Women's Tennis Hosts Montana State, Penn State in Spring Opener

BOISE, Idaho The 45th-ranked Boise State women’s tennis team is set to begin their 2009 spring season, playing host in two dual matches at the Boas Tennis Center. The first of the two matches will be held on Fri., Jan. 23 at 3 p.m. against the Montana State Bobcats with the Broncos going on to play the Penn State Nittany Lions on Sun., Jan. 25 at 10 a.m. The two visiting teams will face off in a dual at 10 a.m. on Saturday morning.



The Broncos (0-0) enter the weekend as the only nationally ranked team of the three, boasting two players in the national ranks. Junior Pichittra Thongdach holds the No. 104 spot in the national singles rankings while also joining doubles partner, freshman Vivian Silfany, for the No. 54 spot in the nation’s doubles poll.


Thongdach also leads the team in the Intercollegiate Tennis Association Central Region singles rankings, holding the No. 7 spot. Freshman Lauren Megale holds a regional singles ranking at No. 12, while Silfany sits at No. 23 and junior Bianca Jochimsen ranks No. 30. In regional doubles rankings, Thongdach and Silfany hold the No. 4 spot while Megale is joined by senior Klaudia Wlodarczyk in the No. 5 spot. Jochimsen is joined by senior Laura Baum in the No. 11 doubles spot to round out the Broncos’ rankings.



The Bobcats (0-0) enter the weekend in the same fashion as the Broncos, opening up their 2009 spring season. They first face Boise State followed by Penn State over the weekend.


As a team, the Bobcats are not ranked nor do they hold any national singles or doubles rankings. However, Montana State’s Stephanie Jasper does rank at No. 30 in the central region singles rankings.



The Nittany Lions enter the weekend as the only team to have played a match of the three teams. With a 1-0 record after defeating Bucknell, 6-1, Penn State will face both Montana State and Boise State.


Much like Montana State, the Nittany Lions have no ranked players in singles or doubles, nor is their team ranked nationally. Competing in the ITA East Region, Penn State does not currently hold any regional rankings either.



(All matches at the Boas Tennis Center)

Fri., Jan. 23 Boise State vs. Montana State, 3 p.m.

Sat., Jan. 24 Montana State vs. Penn State, 10 a.m.

Sun., Jan. 25 Boise State vs. Penn State, 10 a.m.

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