Boise State Faces San Diego State and UNLV in Colorado

What's Happening This Week

The Boise State women's tennis team (8-9, 2-2 MW) closes out the road portion of its schedule this weekend when it travels to the U.S. Air Force Academy in Colorado to face Mountain West opponents No. 48 San Diego State (7-7, 3-1 MW) and No. 37 UNLV (12-8, 2-2 MW). This is the third consecutive weekend the Broncos have been on the road. The action starts Saturday morning, April 7, when Boise State takes on the San Diego State Aztecs at 10:00 a.m. (Mountain). The weekend concludes Sunday, April 8, when Boise State meets the UNLV Rebels at 10:00 a.m. (Mountain).

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What Happened Last Week

The Broncos came home with a split last weekend in conference play at Fort Collins, Colo. Boise State lost a close one to Wyoming 4-3 then rebounded to defeat Colorado State 5-2 as the Broncos improved to 8-9 on the year and 2-2 in league play.

The Wyoming Match -  Boise State opened with a tough 4-3 loss at the hands of No. 56 Wyoming. The Broncos won the doubles point by sweeping all three matches, but they could only get two victories in singles from Sandy Vo and Morgan Basil as they fell just short of upsetting the Cowgirls.

The Colorado State Match -The Broncos opened the match with wins at No. 1 and 2 doubles to get the crucial team point heading into singles. Boise State claimed the match with three straight singles wins by Morgan Basil, Sandy Vo and Sonia Klamczynska to go up 4-0. However, CSU battled hard earning victories in two of the last three singles matches decided, with Manuela Pietzuch notching the last win for Boise State in the 5-2 team victory.
Last Week's Bronco Leaders

Morgan Basil extended her undefeated singles streak to a team-best six matches, the streak continued even after she was moved from the No. 5 position to the four slot for both contest last week. The sophomore became the second Bronco to reach 20 wins this season as she improved to 20-11 on the year and 12-5 this spring. Sandy Vo also went undefeated last weekend winning both singles matches in straight sets to improve to 18-12 overall. Vo and Basil combined at No. 2 doubles to collect a pair of wins as they continue to lead the team with a 15-8 doubles record this year. Marlena and Manuela Pietzuch also won both doubles matches at the No. 1 position last weekend as they improved to 13-8 on the year.

Looking at Boise State's Leaders

Morgan Basil leads the Broncos with a team-best 20-11 singles mark and 12-5 record this spring - 9-5 at No. 5 singles -  as she became the second player to reach 20 wins with two victories last weekend. Marlena Pietzuch was first Bronco to reach 20 wins in singles and is now second overall with a 20-12 mark on the year and 10-7 mark (8-4 at No. 2) this spring. Sonia Klamczynska is 16-11 overall 8-7 (6-5 at No. 1) this spring. Sandy Vo has improved to 18-12 on the year and 11-6 this spring while splitting time between the No. 3 and 4 singles positions.

Looking at San Diego State

The Aztecs enter the week ranked 48th nationally with a 7-7 overall record and a 3-1 MW mark, in sole possession of second place in the league standings. San Diego State is coming off a road split last weekend in Las Vegas, Nev., where they lost to TCU 5-2 before rallying to defeat New Mexico 7-0. Leading the Aztecs are Julia Wais who 14-9 overall in singles and 10-7 at No. 1, and Laura Antonana Iriarte who is 15-7 in singles and plays primarily at the No. 3 position. 

Looking at UNLV

The Rebels bring a ranking of No. 37 into the weekend based off a  12-8 overall mark to go with a 2-2 league record. UNLV split at home last weekend defeating New Mexico 6-1 before falling to TCU 4-3. Lucia Batta, ranked 57th nationally, leads the Rebels with an impressive 27-8 overall singles record and a 12-1 mark at No. 1 this spring. Aleksandra Josifoska follows with a 25-13 record on the year and 11-2 at No. 2 singles.

Scoring Early

The doubles point has been a crucial one for the Broncos this season. The team is 7-2 when its wins the point and 0-7 when the Broncos do not.

Remaining Home Match

Boise State has only one home match remaining on its schedule for this year when its host the U.S. Air Force Academy on Saturday, April 14th, at 10 a.m. It will be Senior Day as Sonia Klamczynska plays her final match in the Blue and Orange.

Best in the West

Boise State's Marlena Pietzuch was named Mountain West Women's Tennis Player of the Week for the week of Feb. 7-14 after going a combined 4-0 last weekend to help propel Boise State to home victories over Eastern Washington (W, 7-0) and Idaho (W, 5-2), respectively. Pietzuch made her debut at the No. 1 spot against Idaho, defeating Victoria Lozano in straight sets.

2012 Team

The Boise State women's tennis team is coming off a 17-8 season and a 5-1 record in the WAC. The Broncos advanced to the conference finals but fell 4-3 to Fresno State. Lone senior Sonia Klamczynska returns to lead a young Bronco team that includes one freshman and two sophomores. Manuela Pietzuch joins the Boise State roster after transferring from Virginia Commonwealth and joins her sister Marlena.


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