Thongdach earns BroncoCountry honor

Boise State's womens sports are on the move and it made for a highly-competitive contest for the Top Bronco Female Athlete of the Year. Tennis player Pichittra Thongdach is this year's winner in an exciting race.

Star women's tennis player Pichittra Thongdach narrowly defeated defending four-time winner Eleni Kafourou for Bronco Female Athlete of the Year in voting compiled by

Thongdach garnered 27.6 percent of the vote in the annual voting, while Kafourou received 24.1% and All-WAC third baseman Kathy Cox earned 22.4%. It was the closest voting for Female Athlete in the five-year history of the award.

Kafourou, who earned 12 Western Athletic Conference track and field titles in her illustrious career, again captured the outdoor championships in both the long jump and triple jump in leading Boise State to its highest-ever third-place finish. She won the award in each of the first four years.

Thongdach was 28-13 this season at No. 1 singles and was 29-9 with partner Lauren Megale at No. 1 doubles for Boise State . She finished ranked #51 in the Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) singles rankings and was #45 nationally in doubles in leading the Lady Broncos to a #44 ranking in the nation.

Thongdach led Boise State to a 24-5 record this season, including an incredible 21 in a row. Nevertheless, Thongdach and the Broncos had to go into hostile territory and defeat eight-time defending WAC Champion Fresno State on their home courts. They did by a count of 4-3. Boise State had lost the doubles point and was down 3-1 with all three remaining Bronco players, including Thongdach, needing to win to take the WAC title away from the Lady Bulldogs.

Thongdach, who was recently named the top women's player in the WAC, provided the leadership. She recovered from a 2-6 loss in the second set to score a 6-4, 2-6, 6-1 win and set the stage for Boise State 's dramatic victory.

Boise State sent the second Top 25 team in as many years packing in the opening round of the NCAA Tournament when they rocked #21 Iowa 4-1. The Broncos then ran into #5 Notre Dame, which eliminated Boise State 4-0.

Thongdach shocked the collegiate tennis world with a victory over Washington 's Denise Dy (the nation's #10-ranked women's singles player) in the opening round of the NCAA National Championships. Thongdach fought back from a 6-2 loss in the first set to score a 2-6, 6-1, 6-1 win over Dy before losing in the second round of the NCAA's.

Megale and Thongdach were invited to the NCAA Championships in doubles but were eliminated in the first round by #17 Alexa Gaurachi and Courtney McLane of Alabama 6-3, 5-7, 6-1.

Thongdach also won the 2010 ITA/Cissie Leary Award for Sportsmanship. The award is given to a women's player who displays inspiring dedication and commitment to her team, which has enhanced her team's performance and exemplified the spirit of college tennis.

Congratulations to Pichittra--the 2009-10 Bronco Female Athlete of the Year!

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