Broncos Sweep Friday Duals

            BOISE, Idaho - The No. 44 ranked Boise State women's tennis team gave a successful tribute to its two seniors, Friday (April 16) afternoon, as the Broncos swept a pair of Western Athletic Conference duals against Idaho and Utah State at the Appleton Tennis Center.

            Opting to honor seniors Bianca Jochimsen and Pichittra Thongdach on Friday by dedicating a dual to each of them, the Broncos (19-5 overall, 7-0 WAC) delivered with a 5-2 win over the Vandals and a 4-0 win against the Aggies. The women conclude the 2010 regular season on Saturday (April 17) with a dual against Fresno State at 2:30 p.m.

Boise State Runs Past Aggies

            Boise State didn't need long to conclude a senior day sweep as the Broncos ran past Utah State for a 4-0 victory late Friday afternoon. The women swept the doubles matches for the second time on the day, giving them a 1-0 lead heading into singles competition.

            Stephanie Jasper and Rocio Frej scored the first doubles win for Boise State at No. 3, beating Britney Watts and Monica Abella, 8-1. No. 55 ranked Lauren Megale and Pichittra Thongdach secured the doubles point with an 8-4 win over Hailey Swenson and Jaclyn West at No. 1. Bianca Jochimsen and Elyse Edwards concluded the doubles sweep then at No. 2 with an 8-4 win against Kristina Voytsekhovich and Taylor Perry.

            Boise State wouldn't slow down in doubles either, as the Broncos won three straight matches in straight sets to wrap up the victory. Frej beat Watts, 6-1, 6-1 at No. 6 to score the first singles point. She was followed by Jasper who beat Abella, 6-1, 6-0, at No. 4. Jochimsen clinched the Boise State win by beating Voytsekhovich, 6-0, 6-3 at No. 3.

Broncos down Vandals, 5-2

            Boise State used dominating doubles play and a strong showing at the bottom half of the singles lineup to fight to a 5-2 win over in-state rival Idaho. After sweeping the doubles matches, the Broncos scored three singles wins in straight sets to secure the victory.

            Stephanie Jasper and Marlena Pietzuch scored the first doubles win of the day by beating Silvia Irimescu and Yvette Ly, 8-1, at No. 2. They were followed by Bianca Jochimsen and Elyse Edwards, who secured the doubles point with an 8-2 win over Barbara Maciocha and Alexandra Ulesanu at No. 3. No. 55 ranked Lauren Megale and Pichittra Thongdach completed the sweep with an 8-5 win against Gabriela Niculescu and Maria Perevoshchikova at No. 1.

            Boise State extended its lead quickly in singles competition as Jochimsen beat Irimescu, 6-0, 6-2, at No. 3. After losing at No. 1, the Broncos scored again at No. 4 with Jasper's 6-1, 6-1 win against Ulesanu. Pietzuch clinched the Boise State win next at No. 6 as she beat Natalie Kirch, 6-0, 6-2.

            After falling at No. 2, the Broncos would earn one final win from Edwards, who beat Maciocha, 6-4, 3-6, 10-4 at No. 5. The win extended Boise State's final lead to 5-2.

#44 Boise State University 4, Utah State University 0

 Singles competition

1. #46 Pichittra Thongdach (BSU) vs. Hailey Swenson (USU) unfinished

2. Lauren Megale (BSU) vs. Jaclyn West (USU) unfinished

3. Bianca Jochimsen (BSU) def. K. Voytsekhovich (USU) 6-0, 6-3

4. Stephanie Jasper (BSU) def. Monica Abella (USU) 6-1, 6-0

5. Marlena Pietzuch (BSU) vs. Taylor Perry (USU) unfinished

6. Rocio Frej (BSU) def. Britney Watts (USU) 6-1, 6-1

 Doubles competition

1. #55 Lauren Megale/Pichittra Thongdach (BSU) def. Hailey Swenson/Jaclyn West (USU) 8-4

2. Bianca Jochimsen/Elyse Edwards (BSU) def. K. Voytsekhovich/Taylor Perry (USU) 8-7

3. Stephanie Jasper/Rocio Frej (BSU) def. Britney Watts/Monica Abella (USU) 8-1

Match Notes:

Boise State University 19-5, 7-0; National ranking #44

Order of finish: Doubles (3,1,2); Singles (6,4,3)

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#44 Boise State University 5, University of Idaho 2

 Singles competition

1. Gabriela Niculescu (UI) def. #46 Pichittra Thongdach (BSU) 6-1, 6-1

2. M Perevoshchikova (UI) def. Lauren Megale (BSU) 7-6, 6-2

3. Bianca Jochimsen (BSU) def. Silvia Irimescu (UI) 6-0, 6-2

4. Stephanie Jasper (BSU) def. Alexandra Ulesanu (UI) 6-1, 6-1

5. Elyse Edwards (BSU) def. Barbara Maciocha (UI) 6-4, 3-6, 10-4

6. Marlena Pietzuch (BSU) def. Natalie Kirch (UI) 6-0, 6-2

 Doubles competition

1. #55 Lauren Megale/Pichittra Thongdach (BSU) def. Gabriela Niculescu/M Perevoshchikova (UI) 8-5

2. Stephanie Jasper/Marlena Pietzuch (BSU) def. Silvia Irimescu/Yvette Ly (UI) 8-1

3. Bianca Jochimsen/Elyse Edwards (BSU) def. Barbara Maciocha/Alexandra Ulesanu (UI) 8-2

Match Notes:

Boise State University 18-5, 6-0; National ranking #44

Order of finish: Doubles (2,3,1); Singles (3,1,4,6,2,5)

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