TULSA, Oklahoma (10/5/2007) - Boise State’s run at the Polo Ralph Lauren All American Tennis Championships has come to an end. Clancy Shields lost a three-set match in the second round of the singles consolation bracket this morning, while he and his brother Luke lost their first round doubles match this afternoon in the main draw consolation bracket. The two defeats eliminated the Broncos from the most prestigious collegiate men’s tennis tournament this fall.
"Over all it was a great experience for our three players Luke Shields, Clancy Shields and Kean Feeder," commented Patton. "Nothing can beat competition at the highest level to propel our team to becoming a top ten team. I can’t say enough about the Shields brothers for they are both feeling ill, but they are two junkyard dogs who will fight for the bone to their dying breath. The tennis all three of our players exhibited was inspiring and encouraging for me, for these matches are a precursor of great tennis for the Broncos during the team season which begins in January."
This morning Clancy Shields, ranked 38th nationally, was upset by Ohio State’s Justin Kronauge. After dropping the first set 6-3, Shields rallied to win the second set 6-4. Unfortunately, the third set went to Kronauge 6-3 giving the 104th ranked player a berth in the third round of consolation. Clancy completed the tournament with a 1-2 overall record.
The day concluded when the two brothers’, Luke and Clancy, met Michigan’s Jason Jung and Matko Maravic in the first round of the doubles consolation bracket. The match was a hard fought battle but the Broncos lost in the end 8-4. The doubles team finished the All American with a 2-2 record.
Up next for the Boise State men’s team, Luke Shields, Clancy Shields, and Kean Feeder are off to Kentucky Invitational next week for a national collegiate tournament at the University of Kentucky. The top players from the ACC, SEC, and Big Ten will be competing along with many other players from the East, Midwest, and South. In addition, Paul Koenke and Steve Robertson will head to Midland, Texas for tournament featuring players mainly from the West.