TULSA, Oklahoma (5/23/08) Boise State’s Shields brothers lost a hard fought three-set match this afternoon during the second round of the NCAA Men’s National Tennis Tournament at Tulsa, Okla. Luke and Clancy Shields, who entered the tournament ranked 29th nationally, took on the University of Southern California’s second ranked pair of Robert Farah and Kaes Van't Hof in a match delayed by weather.
After dropping the first set 7-5, the Bronco duo battled back drawing even with a 6-4 victory in the second. Unfortunately, the decisive third set went the way of the Trojans who won 6-3 to claim the overall match by a score of 2-1 and earned the right to advance to tomorrow’s quarterfinals.
The loss ends the season for the Shields brothers who finish the year with a 19-7 overall record. It also marked the end to Luke Shields’ outstanding four-year run at Boise State where his honors were numerous including being named the 2007 WAC Player of the Year and a three-time NCAA All-American. For Clancy, he will return as the Broncos number one player next year and the leader of a strong returning group.
This concludes the season for Boise State’s men’s tennis team.
NCAA Men’s National Tennis Championships
Tulsa, Oklahoma (Michael D. Case Tennis Center)
May 23, 2008
#2 Robert Farah-Kaes Van't Hof (USC) def. #29 Clancy Shields-Luke Shields (BSU), 7-5, 4-6, 6-3