Broncos Set to Host MW Women's Tennis Championships
April 24, 2018

MOUNTAIN WEST TOURNAMENT CENTRAL 

BOISE, Idaho
– The Mountain West Mountain Division Champion Broncos are hosting the Mountain West Tournament for the first time in program history starting on Thursday, April 26. The Broncos have been awarded the sixth seed, which is based on ITA rankings and will play Colorado State on Thursday, April 26 at 4 p.m. MT at the Appleton Tennis Center. The winner advances to the quarterfinal round to face San Jose State on Friday, April 25.

HOW THEY GOT HERE: The Broncos finished the regular season 13-7 and were an undefeated 5-0 in Mountain West play. The Broncos swept all conference contests for the first time since the 2010 season, when they were a member of the WAC.  The Broncos won the Mountain Division of the Mountain West for the first time in program history. They enter the conference tournament having won their last five-straight matches, the last four against conference opponents.

BRONCOS IN THE MOUNTAIN WEST TOURNAMENT: The Broncos are looking for their first win the Mountain West Women’s Tennis Tournament this week. They are 0-5 all-time in the Mountain West Tournament.

FRESHMEN PHENOMS: Freshmen Wilhelmina Palmer and Vanessa Timm have been outstanding for the Broncos, boasting a combined score of 21-11 in dual matches this spring. Palmer is 12-4, going 6-1 at the No. 2 spot, and 4-2 at the No. 1 spot. She is also 1-1 at No. 3 and 1-0 at No. 4 singles. Timm is 9-7 in dual matches, mostly playing lower in the lineup at No. 5 or 6.

YOUTH IS SERVED: Along with the freshmen, sophomore Anja Dokic has not suffered a sophomore slump, boasting a 12-6 record in dual matches, and she is undefeated in Mountain West play at 5-0. She is 8-3 when playing at No. 1 singles and 4-3 at the No. 2 spot. She has won her last five matches.

LONE SENIOR: The Broncos’ lone senior is Nancy Menjivar, who celebrated her Senior Day last Saturday by clinching the match over Utah State in a winner-take-all singles match at No. 6 singles. She won the first set, lost the second, but won the third to give the Broncos the Mountain Division title outright. She is undefeated in conference play in both singles (5-0) and doubles (5-0).

DOUBLES PLAY: The Broncos have excelled in doubles all season, and won seven-straight doubles points until the streak was snapped in the last match at Colorado State. They have since won the doubles point in their last two matches, vs. New Mexico and vs. Utah State. Overall they have won 15 of 20 doubles matches this season.

The Broncos have used 14 different doubles combinations this season, and overall are 37-21 in dual match action across all three courts. The No. 2 singles pairing has been the most successful this season, boasting a 14-6 record.

The No. 1 singles combo of Anja Dokic/Wiktoria Nosek is 8-7 this season from that slot, and 7-3 in their last 10 matches. The recent pairing of Nancy Menjivar/Vanessa Timm at No. 3 singles has been strong, as they are 5-0 on the season.  Wilhelmina Palmer/Lilian Poling has also been a strong pairing at No. 2 singles, and they are 6-2 on the season.

O CAPTAIN, MY CAPTAIN: The Broncos are led by sophomore Jovana Kuljanin, who is a leader both on the courts and in the classroom.

LOOKING AHEAD: If the Broncos win their match against Colorado State, they will face the three-seed, San Jose State on Friday, April 27 at 2 p.m. MT at Appleton Tennis Center. If they were to win that quarterfinal match, they will face the winner of the No. 2-seed Fresno State vs. the winner of No. 7 Air Force/No. 10 Utah State in the semifinal on Saturday, April 28 at 2 p.m. MT. The championship match is set for 11 a.m. MT on Sunday, April 29. The matches will all be played at Appleton Tennis Center, with the exception being two quarterfinal matches at Julia Davis Park on Friday. Live stats will be available for all matches, and a live stream of the semifinal and final matches will be provided on themw.com.

 


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