Rally Falls Short Against Cowgirls
April 2, 2017

Final Stats

BOISE, Idaho - Boise State women's tennis stormed back from an early deficit Sunday, but Wyoming prevailed 4-3 in the divisional matchup. The Broncos (11-6) trailed 3-0 before stringing together three third-set wins, but the Cowgirls (14-3) used a comeback of their own on court four to secure the win. Five of the last six meetings between Boise State and Wyoming have been decided 4-3.

"Wyoming is probably the most competitive team on our schedule every year," said head coach Beck Roghaar. "When we meet up, both teams want it really bad. We have a group of young women here who work as hard as anybody and Wyoming can say the same thing."

Anja Dokic knotted the team score at three with a gutsy performance at the No. 1 singles position. Dokic and Wyoming's Magdalena Stencel traided games in the third set, each breaking the other's serve, until Dokic held serve to make it 6-5 and broke Stencel one last time to earn the 7-5, 3-6, 7-5 win.

"In the big moments of the match, Dokic is clutch," Roghaar said. "What she's learning is that at the number one spot, she has to bring it every day. She's doing great things and has great things ahead of her. It's just about the consistency. I couldn't be more proud of the effort she put forth today, giving us a chance to win."

At the same time court one was finishing, Nancy Menjivar was pushed to a third set on court four as Milka Genkova won a second-set tiebreaker to stay alive. When Menjivar and Genkova returned to the court to start their deciding set, their's was the only match still going and the team win hung in the balance.

Genkova broke Menjivar for the first game and held in the second to take a 2-0 lead. Menjivar scrapped back into contention twice, but eventually fell 6-2 in the third set.

Wyoming took the doubles point to jump out to a 1-0 lead. The teams split the first two matches on courts two and three, before deciding the point at No. 1 doubles. The Cowgirls fought off match point and eventually won in a tiebreaker. The first two singles matches also went to the visitors, putting Wyoming on the brink of victory.

Hanna Kantenwein started to turn the tide for the Broncos. Kantenwein picked up a win on court three (7-5, 1-6, 6-1) to get the Broncos on the board. Wiktoria Nosek shook off a first-set loss for a 3-6, 6-4, 6-0 win at No. 5 singles to set up the dramatic finish.

"If we want to beat good teams we have to close the door," said Roghaar. "With a young group, we just need to keep putting ourselves in position to have that opportunity until we break through and get it done. This match is going to help us down the line."

Boise State hits the road next week to continue Mountain West play. The Broncos will visit Air Force (Friday, 12:30 p.m. MT) and New Mexico (Sunday, 11 a.m. MT).

Match Results
Wyoming 4 Boise State 3
April 2, 2017
Boise, Idaho | Appleton Outdoor Tennis Center

Doubles Results
1. Koonik/van Der Ploeg (Wyoming) def. Kantenwein/Nosek (Boise State) 7-6 (5)
2. Dokic/Poling (Boise State) def. Stencel/Talbert (Wyoming) 6-4
3. Tkachenko/Jonas (Boise State) def. Menjivar/Kuljanin (Boise State) 6-1
Order of Finish: 3, 2, 1

Singles Results
1. Anja Dokic (Boise State) def. Magdalena Stencel (Wyoming) 7-5, 3-6, 7-5
2. Dorottya Jonas (Wyoming) def. Lilian Poling (Boise State) 6-2, 1-6, 6-0
3. Hanna Kantenwein (Boise State) def. Tessa van Der Ploeg (Wyoming) 7-5, 1-6, 6-1
4. Milka Genkova (Wyoming) def. Nancy Menjivar (Boise State) 4-6, 7-6 (4), 6-2
5. Wiktoria Nosek (Boise State) def. Elisa Koonik (Wyoming) 3-6, 6-4, 6-0
6. Ana Tkachenko (Wyoming) def. Kirsty Venter (Boise State) 6-1, 6-3
Order of Finish: 6, 2, 3, 5, 1, 4

Total Time- 3:46
Attendance- 98

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