April 21, 2014
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MOUNTAIN WEST TOURNAMENT FACTS
ITS BRONCOS VS. COWGIRLS IN MW QUARTERFINALS
- Boise State's women's tennis team will be seeded fourth when they open the 2014 Mountain West Championship on Friday afternoon at the Sierra Sport & Racquet Club in Fresno, Calif. After going 13-9 overall and 4-3 in conference play the Broncos have earned a rematch with the fifth-seed Wyoming Cowgirls (10-7, 4-1) at 11 a.m. (Mountain) Friday morning in the tournament's quarterfinal round.
- The two teams met two weeks ago on April 11 in Laramie, Wyo., where the Cowgirls downed the Broncos 5-2. Sandy Vo and Megan LaLone led Boise State in the first meeting recording the only two singles victories for the Blue and Orange, as well as teaming up to win their doubles match.
- Since Boise State joined the Mountain West three years ago the series leans slightly in Wyoming's favor. In three meetings to date as league rivals the Cowgirls own a 2-1 advantage in the series with the first two encounters decided by 4-3 scores.
- If Boise State gets past Wyoming they would potentially face the host school in 68th-ranked Fresno State in Saturday's semifinal round. The Bulldogs earned the tournament's No. 1 seed sporting a 13-8 overall record, including a perfect 5-0 mark in Conference play. The Bulldogs' quarterfinal opponent on Friday will be the winner of Wednesday's first round match between No. 8 UNLV and No. 9 Air Force.
BOISE STATE AT THE MW CHAMPIONSHIPS
- This is the second trip for the Boise State women's tennis team to the Mountain West Championship where they are 0-1 all-time.
- Boise State's first MW tournament was in Colorado Springs, Colo., last year where the fifth-seeded Broncos ran into the fourth-seed Nevada Wolf Pack. Unfortunately, Nevada eliminated the Blue and Orange during the quarterfinals in a tight 4-2 match. Boise State won the doubles point against the Wolf Pack with Morgan Basil and Sandy Vo winning 8-5 on court two, while the then-freshmen tandem of Megan LaLone and Bobbi Oshiro won 8-4 on court three. The only Bronco to collect a singles win was LaLone at No. 4 singles 6-4, 6-3 over Sheila Smiley.
BOISE STATE AT CONFERENCE CHAMPIONSHIPS
- Boise State's women's tennis team has won six conference championships overall and has placed second seven times.
- The last time the Broncos won a league title was in 2010, their last year in the Western Athletic Conference. That title was preceded by four consecutive second-place finishes.
- League titles came in 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998, 2001 and 2010.
- Since 2000 Boise State has gone 19-11 in conference tournaments.
QUICK LOOK AT BOISE STATE
- The Record: The Broncos finished the regular season at 13-9 overall and 4-3 in MW play.
- Recently: Boise State closed the regular season the weekend of April 11-13 on the road where they lost at Wyoming (5-2), then defeated Colorado State (6-1).
- Ranked Opponents: Three of Boise State's losses have come at the hands of ranked opponents in No. 55 Utah, No. 63 Santa Clara and No. 51 Washington State, rankings were at the time of the match.
- The Broncos at Home: Boise State is 5-4 at the Boas Tennis Center and a perfect 5-0 at the Appleton Tennis Center.
- The Broncos on the Road: Boise State is 3-5 on the road this year.
- The Coach: Beck Roghaar is in his fourth season at Boise State where he is 13-9 in 2014 and 51-39 overall, his career mark is the same.
LEADING THE BRONCOS
- Senior Sandy Vo has had an outstanding season going 19-8 overall in singles and an impressive 14-5 at No. 1 singles. In addition, she is 15-9 in doubles on the year.
- Senior Morgan Basil has come on strong down the stretch to finish the regular season at 18-11 in singles and 17-11 in doubles.
- Anissa Bryant-Swift is the third senior on the team, she has also had a strong final campaign going 19-12 in singles with a 17-9 doubles mark.
- Megan LaLone has a team-high 21 wins to go with only 11 loses this season, including a great 16-5 duals record. The sophomore's doubles record is 15-12.
- Teal Vosburgh has gone 18-12 in singles and 13-12 in doubles, while Sammie Watson is 13-7 in singles and 12-6 in doubles during the 2013-14 season.
- In doubles look for the tandem of Sandy Vo and Megan LaLone to play on court one where they have gone 6-2 down the stretch.
- Teal Vosburgh and Anissa Bryant-Swift are 6-3 as a team and are the most likely candidates for court two in the doubles competition.
- Morgan Basil and Sammie Watson have been steady at No. 3 doubles where they finished the final half of the duals season 8-3.
ABOUT THE OPPONENTS
- The Cowgirls enter the tournament with a 10-7 overall record and a 4-1 league mark. They have won three straight matches over Boise State (5-2), Utah State (5-2) and Colorado State (7-0).
- Veronica Popovici leads the team playing on court one where she is 8-7 in duals to go with a 20-10 singles mark on the year. At No. 2 singles Dorottya Jonas has seen the most time going 8-6, she is 18-15 in singles overall.
- Recently the top doubles tandem playing on court one for Wyoming has been Jonas and Popovici where they have gone 4-6 to date.
Fresno State Bulldogs
- Fresno State has been solid at home in 2014 going a perfect 7-0 including a 6-1 victory over the Broncos on Feb. 23. On the year the Bulldogs are 13-8 overall and 5-0 in league play. They have won nine straight and 12 of their last 13 matches.
- Sophie Watts plays No. 1 singles for the Bulldogs going 11-9 in duals. The primary No. 2 singles player is Rana Sherif Ahmed going 6-9 in the position.
- In doubles the twin-sister tandem of Sophie and Anneka Watts has seen the most time on court one for Fresno State going 5-3.
- UNLV enters the tournament at 10-10 on the year and a 2-3 MW mark. The Rebels closed the regular season last week with a home split defeating Southern Utah 7-0 before falling to San Diego State 5-2.
- In singles UNLV is led by Lucia Batta who is 14-6 on court one in duals and 25-9 on the year. Aleksandra Josifoska is the main competitor at No. 2 singles with a 10-5 duals mark and 14-8 overall record.
- Batta and Santa Shumilina have played every doubles match on court one for the Rebels accumulating a 11-5 duals mark.
Air Force Falcons
- Air Force has gone a solid 17-8 this year including 2-3 in conference play. They closed the regular season last weekend with a 7-0 road loss a league rival New Mexico. However, that was preceded by three consecutive wins.
- The Falcons are led in singles by Tiffany Tran who has played 18 of the team's 25 matches on court one going 7-11, but she has a 17-16 overall mark on the year. Mary Meyers has seen the most time at No. 2 singles where she is 6-6, her combined duals record this spring is 13-8 with an overall mark for the year of 17-12.
- Meyers and Natasha Rizvi have played the most at No. 1 doubles going 8-3 this spring.
FOLLOW THE BRONCOS
- On the World Wide Web at: BroncoSports.com
- On Twitter at: BroncoSportsWTN
- On FaceBook at: Boise State University Women's Tennis
ITA REGIONAL RANKINGS
- Singles: Sophomore Teal Vosburgh is ranked 15th in the ITA Mountain Region, while senior Sandy Vo is tied for 18th.
- Doubles: The doubles team of seniors Sandy Vo and Morgan Basil entered the spring team season tied for 10th.