Six Broncos Selected to the All-WAC Team; Boise State Falls in Championship to Fresno State
BOISE, Idaho Six members of the No. 44 Boise State University women’s tennis team (18-4) were selected to the All-Western Athletic Conference team as the Broncos fell to Fresno State 4-0, in the finals of the 2007 WAC Women’s Tennis Championship, Saturday, at the Appleton Tennis Center.
For the first time in six matches Boise State dropped the doubles point to fall behind 1-0.
Jana Mackova and Laura Baum battled the nation’s No. 35 doubles team of Melanie Gloria and Tinesta Rowe throughout the match, as the Boise State duo even held the 2-1 lead, but eventually the team from Fresno State prevailed 8-3. Baum and Mackova concluded the regular season with a 24-7 record including a 13-6 mark in dual match play to take home all-conference honors.
The second doubles match was won by Fresno State at No. 2 doubles, when Renata Kucerkova and Anastasia Petukhova knocked off Tatiana Ganzha and Polina Kokoulina 8-2.
In singles, Fresno State captured the points at No. 1 and No. 3 to take the 3-0 lead before Boise State mounted its comeback attempt.
Kokoulina, playing No. 2 singles, dropped the first set to Renata Kucerkova 6-2. In the second Kucerkova jumped out to the early 5-2 lead before Kokoulina won three straight games to stage off elimination for the Broncos. On the verge of a comeback, her match was cut short due to time constraints. Kokoulina concluded the dual match season with a 13-5 record including 11-2 at No. 2 singles.
All-WAC second team member Klaudia Wlodarczyk was the only member of the Boise State squad to win a set as she defeated Tinesta Rowe in the second 6-3. The match was abandoned as the third set began. In the WAC Championships, Wlodarczyk extended her winning streak to 10 matches and collected her team-leading 17th victory in singles during dual match play.
Stacey Housley and Danon Beatty finished only one set as Beatty won in a tiebreaker to take the set 7-6. Housley jumped out to the early 1-0 lead in the second set before play was cancelled. Housley ended the regular season leading Boise State in singles victories with 28, including 15 in dual match play.
At No. 1 singles Bianca Jochimsen could not capture her third consecutive victory as she fell to the Intercollegiate Tennis Association’s No.3 ranked player Melanie Gloria 6-0 and 6-3. Jochimsen finished the regular season with a 18-19 record including leading the Broncos with victories at the No. 1 position.
Mackova fell to Anastasia Petuhkova at No. 3 singles 6-2 and 6-2. She ended 16-4 in dual match play and 14-3 at No. 3 singles.
Tiffany Coll was unable to overcome Fresno State’s Jacqueline Haskett at No. 6 singles as she fell 6-3 and 6-3. Coll posted a 16-3 record in dual play and 26 victories for the Broncos in her senior season.
The NCAA Women’s Championship tournament selection show will air Tuesday, May 1, on ESPNEWS at approximately 12:45 p.m. (MT).
Six members of on the Boise State women’s tennis team earned all-conference honors for their outstanding play throughout the season. Polina Kokoulina was named to the All-WAC first team in singles while Klaudia Wlodarczyk and Jana Mackova were named to the All-WAC second team. Mackova also teamed with Laura Baum to earn first team all-conference honors in doubles, while Tiffany Coll and Bianca Jochimsen earned second team honors.
Tennis Match Results
#16 Fresno State 4, #44 Boise State 0
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