No. 38 Boise State Outlasts No. 60 Colorado, 5-2

BOISE, Idaho - The No. 38 Boise State women's tennis team earned its first win over a ranked opponent of the season, Sunday afternoon (Feb. 7), was the Broncos outlasted No. 60 Colorado, 5-2, at the BOAS Indoor Tennis Center in Boise.

            The Broncos (3-2 overall, 0-0 Western Athletic Conference) gained a huge advantage by winning the doubles point, which propelled them through singles competition. Boise State did fall behind in doubles play early, however, as Colorado's Monica Milewski and Ania Anuszkiewicz beat Rocio Frej and Marlena Pietzuch, 8-3, in the No. 2 match.

            The Broncos responded fast, though, as Bianca Jochimsen and Elyse Edwards evened the doubles score, 1-1, with an 8-3 win over Michala Jensen and Madie Kern at No. 2. Boise State secured the doubles point in the No. 1 match, with an exciting 9-7 win by No. 24 Lauren Megale and Pichittra Thongdach over Melisa Esposito and Camila Belassi.

            Boise State used its' momentum from doubles to extend its' lead to 4-0 with wins at No. 1, No. 4 and No. 5. Thongdach (No. 43 ranked) earned a big win to open singles competition for the Broncos by defeating No. 64 Esposito, 6-0, 6-2 at No. 1.

            She was followed by Jasper, who beat Jensen, 6-3, 3-0 after Jensen was forced to retire from injury in the second set. Pietzuch secured Boise State the victory just moments later, as she beat Erin Sanders, 6-4, 6-1, in the No. 5 match to give the Broncos a 4-0 lead.

            Colorado scored its' first point of the day in the No. 2 match, as No. 90 Milewski withstood a strong effort by Megale for a 1-6, 6-0, 6-3 win. The 4-1 score wouldn't last long, however, as Edwards scored a 7-5, 6-3 win over Anuszkiewicz in the No. 6 match to give Boise State a 5-1 lead.

            Colorado would narrow the final gap to 5-2 as Belassi beat Jochimsen, 7-6 (7-3), 7-5, but it would be too little too late.

            The win stops a two match losing streak for Boise State, and also marks the third consecutive dual against a ranked opponent. The Broncos are off the court again until Feb. 17 (Wednesday) when they travel to Palo Alto, Calif. to face Stanford at 2:30 p.m.

No. 38 Boise State University 5, No. 60 University of Colorado 2

 Singles competition

1. #43 Pichittra Thongdach (BSU) def. #64 Melisa Esposito (CU) 6-0, 6-2

2. #90 Monica Milewski (CU) def. Lauren Megale (BSU) 1-6, 6-0, 6-3

3. Camila Belassi (CU) def. Bianca Jochimsen (BSU) 7-6 (7-3), 7-5

4. Stephanie Jasper (BSU) def. Michala Jensen (CU) 6-3, 3-0, retired

5. Marlena Pietzuch (BSU) def. Erin Sanders (CU) 6-4, 6-1

6. Elyse Edwards (BSU) def. Ania Anuszkiewicz (CU) 7-5, 6-3

 Doubles competition

1. #24 Lauren Megale/Pichittra Thongdach (BSU) def. Melisa Esposito/Camila Belassi (CU) 9-7

2. Monica Milewski/Ania Anuszkiewicz (CU) def. Rocio Frej/Marlena Pietzuch (BSU) 8-3

3. Bianca Jochimsen/Elyse Edwards (BSU) def. Michala Jensen/Madie Kern (CU) 8-3

Match Notes:

University of Colorado 3-3, 0-0 Big 12; National ranking #60

Boise State University 3-2, 0-0 WAC; National ranking #38

Order of finish: Doubles (2,3,1); Singles (1,4,5,2,6,3)

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