Luke Shields To Represent the United States

What a year it has been for junior Luke Shields. The popular Boise State tennis star has received the National Sportsmanship Award, led the Broncos to a 30-6 record and #24 ranking and finished 13th in the country in singles. Now, Shields will represent the United States at the Pan-American Games July 13-29 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. A hearty congratulations to this great Bronco!

Boise State tennis standout Luke Shields will represent the United States in the Pan-American Games beginning July 13th in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.  Shields, who is competing currently for the U.S. Summer Collegiate Team, will join the United States team for the world's second-largest sporting event after the Olympic Games.

 

Shields is the first Bronco to represent the U.S. in tennis.     The tennis competition will be held on the clay courts of the Marapendi Club.   This year, an estimated 5,500 athletes from 42 countries are slated to compete in 33 sports. 

 

Shields compiled a 35-7 record in singles and 21-11 in doubles play this year for the Broncos and finished the year as the #13 singles player in the nation.  He was a key factor in leading Boise State to its third consecutive Western Athletic Conference championship and berth in the NCAA National Championships.  The Broncos downed Texas A & M-Corpus Christi and then gave a gutsy performance against host Texas before bowing to the 12th-ranked Longhorns.  Shields did his part that afternoon in winning his match.  Boise State finished the year ranked 24th nationally with a sparkling 30-6 record. 

 

Shields advanced to the quarterfinals of the ITA National Individual Indoor Championships in the fall season, earning All-America honors, and also advanced to the quarterfinals of the All-American by defeating three consecutive ranked opponents.  Luke was ranked number one at the ITA Mountain Region Championships in singles and qualified for the Round of 16 at the Mountain Region Championships before defaulting to his teammate. 

 

Shields was 35-7 overall in singles and 21-11 in doubles play. Luke was 11-4 against ranked opponents in the spring, including a narrow three set loss (6-0, 5-7, 10-6) to the #1-ranked player, Somdev Devvarman of Virginia.  Shields reached the round of 32 at the NCAA National Outdoor Tennis Championships.  In doubles, Luke and his brother Clancy reached the Round of 16 at the ITA National Indoor Championships before losing to the #16 tandem in the country from Tennessee.  Playing with various partners this season, Luke was 2-3 against ranked opponents.  In the NCAA Championships, he once again paired with Clancy and the pair was knotted at 6 with the #25 doubles team in the nation from Texas when the Longhorns clinched the match.

 

Shields was awarded Western Athletic Conference Player of the Year, named All-WAC first team in both singles and doubles, ranked #1 in the Mountain Region and named to the 2007 USTA/ITA Summer Collegiate Team.  He became the first Bronco tennis athlete to earn three All-American honors in his career and the first to reach All-American status twice in singles.

 

On top of his brilliant play on the court, Luke was awarded the USTA/ITA National Sportsmanship Award.

 

Past tennis standouts to have represented the United States at the Pan American Games include Arthur Ashe, Althea Gibson, Luke Jensen, Patrick McEnroe, Chanda Rubin and Pam Shriver.

 


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