Boise State Suffers First WAC Loss at Nevada
RENO, Nev. - The No. 57 ranked Boise State women's tennis team suffered its first Western Athletic Conference defeat of the season, Sunday (April 10) afternoon, with a 4-3 loss to Nevada in Reno, Nev. to snap a 14 dual winning streak in conference competition.
Entering Sunday the Broncos (14-7 overall, 4-1 WAC) had not fallen to a conference opponent since April 25, 2009, which was a 4-3 loss to Fresno State in the WAC tournament championship. The Wolf Pack (8-9, 3-1) managed to bring the Boise State run to an end however, fighting to four wins in singles action to overcome an early deficit in the dual.
The Broncos appeared to be in control early on thanks to a pair of wins in doubles play to garner a 1-0 lead heading into singles. Elyse Edwards and Sonia Klamczynska would score the first win of the day for Boise State as they beat Michelle Okhremchuk and Gabriela Eufrasio, 8-5, at No. 2. Stephanie Jasper and Sandy Vo managed to clinch the doubles point next at No. 3 for the Broncos with an 8-5 victory over Sophie Stevens and Aodhnait Lombard.
Nevada was successful in avoiding a doubles sweep as Lais Ogata and Emma Verberne held off Lauren Megale and Marlena Pietzuch in an exciting tie-breaker, 9-8 (6), to seize a little bit of momentum heading into singles.
The Wolf Pack would strike first in singles competition, tying the team score at 1-1 as Ogata beat Jasper, 6-1, 6-2, at No. 3.
Boise State wasted no time responding however; as Vo knocked off Stevens, 6-2, 6-3, at No. 6 to give the Broncos a 2-1 lead with just four matches remaining. It would be the last straight set victory of the day by either team.
Boise State looked to be on the verge of notching its 15th win of the season as Megale scored a big third set victory over Okhremchuk at No. 1. Megale held off Okhremchuk for the 6-3, 2-6, 6-4 win to give the Broncos a 3-1 advantage heading down the stretch. Unfortunately for Boise State, that would be the team's final win of the day.
Verberne sparked the Wolf Pack rally with a win over Edwards, 6-4, 2-6, 6-3, at No. 4 to narrow the dual score to 3-2. Lombard would pull Nevada even next at No. 5 as she topped Pietzuch, 6-3, 3-6, 6-1, to put the team win resting on the outcome at No. 2.
After falling behind early with a first set loss to Florence De Vrye at No. 2, Klamczynska managed to force a third and decisive frame thanks to a hard fought second set victory. De Vrye proved to be a little too much on this day, though, as she held of Klamczynska with a 6-2, 4-6, 6-3 win to give the Wolf Pack the 4-3 go ahead and the upset victory.
Sunday marked the first loss for Boise State against an unranked opponent this season. The Broncos had compiled a 9-0 record against unranked teams to start the spring.
Boise State will look to rebound from the loss when the Broncos host their regular season finale, April 24 (Sunday), with a WAC match-up against Hawai'i. Boise State will honor its two seniors, Megale and Jasper, before facing the Rainbow Wahine at noon.
Nevada 4, #57 Boise State 3
1. Lais Ogata/Emma Verberne (UNR) def. Lauren Megale/Marlena Pietzuch (BSU) 9-8 (6)
2. Elyse Edwards/Sonia Klamczynska (BSU) def. Michelle Okhremchuk/Gabriela Eufrasio (UNR) 8-5
3. Stephanie Jasper/Sandy Vo (BSU) def. Sophie Stevens/Aodhnait Lombard (UNR) 8-5
Order of finish: 2, 3, 1
1. Megale (BSU) def. Okhremchuk (UNR) 6-3, 2-6, 6-4
2. Florence De Vrye (UNR) def. Klamczynska (BSU) 6-2, 4-6, 6-3
3. Ogata (UNR) def. Jasper (BSU) 6-1, 6-2
4. Verberne (UNR) def. Edwards (BSU) 6-4, 2-6, 6-3
5. Lombard (UNR) def. Pietzuch (BSU) 6-3, 3-6, 6-1
6. Vo (BSU) Stevens (UNR) 6-2, 6-3
Order of finish: 3, 6, 1, 4, 5, 2
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