Broncos Fall to Pioneers
March 3, 2017

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BOISE, Idaho – Boise State pushed Denver periodically over the course of the match on Friday night at the Boas Indoor Center, but the Pioneers were able to eventually pull out the 7-0 victory. The Broncos were extremely competitive against a team that possesses the No. 96 singles player in the country and the No. 11-ranked doubles team.

“We just need to keep putting ourselves in these kind of situations until we learn how to win in them,” head coach Beck Roghaar said. “We’re doing the right things to get ourselves there which is an improvement from where we were in our BYU match or where we were weeks prior. We can’t really control what the other team does, but we can control what we do. I see a lot of improvement from these last couple matches and these last few weeks, and that’s really what we are focused on.”

Denver claimed the doubles point with victories on court two and three. The Pioneers’ No. 2 doubles team of Bianca Mok and Morgan Barnhill defeated the Broncos’ Hanna Kantenwein and Wiktoria Nosek 6-2. Court three saw Jovana Kuljanin and Nancy Menjivar battle with Sonja Radosevic and Claire Koke, but Denver was able to claim the 6-3 result.

The No. 1 court was the most entertaining match, as Lilian Poling and Anja Dokic were matched up with the No. 11 doubles team in the country – Julia O’Loughlin and Maureen Slattery. Dokic and Poling more than held their own, but the close match tilted the way of the Pioneers (6-4).

Denver made it a 2-0 match in singles when Nosek fell to Radosevic in straight sets 6-1, 6-2 at the No. 5 position. Kuljanin hung tough against Arisha Ladhani, but eventually came up short 6-4, 6-3 to give the Pioneers a 3-0 lead.

The visitors clinched the match on court four when Menjivar was defeated by Gracia Mboko 6-4, 6-3 at No. 4.

Poling pushed Slattery to the brink in the second set, but Slattery was able to come back and claim the 6-2, 7-5 win on court two.

Going up against two of Denver’s strongest players, Kantenwein and Dokic rallied in both of their matches and reached third sets at No. 1 and 3 singles, respectively. Kantenwein took the first set from the big-serving O’Loughlin, but dropped the second and third sets to come up just short 4-6, 6-1, 6-3.

Dokic’s match against the No. 96-ranked Mok made for an epic finish to the evening. Mok won the first set, but Dokic surged back and earned the 6-4 win in the second set, setting up for a back-and-forth third set tiebreaker.

Dokic pulled ahead 3-0 to start, but Mok regained the momentum and pulled ahead to gain the 9-5 edge.  The freshman battled all the way back to tie the match at 9-9, but Mok was able to eventually get the 15-13 win in the tiebreaker to claim the win.

The Broncos will return to Boas and face Oregon on Sunday, March 5 at 11 a.m.

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