Women's Tennis Ranked No. 38 to Start Season

BOISE, Idaho - The Boise State women's tennis team will start the 2011 season right where it ended last spring, ranked No. 38 in the ITA National Team Rankings. The ITA released the first team rankings of the spring on Tuesday (Jan. 4).

The Broncos are the only Western Athletic Conference team currently ranked in the top 75 as the women are coming off a historic season in 2010. Boise State finished 23-6, while capturing the first WAC regular season and tournament titles in program history. The Broncos advanced to the second round of the NCAA tournament with a 4-1 win over No. 21 Iowa, before falling to No. 6 Notre Dame 4-0 to end their season.

Part of Boise State's early season recognition comes from the success of a few individual players in the fall. The Broncos kick-off the indoor season with two doubles teams currently ranked in the top 90 nationally. Sophomore Marlena Pietzuch and junior Sonia Klamczynska are currently ranked No. 77, while Klamczynska and senior Lauren Megale are tied for No. 90. Pietzuch and Klamczynska finished the fall 4-1 in doubles, while Klamczynska and Megale were 5-2.

Megale is no stranger to the national collegiate doubles scene, as she spent all of last season ranked with former Bronco Pichittra Thongdach. Megale and Thongdach reached as high as No. 23 in the national rankings. This does mark the first national ranking, in either singles or doubles, for both Pietzuch and Klamczynska however.

Boise State will open up the indoor season with a road trip to Colorado to face off against both the University of Denver and the University of Colorado. The Broncos will meet Denver on Jan. 21 (Friday) in Denver, Colo., before traveling to Boulder, Colo. to face CU on Jan. 23 (Sunday).

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