Feeder Leads Broncos, Wins Boise State Fall Classic

BOISE, Idaho Despite the heavy rains that came on Saturday, the Boise State men’s tennis team hosted the Boise State Fall Classic with one of their own coming out on top. Senior Kean Feeder played his way into the finals and came away with the singles title. Overall, 10 members of the Boise State men’s tennis team competed in the tournament.

Feeder, playing in his first tournament of the season, couldn’t have had a better start to his senior year. He swept his way through the main draw and claimed the title with a 6-2, 6-2 victory over Stas Glukhov. Feeder will also play in the doubles final with partner Blane Shields, which was delayed until Tuesday because of poor weather. Overall, Feeder is a perfect 8-0 for the tournament and fall season.

Three Broncos made their debut this weekend in the tournament: sophomore Joey Coleman, senior Blane Shields and freshman Michael Gilliland. Coleman made is way to the third round of the consolation bracket after losing his first round match, but was defeated by Paulo Miranda to give him a 3-3 record overall. Shields enjoyed success in the doubles bracket, going 4-0 with Feeder to make the finals. In the singles competition, Shields lost his first round match but recovered by sweeping his way to the consolation bracket title, giving him and overall record of 7-1. Gilliland went 4-3 on the tournament, advancing to the semifinals of the doubles competition with partner Freddy Walsh. In singles, Gilliland won his first match as a Bronco before falling into the consolation bracket with a loss to the no. 1 seed, Thomas Shoeck.

Nick Gourley began his second season with the Broncos with a first-round win in the singles bracket but fell into the consolation bracket with a second-round loss. He would advance to the consolation quarterfinals before being defeated by Paulo Miranda. He made the doubles quarterfinals with teammate Cristian Hodel before being eliminated, giving Gourley an overall 4-3 record.

In the early rounds, Hodel continued to see the success he experienced in his first tournament just a week prior to this one. Hodel won his first two matches in singles and doubles, but was defeated in the quarterfinals of both competitions. His fellow freshman, Freddy Walsh, also won his first two matches of the tournament before falling in the round of 16 in the singles draw. In doubles, Walsh advanced to the semifinals, giving him an overall record of 4-2.

Redshirt freshman Erik Sheldon had some success in doubles where he was paired with former Bronco Eric Roberson. The duo advanced to the semifinals before falling to Feeder and Shields. In singles, Sheldon won his first-round match but was sent into the consolation bracket in his next match. He advanced to the consolation quarterfinals, giving him an overall record of 6-3. Another redshirt, Stefan Simikic, went 4-2 on the tournament, advancing to the round of 16 in singles and the quarterfinals in doubles.

The Broncos will next compete at the Utah Fall Intercollegiate Tournament in Salt Lake City, Utah on Sept. 25-27.

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