The Shields Brothers Prepare for ITA National Indoor Championships

What’s Happening The Boise State University men’s tennis team will send Luke and Clancy Shields to compete in the Intercollegiate Tennis Association’s National Indoor Championships, hosted by Ohio State University, Nov. 2-5, at Columbus, Ohio.


The Field The tournament will feature 32 players from 25 universities, with Boise State being just one of six schools to qualify one or more individuals to the event. Fresno State will join Boise State as the only other representative from the Western Athletic Conference. The tournament will also feature seven of the top eight nationally ranked players according to the ITA.


The Players Luke enters the competition as the nation’s 33rd-ranked player and will face Ken Skupski (No. 12) of LSU in the first round. At the ITA Mountain Regional in Las Vegas, Luke won his first two matches of the tournament before retiring the following match to his teammate. At the All-American Championships in Tulsa, Okla., Shields knocked off three consecutive nationally ranked opponents to advance to the quarterfinals before eventually falling in the quarterfinals to the nation’s sixth ranked, Somdev Devvarman of Virginia. 


Clancy qualified for the individual indoors by earning a spot in the finals of the ITA Mountain Regional Championship with five victories over a three-day span. Clancy, who entered the tournament as the number seven seed, advanced past both the second and fourth seeds to qualify for the finals. In the first round Clancy will face the nation’s top ranked player and the tournament’s No. 1 seed, Ben Kohlloeffel of UCLA.


The men’s singles competition will begin Thursday, Nov. 2, at 4:00 p.m. (ET) at The Racquet Club of Columbus.



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