Women's Tennis Faces BYU and Denver in Dual Matches

What’s Happening - The No. 43 ranked Boise State University women’s tennis team (12-2) sets out Tuesday for its final road trip of the season. The Broncos will begin the trip by facing No. 27 BYU (14-5), Wednesday, Apr. 4, at Provo, Utah. This will be the first meeting between the schools since Feb. 2005 when Boise State fell to BYU 6-1 at Provo, Utah. Following a one-day hiatus, Boise State will return to action to face Denver University Friday, Apr. 6, at Denver, Colo. The last time these schools faced each other in Feb. 2005, Boise State fell 5-2 at the Boas Tennis and Soccer Complex.

The Team- The No. 43 ranked Boise State University women’s tennis team has posted an 12-2 record in dual match play this season. The team collected a critical 5-2 victory over No. 39 Washington State Apr. 1, at the Boas Tennis and Soccer Complex. With the win, the Broncos have recorded victories over four ranked opponents this season and own a 2-2 record against teams ranked higher in the standings. Boise State has recorded victories over No. 38 New Mexico, 5-2, No. 61 Nevada, 6-1, and No. 63 Kansas State, 5-2. The only losses registered by the Broncos came against No. 20 Wichita State and No. 26 Oregon. The Boise State women’s tennis team has been road warriors throughout the season, registering a 7-1 record outside of Boise, Idaho.

The Players - The No. 43 Boise State tennis team will feature a full squad of players including Tiffany Coll, Bianca Jochimsen, Laura Baum, Stacey Housley, Jana Mackova, Klaudia Wlodarczyk, Tatiana Ganzha, and Polina Kokoulina.

Coll returns as the lone senior on a young squad. She has been an example on the court with her 11 singles victories in dual match play and 21 wins overall. Coll has also teamed with Bianca Jochimsen for an outstanding 11-1 doubles record in dual play. Coll has proven to be a consistent force for the Broncos throughout the year while providing the team stability in the lower half of the order.

Mackova has been very good for Boise State while playing mainly No. 3. She has posted 11 victories in dual match play to tie for the team lead and a 21-6 record overall. Mackova was named Western Athletic Conference Women’s Tennis Player of the Week for Mar. 5, when she recorded two singles victories and two doubles victories in Boise State’s wins over Idaho and Pacific.

Baum has been the doubles specialist for the Broncos, teaming with Mackova to post an 20-3 record and a 9-2 record while playing number one doubles in dual matches. The pair also combined to win the doubles title at the Duck Invitational. Baum has also been flawless in singles matches posting a 3-0 record during dual match play.

The duo of Mackova and Baum will be challenged this weekend as they are scheduled to face the No. 47 doubles team in the country, BYU’s Jennifer Miccoli and Anastasia Sourkova.

Playing atop the order, Kokoulina has posted an 8-2 record at No. 2 singles and a 2-2 record at No. 1. Kokoulina is also scheduled to pair with Ganzha at No. 2 doubles. The duo has posted a 5-2 record as doubles partners this season.

Ganzha’s return to the Boise State lineup should provide the squad with greater depth and versatility. The All-WAC performer posted a 9-4 record in singles during fall play demonstrating her ability be an impact player for the Broncos

Wlodarczyk has opened her Boise State career with a 12-2 record in singles including five straight to begin her career. As Wlodarczyk goes, so do the Broncos. Her only two losses have come against Wichita State and Oregon which coincidently are Boise State’s only two losses.

Jochimsen has posted a team-leading 11 doubles victories in dual match play with partner Coll. Jochimsen has also played No. 1 (1-9) and No. 2 (2-2) singles throughout the season as she shows off glimpses of her immense potential.

Stacey Housley leads the Broncos with 24 singles victories on the season including a 11-2 record in dual match play to tie for the team lead in individual wins. Housley had her team-leading 15 match winning streak snapped against Wichita State, Feb. 11.

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