Boise State Women's Tennis Clinches Ninth Straight Win Topping UC Irvine 5-2

IRVINE, Calif. The No. 43-ranked Boise State women’s tennis team earned their ninth straight win on Friday afternoon when they defeated No. 60-ranked UC Irvine, 5-2, at the Anteater Tennis Center. The Broncos improved to 15-4 on the season with the win while the Anteaters fell to 9-7.

The Broncos were able to kick off their win by clinching the doubles point with victories in two of the three matches. At the No. 1 spot Polina Kokoulina and Pichittra Thongdach nearly swept the team of Becky Bernhard and Clare Fermin while Stacey Housley and Jana Mackova fought off Lisa Shih and Jessica Broadfoot in the No. 2 doubles match, winning 9-8 to clinch the doubles point.

In singles play, the Broncos were able to pick up four additional wins. Kokoulina led the Broncos with a 6-2, 6-1 win over Inna Agababian at the No. 2 spot. Klaudia Wlodarczyk earned another win for the Broncos when she downed Fermin, 6-3, 6-4 in the No. 3 match while Housley fought back over Broadfoot to win 7-5, 6-1 in the No. 4 singles match. Laura Baum picked up the Bronocs final win of the day in the No. 6 position when she defeated Heidi Kaloi, 6-3, 7-6.

UC Irvine was able to pick up one win in doubles play with Agababian and Kaloi downing Baum and Wlodarczyk, 8-4. In singles play, No. 1 singles player Bernhard flew past Thongdach, 6-4, 6-4 while Brooke Bartlette earned a 6-4, 6-2 win over Mackova in the No. 5 spot.

With the win the Broncos close out a perfect 9-0 run for the month of March. Their most recent loss was on February 29 at then ranked No. 64 New Mexico.

Boise State closes out their home season next weekend when they play host to Portland State and Utah in the Boise State Spring Invite. Their matches will both be played on April 5 at the Appleton Tennis Center with the Portland State dual scheduled for 9:30 a.m. and their Utah dual at 3:30 p.m.

Boise State vs UC Irvine

3/28/08 at Irvine, Calif.

#43 Boise State 5, #60 UC Irvine 2

Singles competition

1. Becky Bernhard (UCI) def. Pichittra Thongdack (BSU) 6-4, 6-4

2. Polina Kokoulina (BSU) def. Inna Agababian (UCI) 6-2, 6-1

3. Klaudia Wlodarczyk (BSU) def. Clare Fermin (UCI) 6-3, 6-4

4. Stacey Housley (BSU) def. Jessica Broadfoot (UCI) 7-5, 6-1

5. Brooke Bartlett (UCI) def. Jana Mackova (BSU) 6-4, 6-2

6. Laura Baum (BSU) def. Heidi Kaloi (UCI) 6-3, 7-6

Doubles competition

1. Polina Kokoulina/Pichittra Thongdack (BSU) def. Becky Bernhard/Clare Fermin (UCI) 8-1

2. Stacey Housley/Jana Mackova (BSU) def. Lisa Shih/Jessica Broadfoot (UCI) 9-8

3. Inna Agababian/Heidi Kaloi (UCI) def. Laura Baum/Klaudia Wlodarczyk (BSU) 8-4

Match Notes:

Boise State 15-4; National ranking #43

UC Irvine 9-7; National ranking #60

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