Broncos End Weekend with 4-0 Loss to SMU

BOISE, Idaho - The No. 52 ranked Boise State women's tennis team had a rough conclusion to its three dual road trip to Las Vegas, Nev., Sunday (March 13) morning, as the Broncos fell to No. 35 SMU, 4-0, at the Fertitta Tennis Complex to finish 1-2 on the weekend.

Boise State (10-6 overall, 2-0 Western Athletic Conference) failed to gain any momentum against the Mustangs (12-3) on Sunday after being swept in doubles action. The Broncos, who fall to 4-6 against ranked opponents with the loss, then dropped three singles matches in straight sets to end the dual.

In doubles, Lauren Megale and Marlena Pietzuch would suffer the first defeat of the day at No. 1 with an 8-3 loss to No. 73 ranked Marta Lesniak and Aleks Malyarchikova. SMU would clinch the doubles point next at No. 2 where Edyta Cieplucha and Heather Steinbauer beat Stephanie Jasper and Sandy Vo, 8-4. The Mustangs managed to complete the doubles sweep last at No. 3 as Kris Roberts and Shahzoda Hatamova knocked off Sonia Klamczynska and Morgan Basil, 8-4.

Boise State would fight hard to rally in singles competition but SMU proved to be too tough, racing out to the 4-0 win before play was stopped.

Megale dropped the first singles match of the dual for the Broncos as she lost to No. 8 ranked Lesniak, 6-0, 6-0, at No. 1. She was followed by Klamczynska, who was beat by Cieplucha, 6-3, 6-2, at No. 2.

Steinbauer secured the team win for the Mustangs next at No. 3 as she topped Jasper, 6-3, 6-4, to score the dual winning point.

Boise State will return home this week for a seven day rest before taking the courts again. The Broncos are scheduled to next play on March 21 (Monday) with a matchup against Oregon at home. The dual is scheduled for 11 a.m. and will be played at the Appleton Tennis Center, weather permitting.

#35 SMU 4, #52 Boise State 0

1. #8 Marta Lesniak (SMU) def. Lauren Megale (BSU) 6-0, 6-0
2. Edyta Cieplucha (SMU) def. Sonia Klamczynska (BSU) 6-3, 6-2
3. Heather Steinbauer (SMU) def. Stephanie Jasper (BSU) 6-3, 6-4
4. Aleks Malyarchikova (SMU) vs. Marlena Pietzuch (BSU) 6-3, 5-1, unfinished
5. Shahzoda Hatamova (SMU) vs. Morgan Basil (BSU) 6-4, 4-1, unfinished
6. Kris Roberts (SMU) vs. Sandy Vo (BSU) 5-7, 0-4, unfinished

1. #73 Marta Lesniak/Aleks Malyarchikova (SMU) def. Lauren Megale/Marlena Pietzuch (BSU) 8-3
2. Edyta Cieplucha/Heather Steinbauer (SMU) def. Stephanie Jasper/Sandy Vo (BSU) 8-4
3. Kris Roberts/Shahzoda Hatamova (SMU) def. Sonia Klamczynska/Morgan Basil (BSU) 8-4

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