Thongdach Pulls off Monumental Upset at NCAA Individual Championships

ATHENS, Ga. - Day-one of the 2010 NCAA Women's Tennis Individual Championships provided plenty of excitement for Boise State, as senior Pichittra Thongdach recorded the biggest win of her career with a victory over No. 10 ranked Denise Dy of the University of Washington.

Entering this weekend Thongdach had never earned a win over a top-15 opponent throughout her collegiate career. Her biggest win to date came last year in a victory over No. 16 Melanie Gloria of Fresno State. That all changed on Wednesday, however, as No. 49 ranked Thongdach fought her way to a third set win over Dy to advance in the 64-player single elimination tournament.

Her match against Dy didn't start as well as Thongdach would have hoped, though, as Dy raced out to a 6-2 advantage in the first set. Thongdach wasn't fazed, however, as she rebounded with a huge 6-1 second set victory. With a spot in the round of 32 on the line, Thongdach used the momentum to roll to a 6-1 third set win to secure the 2-6, 6-1, 6-1 victory over Dy.

With the win, Thongdach improves to 31-15 overall this season in singles with a 13-5 record in tournament competition. She now awaits the winner of No. 47 Ellah Nze of Duke and No. 59 Elisabeth Fournier of Washington State in the tournament's second round. The second round of the individual championships will be played on Thursday (May 27), with match times still to be determined.

Singles won't be the only thing on Thongdach's mind, Thursday, as she is also set to kickoff the 32-team doubles tournament with teammate Lauren Megale. The No. 45 ranked pair of Thongdach and Megale will meet No. 17 Alexa Guarachi and Courtney McLane of Alabama in the first round. Match times for the doubles tournament have yet to be announced as well.

Fans can visit http://www.ncaa.com/sports/c-tennis/champpage/c-tennis-div1-index.html to follow every match of the NCAA Individual Championships through live scoring and video.

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