Broncos Headed For National Championships

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.

#22 Boise State 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 [Boise State] are all aboard on the train to Seattle."

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.  Boise State'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 match.

 

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 Boise State, #37 Washington and #40 Penn State.

 

Earlier in the day, the Broncos disposed of UNLV in four singles matches, with both Shields brothers joining Dilaj and Roberson in the win column.  New Mexico defeated third seed Utah 4-1 to reach the Regional final.

The Broncos and Lobos face off in a dual match in Albuquerque next Thursday.

 

 

Mountain Regional Playoff - Finals

No. 1 seed Boise State (#22) vs. No. 2 seed New Mexico (#54)

January 19, 2008, 6 p.m. at Boise State's Boas Indoor Tennis Center

Doubles

1. Jones/Pajkowski def. Feeder/L. Shields, 9-8

2. Parkes/Parkes def. Robertson/C. Shields, 8-3

3. Koenke/Roberson (#41) def. Kassautzki/Wood, 9-7

Singles

1.  Luke Shields (#47) def. Max Jones (#35), 6-0, 6-2

2. Johnny Parkes def. Clancy Shields (#19), 7-6, 6-3

3.  Robertson def. Graeme Kassautski, 6-2, 7-6

4. Chris Parkes def. Feeder, 6-1, 6-3

5.  Werbeck def. Miles Bugby, 6-2, 6-1

6.  Dilaj def. Kamil Pajkowski, 7-5, 7-6

 

Final Score: Boise State 4, New Mexico 3

Boise State Season Record: 4-0

UNM Season Record: 1-1

 

 

Mountain Regional Playoff - Semifinal

No. 1 seed Boise State (#22) vs. No. 4 seed UNLV

 

Doubles
1.  Feeder/Luke Shields (BOISE STATE) vs. Wes Burrows/Elliot Wronski (UNLV), DNP
2.  Robertson/Clancy Shields (
BOISE STATE) vs. Luca Barlocchi/Andrew Giuffrida (UNLV), DNP
3.  Koenke/Roberson (
BOISE STATE) vs. Matt Kunkel/Bryan Miller (UNLV), DNP

Singles
1.  Luke Shields (#47), BOISE STATE def. Elliot Wronski, UNLV; 6-1, 6-4
2.  Clancy Shields (#19),
BOISE STATE def. Wes Burrows, UNLV; 6-1, 6-2
3.   Werbeck (#69),
BOISE STATE vs. Luca Barcocchi, UNLV; 1-6, 6-0, DNF
4.  Dilaj,
BOISE STATE def. vs. Bryan Miller BOISE STATE; 6-2, 6-1
5.  Roberson (#65),
BOISE STATE def. Matt Kunkel UNLV; 6-1, 6-2
6.  Boswell,
BOISE STATE vs. Andrew Giuffrida, UNLV; 6-4, 4-2 DNF

Final Score: Boise State 4, UNLV 0

 


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