Boise State Hosts Air Force in Season Finale
What's Happening This Week
Boise State women's tennis (8-11, 2-4 MW) closes out the season when it host the U.S. Air Force Academy (15-6, 1-3 MW) in a 10:00 a.m. start at the Appleton Outdoor Tennis Center on campus, weather permitting, otherwise it will be at the Boas Indoor Tennis Center. The match versus the Falcons is the lone home conference match this year for the Broncos as they conclude their first Mountain West campaign, Boise State is currently in fifth place in the league standings.
Saturday is "Senior Day"
Saturday is "Senior Day" for Boise State as they will say goodbye to Sonia Klamczynska, the lone senior, in a pre-match ceremony. Klamczynska will be playing her final match in the Boise State blue and orange against Air Force. The native of Warsaw, Poland, came to Boise State as a junior in 2010-11 and played her way to first-team all-conference honors in singles and second-team recognition in doubles. To date, Sonia has a career record in singles of 42-28 playing primarily at the No. 1 and 2 positions, as well as a doubles mark of 42-26. She has been just as successful off the court as on it earning academic all-conference honors as a junior.
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What Happened Last Week
Boise State lost a pair of highly contested matches against nationally ranked opponents last week at the U.S. Air Force Academy in Colorado. The Broncos opened with a 5-2 defeat at the hands of No. 48 San Diego State followed by a loss to No. 37 UNLV.
The San Diego State Match - Boise State opened the weekend in Colorado with a 5-2 loss to No. 48 San Diego State. The Broncos dropped the doubles point 2-1 with Morgan Basil and Sandy Vo recording the lone win a 9-8 (3) decision on court two. In the singles portion of the match Marlena Pietzuch (7-6 (5), 4-6, 6-0) and Sandy Vo (6-3, 7-6 (5)) picked up wins, at the No. 2 and 3 positions respectively, for Boise State's two match points.
The UNLV Match - The Broncos started the day against No. 37 UNLV by claiming the doubles point with victories on courts two and three. Kaitlyn Brown and Sonia Klamczynska won 9-7 at No. 3 doubles followed shortly after by Basil and Vo on court two with a 8-5 win. In singles, Basil rallied from one set down to win in three 2-6, 6-1, 6-4 at the No. 4 position. Manuela Pietzuch picked up the other Bronco win on court five with a straight-set 6-4, 7-6 (5) decision to make the final team score 4-3 in favor of the Rebels.
Last Week's Bronco Leaders
Last week four Broncos recorded splits in their singles matches with Marlena Pietzuch and Sandy Vo collecting wins against SDSU, while Morgan Basil and Manuela Pietzuch notched wins against UNLV. Basil and Vo went undefeated in doubles recording a 9-8 (3) win versus the Aztecs' No. 2 duo followed by a 8-5 win over UNLV's second team.
Looking at Boise State's Leaders
In singles two Broncos have 20-plus wins with Morgan Basil sitting at 21-12 overall and 13-6 this spring playing No. 4 and 5, Marlena Pietzuch is 21-13 on the year and 11-8 this spring at the number two and three spots. Sandy Vo is closing in on 20 wins currently standing at 19-13 on the year and 12-7 in duals this spring playing primarily at No. 3 and 4. In doubles, the sophomore tandem of Morgan Basil and Sandy Vo lead the team with a 17-8 record on the year while going 14-5 at the number two position this spring.
Looking at Air Force
The Falcons enter the week in sixth-place in the league standings at 1-3, but have a 15-6 overall mark on the year. Air Force is coming off a pair of home losses by 5-2 scores to No. 37 UNLV and No. 48 San Diego State.
Postseason Team Banquet
The Boise State men's and women's tennis postseason awards banquet will be held May 4th in the Stueckle Sky Center's Skyline Room at 6:00 p.m. The festivities include dinner and awards ceremony. The banquet is open to everyone and cost $25 with free parking. Those interested in attending need to RSVP by turning in the registration form at the Boas Tennis Center by April 27th. You can download the form by clicking on the link in the "Bronco Extras" section (under the photo) of this article.
The doubles point has been a crucial one for the Broncos this season. The team is 8-3 when its wins the point and 0-8 when the Broncos do not.
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.
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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