May 20, 2013
BOISE, Idaho - Boise State’s Catrina Thompson has been named the Intercollegiate Tennis Association’s Mountain Region Women’s Assistant Coach of the Year. Thompson just completed her second season with the Broncos helping guide the team to a winning season at 13-10 overall and 8-5 in region play. She is the third Boise State women’s tennis assistant coach to receive this honor all-time and the first since 2002.
Since her arrival Thompson has helped coach four Broncos to a combined six all-conference postseason honors including three this year in Sandy Vo (singles), Marlena Pietzuch (singles and doubles) and Manuela Pietzuch (doubles).
“We are so fortunate to have Catrina here at Boise State, and there isn’t a coach in the country more deserving of this award,” said head coach Beck Roghaar. “Her constant dedication to the program, and each of the players individually, is second to none and truly makes us better every day. We couldn’t ask for a better role model to our young ladies.”
BOISE STATE POSTSEASON TEAM AWARDS
In addition, Boise State also released its postseason team awards for the 2012-13 campaign announcing the Team Most Valuable Player, Most Improved and Most Inspirational.
MOST VALUABLE PLAYER
Marlena Pietzuch received the Most Valuable Player award in recognition of her leadership and success on the court not only this season but the last four overall. The senior from Hechingen, Germany, is a three-time all-conference honoree in doubles and once in singles. This season Pietzuch was named all-conference in both singles and doubles. Pietzuch spent most of her career playing on either court one or two in both singles and doubles at Boise State, not an easy task for anyone. She finished her four-year career at Boise State with a 104-47 overall singles record and a 86-50 mark in doubles.
“This is Marlena’s second MVP award in as many years, and she has played such a key role for our squad day in and day out this year,” said Roghaar. “There is never an easy match at the top of the lineup in singles and doubles, and it takes a very special player and person to shoulder that load as well as Marlena has this year.”
MOST INSPIRATIONAL PLAYER
Sandy Vo was named the Most Inspirational Play on the team. The junior from Melbourne, Australia, is always the energetic team player whether competing on the court or watching from the stands. There is never any doubt as to where she is in the stadium and how she feels about the program and her teammates. This year Vo was named to the all-conference team in singles, her first such honor. Vo finished the season splitting time between No. 1 and 2 singles where she went a combined 17-10, in doubles she went 18-6 while playing along side Morgan Basil on court two.
“Sandy has been a phenomenal leader for us on so many fronts this year,” commented Roghaar. “Whether winning or losing a match, she always competes with a passion and intensity that spreads to the courts around her.”
MOST IMPROVED PLAYER
Megan LaLone was one of five new faces on the Boise State roster this season earning the Most Improved Player award for her performance as a true freshman. The native of Stanwood, Wash., was a steady force for the Broncos in her first campaign in the blue and orange. She spent most of her time in singles between courts four and five finishing the year tying for the best overall singles record for Boise State with a 22-10 record. In doubles she went 19-11 overall and was the primary player on court three in duals going 10-9 while playing with four different partners.
“Megan comes with an intensity and hunger to learn each and every day, and it’s no surprise to us that with this attitude she has improved immensely,” said Roghaar. “She is so coachable, and we’re looking forward to seeing how far she can take her game in the coming years as well.”