TULSA, Oklahoma (5/21/2008) Boise State University junior Clancy Shields won his opening match over the University of Oklahoma’s Andrei Daescu in a three-set battle at the NCAA National Men’s Singles Tennis Tournament Wednesday afternoon at the Michael D. Case Tennis Center in Tulsa, Okla. After dropping the first set 5-7, Shields rallied to claim a dominating 6-2 win in the second set to force a decisive third set. Shields held off Daescu 7-5 in the final set to claim the 2-1 match victory and the right to advance into tomorrow’s second round.
The victory improves Shields’, ranked 83rd nationally, to 26-14 overall on the year. The junior from Grand Junction, Colo. who plays the number two singles position for Boise State now moves onto Thursday’s round of 32. Up next for Clancy is the defending national champion and the current number one ranked player in the University of Virginia’s Somdev Devvarman. The Cavalier defeated Ryan Preston of Vanderbilt University 6-1, 6-3 in the first round extending his undefeated streak to 30 consecutive matches and tied a NCAA Tournament record in the process.
The victory by the native of Chennai, India was his 13th career NCAA Singles Tournament victory, tying the record for most in a career since the NCAA split the team and individual tournaments in 1977. Devvarman owns a near perfect overall record on the year at 38-1, he went undefeated 24-0 during team duals this spring.
Meanwhile, the loss to Boise State’s Shields drops Oklahoma’s Andrei Daescu, a native of Bucharest, Romania and ranked 30th nationally, to 28-12 overall on the season.
In addition to Clancy Shields’ singles match against Devvarman on Thursday, he will team up with his brother Luke for their first doubles match of the tournament. The duo is ranked 29th nationally and will face the University of Georgia’s team of Jamie Hunt and Nate Schnugg. Times for both matches have not been released yet.
NCAA National Men’s Tennis Singles Championship
Tulsa, Oklahoma (Michael D. Case Tennis Center)
May 21, 2008
#83 Clancy Shields (BSU) def. #30 Andrei Daescu (OU), 5-7, 6-2, 7-5
#1 Somdev Devvarman (UVA) def. #53 Ryan Preston (VU), 6-1, 6-3