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Shields Brothers Face Each Other in Finals of ITA Men's Tennis Mountain Regional

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LAS VEGAS, Nev. In the fourth day of action, the Boise State University men’s tennis team qualified No. 5 ranked Luke Shields and No. 38 ranked Clancy Shields to the ITA Men’s Tennis Mountain Regional finals. The Broncos finished 3-2 in singles play and 1-2 in doubles play on Saturday.

In singles action, Luke Shields fought off No. 33 ranked Zach Ganger of Utah to maintain his No. 1 seed for the tournament. Shields defeated Ganger, the No. 4 seed, in a close 6-4, 4-6, 6-4 match.

No. 5 seed, Casey Shields topped Max Jones of New Mexico in sets of 6-2 and 6-3 to make his way into the tournament finals. The Shields brothers will face each other on Sunday, October 21 at 10 a.m. in the open singles final.

In the consolation singles bracket, Eric Roberson made his way past the round 4 qualifier after his opponent Kamil Pajokowski of New Mexico withdrew. Roberson, the No. 21 seed, ended up facing teammate Piotr Dilaj, the No. 10 seed, in the fourth round. The two Broncos chose to both withdrawal, leading to a quarterfinal round bye for another teammate, Kean Feeder to face. Feeder, the No. 6 seed will automatically advance to the semifinals due to the double withdrawal.

In doubles play, Paul Koenke and Roberson were the only BSU duo to compete in the open doubles top bracket. The tandem fell to Denver’s Adam Holmstrom and Nik Persson, the No. 1 seed, in the semifinals, 8-2.

In the consolation doubles bracket, Piotr Dilaj and Stanley Sarapanich dropped to New Mexico State’s Eduardo Salas and Roman Stoisavljevic, 8-2, in the third round.

The Shields brothers also played in the consolation bracket third round, topping MSU’s Jakub Dybabla and Kyle McDonald, 8-2. The brothers will advance to the quarterfinal qualifier on Sunday.

Feeder and Steve Robertson earned a consolation bracket bye to the quarterfinal round and are set to play on Sunday.

The top individual and top doubles team will head to the ITA Indoor Nationals hosted by The Ohio State University, November 1-4.

Singles Agate

Semifinals

Luke Shields (1) def. Zach Ganger (4), Utah (6-4, 4-6, 6-4)

Clancy Shields (5) def. Max Jones (7), New Mexico (6-2, 6-3)

Consolation Bracket

Fourth Round Qualifier

Eric Roberson (21) def. Kamil Pajokowski (29), UNM (WO (inj.))

Fourth Round

Roberson and Piotr Dilaj (10) WO/WO (both withdrew)

Doubles Agate

Semifinals

Holmstrom/Persson (1), Denver def. Koenke/Roberson, (8-2)

Consolation

Third Round

Salas/Stroisavljevic, NMSU def. Dilaj/Sarapanich (12), (8-2)

Shields/Shields (2), def. Dybala/McDonald (5), MSU (8-2)