Thongdach, All Three Doubles Teams, Advance in Main Draw of ITA Regional Championships

LAS VEGAS, Nev. - Boise State senior Pichittra Thongdach led the Bronco women’s tennis team on day-two of the Intercollegiate Tennis Association Mountain Regional Championships in Las Vegas, Nev., Thursday (Oct. 15), winning two matches in the singles tournament to advance to Friday’s quarterfinal round. Boise State also finished Thursday 3-0 in doubles play, advancing all of the Broncos’ doubles teams into the round of 16.

Thongdach, who is ranked No. 47 nationally in singles, opened Thursday in the round of 32, where she took down Paige Miles of Utah, 6-4, 6-1. In the next round, Thongdach took care of Jana Albers (UNLV) in straight sets, 6-3, 6-0, to advance into the quarterfinals. She is scheduled to meet Anastasia Putilina of Utah on Friday.

Thongdach also found success in the doubles tournament, teaming up with Lauren Megale. Thongdach and Megale, who are No. 33 in doubles, won their only match of the day against Yumi Hasegawa and Nicole Perez of Northern Arizona, 8-3, in the round of 32. Rocio Frej and Marlena Pietzuch also advanced through the second round with an 8-4 win against Aimee Oki and Edit Suhajda (NAU). Rounding out doubles action for the Broncos was Stephanie Jasper and Bianca Jochimsen, who beat Missy Harris and Evgenia Kryuchkova (Utah), 8-3, to advance to the round of 16 as well.

Megale, Frej, Pietzuch, Jasper and Jochimsen all competed in singles on Thursday also, but failed to duplicate their doubles success as they combined for an 0-5 singles record on the day. Megale lost to Harris, 6-2, 6-1, Frej lost to Nives Pavlovic (UNLV) 7-5, 4-6, 6-1, Pietzuch lost to Adrienn Hidvegi (UNLV) 6-3, 7-6 and Jasper lost to Sophia Bergner (Denver) 6-2, 6-2, all falling into the consolation bracket. Jochimsen, meanwhile, dropped her match in the second consolation round (walkover) against Nicole Perez of NAU to end her week in singles competition.

All three doubles teams will continue their run at a tournament title in the round of 16 on Friday. Thongdach will look to earn a spot in the tournament semifinals, and keep her hopes alive for capturing the singles title on Saturday.

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