No. 42 Boise State Rebounds with 5-2 Win Over Penn State

UNIVERSITY PARK, Penn. - The No. 42 Boise State women's tennis team managed to salvage something from its' strenuous five day road trip as the Broncos rebounded from losses against No. 8 Stanford and No. 45 Marshall with a 5-2 win over Penn State, Sunday (Feb. 21), in University Park, Penn.

The Broncos improved their overall record to 4-4 after withstanding a solid effort by the Nittany Lions (2-6) in singles competition. Boise State gained an early advantage in the dual by winning the doubles point with a sweep of the three matches. Elyse Edwards and Bianca Jochimsen earned the first Bronco win of the day in the No. 3 match with an 8-1 victory over Maria Prishlyak and Sarah Henderson.

No. 33 ranked Lauren Megale and Pichittra Thongdach secured the doubles point for the Broncos, next, with an 8-4 win over Petra Januskova and Sarah Lotto at No. 1. Stephanie Jasper and Marlena Pietzuch completed the sweep with an 8-5 win over Lauren McCarthy and Michaela Stracar in the No. 2 match.

Boise State continued to roll into singles competition with wins at No. 4, 2 and 3 to secure the win. At No. 4, Jasper beat Stracar 6-3, 6-1. She was followed by Megale, who took care of Lotto in straight sets, 6-0, 7-5. Jochimsen sealed the deal for the Broncos at No. 3 with a 6-3, 6-1 win over Prishlyak.

The Broncos also earned a win at No. 6, as Edwards beat Henderson 1-0 (default). The Nittany Lions did manage to secure two singles wins, at No. 1 and No. 5, but the rally was too little too late, sending the Broncos back home with a 1-2 record on their three dual road trip.

Boise State returns home next weekend to host the first two of six consecutive matches in Boise. The Broncos will face New Mexico on Friday (Feb. 26) at 2 p.m. and Washington State on Sunday (Feb. 28) at 12 p.m. Both duals will be played at the BOAS Indoor Tennis Center.

#42 Boise State 5, Penn State 2

SINGLES (Order of finish: 4, 2, 3, 1, 6, 5)
1. Petra Januskova (PSU) def. #27 Pichittra Thongdach (BSU) 6-0, 7-5
2. Lauren Megale (BSU) def. Sarah Lotto (PSU) 6-0, 7-5
3. Biance Jochimsen (BSU) def. Maria Prishlyak (PSU) 6-2, 7-6
4. Stephanie Jasper (BSU) def. Michaela Stracar (PSU) 6-3, 6-1
5. Lauren McCarthy (PSU) def. Marlena Pietzuch (BSU) 6-4, 7-6
6. Elyse Edwards (BSU) def. Sarah Henderson (PSU) 1-0 default

DOUBLES (Order of finish: 3, 1, 2)
1. #33 Lauren Megale/Pichittra Thongdach (BSU) def. Petra Januskova/Sarah Lotto (PSU) 8-4
2. Stephanie Jasper/Marlena Pietzuch (BSU) def. Lauren McCarthy/Michaela Stracar (PSU) 8-5
3. Elyse Edwards/Bianca Jochimsen (BSU) def. Maria Prishlyak/Sarah Henderson (PSU) 8-1

Boise State - 4-4
Penn State - 2-6

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