April 20, 2008

35th-Ranked Boise State Sweeps 65th-Ranked UCSB in Regular Season Finale

April 20, 2008

Boise, Idaho - In its last match of its regular season, the No. 65 UC Santa Barbara men's tennis team (13-9) came up empty-handed Sunday afternoon as the No. 35 Boise State squad swept the Gauchos 7-0.

"This is the first time we have been shutout this year," head coach Marty Davis said. "We have at least come up with a victory in doubles, but Boise State just played great tennis."

The match started with the pair of sophomore Philip Therp and junior Bijan Hejazi falling to Luke and Clancy Shields of Boise State, 8-4. The Gauchos needed to take the next two doubles matches to steal the doubles point, but the Broncos defended their home court well, outlasting the Gauchos' No. 2 and No. 3 duos by a score of 9-8 in both matches.

In singles play, the Broncos simply outperformed an exhausted and road-weary Gauchos squad, winning every singles match. Santa Barbara dropped matches at No. 1, and No. 2, both by way of sweep. At No. 1, Philip Therp lost to No. 79 Luke shields, 6-2, 6-3, and at No. 2, junior Bijan Hejazi was defeated by No. 60 Clancy Shields, 6-1, 6-4.

At the No. 3 slot, senior Jack Hui forced Werbeck into a third set tie-breaker, before losing 6-4, 6-7 (10-5). The rest of the Gauchos followed suite as the Broncos completed their 4th sweep of the season and their 10th victory in a row.

However, there is good news.

In Big West play, UC Irvine defeated Cal Poly this weekend, insuring UCSB a lock at the No. 1 seed and a first-round bye in the Big West playoffs next weekend at Indian Wells, Calif. Their opponent will be decided this Friday, Apr. 25, when No. 4 seed Cal Poly takes on No. 5 seed UC Davis. The winner will face the Gauchos next Saturday, Apr. 26 at 3:00 p.m. at Indian Wells, Calif.

Doubles
C. Shields/L. Shields def. Hejazi/Therp 8-4
Koenke/Roberson def. Konigsfeldt/Finkelstein 9-8
Dilaj/Robertson def. Hui/Dalskov 9-8

Singles
#79 Luke Shields def. Philip Therp 6-2, 6-3
#60 Clancy Shields def. Hejazi 6-1, 6-4
Brent Werbeck def. Jack Hui 6-4, 6-7 (10-5)
Steve Robertson def. Konigsfeldt 6-4 6-3
Paul Koenke def. Max Taylor 6-2, 6-3
Eric Roberson def. Josh Finkelstein 6-4, 6-3