Boise State Advances to Second Consecutive WAC Championship

BOISE, Idaho - The No. 44 Boise State University women’s tennis team advanced to its second consecutive Western Athletic Conference Championship by defeating Nevada 4-0, Friday, at the Appleton Tennis Center.

The No. 2 seeded Broncos have yet to lose a point in WAC Championship as they shutout their second straight opponent to advance to the finals. The victory was Boise State’s eight consecutive as the team improved to 18-3 on the season. The Broncos earned the win over the Wolf Pack by capturing the doubles point and No. 3, No. 5 and No. 6 singles for the flawless victory.

Tiffany Coll and Klaudia Wlodarczyk once again dominated No. 3 doubles as they earned the 8-1 victory over Caroline Bailly and Maria Mizyuk. With the win the duo improved to 5-1 on the season.

The doubles point was captured at No. 2 doubles, when Tatiana Ganzha and Polina Kokoulina rallied from behind to defeat Fiorella Velez and Alice Hall 8-4. Down 3-2, Ganzha and Kokoulina won six of the next seven games to win the match and collect the doubles point for Boise State.

Needing just three singles victories to return to the WAC Championship, the Broncos called on singles specialist Stacey Housley for the first. In the first set, Housley and Velez exchanged service points until the set stood at 3-2 in favor of Boise State, Housley then broke Velez’s serve and completed two serves of her own to capture the first set 6-2. In the second set, Housley jumped out to a comfortable 3-0 lead, a lead she would not surrender, en route to the 6-2 win. The 6-2 and 6-2 victory by Housley gave Boise State the 2-0 lead with five singles matches yet to be decided.

Tiffany Coll put Boise State ahead 3-0 as she ousted Laetitia Tan in the No. 6 position 6-3 and 6-2. The win was her 24th of the season and her fifth straight.

Jana Mackova captured the decisive match point at No. 3 singles by defeating Ly-Huong Dinh in straight sets 6-1 and 7-5. In the second set Mackova fell behind 1-2, before she broke two of Dinh’s serves for the victory.

Other matches that were stopped due to the match being clinched include, Polina Kokulina at No. 2 singles who led 6-3 and 4-1 over Mizyuk when time was called, Bianca Jochimsen who tied one set apiece with Bailly at No. 1, and Wlodarczyk who dropped her first set to Alice Hall 7-5.

The Western Athletic Conference Championship match will feature two nationally ranked teams, No. 16 Fresno State (19-3) and No. 44 Boise State (18-3). The match will be held Apr. 28, at noon at the Appleton Tennis Center.

Match Results
Boise State vs. Nevada
WAC Semifinals
April 27, 2007

#44 Boise State 4, #61 Nevada 0

Singles competition
1. Bianca Jochimsen (BSU) vs. Caroline Bailly (UN) 6-2, 1-6, 0-3, unfinished
2. Polina Kokoulina (BSU) vs. Maria Mizyuk (UN) 6-3, 4-1, unfinished
3. Jana Mackova (BSU) def. Ly-Huong Dinh (UN) 6-1, 7-5
4. Klaudia Wlodarczyk (BSU) vs. Alice Hall (UN) 5-7, 1-2, unfinished
5. Stacey Housley (BSU) def. Fiorella Velez (UN) 6-2, 6-2
6. Tiffany Coll (BSU) def. Laetitia Tan (UN) 6-3, 6-2

Doubles competition
1. Maria Mizyuk/Caroline Bailly (UN) def. Jana Mackova/Laura Baum (BSU) 8-4
2. Polina Kokoulina/Tatiana Ganzha (BSU) def. Alice Hall/Fiorella Velez (UN) 8-4
3. Klaudia Wlodarczyk/Tiffany Coll (BSU) def. Ly-Huong Dinh/Bach-Lan Pham (UN) 8-1

Match Notes:
Nevada 14-9; National ranking #61
Boise State 18-3; National ranking #44
Semifinals match of the 2007 WAC Women's Tennis Championship
Match played at Appleton Tennis Center

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