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.


Marianne Jodoin, Fresno State

Sonia Klamczynska, Boise State

Melissa McQueen, Fresno State

Lauren Megale, Boise State

Michelle Okhremchuk, Nevada

Manon Sylvain, New Mexico State


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


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


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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