Boise State Advances to Semifinals With Sweep of Hawaii

BOISE, Idaho The No. 44 Boise State University women’s tennis team blanked Hawaii 4-0, Thursday, at the Appleton Tennis Center, to advance to the semifinals of the Western Athletic Conference Championship.

The Broncos earned three singles points and the doubles point for the uncontested victory as the team improved to 4-0 against WAC opponents and 17-3 overall.

The first doubles victory was recorded at No. 1 singles by Jana Mackova and Laura Baum who shutout Sophie Kobuch and Julia Hodes 8-0, to earn their 24th victory of the season and 13th in dual match play.

The doubles point was clinched by Tiffany Coll and Klaudia Wlodarczyk in the No. 3 position, as they quickly ousted Chloe Bihag and Florence Wasko to put Boise State ahead for good at 1-0.

With the doubles point secure, the match shifted to singles where Boise State won three matches in straight sets to advance to the next round of this three-day conference tournament.

Coll earned the first singles point for the Broncos as she shutout Samanta Cappella at No. 6 singles 6-0 and 6-0. The win was Coll’s 25th of the season and 15th in dual match play.

Wlodarczyk extended her winning-streak to 10 consecutive matches as she vanquished Florence Wasko at No. 4 singles 6-2 and 6-4. Wlodarczyk now boasts a 17-2 record in her first season as a member of the Broncos.

Bianca Jochimsen collected the clinching match point for Boise State at No. 1 singles by dropping Kana Aikawa 6-1 and 7-5.  Jochimsen ended the match by breaking Aikawa’s serve to capture the game, set and match for the Broncos.

In other matches, Polina Kokoulina was leading 6-7, 6-3 and 1-0 over Hodes before the time was called. Mackova held the 6-2, 3-6 and 3-0 lead on Kobuch when the match was called. Stacey Housley was up one set at 7-6 and 3-2 when play was ended.

The Broncos will continue their quest for a WAC Championship, Friday, Apr. 27, at noon against Nevada at Appleton Tennis Center. Nevada enters the match 14-8 and ranked No. 61 in the country. In their last meeting, Feb. 7, 2007, Boise State defeated Nevada 6-1, at the Boas Tennis and Soccer Complex.

Tennis Match Results
Hawaii vs Boise State
4/26/2007 at Boise, Idaho
 #44 Boise State 4, Hawaii 0

 Singles competition

1. Bianca Jochimsen (BSU) def. Kana Aikawa (UH) 6-1, 7-5

2. Polina Kokoulina (BSU) vs. Julia Hodes (UH) 6-7, 6-3, 1-0, unfinished

3. Jana Mackova (BSU) vs. Sophie Kobuch (UH) 6-2, 3-6, 3-0, unfinished

4. Klaudia Wlodarczyk (BSU) def. Florence Wasko (UH) 6-2, 6-4

5. Stacey Housley (BSU) vs. Chloe Bihag (UH) 7-6, 3-2, unfinished

6. Tiffany Coll (BSU) def. Samanta Cappella (UH) 6-0, 6-0


 Doubles competition

1. Jana Mackova/Laura Baum (BSU) def. Sophie Kobuch/Julia Hodes (UH) 8-0

2. Tatiana Ganzha/Polina Kokoulina (BSU) vs. Chloe Bihag/Florence Wasko (UH) 5-4, unfinished

3. Tiffany Coll/Klaudia Wlodarczyk (BSU) def. Julia Sandborn/Kana Aikawa (UH) 8-1


Match Notes:

Hawaii 6-17

Boise State 17-3; National ranking #44

Quarterfinals match of the WAC Women's Tennis Championship



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