April 27, 2017
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LAS VEGAS - Boise State women's tennis saw its season come to an end Thursday, in a 4-0 loss to New Mexico in the first round of the 2017 Mountain West Championship. The sixth-seeded Broncos dropped a tight doubles point before the 11th-seeded Lobos picked up three straight-set wins in singles to clinch the match.
"This is a tough loss for us," said head coach Beck Roghaar. "For the season to be over, it still feels a little surreal. New Mexico brought the energy, toughness and the savviness that they needed to get over the top on us."
The Lobos got out to an early lead with doubles wins on courts two and three. In the regular season the Broncos were 1-8 when losing the doubles point, including a narrow 4-3 loss at New Mexico.
Still, having won the top three singles matches in Albuquerque, Boise State regrouped during the intermission with high hopes. Instead, New Mexico made quick work of the Broncos on courts three, four and six, not allowing the top of Boise State's lineup to turn the tide.
"Even after dropping a tough doubles point I thought we had a good shot headed into singles," Roghaar said. "We had a lot of momentum going in the matches that went unfinished, and if we could have found a way to get another set at one more spot I think we had a great shot to pull it off. New Mexico, with four seniors in the lineup, showed a little more comfort in a winner-take-all match. They have a good group that is playing well together right now."
Boise State finishes the season 13-9 overall, matching the most wins in the last six seasons.
"Our program is at a much better point right now than when this season started," Roghaar said. "I'm really proud of all the work that has been put in to get us here. The pain we feel today is going to be the strength we will feel tomorrow looking ahead to next season. Hopefully we can use this to motivate ourselves to work hard over the summer and learn from all the highs and lows we experienced."
The Broncos do not have a senior on its roster this season, and the top two singles spots were held down exclusively by freshmen and sophomores.
"We're not going to call our group young anymore" said Roghaar. "They've been through a season now and they know the ups and the downs. I have faith that they all want to be great and want to do it for each other. When you have those things working for you, it's something to get excited about."
2017 Mountain West Championship
First Round | April 27, 2017
Las Vegas | Fertitta Tennis Center
1. Dokic/Poling (Boise State) vs. Dulski/Bhat (UNM) DNF
2. Olivier/Wong (UNM) def. Kantenwein/Venter (Boise State) 6-3
3. Burguiere/Chung (UNM) def. Kuljanin/Nosek (Boise State) 6-3
Order of Finish: 2, 3
1. Anja Dokic (Boise State) vs. Ludivine Burguiere (UNM) DNF
2. Hanna Kantenwein (Boise State) vs. Ruth Copas (UNM) DNF
3. Diana Wong (UNM) def. Lilian Poling (Boise State) 6-4, 6-0
4. Dominique Dulski (UNM) def. Wiktoria Nosek (Boise State) 6-1, 6-2
5. Nancy Menjivar (Boise State) vs. Rachana Bhat (UNM) DNF
6. Cassie Chung (UNM) def. Kirsty Venter (Boise State) 6-0, 6-3
Order of Finish: 3, 4, 6