NCAA individual tournament, playing his third straight year in the singles competition. The winner of the Wednesday afternoon match will advance to a Round of 32 match against the winner of the No. 1 Arnau Brugues of Tulsa and No. 56 Kiril Dimitrov of Duke.
In doubles action, Feeder and Meredith are set to begin their tournament play in the Round of 32 on Thursday, May 21 against 23rd-ranked Daniel Buikema and Mathieu Thibaudeau of Alabama. The 43rd-ranked Broncos hold a 21-8 record on the season while the Crimson Tide hold a 16-10 record in doubles matches. Although Feeder and Meredith are ranked below Buikema and Thibaudeau, the Bronco pair defeated the Alabama pair, 9-8, in last week’s team competition against Alabama. No official start time has been slated for the Thursday match.
The winner of the Feeder/Meredith vs. Buikema/Thibaudea match will face the winner of the No. 18 David Galic/Jordan Rux (Baylor) vs. No. 3 Davey Sandgren/John-Patrick Smith (Tennessee) match on Friday, May 22 in the Round of 16.
All matches will be played May 20-25 at the GeorgeP.MitchellTennisCenter on the campus of TexasA&MUniversity.
The NCAA Tournament Central is found at: http://www.aggieathletics.com/ncaa2009/tennis/index.html
Live stats and video streaming for each of the matches can be found at: http://www.aggieathletics.com/ncaa2009/tennis/stats.html