March 22, 2018
NEXT UP FOR WOMEN'S TENNIS Montana State (5-7) vs. Boise State (7-6) Friday, March 23 | 5 p.m. MT at Boise, Idaho
Idaho (5-6) vs. Boise State (7-6) Sunday, March 25 | 11:00 a.m. MT at Boise, Idaho
Montana (6-8) vs. Boise State (7-6) Tuesday, March 27 | 11 a.m. MT at Boise, Idaho
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WHAT IS HAPPENING The Broncos are four matches into a seven-match homestand. During those matches they are 2-2, with wins over College of Idaho and Air Force, and losses to Washington State and BYU. Montana State comes to Boise with a record of 5-7 overall, but they have lose their last two matches, both conference matches vs. North Dakota (4-3) and Sacramento State (4-3). Common opponents include Lewis-Clark State, who they beat 6-1 and Washington State, who they lost to 7-0. The Idaho Vandals face the Broncos after a Saturday (March 24) dual match vs. Montana State. Common opponents include Idaho State and Washington State. Like the Broncos, they defeated Idaho State 6-1, but fell 7-0 to the Cougars. The Montana Grizzlies are 6-8 entering the weekend, and will visit the Broncos after a match on Sunday, March 25 at Utah State. The Griz are 1-1 against the Broncos' Friday night competition, Montana State, and fell twice to Washington State. They enter the weekend on one-match losing streak, after falling to Sacramento State, 7-0.
RECENTLY FOR THE BRONCOS Boise State is 7-6 on the season after splitting two matches last weekend. The Broncos defeated Air Force 5-2 to open up Mountain West play, but fell 4-1 to visiting Washington State. The Broncos have won five of their last eight, including sweeping Weber State, Southern Utah and College of Idaho. They are looking to extend their winning streak to a season-record three this weekend after defeating Air Force last Sunday.
PALMER IS PLAYER OF THE WEEK Freshman Wilhelmina Palmer earned Mountain West Women's Tennis Player of the Week this week after going 3-0 last week, leading the Broncos to a big win against Air Force to open Mountain West play. First against BYU, the freshman combined with senior Nancy Menjivar to win 6-2 at No. 2 doubles, helping the team win the doubles point. She then competed at No. 1 singles for the first time in her career, but she was not able to finish her match vs. Mayci Jones. Against visiting Air Force, Palmer first combined with Menjivar for their second doubles win of the weekend as the Broncos took the doubles point. Then in just her second No. 1 singles action of her career, Palmer defeated TJ Fumigalli, 6-3, 7-5, as the Broncos defeated the Falcons, 5-2. Fumigalli is as tough an opponent as Palmer is going to face in the Mountain West, as she went undefeated last season and was 9-2 at No. 1 singles coming into the match. Palmer is now 7-2 in singles play this spring and 5-2 when pairing up in doubles with Menjivar
NEXT UP ON SCHEDULE The Broncos finish out their seven-match homestand on Tuesday, March 27 when they host Montana at 11 a.m. MT. The Broncos return to Mountain West play as they visit Wyoming on March 30 - 2 p.m. MT and Colorado State on April 1 - 8 a.m. MT. The Broncos then return home to host New Mexico on April 13 - 5 p.m. MT and close out the regular season at home vs. Utah State on April 21 - 12 p.m. MT.