Fans in both Boise and Fresno are well aware of the friendly but competitive rivalry that exists in football. That fierce competive spirit has spread to other WAC sports, including tennis. Boise State looks to attract a large, loud crowd for Saturday morning's battle between the #21 Broncos and the #62 Bulldogs.
The BoiseState tennis team
faces one of their toughest battles of the year with archrival FresnoState, #62 in the
country, visits the AppletonCenter Saturday
morning.The day will also feature a
match with Western Athletic Conference foe UtahState at at Appleton, weather
the Broncos and Bulldogs have only been facing each other regularly since 2001
when BoiseState joined the WAC, the rivalry
between the two talented and competitive schools has spread from football to
other sports.Last year, BoiseState downed Fresno in the finals
of the WAC Championships to advance to the
BoiseState is #21 in the
nation with a 23-5 record.Coach Greg Patton's team has defeated 13 ranked opponents this year.
a rest last weekend, Luke Shields returns to the top of the lineup.Shields is ranked 12th in the
country with a 19-3 singles record.Brother Clancy is #62 in the country with a 13-5 singles record.Sophomore Steve Robertson has become one of
the key cogs in the Broncos' success, sporting a 15-2 record in singles
play.Junior Piotr Dilaj has also aided
the Bronco cause of late with key victories.Dilaj and Luke Shields are also ranked #52 in doubles.
Junior Eric Roberson will need to continue his
hot streak to give the Broncos the win over FresnoState Saturday.Roberson has won seven matches in a row to
advance his record to 19-14.The other
starter for Boise State will
likely be either Blake Boswell (13-10) or Brent Werbeck (12-7).
BoiseState owns a 14-match winning-streak against UtahState dating back to 1987.If BoiseState can emerge victorious from their battle
against FresnoState and they're not exhausted, they'll go
for a second win against UtahState later in the day.
to Bronco star Clancy Shields, the match at FresnoState last year
sparked a new rivalry between the two schools. "This match will be a war, and will be very
exciting to watch," Shields said."Just
like the NCAA Tournament, the level of play will be dramatically intensified
due to the rivalry," he added.Shields
encourages Bronco fans to come out and be "loud and intimidating"."Opponents have admitted getting nervous
playing against our crowd, and we will need another one Saturday," he said."Tell everyone you know, and I'll see you on