Video Preview: Broncos Head North to Washington State
Boise State (5-2) is on the road for the third week in a row, this time the Broncos head north to Pullman, Wash., to take on the Washington State Cougars, ranked 61 by the Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA).
Boise State women's tennis weekend video preview featuring head coach Beck Roghaar followed by weekly notes.
WHAT'S HAPPENING THIS WEEK
PIETZUCH TWINS ENTER NATIONAL RANKINGS
- The Schedule: Boise State (5-2) is on the road for the third week in a row. This time the Broncos head north to Pullman, Wash., to take on the Washington State Cougars, ranked 61 by the Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA), at 12 p.m. (Mountain) Saturday afternoon in the Simmelink Tennis Courts in Hollingbery Fieldhouse on campus.
FOLLOW THE BRONCOS
- Fresh off their 9-7 upset victory last weekend over Utah's ninth-ranked duo of Tereza Bekerova and Paige Miles in Salt Lake City, Manuela and Marlena Pietzuch have stormed into the ITA national doubles rankings debuting at 39th. The twins are currently 6-2 on the year playing number one doubles for the Broncos.
QUICK LOOK AT BOISE STATE
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QUICK LOOK AT WASHINGTON STATE
- The Record: The Broncos are 5-2 overall. Boise State enters the week looking to snap a two-match losing streak following road losses at Brigham Young and most recently at No. 41 ranked Utah last Saturday (Feb. 23).
- Affiliation / ITA Region: Boise State is a member of the Mountain West Conference and are in the ITA Mountain Region.
- The Broncos at Home: The Broncos will play a total of 10 home matches this season, they are 4-0 (Boas Tennis Center) to date in 2013. Boise State went a combined 6-6 last year at both the Boas Indoor Tennis Center (6-3) and Appleton Outdoor Tennis Center (0-3).
- The Broncos on the Road: Boise State is 1-2 on the road this season, including a two-match losing streak.
- Boise State as a Team: The Broncos have been dominating at home going 4-0 to open the season and have struggled a little on the road at 1-2. They have a solid mixture of experience and youth on the team with six returners and five newcomers.
- Leading Boise State: Marlena Pietzuch and Sandy Vo lead the Broncos switching time at No. 1 and 2 singles. Marlena Pietzuch is 13-6 in singles this year, Vo is 10-4. Following those two and playing in singles this spring are Morgan Basil who has the best mark during the team season at 6-1 playing at the four position, 13-5 on the year. Teal Vosburgh has been playing on court three and is 5-2 this spring and 11-8 overall, followed by Sammie Watson (5-2, 12-7 overall) and Megan LaLone (5-1, 13-5 overall).
- Broncos In the ITA Rankings: The Pietzuch sisters debuted in the national doubles rankings this week at No. 39, no one else is ranked in singles or doubles. Junior Sandy Vo is ranked sixth in the Mountain Region following a 6-2 singles record this past fall. Marlena Pietzuch entered the season ranked 16th in the region after compiling a team-best 9-3 mark in singles last fall.
- The Coach: Beck Roghaar is in his third season at Boise State where he is 5-2 in 2013 and 30-22 overall, his career mark is the same.
- The Record: The Cougars enter the week at 9-2 overall and 9-1 at home. Most recently they defeated Portland 7-0 in Pullman last Saturday, Feb. 23.
- Affiliation / ITA Region: Washington State is a member of the Pacific-12 Conference and are in the ITA Northwest Region.
- ITA Rankings: The Cougars are ranked No. 61 nationally by ITA as a team, they do not have anyone ranked in singles or doubles nationally. Liudmila Vasilieva is ranked 13th in the Northwest Region for singles, while the doubles team of Ksenia Googe and Andjela Kankaras are 10th in the region.
- Leading the Cougars: Liudmila Vasilieva plays No. 1 singles for teh Cougars where she is 10-1 this spring. Ksenia Googe (7-2) and Andjela Kankaras (7-3) have split time playing on courts two and three for WSU.
- The Coach: Lisa Hart is in her 10th season at Washington State where she has a 118-112 overall record.