No. 44 Broncos to Conclude Nine Dual Road Stretch

BOISE, Idaho - The No. 44 ranked Boise State women's tennis team will conclude its stretch of nine consecutive road duals to open the season this weekend (Feb. 19-20) as the Broncos travel to Pullman, Wash. for a pair of duals against No. 74 Washington State and Idaho.

Boise State (5-2 overall, 1-0 Western Athletic Conference), which has yet to play a dual at home this season, will look to improve upon its 3-2 record against national opponents when the Broncos take on the Cougars, Saturday (Feb. 19), at 11 a.m. (PST). The women will then face in-state rival Idaho on Sunday (Feb. 20) at 10 a.m. (PST) to wrap up their weekend road trip.

Last time out...

Boise State saw its three dual winning streak end last weekend as the Broncos dropped just their second dual of the season with a 5-2 loss at No. 47 Utah on Saturday (Feb. 12). Boise State won the doubles point for the seventh time this season but was unable to carry its momentum into singles competition.

The Broncos managed only one singles win as the Utes pulled away for the upset win. Elyse Edwards scored the lone Boise State singles victory at No. 5.

National rankings...

Following their 5-2 loss at Utah the Broncos dropped six spots to No. 44 in this week's ITA national team rankings. After starting the season ranked No. 38 nationally, this marks the lowest ranking of the season for Boise State.

The Broncos also saw two doubles teams fall out of the ITA individual rankings this week as the second individual polls of the season were release on Monday (Feb. 14). Marlena Pietzuch and Sonia Klamczynska fell from the doubles rankings after coming in at No. 77 in the Jan. 4 poll. Klamczynska also dropped from the rankings with Lauren Megale, who were tied for No. 90 to start the year. Pietzuch and Megale have teamed up at No. 1 doubles for Boise State in each dual so far this season, playing to a 5-2 record to date.

Boise State currently does not have any players ranked nationally in singles or doubles.

Looking at the Cougars...

Washington State dropped one spot to No. 74 in this week's ITA team rankings after an 8-1 start to the 2011 season. The Cougars only loss of the season came at Utah, 5-2, on Feb. 3. Since then Washington State has won three consecutive duals including a 4-3 win over Kansas last Saturday (Feb. 12).

The Cougars currently have one player ranked individually by the ITA as Elisabeth Fournier is No. 125 in singles.

Looking at the Vandals...

Idaho heads into the weekend with a 4-1 overall record this season having yet to play a dual against WAC competition. The Vandals only loss of the season came against Washington State, 6-1, back on Jan. 28. Idaho is coming off a 7-0 win over Eastern Washington.

The Vandals currently do not have any players ranked individually in singles or doubles.

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