LAS VEGAS, Nev. The Boise State University men’s tennis team opened play at the ITA Mountain Regional Championships, Wednesday, Oct. 18 by collect victories in nine of 10 singles matches.
Steve Robertson led the way for the Broncos, earning two victories with the first coming in the round of 128, at the expense of Air Force’s Keith Cronican, 7-6 and 6-4, then by defeating the number 30 seed, Anthony Karlovic of Idaho in straight sets 6-0 and 6-2.
Brent Werbeck also earned multiple victories for Boise State. In the opening round he vanquished BYU’s Michael Eraso, 6-4 and 6-1, Werbeck then put down Kamil Pajkowski (No. 16) of New Mexico in straight sets, 7-5 and 6-3. Werbeck’s day did not end there, as he then paired with teammate Jamaal Hepburn to defeat Idaho’s doubles team of Tim Huynh and Paulo Miranda, 8-3.
Also earning victories for the Broncos, Wednesday, was the tournament’s number one seed Luke Shields who beat Gustave Diep of New Mexico State in straight sets 6-0 and 6-1. Eric Roberson (No. 13) defeated Montana State’s Anton Leonenko, 6-1 and 6-4 while 10th seeded Blake Boswell beat Mike Banks of Utah State by the score of 6-0 and 6-1.
Piotr Dilaj and Clancy Shields collected the final victories of the day for Boise State. Dilaj won his match against Jordan Wasden of New Mexico 6-2 and 6-2 while C. Shields defeated New Mexico State’s Alejandro deMocha, 6-2 and 6-1.
“This is what you call a wonder day,” head coach Greg Patton said. “It was one of those days where you wake up with a smile and you just carry it around all day like it was painted on.”
Hepburn garnered the only loss on the day for the Broncos when he fell to Michael Platzer of Northern Arizona, 6-3 and 6-4.
Competition will continue Thursday, Oct. 19. Luke Shields will face Cale Planck of BYU, Roberson will take on Sascha Kiehne of Weber State and Boswell will match up against Utah State’s Stuart Wing. In other singles play Dilaj takes on Elliot Wronski of UNLV, Clancy Shields faces number 32 Gareth Ducray, Robertson matches up against UNLV’s Graeme Kassautzki (No. 14) and Werbeck will play Kyle McDonald of San Jose State.