Broncos Upset by Marshall on Neutral Ground

UNIVERSITY PARK, Penn. - The No. 42-ranked Boise State women's tennis team suffered a tough loss to No. 45-ranked Marshal l on Saturday in a match held on neutral soil. The Broncos (3-3) fell 2-5 to the Herd (8-0), earning their only two points at the No. 2 and No. 6 singles spots.

In doubles play, Boise State's No. 1 doubles team made up of Lauren Megale and Pichittra Thongdach were able to hold off Marshall's Michaela Kissell and Dominika Zaprazna, winning 8-6. The win was the only for the Broncos in doubles play.

Marshall 's Isabell Raich and Kara Kucin downed Stephanie Jasper and Marlena Pietzuch, 8-5, in the No. 2 match, while Thaddea Lock and Deanna Bailey were able to sneak past Elyse Edwards and Bianca Jochimsen of Boise State, 9-8, with a 7-5 tie-break.

For the Broncos, Elyse Edwards earned the first team point, defeating Lock in a 6-1, 6-3 match at No. 6 singles. Lauren Megale was able to fight through a tough first set and dominate the second, to defeat Zaprazna, 7-6, 6-1, in the No. 2 singles spot for the second and final Boise State point.

In singles play Kissell was able to top Thongdach in the No. 1 position, winning Marshall's second point with a 6-0, 6-1 score.  Catherine Kellner earned a 6-1, 6-3 win over Jasper in the No. 4 spot while Bailey defeated Pietzuch, 6-2, 6-4 in the No. 5 match to clinch the team win. The Herd's Raich was able to add a fifth team point to the win when she defeated Jochimsen, 2-6, 6-3, 6-4, in the No. 3 singles match.

The Broncos continue play on Sunday, Feb. 21 in University Park, Penn., where they will take on Penn State in a 10 a.m. (MST) match.

Singles competition
1. Michaela Kissell (MARS) def. Pichittra Thongdach (BSU) 6-0, 6-1
2. Lauren Megale (BSU) def. Dominika Zaprazna (MARS) 7-6, 6-1
3. Isabell Raich (MARS) def. Bianca Jochimsen (BSU) 2-6, 6-3, 6-4
4. Catherine Kellner (MARS) def. Stephanie Jasper (BSU) 6-1, 6-3
5. Deanna Bailey (MARS) def. Marlena Pietzuch (BSU) 6-2, 6-4
6. Elyse Edwards (BSU) def. Thaddea Lock (MARS) 6-1, 6-3

Doubles competition
1. Lauren Megale/Pichittra Thongdach (BSU) def. Michaela Kissell/Dominika Zaprazna (MARS) 8-6
2. Isabell Raich/Kara Kucin (MARS) def. Stephanie Jasper/Marlena Pietzuch (BSU) 8-5
3. Thaddea Lock/Deanna Bailey (MARS) def. Elyse Edwards/Bianca Jochimsen (BSU) 9-8, (7-5)

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