Feb. 19, 2016
BOISE, Idaho - Boise State women's tennis downed Idaho State 5-2 Friday, at Crane Creek Country Club in Boise. The Broncos (3-3) won the doubles point with three big victories before taking the first three singles matches in straight sets. It is Boise State's second win over the Bengals (2-4) in the last two weeks.
"It's tough to beat any team twice in a season," said head coach Beck Roghaar. "It's not easy, especially when you're talking about a team as savvy as Idaho State with six seniors. They know our game styles. It was a gritty win for us. Their game styles are different. Playing at a neutral site that's new to us makes it more difficult too. I was really proud of the team for bearing down when we needed to a coming away with the win."
Bobbi Oshiro and Arianna Paules Aldrey got the match off to a quick start with a 6-1 win at No. 3 doubles. Hanna Kantenwein and Milena Toseva wasted no time clinching the team point with their own 6-1 win on court two before Megan LaLone and Naomi de Hart rounded out the doubles effort with a 6-2 win at the top spot.
Kantenwein started the singles scoring with a dominant 6-3, 6-0 win on court one. She improved with every game, closing out her second set with surgical precision. Roghaar noted Kantenwein's willingness to move up and take shots on their first pass through her strike zone as part of the progress.
"The thing that's so cool about Hanna is that she's so coachable," said Roghaar. "As a high level player already, she's come in and been willing to make adjustments. When you've won as many matches as she has playing a certain way, sometimes you're hesitant to make little tweaks. She made some of those tonight and it was awesome to watch. Her best tennis and her highest level is still in front of her."
Oshiro continued her workmanlike effort with a steady 6-2, 6-3 win on court three.
"Match in, match out, Bobbi has been our most consistent competitor," said Roghaar. "As a leader of this team, it's key for us to be getting that from her right now. It says a lot about She's quiet, but she's an assassin. She's getting outside of her comfort zone to give the team what it needs to win. That transformation is unbelievable to see and she's really starting to understand how important that competitor role is."
Teal Vosburgh clinched the match with a 6-3, 6-3 win on court two, but it was not as easy as the score indicated. Vosburgh pulled away from a tight first set then took an early lead in the second before ISU's Taylor Cole heated up. Vosburgh led 4-1 but Cole rallied to get within 4-3 and was serving at deuce with a chance to tie. Instead, the Bronco senior dug in and played one of her best points of the season to regain control of the match.
"We've been talking a lot as a team, and specifically with Teal, about what her attitude needs to be in those points," said Roghaar. "When you're up 4-1 and up a set, you can expect your opponent to start swinging away and playing free. Playing good college tennis is about stepping up in those points. Teal stepped up and didn't let her opponent's rally define how she was going to play. When she was able to take that deciding point and get a 5-3 lead the match really went back her way and she brought it home."
LaLone also picked up singles win on court six to close out the match.
The big performance came with a big inspiration pacing the sidelines for the Broncos. For the third consecutive year, local youth tennis player Traejen Kingston served as an honorary coach. Kingston is has been battling a serious kidney disorder since the age of three.
"Traejen brought us everything we needed," Roghaar said. "He always brings the fighting spirt. When our girls talk about him or when he's with us at matches or events, we're always reminded about how tough he really is. He embodies what being a Bronco is all about. Him being around is an unbelievable support and inspiration to us. Any time you can be around that good of a person, you hope it rubs off on you and it certainly has with our team. On top of all that, he brings wins. We're 3-0 with Traejen coaching us."
The Broncos continue their home weekend Sunday, against South Dakota. The match will begin at 9 a.m. MT at Boas Indoor Tennis Center.
Boise State 5 Idaho State 2
1. LaLone/de Hart (Boise State) def. Alexandersen/Boeckmann (ISU) 6-2
2. Kantenwein/Toseva (Boise State) def. Tegtmeier/Theus (ISU) 6-1
3. Oshiro/Paules Aldrey (Boise State) def. Bacon/Cole (ISU) 6-1
Order of Finish: 2, 3, 1
1. Hanna Kantenwein (Boise State) def. Kasey Bacon (ISU) 6-3, 6-0
2. Teal Vosburgh (Boise State) def. Taylor Cole (ISU) 6-3, 6-3
3. Bobbi Oshiro (Boise State) def. Nonie Mulcahy Alexandersen (ISU) 6-2, 6-3
4. Wiebke Boeckmann (ISU) def. Arianna Paules Aldrey (Boise State) 7-6 (5), 5-7, 10-7
5. Taylor Cole (ISU) def. Milena Toseva (Boise State) 6-4, 4-6, 10-8
6. Megan LaLone (Boise State) def. Laura Theus (ISU) 6-4, 6-4
Order of Finish: 1, 3, 2, 5, 4, 6