Bronco Women Head to Inaugural Blue-Gray Classic


  • Boise State (7-3, 1-0 MW) is off to Montgomery, Ala., where the Broncos will participate in the first ever Blue-Gray National Tennis Classic for women.
  • This has been a prestigious event for the men over the last 65 years with the Boise State men competing on a regular basis, now a women's bracket has been added.  Boise State will be one of eight teams competing this weekend March 15-17 in the inaugural event.
  • The Broncos open up against No. 40 Ohio State (7-4) at 2:30 p.m. (Mountain) Friday afternoon, then play either No. 50 Tulane (8-5) or Marshall (6-5) on Saturday with the final round of matches on Sunday.

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  • Current Rankings: The twins slipped to 58th nationally following a 2-1 mark in the last three matches, they are now 7-2 this spring and 8-3 overall on the year.
  • 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.
  • Recently: The sisters lost their first match as a ranked pair at Washington State (March 2) in a hard fought 8-6 decision to the Cougars' duo of Liudmila Vasilieva and Elizaveta Luzina. Last weekend they swept a pair of home matches against Eastern Washington (March 8) and New Mexico (March 9)
  • National Rankings: National team rankings come out every week, while the singles and doubles rankings are released every other week.

  • The Record:  Boise State enters the week coming off a home sweep last weekend over Eastern Washington (W 7-0) and against New Mexico (W 6-1) in the Mountain West opener. The Broncos are now 7-3 on the year and 1-0 in conference.
  • The Broncos at Home:  The Broncos have been dominating at home this season with a six-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 predominantly used the same six individuals for singles. The one exception came last week when Manuela Pietzuch slipped in at No. 6 singles. The Broncos are a combined 42-17 in singles matches. Five of the six regulars 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 5-5 during duals and 14-8 on the year, while Vo is 6-3 in duals and 11-5 overall. Joining those two are Teal Vosburgh at 8-2 and 14-8, as well as Morgan Basil who is 8-2 and 15-6 marks. Megan LaLone (7-2, 15-6) and Sammie Watson (7-3, 14-8) have shared time between the five and six positions. Manuela Peitzuch is 1-0 and 7-4 following last week's win versus Eastern Washington.
  • 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 23-6 in doubles matches.
  • Top Broncos in Doubles: The doubles teams are led by Manuela and Marlena Pietzuch, ranked No. 58, playing on court one where they are 7-2 this spring. At No. 2 doubles Morgan Basil and Sandy Vo have compiled a team-best 9-1 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, while LaLone and Vosburgh are 3-0.
  • Broncos in the ITA Rankings:  The Pietzuch sisters are No. 58 in the national doubles rankings, 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 7-3 in 2013 and 32-23 overall, his career mark is the same.


Boise State's Bracket
  • Ohio State: The Big 10's Buckeyes are ranked No. 40 nationally as a team with a record of 7-4 entering the weekend. They are led by Kelsey Dieters ranked 53rd in the nation in singles.
  • Tulane: The Green Wave enter the classic ranked No. 50 nationally based on a 8-5 overall as a team. Their top player is Klara Vyskocilova who ranked No. 92 in the ITA singles rankings nationally. Tulane is a member of Conference USA.
  • Marshall: The Thundering Herd from Conference USA are not ranked nationally nor do they have anyone ranked in singles or doubles. Marshall enters the Blue-Grey Tennis Classic with an overall record of 6-5.

The Other Bracket
  • Yale: The Ivy League's Bulldogs enter the tournament as the highest ranked team in the field at No. 34 with an 8-1 record. They are led by two players ranked nationally in singles Blair Seideman at No. 82 and Elizabeth Epstein at No. 99.
  • Pepperdine: The Waves from the West Coast Conference are not ranked nationally with a record of  0-8 entering the classic. However, they have a host of players nationally ranked starting with No. 54 Lorraine Guillermo, No. 56 Khunpak Issara and No. 110 Ale Granillo. In doubles the duo of Issara and Guillermo are ranked 13th nationally.
  • Michigan State: The Spartans out of the Big 10 Conference are not ranked nationally entering the Blue-Gray Classic with a 10-3 mark. They do not have any singles players or doubles teams currently ranked nationally.
  • Virginia: The Virginia Cavaliers enter the weekend ranked No. 47 in the nation. They also have a host of players ranked nationally in No. 13 Julia Elbaba and No. 71 Stephanie Nauta in singles. In doubles UVA has two teams ranked starting with No. 10 Erin Vierra and Maci Epstein, followed by Li Vi and Nauta at No. 18.

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