Bronco Women Dash to First Round Victory at 2009 WAC Championships

HONOLULU, Hawaii Boise State’s women’s tennis team earned a quick win in the first round of the 2009 Western Athletic Conference championship tournament, defeating No. 7 seed Utah State, 4-0, Thursday afternoon. The No. 36-ranked Broncos only need five individual matches (two doubles, three singles) to capture their win over the Aggies at the UH Tennis Complex.


The Broncos proved their No. 2 tournament seed by upending Utah State in all five completed matches. In the No. 1 doubles match, Pichittra Thongdach and Lauren Megale earned a perfect 8-0 win over Hailey Swenson and Bridgette Strickland while Vivien Silfany and Klaudia Wlodarczyk picked up an 8-1 win over Monica Abella and Carla Limon in the No. 2 spot. With the doubles point clinched, the No. 3 doubles match was ended early with the Broncos’ Rocio Frej and Jana Mackova up 7-2.


In singles play, the Broncos earned three near-perfect wins, picking up team points in the No. 3, No. 5 and No. 2 matches. Silfany was the first to finish, downing Abella, 6-0, 6-0, in the No. 3 match, putting Boise State up 2-0. Wlodarczyk matched Silfany’s score of 6-0, 6-0 to defeat Limon in the No. 5 match, putting the Broncos within one point of the team win. Megale was able to clinch the team point for the Broncos when she defeated Strickland, 6-1, 6-1 in the No. 2 match. The No. 1, No. 4 and No. 6 matches were uncompleted due to Boise State clinching the team win.


The Broncos improve to 22-3 on the season and 8-1 in WAC matches this season while Utah State falls to 5-20 on the season. With the win, Boise State moves on to the first semi-final match on Friday, April 24 facing No. 3 seed Nevada at 12 p.m. (Hawaii Time). Nevada, who is ranked No. 66 in the nation, defeated No. 6 seed Idaho, 4-0, late Thursday.



Tennis Match Results

Utah State vs Boise State

Apr 23, 2009 at Honolulu, HI

(UH Tennis Complex)

#36 Boise State 4, Utah State 0

Singles competition

1. #80 Pichittra Thongdach (BSU) vs. Hailey Swenson (USU) 6-4, unfinished

2. Lauren Megale (BSU) def. Bridgette Strickland (USU) 6-1, 6-1

3. Vivien Silfany (BSU) def. Monica Abella (USU) 6-0, 6-0

4. Bianca Jochimsen (BSU) vs. Taylor Perry (USU) 6-0, 4-0, unfinished

5. Klaudia Wlodarczyk (BSU) def. Carla Limon (USU) 6-0, 6-0

6. Laura Baum (BSU) vs. Britney Watts (USU) 6-1, 3-0, unfinished


Doubles competition

1. Pichittra Thongdach/Lauren Megale (BSU) def. Hailey Swenson/Bridgette Strickland (USU) 8-0

2. Vivien Silfany/Klaudia Wlodarczyk (BSU) def. Monica Abella/Carla Limon (USU) 8-1

3. Rocio Frej/Jana Mackova (BSU) vs. Taylor Perry/Britney Watts (USU) 7-2, unfinished


Match Notes:

Utah State 5-20

Boise State 22-3; National ranking #36

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

2009 Western Athletic Conference Tournament Quarterfinals

Boise State advances to semifinals at noon on Apr. 24

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