Broncos Prepare to Host Oregon Monday

BOISE, Idaho - The No. 58 ranked Boise State women's tennis team will look to take advantage of an extended break from competition this week as the Broncos are preparing to host the University of Oregon, Monday (March 21), at 11 a.m. at the Appleton Tennis Center.

Boise State (10-6 overall, 2-0 Western Athletic Conference) will look to improve upon a 2-2 record at home when the face a Ducks team that has seen its share of ups and downs this year.

Monday's match will be free admission and free parking will be available on the fifth floor of the Lincoln Ave. Parking Structure. In the instance of poor weather, the dual will be moved to the BOAS Indoor Tennis Complex.

Last time out...

The Broncos are coming off a tough road trip to Las Vegas, Nev. back on March 11-13 in which Boise State went 1-2 with a pair of losses against ranked opponents. The women opened the weekend with a 6-1 loss to No. 43 UNLV after being swept by the Lady Rebels in doubles competition. Marlena Pietzuch earned the only point of the day for Boise State with a win at No. 4 singles.

The Broncos did find a way to rebound on day two of their road trip with a 7-0 sweep of Furman to improve to 6-0 against unranked teams this year. Boise State won all three doubles matches before sweeping singles action as well. The Broncos clinched the team win quickly with four singles wins in straight sets.

The change in fortune would prove to be short lived for Boise State however, as the women would conclude the weekend with a 4-0 loss to No. 35 SMU on Sunday (March 13). The Broncos would be swept in doubles for the second time in three days before losing three singles matches in straight sets to drop the dual.

National Rankings...

Following their 1-2 road trip to Las Vegas, Nev. Boise State dropped six spots to No. 58 in the March 15 ITA national team rankings. The Broncos have been ranked as a team for nine consecutive polls after starting the year No. 38. After falling to No. 62 three weeks ago Boise to State has been unable to crack the top 50 again so far.

The Broncos currently do not have any players ranked individually in singles or doubles.

Looking at the Ducks...

Oregon (7-6 overall) will travel to Boise on Monday looking to capitalize on momentum built from a big 4-3 upset over No. 20 Washington on March 11. With the win, the Ducks snapped a four dual losing streak that came on a Pac-10 Conference road swing to start their conference schedule. Oregon has struggled on the road so far this spring playing to just a 2-6 record away from Eugene, Ore.

Pavlina Smatova leads the way for the Ducks as the only individual player currently ranked nationally. She was ranked No. 79 in the March 15 ITA singles rankings.


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