Bronco Women Send Off Seniors with Three Home Duals

            BOISE, Idaho - The Boise State women's tennis team returns home this Friday-Saturday (April 16-17) to host its final three duals of the 2010 season. The Broncos will face three Western Athletic Conference opponents at the Appleton Tennis Center, which will provide a send off for seniors Pichittra Thongdach and Bianca Jochimsen.

            The No. 44 ranked Broncos (17-5 overall, 5-0 WAC) open up their action packed weekend at 9:30 a.m. Friday morning with a dual against in-state rival University of Idaho. Boise State will then meet Utah State University at 1:30 p.m., Friday afternoon. The Broncos conclude their weekend on Saturday with a dual against Fresno State University at 2:30 p.m.

Last time out...

            Boise State is coming off a big weekend in Ruston, La. in which the Broncos swept a trio of WAC duals to gain sole possession of first-place in the conference standings. The women beat Hawai'i, 6-1, San Jose State, 7-0, and Louisiana Tech, 7-0. The Broncos continued their dominating singles play, finishing perfect (18-0) in singles on the weekend. In five WAC duals this season, the Broncos have yet to lose a singles match (27-0).

National Rankings...

            For the first time all season, Boise State didn't move at all in this week's ITA National Team Rankings. For the second consecutive week the Broncos are No. 44, despite a 3-0 record last weekend. The women continue to be led by Thongdach, who is currently No. 46 in singles. She has also teamed up with Lauren Megale to earn a No. 55 ranking in doubles.

Senior Day...

            Although Saturday will actually mark the final home contest for Jochimsen and Thongdach the Broncos have decided to honor their seniors on Friday, by dedicating a dual to each of them. The tandem will be sorely missed, having combined to win 148 singles matches and 166 doubles matches over the past four years.

            In four seasons at Boise State, Jochimsen has played to a 75-64 overall record in singles competition. This season, she has played to a 20-14 singles record seeing time primarily at No. 3 for the Broncos. Jochimsen is also 21-8 in doubles this season, which pushes her career total to an astounding 91-23 overall record. Her doubles success has been consistent, as she has reached 20 plus wins in a season three times.

            Jochimsen's on-court highlight came as a freshman when she was named second-team All-WAC in doubles. She has also excelled tremendously in the classroom, earning her All-WAC Academics three times and ITA Scholar-Athlete honors twice.

            Thongdach's success during her three seasons at Boise State has been equally as incredible, as she has recorded over 70 wins in both singles and doubles as well. Playing at No. 1 in both this year, she is 26-11 in singles and 23-8 in doubles. Thongdach enters this weekend with a 73-28 career singles record and a 75-24 career doubles record.

            She has been a first-team All-WAC honoree twice in singles and once in doubles. Last fall Thongdach qualified for the ITA National Individual Championships after winning the Mountain Region singles and doubles titles. As a junior, she also received All-WAC Academic honors.

Looking at the opponents...

            Boise State will face three opponents with three different stories, this weekend, which begins with an Idaho team that has seen a great deal of success throughout the heart of the season, but has struggled a bit as of late. The Vandals are 17-4 (1-3 WAC), which includes a 16 dual win streak. Idaho has struggled in WAC play, winning just one of their last four duals overall.

            Utah State also enters this week looking to bounce back from recent struggles, having posted just an 8-10 overall record this season (1-4 WAC). The Aggies did start the spring 5-3, but have stumbled to a 3-7 record in their last 10 duals.

            Fresno State's season has played out the complete opposite way, as the Bulldogs enter this weekend with a 4-2 record over their last six duals. After a 0-12 start to the season, however, Fresno State is just 5-16 overall (4-2 WAC). The Bulldogs are led by one of the nation's best singles players, Anastasia Petukhova, who is currently ranked No. 14 by the ITA.

Other weekend duals...

Friday (April 16) 

Utah State vs. Idaho @ 5:30

Saturday (April 17)

Fresno State vs. La Tech @ 9:30

La Tech vs. Utah State @ 2:30 (Julia Davis Park)

Sunday (April 18)

Idaho vs. La Tech @ 9:30


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