Bianca Bostrom setting tone for Montana Grizzlies women’s tennis

Posted at 9:40 PM, Oct 08, 2018
and last updated 2018-10-09 13:42:41-04

(Editor’s Note: Story by Griz Communication)

MISSOULA – How often do you hear this in the world of college sports?

“I had a couple of parents from other teams, and a couple of other people came over and told me how much they enjoyed watching her play. To have that kind of respect coming from the opposition parents and teams was really cool,” said Montana women’s tennis coach Steve Ascher.

But after the way Bianca Bostrom played this week, it’s not surprising.

Bostrom, a sophomore, earned the first fall tournament championship of her young career at Gonzaga’s Bulldog Invite in Spokane over the weekend to lead a solid performance by the Grizzly women’s tennis team.

Bostrom picked up wins over players from Eastern Washington, Seattle and Idaho to win the White bracket at the Bulldog Invite, giving the Griz their first tournament title of the fall season amid nationally ranked teams like the Zags and Washington Huskies.

“The level of play was high, so I think overall it was good for us,” said Ascher. “Bianca played great. She was disciplined, and honestly, it was really good tennis. She played the big points well, and her choices and strategies were strong.”

On the whole, the Grizzlies came home from Spokane with an overall winning record in singles, with Bostrom, Eimear Maher, Lidia Dukic and Claudia Reguant each picking up opening-round wins in the White flight.

After a short turnaround in Missoula, Montana now prepares to test itself against the West’s best at the ITA Mountain Regional tournament in Las Vegas starting Wed. Oct. 10-13 in Las Vegas, Nevada.

With the most difficult spring dual seasons in program history on tap for UM starting in January, Ascher says Bostrom’s title is a good indicator his squad is moving in the right direction.

“It’s good, and our desire to want to get better is something that has really come along,” said Ascher. “Our spring schedule is hard. We have a lot of work to do between now and then, but I think we have the chance to really be good.”

Montana caps the fall tournament season in Boise Oct. 26-28 at the Barb Chandler Classic, and opens the spring dual season in Missoula on Jan. 18 against Washington State, followed by a dual against Michigan State on Jan. 20.

Tennis Tournament Results
Bulldog Invite
Oct 05, 2018 at Spokane, Wash. (The Stevens Center)

Singles competition

HANCE, Kenadi (Washington) def. MANSOURI, qf Yasmin (Eastern Washington) 6-0, 6-0
qf BROUSSARD, Stephanie (Eastern Washington) def. CHEN, Maggie (Idaho) 6-4, 1-6, 10-5
qf KOPCALIC, Katarina (Washington) def. BRAEDEN, Rylee (Eastern Washington) 4-6, 6-0, 10-2
qf NELSON, Zoey (Eastern Washington) def. KETELS, Kate (Gonzaga) 6-3, 4-6, 10-3
sf HANCE, Kenadi (Washington) def. BROUSSARD, Stephanie (Eastern Washington) 6-3, 6-1
sf KOPCALIC, Katarina (Washington) def. NELSON, Zoey (Eastern Washington) 6-4, 6-2
csf MANSOURI, Yasmin (Eastern Washington) def. CHEN, Maggie (Idaho) 6-3, 4-3
csf BRAEDEN, Rylee (Eastern Washington) def. KETELS, Kate (Gonzaga) 6-3, 6-3
f KOPCALIC, Katarina (Washington) def. HANCE, Kenadi (Washington) 6-1, 3-6, 10-7
cf BRAEDEN, Rylee (Eastern Washington) def. MANSOURI, Yasmin (Eastern Washington) 6-4, 7-5
3rd NELSON, Zoey (Eastern Washington) def. BROUSSARD, Stephanie (Eastern Washington) 6-0, 6-3
7th KETELS, Kate (Gonzaga) def. CHEN, Maggie (Idaho), by default

qf Zupancic, Nika (Washington) def. MARY, Laura (Montana State) 6-3, 6-1
qf TSURUTA, Haruna (Gonzaga) def. TAVARES, Maria (Idaho) 4-6, 6-3, 10-5
qf ZAMANI, Delara (Washington) def. LAMOREAUX, Madeline (Eastern Washington) 6-3, 6-4
qf GARLEY, Domonique (Gonzaga) def. SPATARO, Laura (Idaho) 6-4, 4-6, 10-8
sf TSURUTA, Haruna (Gonzaga) def. Zupancic, Nika (Washington) 7-5, 6-2
sf GARLEY, Domonique (Gonzaga) def. ZAMANI, Delara (Washington) 2-6, 6-1, 10-4
csf LAMOREAUX, Madeline (Eastern Washington) def. SPATARO, Laura (Idaho) 6-3, 6-2
csf MARY, Laura (Montana State) def. TAVARES, Maria (Idaho), by default
f GARLEY, Domonique (Gonzaga) def. TSURUTA, Haruna (Gonzaga), by default
cf LAMOREAUX, Madeline (Eastern Washington) def. MARY, Laura (Montana State) 7-6 (7-5), 7-5
3rd ZUPANCIC, Nika (Washington) def. ZAMANI, Delara (Washington) 6-4, 6-4
7th SPATARO, Laura (Idaho) def. TAVARES, Maria (Idaho), by default

qf BOSTROM, Bianca (Montana) def. WAITE, Louise (Eastern Washington) 6-3, 4-6, 10-7
qf RASMUSSEN, Jillian (Seattle) def. WORRALL, Faye (Eastern Washington) 6-3, 7-5
qf JUNG, Kyra (Seattle) def. WALKER, Alex (Montana) 6-1, 6-1
qf WATANABE, Abbey (Washington) def. WATABE, Shion (Idaho) 5-7, 6-4, 11-9
sf BOSTROM, Bianca (Montana) def. RASMUSSEN, Jillian (Seattle) 7-5, 6-2
sf WATABE, Shion (Idaho) def. JUNG, Kyra (Seattle) 7-6, 1-6, 10-2
csf WORRALL, Faye (Eastern Washington) def. WALKER, Alex (Montana) 6-1, 6-3
csf WAITE, Louise (Eastern Washington) def. WATANABE, Abbey (Washington) 5-7, 7-5, 10-3
f BOSTROM, Bianca (Montana) def. WATABE, Shion (Idaho) 7-5, 6-2
cf WORRALL, Faye (Eastern Washington) def. WAITE, Louise (Eastern Washington) 6-3, 6-4
3rd RASMUSSEN, Jillian (Seattle) def. JUNG, Kyra (Seattle), by default
7th WATANABE, Abbey (Washington) def. WALKER, Alex (Montana) 6-1, 6-3

r16 DAY, Katie (Gonzaga) def. GROSSMAN, Hannah (Seattle) 5-7, 6-0, 10-3
qf WALKER, Annie (Montana State) def. SANABRIA, Aranza (Seattle) 6-1, 6-1
qf McCOLLISTER, Kali (Seattle) def. VINK, Linda (Montana State) 7-5, 6-3
qf FRISTAM, Linnea (Montana State) def. ASCIUTO, Martina (Seattle) 6-2, 6-1
qf MAGALHAES, Marta (Idaho) def. DAY, Katie (Gonzaga) 6-0, 6-4
sf WALKER, Annie (Montana State) def. McCOLLISTER, Kali (Seattle) 6-3, 6-2
sf FRISTAM, Linnea (Montana State) def. MAGALHAES, Marta (Idaho) 3-6, 6-4, 10-8
csf GROSSMAN, Hannah (Seattle) def. SANABRIA, Aranza (Seattle), by default
csf ASCIUTO, Martina (Seattle) def. VINK, Linda (Montana State) 6-2, 3-6, 10-6
f FRISTAM, Linnea (Montana State) def. WALKER, Annie (Montana State) 6-4, 6-3, 10-6

r16 DUKIC, Lidia (Montana) def. FINDLEY, Anna (Idaho) 6-3, 6-3
r16 REGUANT, Claudia (Montana) def. AUSTIN, Moriah (Eastern Washington) 6-1, 4-6, 10-6
r16 KREUTZER, Lily-Ana (Seattle) def. LEWIS, Jennifer (Eastern Washington) 6-2, 6-0
r16 MAHER, Eimear (Montana) def. CHEVERIE, Sarah (Montana State) 6-3, 4-6, 10-6

GIANAN, Hannah (Seattle) def. qf DUKIC, Lidia (Montana) 6-4, 5-7, 10-3
qf SABOTIC, Alisa (Seattle) def. REGUANT, Claudia (Montana) 6-1, 6-1
qf KREUTZER, Lily-Ana (Seattle) def. HEINEN, Marta (Eastern Washington) 6-2, 4-6, 10-8
qf IVERSON, Sara (Montana State) def. MAHER, Eimear (Montana) 6-4, 6-1
sf GIANAN, Hannah (Seattle) def. SABOTIC, Alisa (Seattle) 6-4, 6-1
sf IVERSON, Sara (Montana State) def. KREUTZER, Lily-Ana (Seattle) 6-1, 6-3
c GIANAN, Hannah (Seattle) def. IVERSON, Sara (Montana State) 6-3, 6-7, 7-5
csf AUSTIN, Moriah (Eastern Washington) def. FINDLEY, Anna (Idaho) 3-6, 7-5, 10-3
csf LEWIS, Jennifer (Eastern Washington) def. CHEVERIE, Sarah (Montana State) 3-6, 7-5, 10-6
cf LEWIS, Jennifer (Eastern Washington) def. AUSTIN, Moriah (Eastern Washington) 7-6, 6-1
DUKIC, Lidia (Montana) def. ASCIUTO, Martina (Seattle) 8-1
REGUANT, Claudia (Montana) def. GROSSMAN, Hannah (Seattle) 8-6
SABOTIC, Alisa (Seattle) def. KREUTZER, Lily-Ana (Seattle) 8-6
NELSON, Zoey (Eastern Washington) def. MAHER, Eimear (Montana) 8-5

Doubles competition

GARLEY, Domonique/DAY, Katie (Gonzaga) def. NELSON, Zoey/BROUSSARD, qf Stephanie (Eastern Washington) 6-4
qf TAVARES, Maria/WATABE, Shion (Idaho) def. AUSTIN, Moriah/LEWIS, Jennifer (Eastern Washington) 6-1
qf WORRALL, Faye/HEINEN, Marta (Eastern Washington) def. RASMUSSEN, Jillian/KREUTZER, Lily-Ana (Seattle) 6-3
qf MARY, Laura/VINK, Linda (Montana State) def. SANABRIA, Aranza/GIANAN, Hannah (Seattle) 7-5
sf MARY, Laura/VINK, Linda (Montana State) def. HEINEN, Marta/WORRALL, Faye (Eastern Washington) 6-0
sf GARLEY, Domonique/DAY, Katie (Gonzaga) def. TAVARES, Maria/WATABE, Shion (Idaho) 6-1
csf NELSON, Zoey/BROUSSARD, Stephanie (Eastern Washington) def. LEWIS, Jennifer/AUSTIN, Moriah (Eastern Washington) 6-0
csf RASMUSSEN, Jillian/KREUTZER, Lily-Ana (Seattle) def. SANABRIA, Aranza/GIANAN, Hannah (Seattle) 6-4
f GARLEY, Domonique/DAY, Katie (Gonzaga) def. RASMUSSEN, Jillian/KREUTZER, Lily-Ana (Seattle) 6-3
cf BROUSSARD, Stephanie/NELSON, Zoey (Eastern Washington) def. MARY, Laura/VINK, Linda (Montana State) 6-2
3rd TAVARES, Maria/WATABE, Shion (Idaho) def. SANABRIA, Aranza/GIANAN, Hannah (Seattle), by default
7th WORRALL, Faye/HEINEN, Marta (Eastern Washington) def. LEWIS, Jennifer/AUSTIN, Moriah (Eastern Washington) 7-5

r16 WAITE, Louise/MANSOURI, Yasmin (Eastern Washington) def. DUKIC, Lidia/BOSTROM, Bianca (Montana) 6-3
r16 FRISTAM, Linnea/WALKER, Annie (Montana State) def. GROSSMAN, Hannah/McCOLLISTER, Kali (Seattle) 6-2
r16 CHEN, Maggie/SPATARO, Laura (Idaho) def. IVERSON, Sara/CHEVERIE, Sarah (Montana State) 6-3
r16 FINDLEY, Anna/MAGALHAES, Marta (Idaho) def. JUNG, Kyra/ASCIUTO, Martina (Seattle) 6-1
r16 BRAEDEN, Rylee/LAMOREAUX, Madeline (Eastern Washington) def. REGUANT, Claudia/WALKER, Alex (Montana) 6-3
qf ZUPANCIC, Nika/KOPCALIC, Katarina (Washington) def. MANSOURI, Yasmin/WAITE, Louise (Eastern Washington) 6-4
qf TSURUTA, Haruna/KETELS, Kate (Gonzaga) def. FRISTAM, Linnea/WALKER, Annie (Montana State) 6-2
qf SPATARO, Laura/CHEN, Maggie (Idaho) def. MAGALHAES, Marta/FINDLEY, Anna (Idaho) 8-6
qf ZAMANI, Delara/HANCE, Kenadi (Washington) def. LAMOREAUX, Madeline/BRAEDEN, Rylee (Eastern Washington) 6-3
sf KETELS, Kate/TSURUTA, Haruna (Gonzaga) def. Zupancic, Nika/KOPCALIC, Katarina (Washington) 6-2
sf HANCE, Kenadi/ZAMANI, Delara (Washington) def. SPATARO, Laura/CHEN, Maggie (Idaho) 6-4
f ZAMANI, Delara/HANCE, Kenadi (Washington) def. ZUPANCIC, Nika/KOPCALIC, Katarina (Washington) 6-2
3rd CHEN, Maggie/SPATARO, Laura (Idaho) def. TSURUTA, Haruna/KETELS, Kate (Gonzaga) 7-5
con CHEVERIE, Sarah/KETELS, Kate (Gonzaga) def. ASCIUTO, Martina/JUNG, Kyra (Seattle) 7-6, 7-5
con DUKIC, Lidia/BOSTROM, Bianca (Montana) def. McCOLLISTER, Kali/GROSSMAN, Hannah (Seattle) 6-2
con WAITE, Louise/MANSOURI, Yasmin (Eastern Washington) def. WALKER, Alex/REGUANT, Claudia (Montana) 6-4