Broncos Head to Clemson University for ITA Kick-Off Weekend


The 45th-ranked Boise State women’s tennis team is headed to Clemson, S.C. for the weekend to participate Intercollegiate Tennis Association Kick-Off Weekend. The Broncos are one of 60 teams competing in the event over 15 different host sites. Clemson University will host the Broncos as one of four teams for their tournament taking place on Sat., Jan. 31 and Sun., Feb. 1 at the Hoke Sloan Tennis Center.


Each site hosts a four-team tournament and the 15 schools that win both of their matches at these events will be invited to play in the Feb. 13-16 ITA National Team Indoor Championships at the Univ. of Wisconsin.


The Broncos’ bracket includes No. 11 Clemson, No. 27 Auburn and No. 40 Louisville.



Saturday - 9:00 am - Clemson vs. Boise State

Saturday - 2:00 pm - Auburn vs. Louisville

Sunday - 9:00 am - consolation match

Sunday - 2:00 pm - championship match



Live stats and official results will be posted at:



The No. 45-ranked Broncos enter the tournament with a 2-0 record after downing Montana State and Penn State at home this past weekend. The team ranks No. 45 in the nation while Pichittra Thongdach holds the No. 104 spot in singles play. Thongdach is joined in the rankings by Vivian Silfany to hold the No. 54 spot in doubles rankings. No other Broncos are currently ranked in the nation’s top-125 singles players or top-55 doubles teams.



Clemson enters the weekend ranked No. 11 in the nation while also boasting a 2-0 record after wins over College of Charleston and Virginia Commonwealth University. The Tigers boast five nationally ranked singles players, including: No. 4 Ani Mijacika, No. 10 Josipa Bek, No. 102 Federica Van, No. 111 Keri Wong and No. 117 Alexandra Luc. In doubles, Van and Mijacika join as the No. 13-ranked team in the country while Wong is joined by Ina Hadziselimovic as the No. 35 doubles team.



The Auburn Tigers enter the weekend ranked No. 27 in the country. The Tigers will open their 2009 dual season on Jan. 28 at the University of Georgia. Auburn hosted the Auburn Winter Invitational from Jan. 16-18, earning the tournament title. The Tigers have three nationally ranked singles players and one ranked doubles team. Fani Chifchieva holds the top spot for Auburn at No. 6 in singles. Melissa Koning sits at No. 41 while Alex Haney holds the No. 86 spot to round out the ranked Clemson singles players. Haney and Koning join as the Tigers’ only ranked doubles team at No. 22.



Ranked No. 40 in the nation, Louisville is the only team to be playing at Clemson this coming weekend that does not have a nationally ranked singles player or doubles team. The Cardinals hold a 2-0 record entering the weekend after defeating Morehead State and Michigan State earlier in the month.


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