No. 43 Boise State Faces No. 24 Indiana in First Round of NCAA Championships

What’s Happening - No. 43 Boise State University women’s tennis team (18-4) will travel to Evanston, Ill., to compete in the NCAA Championships for the first time since 2001. Boise State finished second in the Western Athletic Conference to No. 16 Fresno State and received an at-large bid from the NCAA Division I Women’s Tennis Subcommittee. In the first round Boise State faces No. 24 Indiana (20-6) who fell in the Big Ten semifinals to Michigan on May 11, at 9:00 a.m. (MT). The region will be rounded out by Big Ten Champion, No. 5 Northwestern (21-4) and Mid-American Conference Champion, No. 63 Western Michigan (22-6).

The Team- The No. 43 ranked Boise State University women’s tennis team finished the regular season 18-4 including a 6-1 record against WAC opponents. This is the team’s second appearance in the NCAA Championships under head coach Mark Tichenor. In 2001, Boise State dropped its first round match to TCU. The Broncos have posted a 68-13 record at No. 3 through No. 6 singles including a 19-1 mark at No. 4. Boise State has also excelled in doubles posting a .750 winning-percentage in dual match play.

The Players - Tiffany Coll has posted a 26-7 record in her senior season for Boise State. She has been a leader both on and off the court for the Broncos as she led the team to its first NCAA appearance in five seasons. She collected 16 singles and 18 doubles victories in dual match play this season, including going 12-1 in doubles with Bianca Jochimsen. Coll was rewarded for her outstanding efforts at the Boise State Spring Classic by being named WAC Player of the Week for Apr. 9-15 after she went 3-0 in singles and 2-0 in doubles. Coll has proven to be a consistent force for the Broncos throughout the year while providing the team stability in the lower half of the order.

Junior Stacey Housley leads the Broncos with 28 singles victories on the season including a 15-3 record in dual match play. Housley had a team-leading 15 match winning streak between the fall and spring seasons.

Jana Mackova has been excellent for Boise State while playing mainly No. 3. She has posted 16 victories in dual match play, with 14 coming at the No. 3 position and a 26-8 record overall. Mackova was also named Western Athletic Conference Women’s Tennis Player of the Week for Mar. 5, when she recorded two singles victories and two doubles victories in Boise State’s wins over Idaho and Pacific. Mackova was named First Team All-WAC in doubles and Second Team All-WAC in singles.

Laura Baum has been the doubles specialist for the Broncos, teaming with Mackova to earn first team all-conference honors in doubles and post a 24-7 record and a 13-6 record while playing No. 1 doubles. The pair also combined to win the doubles title at the Duck Invitational. Baum has also been flawless in singles matches posting a 4-0 record during dual match play collecting victories at No. 5 and No. 6 singles.

Playing atop the order, Polina Kokoulina has posted an 11-2 record at No. 2 singles and a 2-3 record at No. 1 to earn First Team All-WAC in singles. She has a five match winning-streak going into the NCAA Championships.

Tatiana Ganzha’s return to the Boise State lineup should provide the squad with greater depth and versatility. The 2006 All-WAC performer posted a 9-4 record in singles during fall play demonstrating her ability be an impact player for the Broncos. She has posted a 1-1 record in singles during dual match play with both victories coming at No. 3. She has also combined with Kokulina to post a 3-2 record at No. 2 doubles.

Klaudia Wlodarczyk has opened her Boise State career with a 17-2 record in singles. She began her career with five straight wins and currently rides a 10 match winning-streak into the WAC Championship.

Bianca Jochimsen has posted 12 doubles victories in dual match play with partner Coll. Jochimsen has also emerged as the No. 1 singles player for Boise State in her freshman season. She has posted a 18-19 record in singles throughout the season as she shows off glimpses of her immense potential.

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