With the match and an automatic invitation the National Indoor Tennis Championships on the line, Piotr Dilaj carried Boise State to a thrilling 4-3 win over New Mexico in the Mountain Regional final. The undefeated Broncos will play in the nationals for the third time in four years.
is headed for the Sweet Sixteen of the Intercollegiate Tennis Association
National Team Indoor Championships next month for the third time in four
years.The Broncos blanked UNLV 4-0 and
then outlasted #54 New Mexico 4-3
in the Mountain Regional final to earn the trip to Seattle.
The Mountain West Conference Lobos battled Coach Greg Patton's team tooth and nail, just as they did last year.Piotr Dilaj downed Kamil Pajkowski in
straight sets at the No. 6 singles position to advance his team into the
national championships to end a five-hour dual between the two teams.
"It's like jumping on a train at
the last minute right when it's leaving," said head coach Gregg Patton of the
closeness of the final match. "Luckily we [BoiseState] are all aboard on the train to
The undefeated Broncos (4-0) lost the doubles point
unexpectedly, as the Lobos' Max Jones and Pajkowski shocked Luke Shields and
Kean Feeder 9-8 and Chris and Johnny Parkes knocked off Clancy Shields and
Steve Robertson 8-3.BoiseState's Paul Koenke and Eric
Roberson managed to win their No. 3 doubles match.
47th-ranked Luke Shields was able to top #35 Max
Jones 6-0-6-2 to even the score, but Chris Parkes upset Feeder in straight
sets.Brent Werbeck and Steve Robertson
captured straight set victories to put the Broncos up 3-2, but another Lobo
upset by Johnny Parkes over 19th-ranked Clancy Shields evened the
With the pressure on, Dilaj came through with a 7-5, 7-6 win
to punch the Broncos' ticket to Seattle.The Indoor Championships begin February 15
and will feature the nation's 13 top-ranked teams along with #22 BoiseState, #37 Washington
and #40 PennState.
Earlier in the day, the Broncos disposed of UNLV in four
singles matches, with both Shields brothers joining Dilaj and Roberson in the
Mexico defeated third seed Utah
4-1 to reach the Regional final.
Broncos and Lobos face off in a dual match in Albuquerque
Mountain Regional Playoff - Finals
No. 1 seed BoiseState (#22) vs. No. 2 seed New Mexico (#54)
January 19, 2008, at BoiseState's Boas Indoor TennisCenter