TULSA, Oklahoma (5/22/08) Boise State’s Clancy Shields’ day did not start the way he had hoped at the NCAA Men’s Tennis Championships in Tulsa, Oklahoma, but it did get better for the junior by the evening. After dropping his singles match against the nation’s number one ranked player in the morning, Clancy teamed up with his older brother Luke in the afternoon to defeat the nation’s 17th ranked doubles team in straight sets and advance to the round of 16 on Friday.
One of Clancy’s goals heading to the tournament was to make sure his older brother Luke, a senior and a three-time All-American, finished his collegiate career with a bang. The two advanced to Friday’s second round (round of 16) with a commanding 6-4, 6-2 victory over the 17th ranked team from the University of Georgia in Jamie Hunt and Nate Schnugg.
The Shields brother’s victory improves their overall record to 19-6 on the year. They will now face the second ranked team of Robert Farah and Kaes Van't Hof of the University of Southern California tomorrow afternoon, time for that match has not been announced at this time.
In singles, Clancy Shields knew he had a challenge ahead of him when he stepped onto the court this morning in the second round of the NCAA singles championship. He took on the current number one ranked player in the country and the defending national champion in the University of Virginia’s Somdev Devvarman.
The junior from Grand Junction, Colo. was unable to break the serve of the Cavalier’s ace in the two sets while surrendering his own service twice. Shields played Devvarman tight throughout the match but could not get past the defending champ eventually falling in straight sets 6-4, 7-5.
"Clancy (Shields) came out and I didn't expect him to play as well as he did,” said Devvarman. “He stuck to me from the very beginning, give full credit to him for playing a great match.”
The victory extended Devvarman’s win streak to 31 straight, 39-1 overall on the year, while setting a new NCAA Tournament record for career wins in the competition with 14. The loss ends Boise State’s Clancy Shields singles season with a mark of 26-15 overall.
NCAA Men’s National Tennis Championships
Tulsa, Oklahoma (Michael D. Case Tennis Center)
May 22, 2008
#1 Somdev Devvarman (UVA) def. Clancy Shields (BSU), 6-4, 7-5
#29 Clancy Shields-Luke Shields (BSU) def. #17 Jamie Hunt-Nate Schnugg (UGA), 6-4, 6-2
#2 Robert Farah-Kaes Van't Hof (USC) def. #9 Ed Corrie-Kellen Damico (UT), 6-4, 6-4