Women's Tennis Opens ITA Kick-Off Against Nebraska

BOISE, Idaho - The No. 38 ranked Boise State women's tennis team travels to Evanston, Ill. this weekend to face the biggest challenge of the Broncos young season, Saturday-Sunday (Jan. 29-30), with a pair of duals against top 50 opponents as part of the 2011 ITA Kick-Off.

The ITA Kick-Off is a 60 team event, which is broken into 15 locations featuring a four team pool at each site. Boise State is paired with No. 20 Northwestern , No. 34 Nebraska and No. 44 Harvard. The team that goes 2-0 from each of the 15 locations will earn a trip to the 2011 ITA Indoor Team National Championships in Charlottesville, Va., Feb. 18-21.

The Broncos open the weekend on Saturday (Jan. 29) with a match-up against Nebraska at 2 p.m. (CST). Depending on the outcome of Saturday's dual, Boise State will then play the winner or loser of Harvard and Northwestern on Sunday.

Last time out...

The Broncos are coming off a strong opening weekend to the 2011 season in which the women went 2-0 during a road trip to Colorado. Boise State beat Denver, 5-2, on Friday (Jan. 21), before knocking off No. 71 Colorado, 6-1, on Sunday (Jan. 23). The Broncos went 5-1 in doubles and 9-3 in singles en route to the two wins.

National Rankings...

Boise State enters this weekend ranked No. 38 for the second consecutive regular season poll after a 2-0 start to the year. The Broncos had two doubles teams ranked nationally in the Jan. 4 ITA rankings. Marlena Pietzuch and Sonia Klamczynska are No. 77, while Lauren Megale and Klamczynska are tied for No. 90.

Looking at the competition...

Nebraska opens its 2011 indoor schedule this weekend as the Cornhuskers have not played since late October. Nebraska is coming off a solid 2010 campaign in which they finished 22-6 with an 8-5 record against ranked opponents. The Huskers season came to an end in the second round of the NCAA tournament with a 4-0 loss to Northwestern.

Northwestern will look to rebound to a slow start to the season as the Wildcats are 0-2 to begin the year. Northwestern dropped its season opener, 5-2, to No. 16 Georgia Tech. That was followed with a 4-3 loss to No. 26 Vanderbilt. Maria Mosolova is currently ranked No. 52 in singles, while Brittany Wowchuk is No. 66, Belinda Niu is No. 76 and Kate Turvy is No. 120. The Wildcats also have two doubles team currently ranked with Linda Abu Mushrefova and Nida Hamilton (No. 30); and Olga Bazhanova and Bianca Schulz (No. 68).

Harvard enjoyed a jump up in the national rankings this week after opening the season with a 5-2 win over Boston. Holly Cao is currently ranked No. 45 in singles.

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