Bronco Women Prepped to Defend Their Perfect Home Season

The No. 59 Bronco women’s tennis team (7-4) will host No. 35 St. Mary’s College of California and the University of San Diego in the upcoming weekend. The Broncos will first take on the Toreros of USD in a 2 p.m. match on Friday, March 7. Continuing action, the Broncos will host the St. Mary’s Gaels in a 10 a.m. match on Sunday, March 9. Both matches are scheduled to be played at the Boise State Appleton Tennis Center, weather permitting.

Friday, March 7 Boise State vs. San Diego, 2 p.m.
Saturday, March 8 St. Mary’s vs. San Diego, 10 a.m.
Sunday, March 9 Boise State vs. St. Mary’s, 10 a.m.

(All matches will be played at the Appleton Tennis Center, weather permitting. The Boas Tennis Center will be the backup location in case of rain.)

Boise State remained in unchanged at the No. 59 spot this week in the Intercollegiate Tennis Association Division I College Rankings. The Broncos’ Polina Kokoulina and Pichittra Thongdach snuck into the ITA doubles rankings placing 58th this week.

The Broncos hit the road last weekend facing then ranked No. 64 New Mexico and No. 66 Western Michigan in Albuquerque, New Mexico. On Friday, February 29, the Broncos fell 5-2 to New Mexico before bouncing back on Saturday, March 1 with a convincing 6-1 win over Western Michigan. Boise State’s Polina Kokoulina snagged the Western Athletic Conference Player of the Week honor after her play last weekend, joining Pichittra Thongdach in doubles play to go 2-0 and finishing with a 2-0 singles record on the weekend as well.

The University of San Diego is the only team to enter the weekend unranked. The Toreros enter the weekend with a 2-6 record after falling to the Lady Paladins of Furman on February 27, 5-2. Despite the efforts of the No. 2 doubles duo, Helene Lindstrand and Alexandra Demidova to earn an 8-5 win, Furman was able to secure the doubles point after winning two of the three matches. In singles play, USD received match wins at the No. 5 and No. 6 spots by Demidova and Ellie Faulkner.

St. Mary’s (7-2) jumped 13 spots in the latest ITA team rankings to No. 35 this week. The Gaels have one ranked singles player, Jessica Hoath, who ranks No. 117 in singles play. The Gaels’ jump in the rankings was so big due to their upset victory over UC Irvine.

Then No. 48 ranked Saint Mary's upset last week’s No. 35 UC Irvine in a close dual match, 4-3. The Gaels used stellar play in singles action to grasp the win, as freshman Claire Soper clinched the victory for the team at the No. 3 position. The freshman's match against the senior was the fourth singles match to finish, as the Gaels won the first four, at positions two, one, five, and three.

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