Morgan Basil recorded the match winner.
Jan. 25, 2014
BOULDER, Colo. - Morgan Basil defeated Carla Manzi Tenorio 7-6 (2), 6-3 to hand the Boise State women’s tennis team a season opening victory on the road against the Pacific 12 Conference’s Colorado Buffaloes in Boulder on Saturday afternoon. With the team score tied at three all, Basil came through for Boise State with her straight set victory on court five to hand the Broncos the big win.
“What a big win!! Today’s match against Colorado was an amazing collegiate tennis match, and one we won’t soon forget,” said head coach Beck Roghaar. “We definitely knew coming in that CU has a very very good team and playing them at their place was going to be a big test for us. I couldn’t be more proud of how we responded.”
The Broncos opened the contest falling behind after Colorado won the doubles point. The Buffaloes recorded victories on courts two and three to clinch the important point and gain the early momentum. The match started with Megan LaLone and Morgan Basil falling 6-3 on court two to Colorado’s Alex Aiello and Carla Manzi Tenorio.
The doubles point was won by the host team when Julyette Steur and Ashley Tiefel edged the Broncos’ Bobbi Oshiro and Milena Toseva 7-6. The No. 1 doubles match where Sandy Vo and Anissa Bryant-Swift teamed up was not finished once the team point was decided, but the match was tied at 4-4.
Sandy Vo tied the match up for Boise State when she recorded the first singes victory of the day defeating CU’s Julyette Steur 6-4, 3-6, 1-0 (7) on court one.
Colorado regained the lead with a win on court two where Boise State’s Teal Vosburgh was defeated in a tightly contested affair 6-4, 7-5 by the Buffaloes’ Alex Aiello.
Boise State newcomer Milena Toseva brought the Broncos even again when she recorded her first victory in the blue and orange with a 6-2, 5-7, 1-0 (10) win on court three to tie the team score at two all. The Stuttgart, Germany, native had been fighting the flu bug all week long prior to traveling on Friday.
Colorado moved within one point of clinching the victory when Nuria Ormeno Ruiz defeated Bryant-Swift in straight sets 6-1, 6-4 at No. 4 singles.
That setup the crucial finish as Boise State was forced to win the final two singles matches to claim the team victory. The Bronco rally began with a win on court six by LaLone where the sophomore defeated Colorado’s Ashley Tiefel in straight sets by 6-3 scores to tie the team tally at three each.
The decisive point came from Boise State four-year veteran Morgan Basil on court five. The St. Petersburg, Fla., native came through defeating CU’s Manzi Tenorio in straight sets to give the Broncos the big road upset victory over a ITA Mountain Region rival to open the season.
“The team did a phenomenal job executing all of the things that we have been focusing on and talking about since August,” commented Roghaar. “They competed so well in the big moments of their matches today, and it paid big dividends for us as the match came down to the wire. To see their composure and fight to come back and win 4 single matches against this team after losing a close doubles point says a lot about who these young ladies are as a group and as teammates.”
Boise State will wrap-up the opening weekend of the season Sunday morning at Northern Colorado in Greeley.
FINAL MATCH SUMMARY
Boise State 4, Colorado 3
BSU (1-0), CU (1-1)
Saturday, January 25
Boulder, Colo. (Rocky Mountain Tennis Center at Millennium Harvest House)
1. Janssens/Ormeno Ruiz (CU) vs. Vo/Bryant-Swift (BSU), 4-4 (DNF)
2. Aiello/Manzi Tenorio (CU) def. LaLone/Basil (BSU), 6-3
3. Steur/Tiefel (CU) def. Toseva/Oshiro (BSU), 7-6
Order of Finish: 2, 3
1. Sandy Vo (BSU) def. Julyette Steur 6-4, 3-6, 1-0 (7)
2. Alex Aiello (CU) def. Teal Vosburgh 6-4, 7-5
3. Milena Toseva (BSU) def. Winde Janssens 6-2, 5-7, 1-0 (10)
4. Nuria Ormeno Ruiz (CU) def. Anissa Bryant-Swift 6-1, 6-4
5. Morgan Basil (BSU) def. Carla Manzi Tenorio 7-6 (2), 6-3
6. Megan LaLone (BSU) def. Ashley Tiefel 6-3, 6-3
Order of Finish: 1, 2, 3, 4, 6, 5*