Boise State Hosts Eastern Washington and New Mexico
Boise State (5-3, 0-0 MW) returns home for the first time in three weeks to host a pair of matches against Eastern Washington (4-8, 2-2 Big Sky) and the Mountain West Conference opener versus New Mexico (4-5, 0-0 MW).
WHAT'S HAPPENING THIS WEEK
- Boise State (5-3, 0-0 MW) returns home for the first time in three weeks to host a pair of matches against Eastern Washington (4-8, 2-2 Big Sky) and the Mountain West Conference opener versus New Mexico (4-5, 0-0 MW).
- The Broncos open the weekend against the Eastern Washington Eagles at 5 p.m. (Mountain) on Friday at Boise State's Boas Indoor Tennis Center (the Bubbles) at 1507 S. Oakland Ave.
- Boise State's weekend concludes with the Mountain West Conference opener against the New Mexico Lobos at 2 p.m. (Mountain) Saturday at the Appleton Outdoor Tennis Center on campus, weather permitting.
FOLLOW THE BRONCOS
- Friday (March 8): Eastern Washington vs. Boise State, 5 p.m. at Boas Tennis Center
- Saturday (March 9): New Mexico vs. Boise State, 2 p.m. at Appleton Tennis Center (in case of inclement weather match would be moved to Boas Tennis Center)
- Sunday (March 10): New Mexico vs. Eastern Washington, 9 a.m. at Boas Tennis Center
PIETZUCH TWINS ENTER NATIONAL RANKINGS
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QUICK LOOK AT BOISE STATE
- Rankings Debut: Fresh off their 9-7 upset victory over Utah's ninth-ranked duo of Tereza Bekerova and Paige Miles in Salt Lake City on Feb. 23, Manuela and Marlena Pietzuch stormed into the Feb. 25 ITA national doubles rankings debuting at 39th.
- Last Time Out: The sisters lost their first match as a ranked pair last weekend at Washington State in a hard fought 8-6 decision to the Cougars' duo of Liudmila Vasilieva and Elizaveta Luzina.
- National Rankings: National singles and doubles rankings are released every other week, the next is March 12.
QUICK LOOK AT EASTERN WASHINGTON
- The Record: Boise State enters the week looking to get back on the winning track after dropping three straight road matches, two against nationally ranked opponents: No. 41 Utah (2-5) and No. 61 Washington State (2-5). The Broncos are now 5-3 overall on the year.
- The Broncos at Home: The Broncos have been dominating at home this season opening with a four-match win streak to remain undefeated at home this season. 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 was on the road for the last three weeks going a combined 1-3. The Broncos opened with a win at Utah State to stretch their win streak to five overall before losing the last three road contests at BYU, Utah and Washington State.
- Boise State in Singles Matches: During the spring team (dual) season Boise State has used the same six individuals for singles, but have switched up positions from time to time. The Broncos are a combined 31-16 in singles matches. Five of the six individuals having winning records while the sixth is at .500 pct.
- Top Broncos in Singles: Boise State is led by Marlena Pietzuch and Sandy Vo who have shared time playing at both the No. 1 and No. 2 positions this spring. Pietzuch is 4-4 during duals and 13-7 on the year, while Vo is 5-3 in duals and 10-5 overall. Joining those two are Teal Vosburgh on court three where she is 6-2 and 12-8, as well as Morgan Basil on court four with 6-2 and 13-6 marks. Megan LaLone (5-2, 13-6) and Sammie Watson (5-3, 12-8) have shared time between the five and six positions.
- Boise State in Doubles Matches: Boise State has used six different doubles teams to date during the dual season. Two sets have played in every match with the Pietzuch sisters playing at No. 1 and Morgan Basil and Sandy Vo on Court 2. The No. 3 doubles position has seen four different teams this spring. The Broncos have lost only one doubles point this season (at BYU) they are a combined 17-6 in doubles matches.
- Top Broncos in Doubles: The doubles teams are led by Manuela and Marlena Pietzuch, ranked No. 39, playing on court one where they are 5-2 this spring. At No. 2 doubles Morgan Basil and Sandy Vo have compiled a team-best 7-1 mark this spring. The duo seeing the most time on court three has been Megan LaLone and Sammie Watson where they are 2-3 to date.
- Broncos in the ITA Rankings: The Pietzuch sisters debuted in the national doubles rankings at No. 39 on Feb. 25, 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 semester.
- The Coach: Beck Roghaar is in his third season at Boise State where he is 5-3 in 2013 and 30-23 overall, his career mark is the same.
QUICK LOOK AT NEW MEXICO
- The Record: The Eagles enter the week at 4-8 overall and 2-2 in Big Sky Conference play. They have lost three straight at Gonzaga (2-4), vs. Northern Colorado (3-4) and at Idaho (0-7).
- Affiliation / ITA Region: EWU is a member of the Big Sky Conference and is in the ITA Northwest Region.
- ITA Rankings: The Eagles are not ranked as a team nor do they have anyone ranked in singles or doubles nationally or regionally.
- Leading the Eagles: Moira Hedberg is 7-5 at the No. 1 singles position this spring, Chelsea Patton (0-8) plays on court two, while Chrissy Uriarte has seen the most time on court three (3-5).
- The Coach: Dustin Hinson is the interim head coach for the Eagles where he is 4-8 on the year.
NEXT WEEK: BLUE-GRAY CLASSIC
- The Record: The Lobos are 4-5 overall and 0-0 in league. They won a pair of road matches last weekend at Montana State (4-3) and at Idaho (4-3).
- Affiliation / ITA Region: New Mexico is a member of the Mountain West Conference and are a ITA Mountain Region opponent for Boise State.
- ITA Rankings: The Lobos are not ranked as a team nor do they have anyone ranked in singles or doubles nationally. Michaela Bezdickova is the seventh ranked singles player in the Mountain Region.
- Leading the Lobos: New Mexico is led by Michaela Bezdickova who is 8-1 playing at No. 1 singles. The coaching staff has shifted the rest of the team at the next five positions with Nikolina Grbac (0-5) seeing the most time on court two, while Kristin Eggleston is 2-2 on court two and 0-5 on court three. Bezdickova and Laura Richardson are 4-5 at the No. 1 doubles slot.
- The Coach: Erica Perkins Jasper is in her first year as head coach at New Mexico where she is 4-5 overall.
- Schedule: Next week has the Broncos on the road to play in the first ever Blue-Gray Classic for women at Montgomery, Ala.
- The Field: Joining Boise State in the eight team field are: Marshall, Michigan State, Ohio State, Pepperdine, Tulane, Virginia and Yale.