Broncos Prep for Busy Week against BYU, New Mexico and Northern Arizona

WHAT’S HAPPENING:
The No. 46-ranked Boise State women’s tennis team will take to the road again after a one-week break from competition. The Broncos have three matches this week, against No. 40-ranked Brigham Young University, No. 50-ranked New Mexico and unranked Northern Arizona, all of which are ITA Central Region opponents. The Broncos first travel to Provo, Utah to take on BYU on Wed., Feb. 25 at 1 pm followed by matches against UNM and NAU on Fri., Feb. 27 and Sat., Feb. 28, respectively, in Albuquerque, N.M.

 

WEEKEND SCHEDULE (All times Mountain):
Wednesday, February 25 at BYU, 1 p.m. (BYU Indoor Tennis Center Provo, Utah)
Friday, February 27 at New Mexico, 5 p.m. (UNM Tennis Complex Albuquerque, N.M.)
Saturday, February 28 vs. Northern Arizona, 1 p.m. (UNM Tennis Complex Albuquerque, N.M.)
 
LAST TIME OUT:
The Broncos come off a week of rest, however, their most recent weekend of play ended in a 1-1 split on Feb. 12 and 14. The Broncos dropped 4-3 to the University of Utah in Salt Lake City on Feb. 12, but bounced back to defeat the University of Colorado in Boulder, 5-2, on Feb. 14.  

BOISE STATE:
The No. 46-ranked Broncos enter the weekend with a stellar 7-2 dual record this season, including a 5-1 record against ITA Central Region teams. With the newest ITA singles and doubles rankings being released on Feb. 19, the Broncos have only one nationally ranked player. Junior Pichittra Thongdach holds the No. 95 spot in the ITA singles rankings and boasts a 6-2 dual singles record this season.  

 

Boise State also boasts four regionally ranked (according to the Jan. 6 rankings) singles players and three doubles teams. Thongdach leads the Broncos in the regional ranks, sitting at No. 7. Lauren Megale sits just behind at No. 12 while Vivien 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.  

 

BYU:
No. 40-ranked Brigham Young enters the weekend with a 3-4 record overall as well as a 2-1 record against central region teams. The Cougars are coming off a loss to No. 5-ranked Notre Dame on Feb. 21 where they fell 6-1.

 

The Cougars have two ITA national rankings, the first being sophomore Kristina Doerr who holds the No. 107 spot in singles. In doubles, McCall Jones and Megan Price share the No. 60 spot as the only ranked doubles team for BYU. In the ITA Central Region rankings released on Jan. 6, Doerr ranks as the No. 4 singles player while Jones holds the No. 14 spot.

 

NEW MEXICO:

The No. 50-ranked University of New Mexico enters the weekend with a 2-5 record on the season and a 0-1 record against ITA Central Region teams. The Lobos are coming off a 6-1 loss in the most recent match, falling to then-ranked No. 25 Pepperdine on Feb. 15.

 

The Lobos have no nationally ranked singles or doubles players, but do have a handful of players ranked in the Jan. 6 ITA Central Region rankings. Ola Abu-Zekry holds the No. 13 spot in the region’s singles rankings, while Mackenzie White joins her in the No. 22 spot. In doubles rankings, White is joined by Emma Hayman as the No. 7-ranked doubles team in the region.

 

NORTHERN ARIZONA:

Northern Arizona enters the weekend unranked and holds a 2-5 record on the season. The Lumberjacks also hold a 1-0 regional record after defeating New Mexico State, 4-3, on Feb. 21. The Lumberjacks most recent weekend of play was in Las Cruces, N.M., where they finished with a 2-1 record. They first defeated NMSU followed by a loss to the University of Texas-El Paso, 6-1 on Feb. 21. In their final match of the weekend, NAU earned a win over Texas Pan American, 7-0 on Feb. 22.

 

The Lumberjacks have no nationally or regionally ranked players at this time.


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