Bronco Tennis Team Downs Pesky Fresno State

In what could be a preview of the upcoming WAC Tennis Championships, Boise State held off Fresno State for an exciting 4-3 victory today at the Appleton Tennis Center.

The #22 Boise State tennis team turned back archrival Fresno State 4-3 today at the Appleton Tennis Center for its 24th win of the season.  The Broncos' lineup rocked #62 Fresno with five singles wins, four of them in straight sets. 

The Broncos had to fight uphill after losing the doubles point for one of the only times this year.  Luke Shields and Piotr Dilaj, the #52 doubles team in the nation, were handled by Fresno's Jakup Cech and Mirko Zapletal 8-4.  Chancy Shields and Steve Robertson brought the doubles score to 1 apiece with a 9-7 win over Charlies Irie and Tejesvi Veerepali.  But Fresno's Taylor Leiby and Rudof Siwy downed Blake Boswell and Eric Roberson 8-4 to score the match's first point.

To win, the Broncos would have to win four of six singles matches to hold off Fresno State.  That turned out not to be a problem.  Clancy Shields took care of business with a 6-4, 6-2 win for his 23rd win of the year.  Brother Luke recovered from his doubles loss to take care of Cech 7-5, 6-3.  Steve Robertson fell for just the third time this season as Veerepalli got the best of him 6-4, 6-3 to even the match.

With the pressure on, Blake Boswell earned a hard-fought 6-3, 7-5 victory over Irie at No. 4 singles for his 22nd win of the year.  Boswell's victory set up a chance for Roberson to put the match away.  In one of the great contests of the day, Roberson did just that with a 6-3, 3-6, 6-3 win over Flavio Molinedo.  It turned out to be a crucial win, since Dilaj fell to Zapletal 4-6, 6-0, 7-6 (6).

The Broncos go for another win tonight at 6 against WAC foe Utah State.


Match Results

Boise State 4, Fresno State 3



1.  Luke Shields (Boise State) def. Jakub Cech (FS), 7-5, 6-3

2. Clancy Shields (Boise State) def. Rudolf Siwy (FS), 6-4, 6-2

3. Mirko Zapletal (FS) def. Piotr Dilaj (Boise State), 6-4, 0-6, 7-6 (6)

4.  Blake Boswell (Boise State) def. Charles Irie (FS), 6-3, 7-5

5. Tejesvi Veerepalli (FS) def. Steve Robertson (Boise State) 6-4, 6-3

6.  Eric Roberson (Boise State) def. Flavio Mollinedo (FS), 6-3, 3-6, 6-3



1. Cech/Zapletal (FS) def. L. Shields/Dilaj (BSU), 8-4

2. C. Shields/Robertson (BSU) def. Irie/Veerepalli (FS), 9-7

3. Leiby/Siwy (FS) def. Boswell/Roberson (BSU), 8-4


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