Women's Tennis ITA All-American Update: Thongdach Bounced from Singles Competition

            LOS ANGELES, Calif. – Boise State senior women’s tennis player Pichittra Thongdach dropped out of singles competition at the Riviera Intercollegiate Tennis Association All-American Championships on Friday (Oct. 9), after losing her first match in the consolation bracket of the main draw.

            Thongdach, who was No. 47 in singles in the ITA preseason rankings, fell to No. 22 ranked Anastasia Petukova of Fresno State, 6-2, 6-2, to bow out of tournament action. Thongdach had dropped her opening round match against Allie Will (Florida), 6-3, 6-3, to move into the consolation bracket on Thursday.


Broncos Win Qualifying Round Doubles Consolation Title


            Thongdach and Lauren Megale captured the consolation doubles title in the qualifying round of the Riviera ITA All-American Championships on Thursday (Oct. 8), after their championship match opponents withdrew from tournament play.

            Thongdach and Megale, who rank No. 33 nationally in doubles, rebounded from a first round loss by winning three consolation bracket matches en route to the consolation title. They began their tournament run on Tuesday where they opened doubles action with a hard fought 8-6 loss to Lauren Lui and Samantha Murray of Northwestern.

            The team would regroup in back draw competition, winning their next two matches to advance through Wednesday. Thongdach and Megale earned their first win of the tournament against Vanja Corovic and Stephanie Davison (Texas), 8-5. Next they would defeat (walkover) Anna Redecsi and Selma Salkovic of DePaul to earn a match against Tania Mahtani and Mimi Nguyen of Michigan.

            Thongdach and Megale would keep their winning streak going in their third consolation match on Thursday, as they beat Mahtani and Nguyen, 8-5. That win would advance them to the consolation championship, where they were scheduled to meet Marta Lesniak and Aleksandra Malyarschikova of SMU before Lesniak and Malyarschikova forfeit the title match.

            Megale bowed out of the singles tournament last Saturday (Oct. 3) after a 6-2, 6-2 loss to Hilary Bartlett of Princeton in the pre-qualifying round.

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