Boise State to Honor Seniors on Sunday
BOISE, Idaho - The No. 72 ranked Boise State women's tennis team will honor its two seniors, Sunday (April 24) afternoon, as the Broncos are set to host Western Athletic Conference foe Hawai'i at noon at the Appleton Tennis Center in Boise State's regular season finale.
The Broncos will recognize Lauren Megale and Stephanie Jasper as the duo is set to play the final regular season home dual of their collegiate career. Megale and Jasper will have one more chance to play in front of the home crowd however, as Boise State will host the 2011 WAC tournament the following weekend (April 28-30).
This weekend the Broncos will look to keep things rolling at home as they have won five consecutive duals in Boise to improve to 5-2 at home this season. The women have yet to play outdoors at home this spring, though, which could make Sunday their first competition of the year at Appleton.
Sunday's match against Hawai'i is free admission and free parking will be available on the fifth level of the Lincoln Ave. Parking Structure.
Last time out...
Boise State is coming off a two week layoff since facing a tough weekend of WAC competition in Reno, Nev., April 9-10. The Broncos went 1-1 on the road trip with a 5-2 win over New Mexico State before falling to Nevada, 4-3.
Boise State gained an early advantage in the dual against the Aggies with a sweep of the doubles matches to secure the doubles point. The Broncos then earned wins in singles from Megale, Elyse Edwards, Marlena Pietzuch and Morgan Basil to secure the team victory.
Against Nevada, things looked to be going Boise State's way early once again as the Broncos won at No. 2 and No. 3 doubles to clinch the early 1-0 lead. The Wolf Pack would rally in singles, though, scoring three third-set wins and another straight set victory to complete the comeback. Megale and Sandy Vo scored the lone singles wins for the Broncos en route to the loss.
The Broncos finish the regular season with a 9-5 record away from Boise, including a 5-3 record in true road duals.
Boise State dropped five spots to No. 72 in this week's ITA national team rankings despite being off the court since April 10. The Broncos dropped 10 spots to No. 67 after going 1-1 in Reno, Nev. on their last road trip, and fell another five spots this week.
Boise State currently does not have any players ranked nationally in singles or doubles.
Boise State will look to solidify the No. 2 overall seed at the WAC championships but could finish the weekend as low at fourth in the final regular season standings. The Broncos are currently tied with Nevada at 4-1 in conference action, trailing only Fresno State which has clinched the top seed with a 5-0 record.
Nevada is set to play at Louisiana Tech on Saturday, which means a Wolf Pack loss and a Boise State victory on Sunday would give the Broncos the No. 2 seed.
Hawai'i is still also in contention for the second seed, if Nevada loses and the Rainbow Wahine win at New Mexico State on Friday and at Boise State on Sunday.
Rounding out the rest of the conference standings this week is Idaho (4-3), New Mexico State (2-3), San Jose State (0-3), Louisiana Tech (0-4) and Utah State (0-5).
Coach Roghaar Chasing History...
Boise State head coach Beck Roghaar will look to solidify his place in the Bronco women's tennis record book this weekend as he is one win away from tying the record for most wins by a first year head coach in program history. Roghaar has led Boise State to a 14-7 overall record in his first season, which is one win shy of tying Jim Moortgat and Mike Eddles for the most wins in their first season guiding the program.
Moortgat led Boise State to a 15-11 record in 1995-96, while Eddles coached the Broncos to a 15-9 overall record in 1992-93.
Looking at the Rainbow Wahine...
Hawai'i hits the road this weekend for its regular season finale with stops at New Mexico State on Friday before traveling to Boise to face Boise State on Sunday. The Rainbow Wahine enter the weekend with an 8-10 overall record, which includes going 2-1 against WAC opponents this season. Hawai'i has won three straight duals heading into the week, but will look to improve upon a 1-6 record away from home this season.
The Wahine opened conference play with a 3-4 loss to Nevada but managed to rebound with wins over Idaho (4-2) and Louisiana Tech (7-0).
Hawai'i currently does not have any players ranked nationally in singles or doubles.
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