Boise State's Run in the Mountain West Championships Ends in Quarterfinals
April 28, 2018

BOISE, Idaho – The No. 6-seeded Broncos battled down to the last point, but fell 4-3 to No. three-seeded San Jose State in the quarterfinals of the Mountain West Women’s Tennis Championships on Friday evening at Appleton Tennis Center and Boas Indoor Tennis Center.

The Broncos finish the regular season with a record of 14-8, and showed great fight in a match that featured a 50-minute rain delay and a venue change from Appleton Tennis Center to Boas Indoor due to weather.

"There is not a lot that can be said in moments like these that can really make your team feel much better after losing a match as close and as big as this one, but man to I love this group. The fight they showed tonight and all season long to give everything they have to the Blue and the Orange is something to be very proud of," said head coach Beck Roghaar.

The Broncos won the doubles point for the 17th time this season to take an early 1-0 lead. The Broncos lost on court one, but the No. 2 duo of Wilhelmina Palmer/Lilian Poling defeated Miyo Kobayashi/Laura Malsert, 6-4 to tie doubles up, 1-1. The Broncos came through at No. 3 doubles, as Vanessa Timm/Nancy Menjivar defeated Tamara Culibrk/Clara Mantaux, 7-5 to clinch doubles for the Broncos.

The Spartans (13-8) tied things up with a win over Nosek at No. 4 singles.

With the score being 1-1, a rain delay forced the matches indoors to the Boas Indoor Facility. After about a 50-minute rain delay, the teams started back up in singles.

The Spartans took a 2-1 lead after Sybille Gauvain defeated Anja Dokic at No. 1 singles, 7-5, 6-3 and then they pushed their lead to 3-1 with a win at No. 5 singles.

However, the Broncos battled, and Poling delivered an incredible comeback win at No. 3 singles to make it a 3-2 match. After losing the first set to the Spartans’ Kobayashi 6-0, she came back in a big way, winning the second set 6-4 and the third set 6-2.

Palmer then delivered an incredible three-set victory over Tamara Culibrk at No. 2 singles to tie things up, 3-3. She dropped the first set 4-6, but won the second set 6-4 and the third-set 6-0 in a convincing fashion.

That left everything up to senior Nancy Menjivar at No. 6 singles. After winning the first set 7-5, she dropped the second set to the Spartans’ Mantaux 6-2, setting up a winner-take-all third set. In a back-and-forth match, things were tied 6-6, setting up a tiebreak. Menjivar just could not get a rhythm in the tiebreak, and Mantaux won it for the Spartans, 7-2.

"Their commitment to each other and the process has been as good as I have seen as a group. This team made history for our program and as a group it has been an absolute honor to coach them," said Roghaar.

"So many people put so much into our group this year and I'm so thankful for all of them and their dedication to our young women. What we learned this year is going to make for some pretty special things for us in the future," explained Roghaar.


No. 3 San Jose State 4, No. 6 Boise State 3
Mountain West Championships – Quarterfinals
April 27, 2018
Appleton Tennis Center/Boas Tennis Center
Boise, Idaho

No. 1 – Sybille Gauvain/Savannah Sendar (SJSU) def. Anja Dokic/Wiktoria Nosek (BSU) – 6-4
No. 2 – Wilhelmina Palmer/Lilian Poling (BSU) def. Miyo Kobayashi/Laura Malsert (SJSU) – 6-4
No. 3 – Vanessa Timm/Nancy Menjivar (BSU) def. Tamara Culibrk/Clara Mantaux (SJSU) – 7-5
Order of Finish: 2,1,3*

No. 1 – Sybille Gauvain (SJSU) def. Anja Dokic (SJSU) – 7-5, 6-3
No. 2 –Wilhelmina Palmer (BSU) def. Tamara Culibrk (SJSU) – 4-6, 6-4, 6-0
No. 3 –Lilian Poling (BSU) def. Miyo Kobayashi (SJSU)  – 0-6, 6-4, 6-2
No. 4 – Savannah Sendar (SJSU) def. Wiktoria Nosek (BSU) – 6-4, 6-1
No. 5 –Laura Malsert (SJSU) def. Vanessa Timm (BSU)  – 1-6, 6-1, 6-2
No. 6 –Clara Mantaux (SJSU) def. Nancy Menjivar (BSU) – 7-5, 2-6, 7-6 (7-2)
Order of Finish: 4,1,5,3,2,6*

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