Boise State Coach Greg Patton won his 600th collegiate tennis match yesterday, guiding the Broncos to a 7-0 sweep over WAC Rival Utah State. Boise State concludes their regular season with two home matches next Saturday, then hosts the WAC Tennis Championships beginning Friday, April 27th.
Boise State Hall of Fame tennis
coach Greg Patton won for the 600th time of his collegiate coaching
career last night as the #22 Broncos blanked UtahState 7-0 at the AppletonTennisCenter.
Patton has compiled a remarkable
600-273 record in his career that includes a 248-78 record during his eleven
seasons at BoiseState. In that time, Patton has led the
Broncos to eight conference titles and nine berths in the NCAA
Championships.Patton has also coached
at UC Santa Barbara (1976-78), CSU Bakersfield (1978-79), UC Irvine (1979-1992). Patton's 1997 team
was ranked #2 in the nation and finished fifth at the NCAA Championships,
earning Greg NCAA Coach of the Year honors.
The Broncos swept all three
doubles matches to set up the historic day.Piotr Dilaj and Eric Roberson played No. 1 doubles for the first time
this season and promptly ousted Oscar Ericsson and Jonas Tvden 8-1.Stanley Sarapanich and Blake Boswell then won
their match 8-4, followed by a victory by Clancy Shields and Brent Werbeck by
the same count.
Bronco singles players did
not lose a set in completing the sweep.Luke Shields downed Ericsson 6-2, 6-1 to record his 31st
victory of the season.Shields is now
four shy of tying his own BoiseState record of 35, which he set as a freshman.Dilaj won at No. 2 singles with a 6-2, 7-5
win, then Roberson notched his 20th victory of the year with a 6-1,
6-2 victory over UtahState's Fernando Galegos.
Werbeck followed with a 6-3, 7-5
victory to put BoiseState ahead 5-0.Sarapanich scored a 6-2, 6-1 win and Jamaal
Hepburn continued his undefeated streak with a 7-6, 7-6 win at No. 6 singles.
BoiseState improved to 25-5 this season with their
ninth straight win while the Aggies slip to 6-7.
Coach Patton and the Broncos
conclude their regular season next Saturday with matches against Eastern Washington at and vs. UC-Irvine at BoiseState will host the WAC Championships Friday April 27th
through Sunday the 29th at the AppletonCenter and various locations throughout Boise.
MatchResults BoiseState 7, UtahState 0
1. Luke Shields
defeated Oscar Ericsson, 6-2, 6-1
2. Piotr Dilaj
defeated Hannes Schenk, 6-2, 7-5
3. Steve Robertson
defeated Fernando Galegos, 6-1, 6-2
4. Brent Werbeck
defeated Jonas Tyden, 6-3, 7-5
5. Stanley Sarapanich defeated Mike
Banks, 6-2, 6-1
6. Jamaal Hepburn
defeated Dantley Young, 7-6, 7-6
1. Dilaj/Roberson defeated Ericsson/Tyden, 8-1
2. Boswell/Roberson defeated Schenk/Young, 8-4
3. C. Shields/Werbeck defeated Banks/Ballam, 8-4