Blane Shields
Blane Shields
Height: 5-10
Year: Sophomore
Hometown: Novato, Calif.
High School: San Marin

AS A SENIOR IN 2007-08: Doubles: played with Jay Wong for a fall 1-2 record in the Bulldog Classic and the ITA Regionals where they defeated Saint Mary's rivals Youssef El Bouskouri and Andrea Zannoni, 8-1 in the first round. Singles: went 5-3 in the fall season in three tournaments ... played in the All-American Championships Pre-Qualifying tournament, defeating Clemson's Derek Difazio 6-2, 6-2 ... played in the Bulldog Classic defeating UC Davis' Justin Garcia 6-1, 6-3 followed by a 6-3, 6-0 win over University of Washington's Martin Kildahl ... competed in the ITA Regionals, beating San Francisco's Rainer Nachbauer, 7-6, 7-5 and a win against Xavier Barajas-Smith of Sacramento State 6-1, 6-3.

AS A JUNIOR IN 2006-07: Had one of the best years in program history, going 22-5 in singles for a school-record winning percentage of .815 ... had 15-2 mark in dual singles matches ... went 17-16 overall in doubles, 15-11 in duals ... named All-WCC Honorable Mention in singles and doubles ... Doubles: traveled to Oklahoma for Polo Ralph Lauren Championships with Kevin McQuaid and the pair lost 8-5 to Gubic and Vujaklija of Wichita State ... also played in Bronco Classic and ITA Regionals with McQuaid, going 1-2 ... earned 8-3 win with McQuaid on Oct. 1 in ITA Regionals Rd of 32 vs. McDonald and Pinot of Oregon ... on Jan. 14 at the Aztec Invitation beat San Diego State's Timu and Ceban 9-7 alongside McQuaid ... won second straight on Jan. 20 vs. UC Santa Cruz, defeating Seeberger and Vartabedian 8-4 at the No. 1 position ... lost six doubles matches in a row at No. 1 from Jan. 20-Feb. 9 ... won two straight with McQuaid on Feb. 10 and 14, knocking off Christen and Alcala of Arizona 8-3 and Heinemann and Weber of Hawaii 8-4 ... won final dual match of year with McQuaid on Mar. 11 vs. Cal Poly, beating Dewitte and Berger 8-5 ... went 10-3 with Robert Gallman in doubles, with 12 matches coming at No. 2 and one at No. 1 ... won first six dual matches with Gallman from Mar. 2-27 ... paired with Gallman for a victory over Strom and Yemm 8-5 of Portland on Mar. 2 ... the pair repeated the success with a victory over Saint Mary's Kusnierz and Christner 8-4 on Mar. 4 ... remaining undefeated, the Gallman-Shields pair defeated USF's Hart and Del Rosario 8-4 on Mar. 8 ... teamed up with Gallman in doubles to take the No. 1 position and earn a victory over Dybala and McDonald 8-5 vs. Montana State on Mar. 24 ... on Mar. 27 picked up a doubles victory alongside Gallman at the No. 2 position over Brigham Young's Hand and Sanchez 8-6 ... after losing two straight to Denenberg and Valkin of Harvard and Morrissey and Wire of Stanford, won three in a row with Gallman, beating David and Smith of Nevada 8-3 on Apr. 13, Oechel and Spector of UC San Diego 8-4 and Barajas-Smith and Van Dillen of Sac. State 8-5 on Apr. 15 ... lost 8-5 to Mouly and Wolmarans in WCC semifinals vs. San Diego on Apr. 21 ... defeated Kusnierz and Platonov of Saint Mary's on Apr. 22 by an 8-6 score ... Singles: reached the semifinals of the Bronco Classic Flight "C" with wins over Hugh McDonald of Oregon 7-5, 6-3, Marco Pineda of Gonzaga 6-4, 6-2 and Ramon Perez of Sac. State 2-6, 7-6 (5), 6-0 ... won first round match at ITA Regionals on Oct. 20, beating Nick Berger of Cal Poly 6-0, 6-1 ... also won three consolation draw matches at ITA Regionals, beating John Petit of Cal, 6-2, 6-3, Hague Van Dillen of Sac. State 6-1, 6-1 and Darryn Young 6-3, 6-4 ... won first eight dual matches of the season in straight sets, seven at No. 6 and one No. 4 ... at UC Irvine Shields earned first dual victory of the spring over Alex Sundling 6-2, 7-5 on Feb. 14 ... defeated Brent Hunter 6-1, 6-3 of Hawaii on Feb. 14 ... defeated Portland's Evan Schleining 6-3, 6-4 at No. 6 on Mar. 2 ... vs. Cal Poly knocked off Nick Berger 6-2, 6-4 on Mar. 11 ... at No. 6 defeated Cornell's Jonathan Fife 6-4, 6-2 on Mar. 23 ... on Mar. 24 posted a singles win over Montana State's Justin Hauck 7-5, 6-2 ... completed win streak on Mar. 27 with 7-6 (7), 6-1 victory over Michael Eraso of BYU ... bounced back from first loss with win on Apr. 4 against Paul Morrissey of Stanford, 6-2, 6-2 at the No. 5 position ... vs. USF on Apr. 5 earned a 7-5, 2-6, 6-1 singles win vs. Asaf Cohen ... finished season with five straight wins, including three at the WCC Championships ... on Apr. 15, swept to wins vs. Steven Oechel of UC San Diego 6-3, 6-2 and Warwick Foy of Sac. State 6-4, 6-3 ... in the first round of the WCC Championships defeated Nikola Petrov of Loyola Marymount, 6-2, 3-6, 7-5 on Apr. 21 ... in the semifinals defeated USD's Matt Ozurovich 6-3, 6-2, in the No. 6 spot on Apr. 21 ... finished season with win over Yury Platonov of Saint Mary's 7-5, 6-1 in WCC third place match on Apr. 22.

AS A SOPHOMORE IN 2005-06: Ended the season with an overall singles mark of 10-12, including a 2-2 mark in conference... occupied mainly the No. 4 and 6 positions during the dual match season... defeated Colin Mark-Griffin of UC Santa Cruz 6-1, 6-2 to secure Santa Clara's first dual match victory of the season... helped Santa Clara beat WCC rival San Francisco twice during the regular season by sweeping Rafael Corazza on both occasions... went 3-1 at the Wilson/ITA Northwest Regional Championships... reached the quarterfinals of both the Santa Clara Bronco Classic and the Baylor Intercollegiate... posted a 20-16 doubles record, playing primarily with Kevin McQuaid at the No. 1 and 2 spots... the 20 doubles victories is the most in program history for one season and second on the career doubles victories list... went 7-2 in the WCC with McQuaid, earning All-WCC Second Team honors... the pair advanced to the Round of 16 at the Wilson/ITA Northwest Regional Championships, Baylor Intercollegiates, and the Santa Clara Bronco Classic.

AS A FRESHMAN IN 2004-05: Competed in inaugural Bronco season as a doubles specialist...scored first career dual match doubles victory over University of San Francisco with freshman Chris Iwamura...paired with senior Eric Kochanski at the No. 1 doubles position...defeated No. 72 Portland which led Santa Clara to a 3rd place finish at the WCC Championships...participated in singles and doubles at the Pacific Tiger Fall Classic during the fall tournament season.

HIGH SCHOOL: A 2004 Graduate of San Marin High School in Novato, Calif... tallied a 36-3 singles record... voted team MVP three times... ranked as high as No. 5 in Boys 16s and No. 3 in Boys 14s in the Northern California tennis section... earned a USTA national ranking of 83rd in Boys 16s and 58th in Boys 14s... a three-sport athlete, also participating in basketball and baseball... an infielder/pitcher for the Mustangs and recipient of Sportsmanship Award... a two-time recipient of the Sportsmanship Award for basketball.

PERSONAL: Full name is Blane Ryan Shields... parents are Scott and Mary Shields... father played baseball at University of Illinois and Illinois Wesleyan... is an undeclared business major... enjoys sports, ping-pong and music.

 

Shields' Career Statistics

 

Year Singles Dual Singles Overall Doubles Dual Doubles Overall
2007 15-2 22-5 15-11 17-16
2006 4-8 10-12 16-10 20-14
2005 0-0 0-2 2-7 4-8
Career 19-10 32-19 33-28 41-38