Boise State Falls to Bulldogs in Dramatic Title Match

BOISE, Idaho - The No. 70 ranked Boise State women's tennis team overcame a 3-1 deficit in the Western Athletic Conference tournament title match, Saturday (April 30), at the BOAS Indoor Tennis Complex only to see the Broncos' hopes of back-to-back WAC championships fall in the third set of the final match to conclude a 4-3 loss to No. 72 Fresno State.

After falling in doubles with a pair of quick losses Boise State found itself quickly on the ropes with two defeats in singles to fall behind 3-1 in the dual. The Broncos would rally valiantly however, with back-to-back third set victories to even the team score at 3-3 with only the No. 2 match remaining. The dramatic rally by Boise State would end in heartbreaking fashion though, as Sonia Klamczynska fell in the third set by a score of 7-5 to end the Broncos' run.

Klamczynska dropped the first set of her singles match against Laura Pola, 7-5, to fall behind early in the match. She would rally in the second set; playing to a 7-6 victory thanks to a 10-8 win in the tie-breaker. Klamczynska managed to take an early 4-2 lead in the final frame but Pola refused to go away, evening the third set at 5-5 before going on to a 7-5 win.

Saturday's dual, which marked the sixth consecutive year that Boise State and Fresno State have battled for the conference title, did little to disappoint as the Broncos responded admirably after a dismal couple of doubles matches. Pola and Marianne Jodoin scored a quick 8-1 victory over Lauren Megale and Marlena Pietzuch at No. 1 to put the doubles point within reach for the Bulldogs. Fresno State managed to clinch the doubles point next at No. 2 as Melissa McQueen and Olga Kirpicheva earned an 8-4 win against Klamczynska and Elyse Edwards.

Boise State would respond quickly in singles competition with a 6-3, 6-1 win by Pietzuch over Kirpicheva at No. 5 to even the team score at 1-1.

Fresno State wasted no time recapturing the momentum in the dual however, winning at No. 1 and No. 3 singles to put the team victory within reach.

With no room for error the Broncos showed why they were within a few points of defending their 2010 WAC Championship as the women responded with a pair of third-set victories to give Klamczynska the opportunity to complete the comeback. Sandy Vo would answer first for Boise State with a 6-3, 2-6, 6-1 win over Mary Abby Hayley at No. 6.

Elyse Edwards followed suit shortly thereafter with a 6-4, 5-7, 6-4 victory against Bianca Modoc at No. 4.

The incredible Bronco run would fall just short with the loss at No. 2, though, to give Boise State its fifth WAC runner-up finish in six seasons.

Saturday's championship loss ends the season for the Broncos whose national ranking will end too high for an at-large selection to the NCAA Championships. Boise State finishes the spring with a 17-8 overall record and compiled a 5-1 regular season record against WAC opponents.

Three Broncos Named to All-Tournament Team

Lauren Megale, Sonia Klamczynska and Marlena Pietzuch all received WAC All-Tournament honors, Saturday afternoon, following Boise State's runner-up finish at the conference tournament. Megale and Klamczynska were named All-Tournament in singles, while Megale teamed up with Pietzuch to receive All-Tournament honors in doubles.

SINGLES

Marianne Jodoin, Fresno State

Sonia Klamczynska, Boise State

Melissa McQueen, Fresno State

Lauren Megale, Boise State

Michelle Okhremchuk, Nevada

Manon Sylvain, New Mexico State

DOUBLES

Marianne Jodoin/Laura Pola, Fresno State

Lauren Megale/Marlena Pietzuch, Boise State

Florence De Vrye/Michelle Okhremchuk, Nevada

#72 Fresno State 4, #70 Boise State 3

SINGLES

1. #55 Marianne Jodoin (FSU) def. Lauren Megale (BSU) 6-1, 6-2

2. Laura Pola (FSU) def. Sonia Klamczynska (BSU) 7-5, 6-7 (8-10), 7-5

3. Melissa McQueen (FSU) def. Stephanie Jasper (BSU) 3-6, 6-2, 6-0

4. Elyse Edwards (BSU) def. Bianca Modoc (FSU) 6-4, 5-7, 6-4

5. Marlena Pietzuch (BSU) def. Olga Kirpicheva (FSU) 6-3, 6-1

6. Sandy Vo (BSU) def. Mary Abby Hayley (FSU) 6-3, 2-6, 6-1

Order of finish: 5, 1, 3, 6, 4, 2

DOUBLES

1. Pola/Jodoin (FSU) def. Megale/Pietzuch (BSU) 8-1

2. McQueen/Kirpicheva (FSU) def. Klamczynska/Edwards (BSU) 8-4

3. Jasper/Vo (BSU) def. Hayley/Modoc (FSU) 5-3 DNF

Order of finish: 1, 2

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