Bronco Women Fare Well at ITA Central Region Championships

SALT LAKE CITY, Utah The Boise State women’s tennis team took to the courts this past weekend to participate in the 2008 ITA Women’s Central Region Tennis Championships hosted by the University of Utah. The four-day tournament running from Oct. 15-19 was held at the George S. Eccles Tennis Center and included players from the ITA Central region teams. The teams included Air Force, Arkansas, Boise State, BYU, Colorado State, Iowa, Kansas, Kansas State, Montana State, Nebraska, New Mexico, New Mexico State, Northern Colorado, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, St. Louis, Tulsa, Utah, Weber State, Wichita State and Wyoming.


Boise State’s Pichittra Thongdach was the Broncos’ highest seed in the tournament at No. 7 and played her way to the quarterfinal round. Thongdach earned a 3-1 singles record over the weekend and fell to her only seeded opponent No. 16 Anouk Tigu of Arkansas in a tough 6-4, 4-6, 6-1 loss. Thongdach was joined by teammate Vivian Silfany to form the No. 6 seeded doubles team in the tournament, making their way to the semifinal round on a 3-1 doubles record. In the quarterfinal round the pair defeated fellow Broncos Rocio Frej and Jana Mackova, 8-2, before falling to the No. 8 seeded Nanar Airapetian and Anouk Tigu of Arkansas, 8-6.


Bronco Lauren Megale held a No. 13 seed in singles play, producing a 2-1 record on the weekend and falling in a tough 6-4, 6-4 loss to No. 3 seeded Alexandra Kicnoutkin of Tulsa. Joining Megale in doubles play was Klaudia Wlodarczyk who helped the No. 12 seeded team to a 4-1 record, falling to the No. 1 seeded Ela Kaluder and Aurelija Miseviciute of Arkansas, 8-4. Wlodarczyk made her way out of the singles qualifying rounds to go1-1 in the main singles draw.


Individually, Silfany joined Bianca Jochimsen in recording 1-1 records, while Mackova, Frej, and Laura Baum played only in the singles qualifying rounds.


Baum and Jochimsen also went 1-1 in doubles play making it to the round of 16 while Frej and Mackova made it to the quarterfinal round and recorded a 3-1 doubles record, falling to teammates Silfany and Thongdach.


The singles and doubles winners along with the singles finalist will advance to the ITA National Indoor Championships next month. They will be hosted by the University of Virginia Nov. 6-9. Winners and finalists from the various ITA Regional Championships around the country, plus at-large selections, will make up the singles field of 32 and the 16-team doubles draw.


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