SOUTH BEND, Ind. - The No. 47 ranked Boise State women's tennis team saw its historic season come to an end, Saturday (May 15), as the Broncos fell to No. 6 Notre Dame, 4-0, in the second round of the 2010 NCAA Team Championships in South Bend, Ind.
The Broncos (23-6) earned a spot in the round of 32 after earning a huge upset over No. 21 Iowa, 4-1, on Friday (May 14). Boise State, which is coming off its first Western Athletic Conference title in program history, failed to keep the magic going on Saturday, however. The women dropped the doubles point to the Irish and never recovered; losing the first three singles matches of the day to fall from the tournament.
In doubles, Boise State fell behind quickly in both the No. 1 and No. 2 matches. At No. 1, Notre Dame's Kristy Frilling and Kali Krisik (No. 3 ranked) took down No. 45 Pichittra Thongdach and Lauren Megale, 8-2, to gain an early advantage. The Irish secured the doubles point next at No. 2 as Cosmina Ciobanu and Shannon Mathews beat Stephanie Jasper and Marlena Pietzuch, 8-1. Boise State's closest doubles match came at No. 3, which Elyse Edwards and Bianca Jochimsen trailed 5-6 to Chrissie McGaffigan and Kristen Rafael when it was called.
Singles didn't prove to be much kinder for the Broncos, as they lost at No. 1, No. 2 and No. 4 to end the dual. At No. 1, Frilling (No. 16 ranked) beat No. 49 Thongdach, 6-2, 6-3, to give the Irish a 2-0 lead in the match. Next to finish was No. 4, where Ciobanu beat Jasper, 6-3, 6-2. Notre Dame would clinch the victory at No. 2 as No. 108 Mathews took down Megale, 7-5, 6-2.
Boise State competed hard throughout the day, as the women forced two singles matches to a third set before being called. At No. 3, Jochimsen trailed in the third set to McGaffigan, 6-1, 1-6, 1-2. In the No. 6 match, Pietzuch led Rafael, 1-6, 6-1, 2-1.
Saturday's loss marked the end of a remarkable season for the Broncos, who captured the first WAC regular season and tournament titles in program history. The women were perfect (8-0) against conference opponents this spring. By reaching the NCAA tournament second-round Boise State also joined select company, as just the second team in program history to win a dual at nationals.
While the season ends for the women as a team, it is not quite over for a pair of Boise State women's tennis players. Thongdach and Megale will represent the Broncos later this month (May 26-31) at the NCAA Individual Championships in Athens, Ga. Thongdach has been selected to compete in the 64-player singles tournament. She will also team up with Megale to compete in the 32-team doubles tournament.
#6 Notre Dame 4, #47 Boise State 0
Doubles: (Order of finish: 1, 2)
- 1. #3 Kristy Frilling/Kali Krisik (ND) def. #45 Pichittra Thongdach/Lauren Megale (BSU) 8-2
- 2. Cosmina Ciobanu/Shannon Mathews (ND) def. Stephanie Jasper/Marlena Pietzuch (BSU) 8-1
- 3. Elyse Edwards/Bianca Jochimsen (BSU) vs. Chrissie McGaffigan/Kristen Rafael (ND) unfinished (5-6)
Singles: (Order of finish: 1, 4, 2)
- 1. #16 Frilling (ND) def. #49 Thongdach (BSU) 6-2, 6-3
- 2. #108 Mathews (ND) def. Megale (BSU) 7-5, 6-2
- 3. Jochimsen (BSU) vs. McGaffigan (ND) unfinished (6-1, 1-6, 1-2)
- 4. Ciobanu (ND) def. Jasper (BSU) 6-3, 6-2
- 5. Edwards (BSU) vs. Krisik (ND) unfinished (0-6, 4-4)
- 6. Pietzuch (BSU) vs. Rafael (ND) unfinished (1-6, 6-1, 2-1)
Notre Dame: 24-3
Boise State: 23-6