Boise State Falls in First Round of the NCAA Championships

EVANSTON, Ill. - The No. 43 Boise State University women’s tennis team dropped a heartbreaker to No. 24 Indiana 4-2, Friday, in the first round of the NCAA Championships.

The match began with doubles where Indiana won at No. 2 and No. 3.

Polina Kokoulina and Tatiana Ganzha fell to Sigrid Fischer and Cecile Perton at No. 2 doubles 8-5. At No. 3 doubles, Tiffany Coll and Klaudia Wlodarczyk had their four match winning streak snapped by Brianna Williams and Erin Clark as they dropped the match 8-5.

Down 1-0 heading into singles, the Broncos fought and battled for every point as they pushed the Big Ten’s second place team to the brink of elimination but they were unable to capture the elusive fourth singles point.

Coll put Boise State on the board when she won in straight sets at No. 6 over Lindsey Stuckey 6-4 and 6-2. The lone senior on the team, Coll concluded her Boise State career with a 80-25 record in singles and 75-21 in doubles.

Stacey Housley ousted Perton at No. 5 singles 7-5 and 6-4, to even the match at 2-2 with three matches yet to be decided. Housley finished the season 29-7 in singles including winning her final five matches.

Bianca Jochimsen squared off against Alba Berdala at No. 1 singles. Jochimsen captured the first set 6-3 before dropping the second 4-6 to bring the match to a third set. The players exchanged points to even the third set at two games apiece. Jochimsen then took two of the next three games to take the 4-3 lead, but Berdala then won the next three games to win the set and give Indiana the 3-2 lead.

Kokoulina also required a third set to decide her match with Laura McGaffigan. Kokoulina dropped her first set in a tiebreaker 6-7 before rebounding with a 6-3 victory in the second to send the match to a decisive third set. In the third set Kokoulina jumped out to the early 2-1 lead but she could not hold off McGaffigan and fell 4-6 as Indiana captured the fourth match point for the victory.

"This was one of the best matches we played all year," said head coach Mark Tichenor. "We played like champs today and we just need to continue to keep building on our success for next season."

In other matches, Wlodarczyk fell in straight sets to Brianna Williams 6-0 and 6-2, while Mackova was playing in the third set down 1-0.

Match Results
Indiana 4, Boise State 2
NCAA Championships
Evanston, Ill.
May 11, 2007
Singles (4, 6, 5, 1, 2)
1. Alba Berdala (IU) def. Bianca Jochimsen (BSU), 3-6, 6-4, 6-4
2. Laura McGaffigan (IU) def. Polina Kokoulina (BSU), 7-6, 3-6, 6-4
3. Jana Mackova (BSU) and Sigrid Fischer (IU), 6-4, 6-7, 0-1, unfinished
4. Brianna Williams (IU) def. Klaudia Wlodarczyk (BSU), 6-0, 6-2
5. Stacey Housley (BSU) def. Cecile Perton (IU), 7-5, 6-4
6. Tiffany Coll (BSU) def. Lindsey Stuckey (IU), 6-4, 6-2
Doubles (2, 3)
1. Laura Baum/Jana Mackova (BSU) and Alba Berdala/Laura McGaffigan (IU), 6-6 unfinished
2. Sigrid Fischer/Cecile Perton (IU) def. Tatiana Ganzha/Polina Kokoulina (BSU), 8-5
3. Brianna Williams/Erin Clark (IU) def. Tiffany Coll/Klaudia Wlodarczyk (BSU), 8-5

Match Notes
Boise State Record: 18-5


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