Boise State sweeps Whitman with impressive performance

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With clear skies on March 30 in Boise, the Boise State women’s tennis team faced off at Appleton Tennis Center against the Whitman Blues with a two-match losing streak hanging over their heads. The Broncos are 6-1 at home with their only loss coming from Weber State earlier in the season. They were looking to get their momentum back against the Blues, as they started conference play with a loss at Air Force on March 17.

Boise State swept Whitman 7-0 to end their two-match losing streak, and now look forward to regaining the momentum to keep playing well in conference games. The Broncos never dropped a set and won with ease.

“We’ve been playing great teams and we’ve been in the tough portion of our schedule where the last two teams that we’ve played have been nationally ranked opponents on the road, so those aren’t easy matches,” said head coach Beck Roghaar. “We did some really good things in those matches but we also got to see where we want to get better down the stretch.”

The doubles teams started the match, earning themselves a 1-0 lead as the singles got ready to compete. The singles matches proceeded the same way, and the Broncos received a hard-earned victory.

The doubles pairing of freshman Jovana Kuljanin and Corey Patton Lossner won the first match of the day by defeating Whitman’s pairing of sophomore Anastasiya Redkina and freshman Audrey Grigore 6-1. Sophomore Vanessa Timm and her partner freshman Frankie Trella won their match 6-2, along with junior Lilian Poling and sophomore Wilhelmina Palmer.

“I think it’s also great coming out here and playing the first match outdoors, and we just wanted to go in and be tough and show that (these are) our courts,” Timm said.

Boise State had the momentum going into the singles matches as Trella won her match first with a dominating performance, finishing 6-0, 6-1. Timm followed her partner as she finished her next match 6-1,6-1 and ensured a win for Boise State as they led 4-0. Palmer would win 6-1, 6-0 next withimpressive forehand and backhand strokes to keep the Broncos winning, and her partner Poling would dominate as well with a 6-2,6-2 win.

“This team fights hard, so we just want to come out and compete well and have fun,” Poling said. “We’re back home so that’s nice and come out here and enjoy ourselves.”

Freshman Emily Strande had her first match of the day and won in spectacular fashion, blowing by her opponent 6-0, 6-1. The longest match of the day was between Boise State freshman Syndie Binder and Whitman’s Grigore, in which Binder took home the win and sealed the sweep for the Broncos with the help of her teammates cheering her on the sideline.

The Broncos’ next two games are on the road as they take on UTEP on April 5, and they will have a conference showdown with New Mexico on April 7.

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