Broncos Fall to Second-Ranked Georgia 4-0 Ending their Cinderella Story-Like Season

ATHENS, Ga. Just one day after picking up their first NCAA Tournament win in school history, the 35th-ranked Boise State women’s tennis team fell 4-0 to second-ranked Georgia in the NCAA second round match on Sunday afternoon, ending their 2009 season.


Although the team did not advance, the Broncos need only feel proud of themselves as they are arguably the best team in school history. Not only did they accomplish the first ever tournament win by upsetting Alabama 4-3 on Saturday, but the team also notched a 24-5 record this season, marking the best finish ever in the program’s history.


On Sunday, Georgia ended the Broncos’ Cinderella season. The Bulldogs took charge right away in doubles play with their sixth-ranked team of Chelsey Gullickson and Nadja Gilchrist first off the court after posting an 8-4 win over Lauren Megale and Pichittra Thongdach.  Then, the No. 3 duo of Cameron Ellis and Naoko Ueshima clinched the team point with an 8-2 win over Laura Baum and Bianca Jochimsen ending doubles play immediately. The No. 2 match was halted with the point determined with Vivien Silfany and Klaudia Wlodarczyk holding a 7-4 lead.


In singles, ninth-ranked Gullickson made it 2-0 when she defeated 69th-ranked Thongdach 6-1,6-1 for her ninth straight win. At that point, the Bulldogs had won the first set in four of the other five singles matches and eventually would take all five. Junior Yvette Hyndman gave the Bulldogs a 3-0 edge with a straight set (6-0, 6-0) win over Megale at No. 2.


Although they battled hard, the Broncos weren’t able to hold on with Gilchrist clinching the team win with a 6-4,6-2 victory over Silfany.


The singles matches at No. 4 (Bianca Jochimsen), No. 5 (Klaudia Wlodarczyk) and No. 6 (Laura Baum) were suspended due to the Bulldogs clinching the title.


Three seniors complete their careers at Boise State with the loss, including Laura Baum, Jana Mackova and Klaudia Wlodarczyk. Baum finishes her career with a 66-17 singles record and a 92-27 doubles record. Mackova has notched an 84-39 singles record and a 95-26 doubles record in her four seasons with Boise State while Wlodarczyk holds 77-28 singles and 75-22 doubles records in her three years at Boise State. Head coach Mark Tichenor now sits at a 181-65 all-time record at Boise State.


With no individuals qualifying for the NCAA Individual Tournament held May 24-28, the Broncos are completely done with their season.


Georgia advances on to face the Florida/Florida State winner in the round of 16 on May 15 at 1 p.m. ET in College Station, Texas. The Bulldogs are making their 23rd consecutive NCAA Championship appearance and earned national titles in 1994 and 2000.


#2 Georgia 4, #35 Boise State 0


1.  #6 Chelsey Gullickson/Nadja Gilchrist (UGA) def. Lauren Megale/Pichittra Thongdach  (BSU) 8-4

2. Monika Dancevic/Yvette Hyndman (UGA) vs. Vivien Silfany/Klaudia Wlodarczyk (BSU) 4-7, suspended

3. Cameron Ellis/Naoko Ueshima (UGA) def. Laura Baum/Bianca Jochimsen (BSU) 8-2


1. #9 Chelsey Gullickson (UGA) def. #69 Pichittra Thongdach (BSU) 6-1,6-1

2. #55 Yvette Hyndman (UGA) def. Lauren Megale (BSU) 6-3,6-2

3. #56 Nadja Gilchrist (UGA) def. Vivien Silfany (BSU) 6-4,6-2,

4. #93 Monika Dancevic (UGA) vs. Bianca Jochimsen (BSU) 6-4, 4-4 suspended

5. Naoko Ueshima (UGA) vs. Klaudia Wlodarczyk (BSU)  6-4, suspended

6. Cameron Ellis (UGA) vs. Laura Baum (BSU) 6-4,4-1 suspended

Order of Finish: Doubles (1,3); Singles (1,2,3)

#2 Georgia now 25-2; #35 BSU now 24-5


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