Broncos Conclude Six Dual Home Stand This Weekend

BOISE, Idaho - The No. 43 Boise State women's tennis team will wrap up a six dual home stand this Friday-Sunday (March 19-21), as the Broncos play host to the University of Denver and the University of San Diego in a pair of non-conference duals.

            The Broncos (8-4) will meet Denver (3-11) on Friday at 2 p.m. before squaring off with San Diego (7-6) at 11 a.m. on Sunday. Both duals are scheduled to be played at the Appleton Tennis Center, but will be more to the BOAS Indoor Tennis Complex in the case of poor weather.

Last time out...

            Boise State is coming off a big win in the fourth of six straight home duals as the Broncos knocked off Brigham Young University, 5-2, last Saturday at BOAS. The Broncos earned the doubles point with wins at No. 2 and No. 3. Boise State managed to seal with victory with four wins (No. 2, No. 3, No. 4 and No. 6) in singles competition.

Winning ways...

            After an up and down start to the 2010 season, Boise State has begun to roll during their last five duals. The Broncos have won five straight, which has come in large part to their schedule of four straight home duals. Boise State has yet to lose at home this spring (5-0). The Broncos have also been dominant against Mountain Region opponents, playing to a 6-0 record thus far.

            The only area that Boise State has struggled at all is against nationally ranked opponents, as the Broncos are just 2-4 against top-75 teams.

National rankings...

            Boise State continued to move up in this week's ITA National Team Rankings as the Broncos jumped from No. 46 to No. 43. On the heels of a five dual winning streak, Boise State has moved up in two consecutive polls.

            The Broncos are still led in singles by senior Pichittra Thongdach, who was ranked No. 48 this week by the ITA. Thongdach did drop six spots from No. 42, however, after losing her match last Saturday against BYU. Thongdach and Lauren Megale also remained in the doubles ranking, although the duo dropped 10 spots from No. 23 to No. 33 this week.

Looking at the Pioneers...

            Denver enters this weekend looking to rebound from a tough start to the 2010 season. The Pioneers are 3-11 in dual competition, with their only wins of the season coming against Colorado State (5-2), Pacific (4-3) and UC Santa Barbara (4-1). Denver has also struggled greatly on the road, compiling just a 1-10 record away from home.

            The Pioneers' woes have come behind a grueling schedule, which pitted Denver against nine nationally ranked opponents to start the year. The Pioneers are 0-9 against top-75 opponents thus far, despite starting the spring ranked No. 49 in the country.

            Denver is led in singles by Ute Schnoy, who was ranked No. 101 in the March 16 ITA Individual Rankings. She has compiled a 6-9 record while playing at No. 1 for the Pioneers this spring.

Looking at the Toreros...

            San Diego has played through its' share of highs and lows already this season as the Toreros enter the week with a 7-6 record in dual competition. USD earned their biggest win of the year early on this spring with an upset over No. 28 LSU, 4-1. The Toreros are coming off a pair of wins against the University of Pennsylvania, 7-0, and the University of San Francisco, 6-1.

            Juliette Coupez has led the way for USD in singles this spring, as she has played to a 7-5 record at No. 1 for the Toreros.

            USD will play two matches this week prior to facing off against the Broncos. The Toreros will host Washington State on Wednesday (March 17) at 1:30 p.m. (PST) in San Diego, Calif. before meeting Denver on Saturday (March 20) at 11 a.m. in Boise.

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