It's getting familiar. The Boise State women's tennis team makes the NCAA Tournament, goes up against a Top 25 team and, comes out with a win. The Broncos downed #21 Iowa today 4-1 in the opening round in South Bend, Indiana.
They call them giant killers.
Or in this case, Crimson Tide and Hawkeye killers.
For the second consecutive year, the
women's tennis team has knocked out a Top 25 team in the NCAA Tournament.Last year, the Broncos subdued mighty
. This year, Coach Mark Tichenor's
team shut down #21 Iowa
Maybe they should start seeding
shocked the heck out of everyone outside of
with a resounding 4-1 win over
in the opening round in
"We are so
excited," BoiseState head coach Mark
Tichenor said after Friday's match. "It's two years in a row
that we have beaten teams in the top 25 in the first round of the NCAA, so we
are just ecstatic. Our girls have fought hard all year...They have always
believed in themselves and have always battled."
Two weeks ago,
unseated eight-time Western Athletic Conference champion
to win their first WAC title.And
The Broncos have to play the home team (a familiar team
this weekend for Bronco women's teams…) in the next round--#6 Notre Dame.
Despite losing the first doubles match, Stephanie Jasper
and Marlena Pietzuch downed
's Alexis Dorr and Lynne Poggensee-Wei 8-5.It was up to the #1's for the point.#45 Pichittra Thongdach and Lauren Megale scored their biggest win of the
year, upsetting the #14 doubles team in the nation—Merel Beelen and Sonja
The Lady Broncos kept up the pressure in singles play,
winning the opening set in five of six singles matches.Megale was the first to put her opponent away, getting a 6-3, 7-6 win
over Poggensee-Wei at No. 2 singles.
All the great teams come back, and
did their best.They took the
second set in four matches, exactly what they needed to do to win.Senior Bianca Jochimsen halted the Hawkeye momentum with a 6-3, 3-6, 6-1
win over Beelen to put
up 3-0.Molnar was able to upset
#49 Thongdach at No. 1 singles 6-3, 7-6 and
was on the board.
Freshman Elyse Edwards put the Broncos over the top with a
nice 6-2, 7-5 win over Kelcie Klockenga in No. 5 singles and Boise State was