Lady Broncos Earn 5th Straight Trip To Finals

It's Boise State vs. Fresno State for the fifth straight year in women's tennis. The Broncos put away #4-seed Hawai'i 4-0 today to earn a return match against the Lady Bulldogs. First serve is at noon tomorrow in Fresno.

For four consecutive seasons, the Boise State women's tennis team has been the bridesmaid of the Western Athletic Conference.  The Broncos can change that tomorrow afternoon in Fresno , California .

Coach Mark Tichenor's team shut out Hawai'i 4-0 today in the WAC semifinals to earn a ticket in tomorrow's finals against their arch-nemesis, Fresno State .  The Bulldogs (surprise, surprise) defeated #2 seed Nevada with the benefit of their home court, 4-2.  Fresno State has won eight consecutive WAC titles including the last four over Boise State .

The difference this year is that Boise State is favored as the #1 seed.  Tell that to Nevada which went down today to the home team.  The Broncos still have to win it on the courts, and do it in a hostile environment.

Boise State seemed to be on a mission this afternoon, taking the doubles point and following with three consecutive singles victories.

Elyse Edwards and Bianca Jochimsen downed Algae Van den Bergh and Natasha Zorec 8-3 at #3 doubles and when Marlena Pietzuch and Stephanie Jasper emerged victorious at #2 doubles, the Broncos secured the point.

Jochimsen defeated Katarina Polakova in straight sets and Pietzuch also scored a straight sets win to put the Broncos on the brink of their fifth straight WAC championship match.  The WAC Women's Player of the Year, Pichittra Thongdach, would take care of that.  She beat Sophie Kobuch 7-5, 6-2 to give Boise State the sweep.

Tomorrow's final will be at noon Mountain time.  Live scoring is available tomorrow at: 


#43 Boise State 4, Hawai'i 0

Doubles: (Order of finish: 3, 2)

1. #45 Pichittra Thongdach/Lauren Megale (BSU) vs. Sophie Kobuch/Katarina Poljakova (UH) unfinished (6-5)

2. Marlena Pietzuch/Stephanie Jasper (BSU) def. Barbara Pinterova/Alyssa Nafarrete (UH) 8-5

3. Elyse Edwards/Bianca Jochimsen (BSU) def. Algae Van den Bergh/Natasha Zorec (UH) 8-3

Singles: (Order of finish: 3, 6, 1)

1. #51 Thongdach (BSU) def. Kobuch (UH) 7-5, 6-2

2. Megale (BSU) vs. Pinterova (UH) unfinished (5-7, 2-3)

3. Jochimsen (BSU) def. Poljakova (UH) 6-1, 6-2

4. Jasper (BSU) vs. Van den Bergh (UH) unfinished (4-6, 2-2)

5. Edwards (BSU) vs. Zorec (UH) unfinished (6-2, 0-6, 0-1)

6. Pietzuch (BSU) def. Nafarrete (UH) 6-2, 6-3


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