June 10, 2016
TEMPE, Ariz. - Boise State women's tennis checked in at No. 7 in the final edition of the Oracle/ITA Mountain Region team rankings, the program's highest year-end ranking since 2011. Freshman Hanna Kantenwein was pegged No. 10 in the region's final singles rankings, the first Bronco freshman to earn a year-end regional ranking in singles since Boise State was aligned in the Mountain Region in 2010.
"I'm excited to see us ranked among the strongest teams in the Mountain Region where we definitely feel that we belong," said head coach Beck Roghaar. "It's a step forward for our program and helps continue to show that we are laying a great foundation from which we hope to reach our ultimate goals. Our region is a very strong one that spans more than a few tough conferences including the Pac-12 Mountain West, and WAC."
The Mountain Region is comprised of 20 schools representing six different conferences. The ITA redistributed its regional alignments prior to the 2009-10 season, moving the Broncos' women's program from the Central Region to the Mountain Region. Since then, Boise State has finished in the top 10 five times including a team-best No. 2 ranking following the 2010 season.
Boise State finished the 2016 season 12-10 with a 4-2 mark in Mountain West matches. The Broncos closed the season strong, winning eight of their final 11 matches, including five victories over Mountain Region foes.
"I think our run towards the end of the year was a strong one that moved us up the rankings to finish ahead of teams that even went to the NCAA tournament," said Roghaar. "It's a great place to start from as we head into next season with some exciting talent coming our way in terms of our recruiting class. We hope to prove that we're not only one of the top teams, but the top team in our region."
Roghaar and the Broncos welcome a recruiting class ranked No. 25 nationally by TennisRecruiting.net, the first nationally-ranked class in program history. The three-woman group will look to follow in Kantenwein's footsteps, after completing one of the best debut seasons by a Bronco.
Kantenwein joined the team in January and raced up the lineup. She began the year at the No. 3 position before quickly climbing to No. 2 and ultimately playing the majority of the spring season at the top position. Kantenwein, a native of Pforzheim, Germany, compiled an 11-7 record in singles, including a 9-4 mark at the No. 1 spot.
"Hanna being ranked top 10 is great," said Roghaar. "What's even more exciting is that she achieved that ranking only joining us in January and missing the ITA Regional Championships last fall where many of results for these rankings are earned. She beat a couple players higher on the list during the regular season and lost to our regional champion 7-5 in the third set on the road, so I am really looking forward to seeing what she, and the entire team, can do next year playing all of the events. We feel like it's going to be a lot of fun pushing each other to new heights."
Kantenwein is the fifth Bronco to earn a top-10 regional singles ranking since 2010, and the first since Sandy Vo finished the 2014 season No. 6.