Broncos Hit the Road to Challenge ITA Central Region Opponents Utah and Colorado

WHAT’S HAPPENING:
The No. 37-ranked Boise State women’s tennis team will begin a seven-week away schedule at the No. 51-ranked University of Utah and No. 47-ranked University of Colorado this week. The Broncos first travel to Salt Lake City to take on ITA Central Regional foe, Utah, on Thurs., Feb. 12 in a 2:30 p.m. match at the Eccles Tennis Center. The Broncos then travel to Boulder, Colo., to take on their second regional opponent of the week, the Buffs, on Sat., Feb. 14 in a 10 a.m. match at the Millennium Harvest House.

 

WEEKEND SCHEDULE:
Thursday, February 12 at Utah, 2:30 p.m. (Mountain Time)
Saturday, February 14 at Colorado, 10 a.m. (Mountain Time)
 
LAST TIME OUT:
The Broncos come off a solid weekend of play after sweeping all three opponents at the Boas Tennis Center on Feb. 6 and Feb. 7. The Broncos began by picking up 7-0 wins over ITA Central Region opponents Colorado State and Utah State on Friday, followed by another regional win over Kansas State, 7-0, on Saturday. After an excellent weekend of play, freshman Lauren Megale was named the WAC Player of the Week (Feb. 2-8).

BOISE STATE:
The Broncos enter the weekend with an intimidating 6-1 record while also boasting an impressive 4-0 record over ITA Central Region opponents. The Broncos also hold a 1-0 record in the WAC after their win over Utah State. Boise State’s away record sits at 0-1, with their only loss coming to then-ranked No. 11 Clemson at the ITA Kick-off Tournament. After moving up one spot from last week’s team rankings, the Broncos also boast two national rankings from the Jan. 6 ITA Singles and Doubles rankings. Junior Pichittra Thongdach holds the No. 104 singles ranking, while she is joined by freshman Vivien Silfany as the No. 54-ranked doubles team in the country.

 

Boise State also boasts four regionally ranked singles players and three doubles teams. Thongdach leads the Broncos in the regional ranks, sitting at No. 7. Megale sits just behind at No. 12 while Silfany holds the No. 23 spot. Junior Bianca Jochimsen rounds out the Boise State singles rankings at the No. 30 spot. In doubles, Thongdach and Silfany rank No. 4 while Megale is joined by senior Klaudia Wlodarczyk as the No. 5-ranked team. Jochimsen is joined by Laura Baum as the No. 11-ranked regional doubles team.

 

UTAH:
Utah enters the weekend with a 2-3 overall record as well as a 1-0 ITA Central Region record after earning their most recent win over Weber State, 7-0. The Utes rank No. 51 this week after dropping one spot in the team rankings this week.

 

The Utes have no nationally ranked singles players or doubles team, but do have one regionally ranked singles player and one ranked doubles team. Erin Monson holds the No. 24 spot in the Central Region rankings while she is joined by Anastasia Putilina as the No. 14-ranked doubles team in the region.

 

COLORADO:
No. 47-ranked Colorado enters the weekend with a 4-3 record overall and a 2-0 regional record as well. After dropping eight spots in the weekly rankings this week, the Buffs look to rebound from their 4-3 loss to Oregon last week. Monica Milewski leads the Buffs in the rankings, holding the only national ranking and two regional rankings. Milewski sits at No. 110 in the Jan. 6 national singles rankings as well as No. 8 in the regional singles ranks. She is joined by Camila Belassi as the No. 12-ranked doubles team in the ITA Central Region. Also ranked in the region’s singles rankings, Melisa Esposito holds the No. 19 spot while Fraziska Jendrian sits at No. 25 in the region.

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