No. 35 Boise State Opens Road Trip at No. 8 Stanford

BOISE, Idaho - The No. 35 Boise State women's tennis team kicks off a grueling five day road trip on Wednesday (Feb. 17), when the Broncos travel to Palo Alto, Calif. to face No. 8 ranked Stanford in a highly anticipated non-conference dual.

            The Stanford match marks the first of three in five days for Boise State, as the Broncos will then travel to University Park, Penn. to face off with No. 69 Marshall on Saturday (Feb. 20) and Penn State on Sunday (Feb. 21). The Stanford match is scheduled to start at 2:30 p.m. (MST), while the Broncos will face both Marshall and Penn State at 10 a.m. (MST).

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Looking at the Broncos...

            Boise State moved up three spots to No. 35 in last week's Intercollegiate Tennis Association national rankings after a big home win against No. 60 Colorado on Feb. 7. The Broncos improved their overall record to 3-2, and 1-2 against top-60 opponents.

            The road ahead won't get any easier for the women as they are set to face two more nationally ranked opponents this week. No. 8 Stanford will mark the Broncos' highest ranked opponent so far this season. Boise State did face No. 17 North Carolina earlier this season in a match that the Broncos lost, 7-0.

Last time out...

            The Broncos rebounded from a pair of losses at the ITA Kick-Off with a big home win over No. 60 Colorado on Feb. 7 at the BOAS Indoor Tennis Center. Boise State captured a critical doubles point in dramatic fashion, as the Broncos won the No. 1 singles match, 9-7, to earn the advantage heading into singles competition.

            Boise State extended its' lead to 4-0, winning the first three singles matches of the day as well. No. 43 ranked Pichittra Thongdach led the way for the Broncos with a decisive 6-0, 6-2 win over No. 64 Melisa Esposito at No. 1. Boise State finished the day with singles wins at No. 1, 4, 5 and 6.

Looking at the Cardinal...

            Stanford enters this week ranked No. 8 in the ITA team rankings, after an impressive 5-0 start to the 2010 season. The Cardinal has earned three wins over top-60 opponents, including wins over No. 24 TCU (6-1), No. 27 Texas (5-2) and No. 59 Sacramento State (7-0).

            Stanford is led by a trio of singles standouts, including two players that are ranked in the Jan. 5 ITA individual rankings. Mallory Burdette leads the way for the Cardinal with a No. 16 ranking, while Hilary Barte is No. 18 and Carolyn McVeigh is No. 78.

            The Cardinal also boast one of the top doubles teams in the country, as Burdette and Barte were ranked No. 2 in the first ITA doubles ranking of the season.

Looking at the Herd...

            Marshall reached a No. 69 ranking in the Feb. 12 ITA team poll after jumping out to a perfect 7-0 record to start the season. The Herd has won big in all seven matches; with their closest coming in a 5-2 victory over Virginia Tech. Marshall has also played to a stellar 3-0 record against nationally ranked opponents, earning wins over No. 71 Miami (OH) (6-1), No. 31 Kentucky (6-1) and No. 49 Virginia Tech (5-2).

            The Herd is led by Michaela Kissell, who is ranked in the top-35 nationally in both singles and doubles. She was No. 35 in the first ITA singles ranking of the year, as well as No. 14 in doubles with teammate Dominica Zapranzna.

            Prior to meeting Boise State on Saturday, Marshall will face Penn State on Friday.

Looking at the Nittany Lions...

            Penn State has struggled early on this season, playing to a 2-4 overall record and a 0-1 record against nationally ranked opponents. The Nittany Lions most recent loss came at the hands of No. 55 Oklahoma, 7-0.

            Penn State is extremely young this season, however, boasting just three upper classmen on their 11 player roster. The Nittany Lions will meet Marshall on Friday prior to playing Boise State on Sunday.

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