Broncos Open Title Defense Thursday

BOISE, Idaho - The No. 70 ranked Boise State women's tennis team will begin its Western Athletic Conference title defense at home, Thursday (April 28), as the Broncos are set to face the winner of Utah State and San Jose State in the quarterfinals of the WAC tournament hosted by Boise State University.

The Broncos (15-7 overall, 5-1 WAC) enter the conference championships as the No. 1 overall seed and will begin its run at back-to-back WAC titles by meeting the winner of the No. 8 vs. No. 9 first-round dual. Boise State's quarterfinals match is scheduled for 2:30 p.m. at the Appleton Tennis Complex, weather permitting.

Tournament info...

Tickets for this weekend's WAC tournament can be purchased for both single-session and all-session. Single-session prices are: Adult ($5), youth (17-under; $3) and WAC students with ID (free). All-session prices are: Adult ($12), youth ($7) and WAC students (free).

The women's tournament will kick-off at 9 a.m. on Thursday. The last quarterfinals match on Thursday is scheduled to start at 2:30 p.m. On Friday the action will resume with semifinals matches being played at noon and 3 p.m. The women's champion will then be crowned on Saturday with the final match slated for 10 a.m.

Fans can visit www.broncosports.com for full tournament results through the weekend, as well as updated brackets and any changes to the schedule due to poor weather.

Last time at the WAC tournament...

The Broncos successfully captured the first WAC tournament championship in program history in 2010 with a dramatic 4-3 win over Fresno State in the final match. Boise State overcame a 3-1 deficit against the Bulldogs and clinched the historic win as Bianca Jochimsen earned a 5-7, 6-4, 6-4 victory in the final singles match of the day.

With the win the Broncos snapped a streak of four consecutive runner-up finishes at the conference tournament.

Looking at the field...

Boise State is one of just two teams that enter the WAC championships ranked nationally in the top 75, as the Broncos are joined by No. 72 Fresno State this week. The Bulldogs boast the only singles player currently ranked nationally by the ITA as Marianne Jodoin is No. 55.

Boise State earned the No. 1 overall seed in the tournament due to a tie-breaker in which the highest nationally ranked team earned the top seed. Fresno State then received the No. 2 seed. Nevada, Idaho, New Mexico State, Hawai'i, Louisiana Tech, Utah State and San Jose State complete the tournament seeds in that order.

Last time out...

Boise State enters the conference tournament with some momentum after earning a 7-0 shutout victory over Hawai'i last Sunday (April 24) to finish the regular season with a 5-1 record against WAC opponents. The Broncos bid farewell to seniors Lauren Megale and Stephanie Jasper in successful fashion, with a sweep of both doubles and singles against the Rainbow Wahine.

Megale, Jasper, Sonia Klamczynska, Elyse Edwards, Marlena Pietzuch and Sandy Vo each earned singles wins to complete the perfect day for Boise State.

National rankings...

Following the 7-0 sweep of Hawai'i the Broncos moved up two spots to No. 70 in this week's ITA national team rankings. After starting the season ranked No. 38 nationally Boise State managed to remain in the top 75 in all 15 regular season polls.

The Broncos currently do not have any players ranked individually in singles or doubles.

Coach Roghaar Chasing History...

Boise State head coach Beck Roghaar managed to solidify his place in the Boise State women's tennis record book this weekend as he tied the record for most wins by a first year head coach in program history. Roghaar has led Boise State to a 15-7 overall record in his first season, which ties 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.

Roghaar can move into sole possession of the record with a win in the quarterfinals on Thursday.

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