Boise State Hosts ITA Region Playoff Saturday

Boise State will host BYU, UNLV, and New Mexico at the Boas Tennis Center this Saturday. The winner earns the right to go to the Nationals in Chicago.

The Boise State men's tennis team will host the Intercollegiate Tennis Association Mountain Region Team Playoff this Saturday at the Boas Tennis and Soccer Complex in Boise.  The Broncos earned the right to host by capturing the team title at the ITA Mountain Region Championships in Las Vegas, NV. last Oct. 18-22.


The first match will begin at 9:30 AM. Boise State will take on the Runnin' Rebels of UNLV. The second match will feature BYU vs. University of New Mexico starting at 12:30 PM. The championship match will feature the winners of the earlier matches in a dual scheduled for 6:30 in the evening. The winner joins fifteen other elite teams in Chicago for the National Indoor Championships. Let's hope it is Boise State!


This year's Bronco team may be the strongest in the history of the Boise State tennis program.  That says a lot considering not long ago the Broncos were ranked #2 in the nation, knocked off UCLA on their courts, and featured All-American and Wimbledon Doubles Champ, Wesley Moodie.


The team features seven of the top twenty players in the region including number-one-ranked Luke Shields.


Luke enters the match ranked 15th nationally according to the ITA. He is also ranked third in doubles along with his partner Piotr Dilaj. Luke led the Broncos during the fall with 10 victories including five against opponents ranked in the top 100 (#12, 18, 22, 41 and 87). He also qualified for the quarterfinals at the All-American tournament and the ITA National Individual Indoor Championships.


Clancy Shields enters the ITA Mountain Region Team Playoff ranked number four regionally and number 94 nationally. He advanced to the finals of the ITA Mountain Region Championships. Clancy enjoyed a team-best five-match winning streak during the fall, which included victories over three nationally-ranked opponents (#32, 63 and 90).


Blake Boswell could be a freshman phenom. He has turned heads in the Mountain Region and earned the number nine ranking. He was the lone freshman to compete for the Broncos during the fall season including participating in the qualifying portion of the All-American Tournament after winning in the final round of the pre-qualifying tournament. Boswell is also ranked fourth in the region in doubles with teammate Eric Roberson.


Roberson is ranked 13th in the region as an individual after advancing to the quarterfinals of the Mountain Region Championships. He combined with teammate Dilaj to post the lone doubles championship for the Broncos in the fall along with a team-best eight doubles victories.


Dilaj enters the ITA Mountain Region Team Playoff ranked 14th in the region and third in doubles with teammate Luke Shields.


Brent Werbeck played to the next level in the fall and went on a four match win streak that earned a number 16 ranking in the region.


Sophomores Steve Robertson and Clancy Shields are the number seven ranked doubles team in the region. The duo earned All-Western Athletic Conference honors last season. Robertson is also the 17th ranked individual in the region.


There's more icing on the cake.  The team has no seniors and two more super players about to enter from stage left.  Kean Feeder, listed as a sophomore, is recovering from an injury and should be ready to play sometime this spring.  And Stanley Sarapanich, listed as a junior, a California JC All-American should be a go soon also.


Bronco Coach Greg Patton says this season is the first of huge things to come for Bronco tennis.


If they don't get her done this year…look out next year.


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