No. 49 Boise State Returns Home for Pair of Duals

BOISE, Idaho - The No. 49 ranked Boise State women's tennis team returns home this weekend (Feb. 26-28) for some much needed home cooking as the Broncos will look to rebound from a tough five day road trip with duals against the University of New Mexico and Washington State University.

            Boise State will host New Mexico on Friday at 2 p.m., before squaring off against Washington State on Sunday at 11 a.m. Both duals will be played at the BOAS Indoor Tennis Center.

Last time out...

            The Broncos (4-4) return home after a grueling three dual road trip in which the women finished with a 1-2 record. Last Wednesday (Feb. 17) the Broncos suffered a tough 7-0 loss against No. 8 Stanford to open the five day swing. On Saturday (Feb. 20), Boise State dropped its' second consecutive match with a 5-2 loss to No. 45 Marshall.

            The Broncos rebounded on Sunday (Feb. 21) with a 5-2 win over Penn State to end the weekend on a high note. Boise State returns home now for six consecutive home duals.

Falling in the national rankings...

            Boise State's tough outing last week severely hurt the Broncos in the national rankings, as the women dropped seven spots in the Feb. 23 ITA poll from No. 42 to No. 49. The Broncos began the season ranked No. 34, and reached as high as No. 33 before starting to drop.

            Pichittra Thongdach still leads the way for the Broncos as she is currently ranked No. 27 in singles. Thongdach has compiled a 4-4 record at No. 1 for Boise State so far this season. She has also teamed up with Lauren Megale to earn a No. 33 ranking in doubles. The duo is 5-3 at No. 1 for the Broncos. All three losses came against top-10 opponents (No. 2, No. 6 and No. 9).

Looking at the Lobos...

            New Mexico (1-6) has struggled early on this season with just one lone win coming against the University of Texas - Arlington. The Lobos and Boise State have played one common opponent in Colorado. New Mexico lost to the Buffalo 7-0.

         Anya Villanueva leads the way for the Lobos, having played No. 1 in singles in 6-of-7 duals. She currently has just a 2-4 dual record, however, as New Mexico has compiled just a 6-of-34 record in dual singles matches so far. The Lobos haven't faired much better in dual doubles matches either, as they have won just 2-of-18 to date.

Looking at the Cougars...

            Washington State will look to earn its' biggest upset of the indoor season on Sunday when they bring their 6-3 record to Boise. The Cougars have experienced their share of success early on, with all three of their losses coming against ranked opponents; No. 68 BYU (4-3), No. 71 Utah (5-2) and No. 47 Sacramento State (5-2).

            WSU is led in singles by Liudmila Vasilieva who is currently ranked No. 61 with a 6-3 record. In doubles, Erin Troedson and Marina Nicolas were ranked No. 54 in the most recent ITA rankings.

            The Cougars will face New Mexico on Saturday at 10 a.m. at the BOAS Indoor Tennis Center, prior to meeting the Broncos on Sunday.

Getting to the match...

This weekend's matches will be played at the BOAS Indoor Tennis Center located at 1507 S. Oakland Ave. in Boise. Coming from Boise State, take University Dr. west to Lincoln Ave. Take a left on Lincoln, then a right at Beacon St. At the first stop light, take a left on W. Boise Ave. Turn right on W. Highland St. and follow 0.2 miles. Highland St. will turn into Oakland Ave. The BOAS Indoor Tennis Center is located on the right side.

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