Women's Tennis Breaks into ITA Top-25; Prepares for UNLV, Nevada and Washington State

Hitting a season-high of No. 25, the Boise State women’s tennis team jumped 21 spots in the ITA National Team rankings this week. The ranking is the highest ITA national ranking for the Bronco women’s team on record (dating to the 2000-01 season). The highest rank the Broncos have held this season was No. 37 in the Feb. 10 poll. The Broncos hold a 10-2 dual record this season and an 8-1 ITA Central Region record.


The No. 25-ranked Boise State Broncos will compete in their third-straight week on the road when they head to Las Vegas to take on No. 69-ranked University of Nevada-Las Vegas and unranked Western Athletic Conference opponent University of Nevada-Reno, Mar. 6-8. Boise State will first take on UNLV in a 10 a.m. (Pacific Time) match on Fri., Mar. 6 at the Fertitta Tennis Complex. They will then take on UNR on Sun., Mar. 8 in a 10 a.m. (PT) match, while the Rebels and Wolf Pack face-off on Sat., Mar. 7 at 10 a.m. (PT).


Boise State will extend their weekend of play through to Tues., Mar. 10 when they travel to Pullman, Wash., to take on unranked Washington State University in a 12 p.m. (PT) dual match.


Friday, March 6 at UNLV Las Vegas, Nev., 10 a.m. (Pacific Time)
Sunday, March 8 vs. Nevada Las Vegas, Nev., 10 a.m. (Pacific Time)
Tuesday, March 10 at Washington State Pullman, Wash., 12 p.m. (Pacific Time)

The Broncos come off a weekend where they finished 3-0, including three wins against ITA Central Region foes. The Broncos (then-ranked No. 46) started out their weekend with a 5-2 upset win over then-ranked No. 40 Brigham Young on Wed., Feb. 25. Boise State then traveled to Albuquerque, N.M. where they defeated No. 50-ranked New Mexico, 6-1, on Friday, followed by a 7-0 sweep over Northern Arizona on Saturday.

Boise State jumped to No. 25 in this week’s national ranking, holding their highest rank on record from the ITA national rankings. Boise State boasts an impressive 10-2 record while also holding an 8-1 regional record and a 1-0 WAC record. So far the Broncos hold a 3-1 away record and a 2-0 record in neutral matches.


Boise State has two players in the ITA national singles and doubles rankings with junior Pichittra Thongdach leading the way with a No. 70 rank in singles play, jumping from her last ranking of No. 95. Thongdach holds a singles record of 23-5 overall, including a 9-2 record in dual matches. Freshman Lauren Megale entered the ITA singles rankings for the first time in her career snagging the No. 123 spot. Megale possess a 23-6 overall singles record while also holding a 10-2 dual record. The pair joins as the No. 79-ranked doubles team in the country, holding an impressive 13-1 overall record and a perfect 11-0 record in dual matches at the No. 1 doubles spot. Freshman Vivien Silfany has also been a big impact in the Broncos’ success as of late, earning her first career WAC Player of the Week honor this weekend and producing a 10-4 singles record this year, including a 6-0 dual record.


UNLV enters the weekend with a No. 69 rank, falling 20 spots from their No. 49 rank in last week’s poll. The Rebels hold a 6-3 record and are coming off a tough 7-0 loss to Pepperdine on Feb. 28. Their most recent win came over UC Riverside in a 7-0 sweep.

The Rebels are led by senior Kristina Nedeltcheva who plays at the No. 1 spot and holds a 12-4 singles record. Senior Nikol Dimitrova plays mainly at the No. 2 spot, holding an 8-9 record while senior Katy Williams holds a 13-7 singles record playing mainly in the No. 3 spot.


Nevada enters the weekend with only four matches under their belts and a 1-3 record on the season. The Wolf Pack earned their sole win of the season on Jan. 31 when they defeated Pacific, 4-3. From there, Nevada has earned a 6-1 loss to Sacramento State, a 4-3 loss to BYU and a 5-2 loss to Utah.


No. 1 singles player Caroline Bailey holds a 5-8 record on the season, including a 0-2 record in duals. Florence De Vrye holds a 5-7 overall record and a 2-0 dual record in the No. 2 spot this season, while Lais Ogata has played at the No. 3 spot, earning a 1-1 dual record and a 5-8 overall record.  


Washington State enters the weekend with a 3-9 record on the season and are coming of two 7-0 losses to Stanford and California, respectively, this past weekend. Their three wins of the season were their first three matches of the 2009 dual season dating back to Jan. 17 and 21. The Cougars picked up 6-1 wins over Idaho and Air Force while also defeating Weber State, 7-0.


The Cougars are led by Ekaterina Kamendova in the No. 1 singles spot with a 9-6 singles record on the season. Playing mainly in the No. 2 spot this season, Elisabeth Fournier holds a 13-7 singles record while Aleksandra Cekic shares time with Fournier in the No. 2 and No. 3 spots and holds a 10-11 record.

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