Shields Competes With The Best at ITA National Indoor Championships

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. Senior Clancy Shields competed with the top players in the nation at the ITA National Indoor Championships this weekend, but his tournament run ended on Saturday with a loss in the consolation semifinals. Shields went 2-2 in the tournament, pulling off an upset in the quarterfinals.

Shields (ranked No. 34) began the weekend with a tough match against No. 20-ranked Michael Venus (LSU). The match turned out to be a three-set battle as Venus barely edged out the victory to avoid the upset by a score of 7-6 (6), 3-6, 7-6 (6). Shields dropped into the consolation bracket where he faced Fabio Silva (Fresno Pacific), who won the NAIA Small College Championship last month. It was another hard-fought three-set match, but this time Shields came out on top as he defeated Silva, 3-6, 6-4, 6-4 to advance into the consolation quarterfinals.

In the quarterfinals, Shields met No. 26-ranked Austen Childs (Louisville). After the first set against the higher ranked Childs, Shields found himself in a hole as Childs made quick work, winning the set 6-0. Shields fought back to win the match in another three set battle 0-6, 7-5, 6-3. The win earned Shields a date with the No. 12-ranked Nate Schnugg (Georgia). Shields took the first set but was unable to put Schnugg away. Schnugg fought back to win the match 1-6, 6-2, 6-3 to earn a spot in the consolation finals.

The National Indoor Championships concludes the fall season for the Broncos. Their spring season will kickoff on Jan. 18 when they host Oregon at 1 p.m.

Tennis Tournament Results

ITA National Indoor Championships

Nov 07, 2008 at Charottesville, Va.

Singles competition
R32 #20 Michael Venus (Louisiana State University) def. #34 Clancy Shields (Boise State University) 7-6 (6-0), 3-6, 7-6 (6-0)
C 16 #34 Clancy Shields (Boise State University) def. Fabio Silva (Fresno Pacific) 3-6, 6-4, 6-4
C QF #34 Clancy Shields (Boise State University) def. #26 Austen Childs (University of Louisville) 0-6, 7-5, 6-3
C SF #12 Nate Schnugg (University of Georgia) def. #34 Clancy Shields (Boise State University) 1-6, 6-2, 6-3

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