Boise State Comes Up Short Against Nebraska

EVANSTON, Ill. - The No. 38 ranked Boise State women's tennis team came up short of pulling off an upset over No. 34 Nebraska, Saturday (Jan. 29) afternoon, as the Broncos fell to the Cornhuskers, 5-2, on day No. 1 of the ITA Kick-Off in Evanston, Ill.

The ITA Kick-Off is a 60 team event that is broken into 15 locations of four-team pools. Boise State was placed in pool play with Nebraska, No. 20 Northwestern and No. 44 Harvard at the Combe Tennis Complex in Evanston, Ill. The team that finishes 2-0 on the weekend earns an automatic bid to the 2011 ITA National Indoor Team Championships.

The Broncos (2-1) saw their run at nationals come to an end on Saturday despite recording an early 1-0 lead against Nebraska (1-0). Boise State earned wins at No. 1 and No. 3 doubles to secure the doubles point and take the advantage heading into singles.

After dropping the No. 2 doubles match to the Huskers, the Broncos responded as Lauren Megale and Marlena Pietzuch beat Madeleine Geibert and Stefanie Weinstein, 8-4, at No. 1. Stephanie Jasper and Sandy Vo would clinch the doubles point with an exciting win next at No. 3, beating Janine Weinreich and Jennifer Holmberg, 9-8 (6).

Nebraska would respond quickly however, winning three consecutive singles matches to put the team victory within reach. The Huskers won at No. 1, No. 6 and No. 5 to take a 3-1 lead in the dual. Sonia Klamczynska gave the Broncos a small glimmer of hope for a comeback as she scored a 7-5, 6-3 win over Geibert at No. 2 to narrow the team score to 3-2. That would be as close as the Broncos would get though.

Nebraska secured wins at No. 3 and No. 4 singles to push the final team score to 5-2.

With the loss, Boise State will now face Harvard on Sunday (Jan. 30) at 10 a.m. (CST) in a consolation dual.

#34 Nebraska 5, #38 Boise State 2

SINGLES
1. Mary Weatherholt (NEB) def. Lauren Megale (BSU), 6-1, 6-0
2. Sonia Klamczynska (BSU) def. Madeleine Geibert (NEB), 7-5, 6-3
3. Patricia Veresova (NEB) def. Stephanie Jasper (BSU), 7-6, 6-2
4. Stefanie Weinstein (NEB) def. Marlena Pietzuch (BSU), 7-5, 6-4
5. Janine Weinreich (NEB) def. Elyse Edwards (BSU), 6-3, 6-3
6. Jennifer Holmberg (NEB) def. Sandy Vo (BSU), 6-3, 6-1

DOUBLES
1. Megale/Pietzuch (BSU) def. Geibert/Weinstein (NEB), 8-4
2. Weatherholt/Veresova (NEB) def. Edwards/Basil (BSU), 8-0
3. Jasper/Vo (BSU) def. Weinreich/Holmberg (NEB), 9-8 (6)

Order of Finish:
Singles (1, 6, 5, 2, 3*, 4)
Doubles (2, 1, 3*)


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