Broncos Suffer 5-2 Loss to Saint Mary's
BOISE, Idaho - The No. 42 ranked Boise State women's tennis team fell to 0-2 at home this season as the Broncos suffered their second loss in three days, Sunday (Feb. 27) morning, falling to No. 46 Saint Mary's, 5-2, at the BOAS Indoor Tennis Complex.
Boise State (7-4 overall, 2-0 Western Athletic Conference) entered today looking to rebound from a 5-2 loss against No. 41 Arizona in their home opener on Friday (Feb. 25). The Broncos were unable to get back on the winning track against the Gaels (3-6) however, as their struggles continued in both singles and doubles.
After losing the doubles point for the first time all season against Arizona, Boise State was swept in doubles for the first time this year against Saint Mary's to fall behind 0-1 in the dual. The Broncos fought hard but losses at No. 1 and No. 2 put the Gaels ahead going into singles competition. Stephanie Jasper and Sandy Vo suffered their first dual doubles loss of the season (10-1) at No. 3 as the Boise State duo fell to Jenny Jullien and Claire Soper, 8-6.
Saint Mary's continued to roll in singles action as the Gaels would extend their lead to 2-0 with a win at No. 1.
Marlena Pietzuch managed to give the Broncos their first point of the dual next at No. 5 with a 6-4, 6-2 victory against Anna Chkhikvishvili. Losses at No. 2 and No. 6 would put Boise State's bid for a late rally to rest, giving Saint Mary's a 4-1 lead in the dual.
Elyse Edwards would score the only other Bronco win of the day at No. 4 singles as she beat Soper, 5-7, 6-2, 6-3. A win by the Gaels at No. 3 would push the final team score to 5-2 though.
Boise State will look to capture its first home win of the indoor season next weekend when the Broncos host another pair of duals at BOAS. Boise State will meet New Mexico at 6 p.m. on Friday (March 4), before hosting Montana on Sunday (March 6) at 10 a.m.
#46 Saint Mary's 5, #42 Boise State 2
1. Alex Poorta/Anna Chkhikvishvili (SMC) def. Lauren Megale/Marlena Pietzuch (BSU) 8-6
2. #78 Catherine Isip/Laurie Gingras (SMC) def. Elyse Edwards/Sonia Klamczynska (BSU) 8-5
3. Jenny Jullien/Claire Soper (SMC) def. Stephanie Jasper/Sandy Vo (BSU) 8-6
Order of finish 1,2,3
1. #46 Poorta (SMC) def. Megale (BSU) 6-1, 6-1
2. #77 Isip (SMC) def. Klamczynska (BSU) 1-6,6-4,6-2
3. Jullien (SMC) def. Jasper (BSU) 5-7,6-4,6-1
4. Edwards (BSU) def. Soper (SMC) 5-7,6-2,6-3
5. Pietzuch (BSU) def. Chkhikvishvili (SMC) 6-4, 6-2
6. Gingras (SMC) def. Basil (BSU) 2-6,7-5,6-1
Order of finish: 1,5,2,6,4,3
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