Shields Brothers Head to ITA National Indoor Tennis Championships

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BOISE, Idaho - Two members of the Boise State men’s tennis team will head to Columbus, Ohio this weekend to compete in their final tournament of the fall season. The Broncos’ Luke Shields and Clancy Shields have each earned spots at the Intercollegiate Tennis Association’s Indoor Tennis Championships hosted by The Ohio State University from Nov. 1-4.

The brother duo out of Grand Junction, Colo. will be two of 32 singles players in the four-day tournament. Luke Shields, who is ranked No. 5 in the NCAA’s pre-season fall poll, earned his way to the championships after wining the Wilson/ITA Mountain Region Championships over his younger brother Clancy. The senior enters the tournament as the No. 7 seed, and will face Drake University’s Dalibor Pavic in the first round on Thursday afternoon.

The No. 38 ranked Clancy Shields qualified for the championships in Ohio after finishing as a Wilson/ITA Mountain Region Finalist. The junior will take on No. 8 seed Andre Begemann of Pepperdine in the first round on Thursday, Nov. 1.

At the 2006 ITA Indoor Championships, the Shields’ brothers were also the only Broncos to qualify. Luke made his way to the quarterfinal round after a 3-0 start, but failed to advance to the semifinal. After falling in the first round, Clancy advanced to the consolation bracket where he dropped his first match.

The 2007 ITA Indoor Championship first round will be held Thursday afternoon, while the second round will be on Friday around 12 noon. The men’s quarterfinal will be played Friday afternoon, the semifinals on Saturday around 12 noon, and the singles finals at 10:30 a.m. on Sunday, Nov. 4.

Although hosted by The Ohio State University, the 2007 ITA Indoor Championships will be held at The Racquet Club of Columbus.

Results for the Shields brothers will be updated each day on broncosports.com. Full tournament results can be found at www.itatennis.com.

ITA Indoor Championships BSU Singles Agate
Round One: Luke Shields, BSU (7) vs. Dalibor Pavic, Drake, Thurs., Nov. 1
Round One: Clancy Shields, BSU vs. Andre Begemann, Pepperdine (8), Thurs., Nov. 1

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