Broncos Fall at Arizona 4-0
Jan. 26, 2018

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TUCSON, Ariz. – The Broncos dropped their first road test of the season, losing 4-0 at Arizona on Friday afternoon.

“We had a really tight match with Arizona. Our players stepped out and played courageously and threw the first punch from the get-go in doubles to put us in a great position to take the doubles point,” explained head coach Beck Roghaar. “Arizona showed a lot of toughness and grit to hang in at the number one spot and take the deciding doubles match with the close tiebreaker. We took a little too long to bounce back from losing the doubles point on a couple of courts, but gave ourselves a chance to win.”

The Broncos (1-1), were close with the Wildcats (1-0) through the doubles point, with Wilhelmina Palmer/Lilian Poling winning at No. 2 doubles, forcing a tiebreak on court one, but Anja Dokic/Wiktoria Nosek fell 7-6.

From there, the Broncos had a slow start to singles, with Nosek falling at No. 3 to Camila Wesbrooks, 6-3, 6-0, then senior Nancy Menjivar going down at No. 6 to Sophia Thomas, 6-3, 6-0. The match-clinching point for the Wildcats came at No. 4, with Hanna Kantenwein falling to Talya Zandberg, 6-3, 6-3.

The three remaining matches were suspended, and the Broncos were looking strong, as Poling battled back at No. 2 from losing set one 6-3 to taking set two, 7-5. Palmer was also gaining ground, as she lost set one 6-1, but took set two 6-4. Then at No. 1 singles, Dokic was locked into a battle with Devin Chypyha, battling to take set one, 7-6, but falling in set two 6-1, with the match ending before the set three tiebreak.

“Overall, the matches we lost were competitive and tight,” said Roghaar. “The matches that were left on when the match was clinched we had a lot of momentum going, where we had split sets and had early leads in the third. I felt like we needed to find one more point early in the match to put pressure on Arizona from the start.”

“Overall I think as a team it’s clear that we’ve matured exponentially since last season and just need to focus on a few things that are within our control to get over the top in matches like these. We are going to get there, and we’re all hungry to do it soon,” said Roghaar.

The Broncos will return home to host Lewis-Clark State on Sunday, Feb. 4 at 10 a.m. MT.

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