Boise State Pulls 5-2 Upset Over Utah

BOISE, Idaho - For the first time this season the Boise State women's tennis team earned a win over a higher ranked opponent as the No. 57 Broncos remained perfect at home (4-0) with a 5-2 win over No. 41 Utah, Sunday (March 7) afternoon, at the Appleton Tennis Center.

Boise State entered the weekend with a 1-4 record against nationally ranked opponents, with their only win coming back on Feb. 7 against No. 60 Colorado. The Broncos managed to end their slump against higher ranked teams, however, which began with a sweep of the doubles matches to start the day.

The Broncos (7-4) earned the doubles point over the Utes (7-6) after a pair of wins at No. 2 and No. 3 to open the afternoon. Stephanie Jasper and Marlena Pietzuch beat Erin Monson and Andrea Maughan, 8-5, while Bianca Jochimsen and Elyse Edwards took down Evgenia Kryuchkova and Lisa Johnson, 8-4. No. 23 ranked Pichittra Thongdach and Lauren Megale completed the doubles sweep for the Broncos with an 8-7 (7-3) win over Anastasia Putilina and Paige Miles.

Boise State continued its' strong play in singles, winning four of six matches to end the day. No. 42 Thongdach earned her seventh dual win of the season with a 6-1, 4-6, 6-2 win over Putilina in the No. 1 singles match. She was followed by Jochimsen, who beat Monson 5-7, 7-5, 7-6 (7-4) at No. 3.

Elyse Edwards secured the victory for Boise State with a 6-2, 6-2 win over Missy Harris at No. 5. Pietzuch earned the Broncos' final win over the day in the No. 6 match with a 6-1, 6-4 win over Johnson.

Sunday's dual marked the third of six straight home matches for the Broncos, who are off again until next Saturday (March 13) when they host Brigham Young University. That dual is scheduled for 12 p.m. and will be held at the Appleton Tennis Center, weather permitting.

#57 Boise State 5, #41 Utah 2

Doubles:
1. #23 Pichittra Thongdach/Lauren Megale (BSU) def. Anastasia Putilina/Paige Miles (Utah) 8-7(7-3)
2. Stephanie Jasper/Marlena Pietzuch (BSU) def. Erin Monson/Andrea Maughan (Utah) 8-5
3. Bianca Jochimsen/Elyse Edwards (BSU) def. Evgenia Kryuchkova/Lisa Johnson (Utah) 8-4

Singles:
1. #42 Thongdach (BSU) def. Putilina (Utah) 6-1, 4-6, 6-2
2. Kryuchkova (Utah) def. Megale (BSU) 6-3, 6-1
3. Jochimsen (BSU) def. Monson (Utah) 5-7, 7-5, 7-6(7-4)
4. Miles (Utah) def. Jasper (BSU) 7-5, 7-6(7-5)
5. Edwards (BSU) def. Harris (Utah) 6-2, 6-2
6. Pietzuch (BSU) def. Johnson (Utah) 6-1, 6-4

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