No. 58 Broncos Outlast No. 54 Oregon for 5-2 Win
BOISE, Idaho - The No. 58 ranked Boise State women's tennis team puts its heart on display, Monday (March 21) afternoon, at the BOAS Indoor Tennis Complex as the Broncos held off No. 54 Oregon for a 5-2 victory in a dual that saw four singles matches decided in three sets.
After taking an early lead in the dual with a pair of doubles wins, Boise State (11-6 overall, 2-0 Western Athletic Conference) managed to hold off a furious Oregon rally in singles competition to secure the win and improve to 5-6 against ranked opponents this year.
The Broncos garnered a 1-0 advantage over the Ducks thanks to strong play in doubles competition, winning at No. 2 and No. 3 to clinch the doubles point. After falling at No. 1, Elyse Edwards and Sonia Klamczynska put the doubles point within reach for Boise State as they beat Julia Metzger and Trudie Du Toit, 8-6, at No. 2. Stephanie Jasper and Sandy Vo were able to complete the doubles rally next at No. 3 as they topped Rabea Stuckemann and Pascale Neubert, 8-6.
With momentum heading into singles competition, Boise State capitalized with a pair of quick wins at No. 5 and No. 4 to extend their dual lead to 3-0. Marlena Pietzuch scored the first singles win of the day for the Broncos with a 6-2, 6-2 victory against Neubert at No. 5. Edwards followed that up with a 6-4, 6-2 win over Du Toit at No. 4 to put the team win within reach for Boise State.
Oregon was determined not to go away however, as the Ducks forced all four remaining singles matches to a third and decisive set. After picking up a win at No. 3, Oregon narrowed the Bronco lead to 3-1 with three matches to go. As Boise State trailed in two of the three matches, Klamczynska took charge at No. 2 singles to score a 3-6, 6-1, 6-1 come from behind win over Patricia Skowronski to give the Broncos a 4-1 lead and clinch the team win.
The Ducks would close the gap once again with a win at No. 1, but a victory by Morgan Basil at No. 6 pushed the final Boise State lead back to four points. After dropping the first set to Lana Buttner, Basil would win the last two sets in dramatic fashion for a 2-6, 7-5, 7-6 (4) victory.
Boise State picks up its third (3-2) win at home this season thanks to a steak of three consecutive wins in Boise. The Broncos are off the courts now for two weeks until they host a pair of duals on April 2 (Saturday). Boise State will face San Jose State and Montana State to kick-off the last month of the regular season.
#58 Boise State 5, #54 Oregon 2
1. Smatova/Skowronski (UO) def. Megale/Pietzuch (BSU) 8-2
2. Edwards/Klamczynska (BSU) def. Metzger/Du Toit (UO) 8-6
3. Jasper/Sandy Vo (BSU) def. Stuckemann/Neubert (UO) 8-6
Order of finish: 1, 2, 3
1. #79 Pavlina Smatova (UO) def. Lauren Megale (BSU) 4-6, 6-3, 6-1
2. Sonia Klamczynska (BSU) def. Patricia Skowronski (UO) 3-6, 6-1, 6-1
3. Julia Metzger (UO) def. Stephanie Jasper (BSU) 6-1, 2-6, 6-1
4. Elyse Edwards (BSU) def. Trudie Du Toit (UO) 6-4, 6-2
5. Marlena Pietzuch (BSU) def. Pascale Neubert (UO) 6-2, 6-2
6. Morgan Basil (BSU) def. Lana Buttner (UO) 2-6, 7-5, 7-6 (7-4)
Order of finish: 5, 4, 3, 2, 1, 6
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