Boise State Women's Tennis Opens Indoor Season in Montana

BOISE, Idaho - The No. 34 Boise State women's tennis team opens up its' 2010 indoor season, Saturday (Jan. 23), when the Broncos head to Bozeman, Mont. for a pair of duals against the University of Montana and Montana State.

            Boise State is scheduled to face Montana at 9 a.m. Saturday morning, with a dual against Montana State to follow at 3 p.m. Montana and Montana State were voted into a tie for third in the Big Sky Conference preseason women's tennis team poll.

Looking at the Broncos...

            The Bronco women open the season ranked No. 34 in the first Campbell/ITA Division I Women's Team Poll of the season. Boise State is coming off its' most successful season in school history, in which the Broncos reached the second round of the NCAA tournament for the first time ever.

            Boise State finished the 2009 season with a 24-5 overall record, which led them to a runner-up finish at the Western Athletic Conference tournament.

            This year's team is led by senior Pichittra Thongdach, who is currently ranked in the top-50 nationally in both singles and doubles. Thongdach finished the fall with a 12-5 singles record en route to winning the ITA Mountain Region Singles Title and earning a trip to the NCAA National Individual Indoor Championships. Thongdach starts the spring ranked No. 43 in singles.

            Thongdach also teamed up with junior Lauren Megale in doubles throughout the fall, compiling a 9-4 record. The duo put together an outstanding regional tournament as well, capturing the doubles title and earning a trip to nationals. For the fall success, Thongdach and Megale are ranked No. 24 to start the spring.

University of Montana and Montana State...

            The University of Montana opens the 2010 season with high hopes of building upon an 8-13 season in 2009. The Grizzly return five upperclassmen, which should help in their quest to reach the top of the Big Sky.

            Montana State enters this season in a similar standing, as the Bobcats are trying to improve upon an 11-9 dual record last season. MSU did play its' way into the Big Sky tournament semifinals, however, where the Bobcats lost to Northern Arizona (4-1). MSU will be forced to grow behind a young roster that boasts just three upperclassmen.

Early season travels...

            The Broncos open their spring schedule with a series of road tests before returning to Boise to host the University of Colorado on Feb. 7 (Sunday). The dual against the Buffalo is scheduled for 2 p.m. Prior to hosting Colorado, the Broncos head to South Bend, Ind. for the first and second rounds of the ITA National Team Indoor Championships.

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