Broncos Drop First Match of Season to No. 11-Ranked Clemson in ITA First Round

CLEMSON, S.C. In the first day of the Intercollegiate Tennis Association’s National Team Indoor first and second rounds, the No. 41-ranked Boise State women’s team dropped their first of two matches hosted by the Clemson University. The Broncos (2-1) fell to No. 11-ranked Clemson (3-0), 4-1, at the Clemson Indoor Tennis Center on Saturday afternoon.

 

Playing only until a team clinched the win, the Broncos and Tigers played to a 4-1 score. The Broncos started out strong, winning the doubles point with wins at No. 1 and No. 3. Pichittra Thongdach and Lauren Megale earned an 8-4 win over Josipa Bek and Ani Mijacika of Clemson in the No. 1 match. Rocio Frej and Klaudia Wlodarczyk helped the Broncos clinch the doubles point with an 8-4 win over Estefania Balda and Alexandra Luc in the No. 3 spot.

 

Clemson’s Ina Hadziselimovic and Keri Wong earned a quick win over Bianca Jochimsen and Laura Baum in the No. 2 doubles match for the Tigers’ only doubles win.

 

In a three-hour match, Clemson was able to come from a 1-0 deficit in the team score and tie it up with Mijacika winning the No. 1 singles match over Thongdach, 6-1, 6-3. The Tigers’ Keri Wong was the next to earn a win, defeating Wlodarczyk, 6-1, 6-3 in the No. 4 singles match. Jochimsen fought a tough battle in the No. 3 singles match, but couldn’t hold off Balda who won, 6-4, 2-6, 6-1 to put the Tigers up 3-1. In the No. 2 singles match, Bek was too much for Megale as she clinched the Tigers’ win in a 6-2, 4-6, 6-3 win.  Singles matches No. 5 and No. 6 were not completed since Clemson already had earned the team win.

 

The Broncos will continue action on Sunday morning at 9 a.m. (Eastern Time) in the consolation match with No. 39 Lousiville. Louisville suffered a 4-0 loss to No. 26 Auburn in a Saturday morning match. Clemson will go on to face Auburn in a 2 p.m. match on Sunday.

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