Megan LaLone recorded the Broncos' first win at No. 6.
Feb. 27, 2014
BOISE, Idaho - Boise State lost a close 4-3 women’s tennis contest Thursday morning against 51st-ranked Washington State in the Boas Indoor Tennis Center. Boise State recorded singles victories by Megan LaLone, Milena Toseva and Anissa Bryant-Swift to stay close with the Cougars, but could not get one more win to claim the match. This was the first of three home matches for Boise State this weekend as the Broncos fall to 4-5 overall with the loss.
Washington State earned the early momentum by taking the team doubles point with a pair of 8-4 victories over Sandy Vo and Morgan Basil on court one, as well as Bryant-Swift and Toseva at No. 2 doubles. Boise State’s LaLone and Teal Vosburgh were up 6-5 at number three doubles when the match was stopped once the team point was decided.
The Broncos opened singles strong taking early leads in the opening sets of three matches and lost a tie-break in a fourth. Megan LaLone pulled Boise State even in the team score when she quickly dispatched WSU’s Charlotte Koning in straight sets 6-3, 6-0. The sophomore from Stanwood, Wash., improved to 6-2 in duals this spring and 11-8 overall on the year.
Washington State then pulled away recording three consecutive singles victories to clinch the match before the Broncos could rally with wins in the final two contests. The Cougar’s Olga Musilovich defeated Morgan Basil 6-3, 6-2 to give WSU back its one point advantage at 2-1.
That was followed by Maria Biryukova’s 7-6 (2), 6-3 win over Boise State’s Teal Vosburgh at No. 3 singles. Shortly after Elizaveta Luzina, ranked 116th nationally, held off Sandy Vo on court one 6-1, 6-4 to clinch the team victory for the Cougars.
Meanwhile, Boise State was up on courts two and five where Bryant-Swift and Milena Toseva eventually won. Toseva was the first to finish of the duo, tallying a straight-set victory on court five over the Cougars’ Dajana Ognjenovic by scores of 7-5, 6-4. The freshman from Germany improved her singles record to 5-4 since joining the team in January.
The match concluded with Bryant-Swift earning a hard fought victory over Washington State’s No. 2 player Lize Leenknecht 6-3, 7-5 to make the final team score 4-3 in favor of Washington State. The senior from Bellevue, Wash., increased her singles mark to a team-best 7-2 in duals and 14-5 on the year.
The action continues on Friday when the Broncos host Idaho and Idaho State in a round robin called “The Battle of Idaho,” the unofficial state championship. Boise State hosts Idaho at 5 p.m. Friday and Idaho State at 10 a.m. Sunday, while Idaho and Idaho State will play at 10 a.m. on Saturday. All three matches are tentatively scheduled for the Boas Indoor Tennis Center at 1507 S. Oakland Avenue, but could move outdoors to the Appleton Tennis Center on the main campus if weather permits. Admission is free to all tennis matches.
Tennis Match Results
No. 51 Washington State (12-2) at Boise State (4-5)
Feb 27, 2014 at Boise, Idaho (Boas Indoor Tennis Center)
No. 51 Washington State 4, Boise State 3
1. #116 Elizaveta Luzina (WSU) def. Sandy Vo (BSU-W) 6-1, 6-4
2. Anissa Bryant-Swift (BSU-W) def. Lize Leenknecht (WSU) 6-3, 7-5
3. Maria Biryukova (WSU) def. Teal Vosburgh (BSU-W) 7-6 (7-2), 6-3
4. Olga Musilovich (WSU) def. Morgan Basil (BSU-W) 6-3, 6-2
5. Milena Toseva (BSU-W) def. Dajana Ognjenovic (WSU) 7-5, 6-4
6. Megan LaLone (BSU-W) def. Charlotte Koning (WSU) 6-3, 6-0
Order of finish: 6,4,3,1,5,2
1. Lize Leenknecht/Elizaveta Luzina (WSU) def. Sandy Vo/Morgan Basil (BSU-W) 8-4
2. Olga Musilovich/Maria Biryukova (WSU) def. Anissa Bryant-Swift/Milena Toseva (BSU-W) 8-4
3. Megan LaLone/Teal Vosburgh (BSU-W) vs. Charlotte Koning/Dajana Ognjenovic (WSU) 6-5, unfinished
Order of finish: 2,1