Boise State's Luke Shields made significant noise in the NCAA Tennis Championships in College Station, Texas this past few days. Shields advanced to become one of the top sixteen collegiate singles players in the nation as a freshman, earning All-America honors in the process. Shields dispatched #23 G.D. Jones of Illinois 6-4, 7-5 and then knocked off 5th seeded Ludovic Walter of Duke 6-4, 6-2. His run for the singles title ended when #11 Benjamin Kohlloefel of UCLA came from behind to win 6-7, 6-4, 6-2. Shields finished with a sparkling singles mark of 33-12 this season.
Shields and doubles partner Thomas Schoeck also advanced to the top 16 in the nation at the tournament. They beat #23 Geraldo Knorr and Pedro Rodrigues of South Carolina, 6-4, 6-4 to get there and then lost a hard-fought 7-6, 3-6, 6-2 decision to fifth-ranked Mark Growcott and Ken Skupski of LSU. Shields and Schoeck had defeated that duo in February of this year.
Congratulations to Luke Shields and Thomas Schoeck
for making it to the Sweet 16 of the national tournament. You did
yourselves proud and made Bronco fans proud as well!