Boise State Women's Tennis Opens Fall Season With Two Tournaments

The Boise State women's tennis team opened its' 2009 fall schedule this past weekend (Sept. 18-20), sending student-athletes to compete at tournaments in Pullman, Wash. and Midland, Texas.

Midland Racquet Club Collegiate Invitational

The Broncos had three women competing at the Midland Racquet Club Collegiate Invitational, where Boise State finished with 6-4 singles record and a 3-1 record in doubles.

Pichittra Thongdach started things off the Broncos, advancing to the quarterfinals after a first round bye and two consecutive wins. In the second round, Thongdach beat Tania Rice of Pepperdine, 6-4, 6-4 to move on. In her next match, she would beat Maria Babanova of TCU, 7-5, 6-0. Her singles run would end in the round of eight, however, as Thongdach fell to Nazari Urbina of Texas A&M in a tie breaker, 6-7, 6-2, 10-4.

Bianca Jochimsen also enjoyed a great deal of success in singles action, finishing with a 4-1 record after dropping her first match of the weekend. Jochimsen lost to Alex Rasch of Rice, 6-2, 6-2, before beating Caroline Starck of Texas Tech, 6-7, 6-3, 10-5 in back draw action. In her third match, Jochimsen would beat Stephanie Davidson of Texas A&M, 6-2, 6-4, before beating Dina Pavlin (Abilene Christian), 6-2, 6-4 to advance to the consolation semifinals. In the semis, Jochimsen earned a 6-4, 6-3 win over Texas A&M's Christina Amo. The win earned her a spot in the consolation championship, although she was unable to compete due to scheduling conflict.

Lauren Megale was Boise State's final competitor in Midland, as she finished singles action with two hard fought losses on the weekend. In her first match, Megale dropped a three set tiebreaker, 3-6, 6-4, 10-8 to Ana Guzman of Rice to start her tournament. In consolation action, she would fall to Lauren Santacoce of Texas A&M, 6-3, 6-0.

Megale and Thongdach saw their greatest success of the weekend in doubles, winning three straight matches to advance to the tournament championship. After a first round bye, the duo beat Julie Chao and Alex Rasch of Rice, 8-5. In the third round they beat Jennifer Holmberg and Madeleine Geibert of Nebraska, 8-6, before defeating Urbina and Sheri Oliver of Texas A&M, 9-7, in the semifinals to advance to the championship. Their title run would fall just short, though, as Megale and Thongdach would fall to Megan Alexander and Kayla Duncan of TCU, 8-1.

WSU Cougar Classic

The Boise State women also sent two student-athletes to Pullman, Wash. over the weekend to compete in the Washington State Cougar Classic. The Broncos finished the tournament with a 3-2 singles record, 1-2 in doubles play.

Stephanie Jasper opened her weekend with a 6-1, 6-3 win against Megan Sporndli of Portland. Her success wouldn't last long, however, as her run through singles competition would come to an end in a 6-4, 6-2 loss to Ksenia Googe of Washington State.

Marlena Pietzuch also opened up tournament play with a win, beating Idaho's Silvia Irimescu, 6-4, 7-6, 7-5. Pietzuch would advance through the second round with a 6-4, 6-2 win over Gonzaga's Rika Mehndiratta. Her run in singles action would also come to an end shortly there after, falling in her third match against Ekaterina Kamendova of Washington State, 6-0, 0-6, 6-2.

Jasper and Pietzuch also joined forces in doubles competition, finishing with a 1-2 record on the weekend. They lost their first match to Lacey Pfibsen and Sporndli of Porland, 8-3, before winning their next consolation match against Marie Demerath and Chelsea Patton of Eastern Washington, 8-5. The duo would finally fall from doubles action in their next consolation match with a 8-3 defeat against Idaho's Maria Perevoshchikova and Alexandra Ulesanu.

The Bronco women will next travel to Albuquerque, N.M. to compete in the Lobo Invitational, Sept. 25-27.

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