Women's Tennis Battles to 4-2 Win Over Nevada, Advances to WAC Championship Finals

Las Cruces, N.M. The No. 40-ranked Boise State women’s tennis team fought through a 4-hour, 18-minute match on Friday afternoon to defeat No. 71-ranked University of Nevada in the semifinal round of the Western Athletic Conference Championships. The No. 2-seeded Broncos (20-5) defeated the No. 3-seeded Wolfpack (9-11) with a score of 4-2 at New Mexico State’s Aggie Tennis Center.

“This was our best fighting we have done all year,” said head coach Mark Tichenor about his team’s win.

The win was the second close victory over Nevada this season, adding to a 4-3 win in Reno on April 13.

The Wolfpack got out to an early lead over the Broncos, clinching the doubles point by winning two of the three matches. The Broncos got off to a good start with an 8-3 win from Bianca Jochimsen and Klaudia Wlodarczyk over Lais Ogata and Florence De Vrye in the No. 3 match before the Wolfpack came back to capture the doubles point. Nevada’s No. 43-ranked doubles team of Caroline Bailly and Maria Mizyuk were too much for No. 54-ranked Pichittra Thongdach and Polina Kokoulina, topping the Bronco duo 8-3 in the No. 1 doubles match. Alice Hall and Ly-Huong Dinh captured an 8-4 win over Laura Baum and Jana Mackova to clinch the doubles point for Nevada.

In singles play the Broncos came back with a vengeance with unranked Thongdach and Kokoulina both picking up wins over nationally ranked players. Thongdach’s No. 1 singles win over No. 72-ranked Maria Mizyuk came after Mizyuk was up with a 2-1 lead, but retired from the match. Kokoulina crushed No. 116-ranked Bailly, 6-3, 6-0, in the No. 2 spot to put the Broncos ahead in the team scoring, 2-1. Wlodarczyk picked up a solid 6-4, 2-6, 6-1 win over De Vrye in the No. 4 spot to put the Broncos near a team victory. Nevada’s Hall brought the team scoring to a close race again when she earned a 6-7, 7-2, 6-2 win over Jochimsen in the No. 3 spot. With a 3-2 lead in team scoring, the Broncos’ Mackova clinched the team win when she defeated Dinh in the No. 6 spot with a drawn out battle of 5-7, 6-4, 6-4. In the No. 5 position, Stacey Housley was fighting off Ogata with a score of 6-7, 6-4, 2-2 when the team title was clinched causing her match to go unfinished.

The Broncos now improve to 5-0 in WAC play and 6-1 in neutral matches. Boise State awaits to play the winner of the second semifinal between No. 1-seeded Fresno State and No. 4-seeded New Mexico State which is being played Friday afternoon. The WAC Championship match is slated for 10 a.m. on Saturday, April 26 at the Aggie Tennis Center.

Live scoring updates are available at www.nmstatesports.com, while WAC Championship information is available at www.wacsports.com

Tennis Match Results
Nevada vs Boise State

Apr 25, 2008 at Las Cruces, N.M
(NMSU Tennis Center)
#40 Boise State 4, #71 Nevada 2

Singles competition
1. Pichittra Thongdack (BSU) def. #72 Maria Mizyuk (NEV) 1-2, retired
2. Polina Kokoulina (BSU) def. #116 Caroline Bailly (NEV) 6-3, 6-0
3. Alice Hall (NEV) def. Bianca Jochimsen (BSU) 6-7, 6-2, 6-2
4. Klaudia Wlodarczyk (BSU) def. Florence De Vrye (NEV) 6-4, 2-6, 6-1
5. Stacey Housley (BSU) vs. Lais Ogata (NEV) 6-7, 6-4, 2-2, unfinished
6. Jana Mackova (BSU) def. Ly-Huong Dinh (NEV) 5-7, 6-4, 6-4
Order of Finish: 1, 2, 4, 3, 6*
Did Not Finish: 5

Doubles competition
1. #43 Caroline Bailly/Maria Mizyuk (NEV) def. #54 Pichittra Thongdack/Polina Kokoulina (BSU) 8-3
2. Alice Hall/Ly-Huong Dinh (NEV) def. Laura Baum/Jana Mackova (BSU) 8-4
3. Bianca Jochimsen/Klaudia Wlodarczyk (BSU) def. Lais Ogata/Florence De Vrye (NEV) 8-3
Order of Finish: 3, 1, 2*

Match Notes:
Nevada 9-11; National ranking #71
Boise State 19-5; National ranking #40
2008 WAC Championships Semifinals
BSU - No. 2 Seed
Nevada - No. 3 Seed

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