Boise State Beats #21 Iowa at NCAA Tournament

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 Boise State women's tennis team has knocked out a Top 25 team in the NCAA Tournament.  Last year, the Broncos subdued mighty Alabama .  This year, Coach Mark Tichenor's team shut down #21 Iowa 4-1.  

Maybe they should start seeding Boise State higher.  

You think?  

47th-ranked Boise State shocked the heck out of everyone outside of Idaho with a resounding 4-1 win over Iowa in the opening round in South Bend , Indiana .  

"We are so excited," Boise State 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, Boise State unseated eight-time Western Athletic Conference champion Fresno State to win their first WAC title.  And now this.  

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 Iowa '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 Molnar 9-8.  

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 Iowa 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 Boise State up 3-0.  Molnar was able to upset #49 Thongdach at No. 1 singles 6-3, 7-6 and Iowa 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 victorious.  

The second-round match between the Irish and Broncos will be at 10 a.m. Mountain time tomorrow (Saturday) morning.  Fans can visit www.und.com/sports/w-tennis/spec-rel/10-w-tennis-ncaa.html to watch live scoring of Saturday's match.

 

#47 Boise State 4,  #21 Iowa 1

Doubles: (Order of Finish: 3, 2, 1)

1.      #45 Pichittra Thongdach/Lauren Megale (BSU) def. #14 Merel Beelen/Sonja Molnar (Iowa) 9-8

2.      Stephanie Jasper/Marlena Pietzuch (BSU) def. Alexis Dorr/Lynne Poggensee-Wei ( Iowa ) 8-5

3.      Kelcie Klockenga/Jessica Young (Iowa) def. Bianca Jochimsen/Elyse Edwards (BSU) 9-7

Singles: (Order of finish: 2, 3, 1, 5)

1.      #67 Molnar ( Iowa ) def. #49 Thongdach (BSU) 6-3, 7-6

2.      Megale (BSU) def. Poggensee-Wei ( Iowa ) 6-3, 7-6

3.      Jochimsen (BSU) def. Beelen ( Iowa ) 6-3, 3-6, 6-1

4.      Jasper (BSU) vs. Young ( Iowa ) unfinished (6-2, 2-6, 6-5)

5.      Edwards (BSU) def. Klockenga ( Iowa ) 6-2, 7-5

6.      Pietzuch (BSU) vs. Dorr ( Iowa ) unfinished (6-1, 4-6, 4-3)

Boise State - 23-5

Iowa - 17-7


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