Boise State Comes Close to Upset of UNLV
USAFA, Colo. - Boise State came within one point of upsetting No. 37 UNLV Sunday afternoon in a Mountain West women's tennis match at the U.S. Air Force Academy in Colorado. The Broncos claimed the doubles point and two singles matches before falling 4-3 to the Rebels. Boise State picked up the doubles point with victories by Morgan Basil and Sandy Vo at No. 2 doubles and Sonia Klamczynska and Kaitlyn Brown at the three position. Basil and Manuela Pietzuch then followed with singles wins on courts four and five. The Broncos fell to 8-11 overall and 2-4 in MW play with the loss to the Rebels.
"We played a tough match that came down to the wire today against a very good opponent in UNLV," said head coach Beck Roghaar. "Although its tough to leave a close match like this with a loss. I'm very pleased that we are peaking and having our best team performances at this point in the season. It's a testament to our team's character, toughness and substance."
The match opened with UNLV's No. 1 doubles team of Aleksandra Josifoska and Nives Pavlovic defeating Boise State's Pietzuch sisters of Marlena and Manuela 8-5. The Broncos rallied recording wins in the final two matches beginning at No. 3 doubles when Klamczynska and Brown won 9-7 over UNLV's Anett Ferenczi-Bako and Ella Bourchier. Shortly afterward Vo and Basil defeat the Rebel duo of Lucia Batta and Manon de Lanley 8-5 on court two to claim the doubles point for Boise State.
Singles opened with UNLV sweeping the first four matches completed to claim the match before the Broncos regrouped with the final two victories of the day. Brown fell on court six by a pair of 6-1 scores as the Rebels pulled even at 1-1 on the team score. Klamczynska fell in straight sets as well at No. 1 singles to 57th ranked Lucia Batta 6-2, 6-3.
Boise State's deficit grew to two points when Marlena Pietzuch was defeated 6-1, 6-3 by Josifoska on court two to make the team score 3-1. The decisive point came at no. 3 singles where UNLV's Pavlovic downed the Broncos' Vo 6-1, 6-4 to clinch the team victory for the Rebels.
Boise State cut the final margin to one with a pair of wins on courts four and five. Morgan Basil notched the first win for the Broncos with a hard fought three-set victory at No. 4 singles as she rallied from one set down to win 2-6, 6-1, 6-4 to improve to 21-12 on the year. Manuela Pietzuch earned the final victory of the day on court five when she defeated Bourchier 6-4, 7-6 (5).
The Broncos will close out the 2011-12 campaign this coming Saturday when they host the U.S. Air Force Academy at the Appleton Outdoor Tennis Center. It will be "Senior Day" as Boise State will say thank you and goodbye to Sonia Klamczynska with a post-match ceremony.
Final Match Summary
Boise State (8-11, 2-4 MW) vs. No. 37 UNLV (14-8, 4-2 MW)
April 8, 2012
at U.S. Air Force Academy, Colo.
No. 37 UNLV def. Boise State 4-3
1. Josifoska / Pavlovic (UNLV) def. Pietzuch / Pietzuch, 8-5
2. Basil / Vo (BSU) def. Batta / de Lanley, 8-5
3. Klamczynska / Brown (BSU) def. Ferenczi-Bako / Bourchier, 9-7
Order of Finish: 1, 3, 2
1. Lucia Batta (UNLV) def. Sonia Klamczynska, 6-2, 6-3
2. Aleksandra Josifoska (UNLV) def. Marlena Pietzuch, 6-1, 6-3
3. Nives Pavlovic (UNLV) def. Sandy Vo, 6-1, 6-4
4. Morgan Basil (BSU) def. Manon de Lanley, 2-6, 6-1, 6-4
5. Manuela Pietzuch (BSU) def. Ella Bourchier, 6-4, 7-6(5)
6. Anett Ferenczi-Bako (UNLV) def. Kaitlyn Brown, 6-1, 6-1
Order of Finish: 6, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5
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