Boise State women’s tennis to host regional foes this weekend

Boise State women’s tennis to host regional foes this weekend

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On the heals of a 6-1 route of Air Force inside the Boas Indoor Tennis Center, Boise State women’s tennis will once again welcome a pair of opponents into its home territory.

Boise State (10-8, 3-2 MW) will welcome the College of Idaho and Portland State on Friday and Saturday, respectively, in its two final non-conference matchups of the season. The match with Portland State will serve as the Broncos’ senior day for Moran Basil, Sandy Vo and Anissa Bryant-Swift. Fans are encouraged to wear all blue colors for the senior day matchup.

Action will begin at 5 p.m. for the Broncos against the Yotes on Friday, and 1 p.m. against the Vikings on Saturday, at the Appleton Tennis Center. The Broncos are also hosting a kids camp at Julia Davis Park before the match on Saturday.

All three seniors will be honored before the match on senior day.

Based on their record, it may appear as if the Broncos have had a mediocre season this season, but Boise State head coach Beck Rogaar argues the opposite.

“Seven of our eight losses have come to teams who have been in the national rankings. I wouldn’t say we’ve had an up and down season but that we have a really tough schedule,” Rogaar said.  “I think it’s really prepared us to have a great run at the end of the season hopefully.”

Boise State’s record may not be a fitting indicator of its success this season, but their home record (8-4) shows brilliance when defending the Appleton Tennis Center and Boas Indoor Tennis Center.

The women’s team touts one of the best home attendance rates in the country, something Rogaar believes is a key piece in Boise State’s success this season.

In February, Boise State ranked sixth in the nation for attendance among Division I programs. This spring is the first time the Intercollegiate Tennis Association has kept record of attendance in women’s tennis matches.

“There’s something to be said about wanting to protect your own house. We’re really lucky, we have unbelievable crowd support,” Rogaar said. “We consistently get better crowds than 95 percent than any of the other programs. It’s awesome. It says a lot about Bronco Nation and Boise State.”

Following the weekend matchup Boise State will face a pair of conference opponents in Wyoming and Colorado State on the road before the Mountain West Championships begin on April 23.

Last Sunday, the Broncos continued their success at home, this time against Mountain West opponent Air Force. Though tennis is undoubtably a team sport, it was because of the unbelievable success in singles play which gave Boise State the victory.

The Broncos dropped the double point, but Vo, Bryant-Swift, Teal Vosburgh, Megan LaLone, Basil and Sammie Watson were all able to overpower their Falcons opponents in singles competition. Only Vo was unable to defeat her opponent in straight sets, losing the second 3-6.

The season is now coming to a close, and Rogaar is pleased with the direction his team is going.

“I’m really happy with where the team is at,” Rogaar said. “The exciting thing for us is I think we’re still playing great. Our players are really excited right now, and they’re hungry to still continue.”

“Every line of the line of the lineup presents different challenges. We’re looking to come out and compete against two teams that want to come into our house and beat us. I think in a lot of ways we’re still learning a lot even though we have three seniors.”

 

 

John Engel
John Engel is the sports editor of the Arbiter. He got interested in journalism when he was cut from the baseball team his junior year of high school. He started writing for his high school newspaper and swore he would one day work for ESPN, and indeed he did. He recently finished an internship with ESPN as a radio production intern where he talked to Kobe Bryant and almost fainted. He still works with ESPN Radio's Boise affiliate, ESPN Boise as a studio engineer, reporter and SportsCenter anchor. He is majoring in communication with an audio production emphasis, and plans to graduate sometime in the next decade. Follow John on Twitter: @EngelESPN