Boise State Falls in Heartbreaker to Fresno State
Manuela Pietzuch started the Bronco rally.

April 20, 2013

BOISE, Idaho - Boise State women's tennis lost 4-3 in a heartbreaker to rival No. 55 Fresno State in a Mountain West match at the Appleton Outdoor Tennis Center Saturday afternoon. The match went back and forth all day as the Broncos rallied from a 2-0 deficit to tie the score twice, at 2-2 and again at 3-3, before the Bulldogs held on to edge Boise State in the final match of the day. It came down to No. 2 singles where Boise State's Sandy Vo and Fresno State's Aishwarya Agrawal went head-to-head through three sets before the Bulldog won it 5-7, 7-5, 6-3 to clinch the team victory.

"This match was pretty much exactly what we were expecting a Boise State vs Fresno State match to be... a battle to the last point," said head coach Beck Roghaar. "Unfortunately we weren't quite able to convert on some match point opportunities in both doubles and singles that could have given us the win. Fresno State is a very tough team, and we have to give them a lot of credit for the way they hung in and fought. We found out a lot about ourselves in today's match, and I'm very proud of that. It was very important to show ourselves that we could bounce back from some chances we didn't convert on that would have given us the doubles point and compete the way we did in singles. This group of young ladies is so much fun to coach, and I believe great things are in our future."

The loss was the first at home this year for the Broncos snapping an eight-match win streak as Boise State moves to 13-8 overall and 4-3 in conference. The Broncos are now tied for fourth place with tomorrow's opponent the Nevada Wolf Pack (10-6, 4-3 MW), they will play at 2 p.m. Sunday in Boise State's Senior Day match. Fresno State and the Broncos were tied for third entering today's match but the 55th-ranked Bulldogs move ahead with the win at 13-7 on the year and 5-2 in league play.

The entire match was a battle beginning with doubles where the Bulldogs won the team point 2-1. Sandy Vo and Morgan Basil put the Broncos up early with an 8-4 victory on court two to give Boise State momentum. They improved their team-best marks to 15-4 in duals this spring and 17-5 on the year.

The doubles point went down to tiebreakers in the final two matches. On court three Megan LaLone and Bobbi Oshiro lost a tight contest 9-8 (4) to Fresno State's Olga Kirpicheva and Aishwarya Agrawal, followed by the Pietzuch twins, Manuela and Marlena, who battled hard on court one but fell 9-8 (7) to Melissa McQueen and Rana Sherif Ahmed as the Bulldogs claimed the team point.    

Fresno State increased its lead to 2-0 when McQueen defeated Boise State's Basil 6-3, 6-2 at No. 3 singles. Basil is now 22-9 on the year and a team-best 15-5 this spring.

Boise State rallied by pulling even with wins on courts six and five, respectively. At No. 6 singles Manuela Pietzuch put away Fresno State's Anneka Watts 6-1, 6-2, followed shortly after by Sammie Watson's 6-4, 6-1 victory over the Bulldogs' Modoc on court five. Pietzuch remains undefeated this spring at 7-0 and is 13-4 overall, while Watson is 13-6 in duals and became the third Bronco to reach 20 wins (20-11) this year.

Melissa McQueen put the Bulldogs back on top at 3-2 when she defeated Boise State's LaLone on court four 6-1, 6-3. LaLone is now 13-6 in duals and 21-10 overall.

Marlena Pietzuch tied the team score, 3-3, for the second time with her 7-6 (4), 6-2 win at No. 1 singles over Rana Sherif Ahmed. Pietzuch's win made her the fourth Bronco to record 20 wins at 20-13 this year, while improving to 11-10 in duals.

That setup the decisive match between Vo and Fresno State's Agrawal on court two that went in favor of the Bulldogs.  

Sunday's tennis schedule has Fresno State and New Mexico (7-13, 1-6 MW) starting at 10 a.m. followed by the Broncos and Nevada at 2 p.m., both matches will be played at the Appleton Outdoor Tennis Center weather permitting. Boise State will hold a short pre-game ceremony prior to the match with the Wolf Pack to honor its three seniors: Fiona Mok, Manuela Pietzuch and Marlena Pietzuch.

"Tomorrow is going to be a great celebration of our seniors Fiona Mok, as well as  Marlena and Manuela Pietzuch," commented Roghaar. "Please come join us to celebrate all they have accomplished in the last few years."

Fresno State (13-7, 5-2 MW) at Boise State (13-8, 4-3 MW)
April 20, 2013 at Boise, Idaho (Appleton Outdoor Tennis Center)

#55 Fresno State 4, Boise State 3

Doubles competition
1. Melissa McQueen/Rana Sherif Ahmed (FS) def. Manuela Pietzuch/Marlena Pietzuch (BSU) 9-8 (9-7)
2. Morgan Basil/Sandy Vo (BSU) def. Sophie Watts/Bianca Modoc (FS) 8-4
3. Olga Kirpicheva/Aishwarya Agrawal (FS) def. Bobbi Oshiro/Megan LaLone (BSU) 9-8 (4-7)

Singles competition
1. Marlena Pietzuch (BSU) def. Rana Sherif Ahmed (FS) 7-6 (7-4), 6-2
2. Aishwarya Agrawal (FS) def. Sandy Vo (BSU) 5-7, 7-5, 6-3
3. Sophie Watts (FS) def. Morgan Basil (BSU) 6-3, 6-2
4. Melissa McQueen (FS) def. Megan LaLone (BSU) 6-1, 6-3
5. Sammie Watson (BSU) def. Bianca Modoc (FS) 6-4, 6-1
6. Manuela Pietzuch (BSU) def. Anneka Watts (FS) 6-1, 6-2

Match Notes:
Fresno State 13-7, 5-2 MW; National ranking #55
Boise State 13-8, 4-3 MW
Order of finish: Doubles (2,3,1); Singles (3,6,5,4,1,2)
Mountain West Conference match

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