PULLMAN, Wash. - Boise State women's tennis completed the first tournament of the fall with Marlena Pietzuch and Megan LaLone advancing to the singles semifinals of their respective flights to lead the Broncos at the Cougar Classic in Pullman, Wash., this past weekend. The doubles team of Bobbi Oshiro and Fiona Mok led the team in doubles reaching the Flight Two championship match before falling 8-5. Overall the six Broncos competing recorded a combined record of 15-10 in singles and 7-3 in doubles.
Boise State veterans Morgan Basil, Marlena Pietzuch and Fiona Mok led the six member tournament squad to Pullman on Friday where the Broncos competed in the Cougar Classic against 10 other teams including; Washington State, Gonzaga, Portland, Eastern Washington, Montana, Montana State, Seattle, Lewis-Clark State, Lewis and Clark, and Idaho.
Pietzuch is coming off a junior campaign where she went 21-14, second best on the team. The senior finished the weekend going 3-1 reaching the Flight One semifinals with straight set wins over Seattle's Lindsey Newman (6-4, 6-4), Portland's Nastya Polyakova (6-3, 6-1) and Washington State's Elizaveta Luzina (6-3, 6-1). Pietzuch lost a hard fought two set match in the semifinals to Washington State's Luidmila Vasilieva 7-6, 6-4.
Basil returned this fall with the top singles record from last year going 21-13 overall. The junior from Florida went 2-2 in Pullman winning her first two matches of the Cougar Classic over Isabelle Klingert of Gonzaga (7-6(4), 6-3) and Bety Flores from Idaho (6-2, 6-1) before falling in the quarterfinals to Liudmila Vasilieva of Washington State (6-1, 6-1) sending her into the consolation rounds.
Fiona Mok went 2-2 playing in Flight Three of the Cougar Classic. The senior lost the first match then rebounded to defeat Seattle's Dana Bennett (3-6, 6-3, 1-0 (10-7) and Lewis-Clark State's Anetta Dayhuff (6-1, 6-1).
Three newcomers saw their first action in the blue and orange over the weekend led by freshman Megan LaLone who reached the semifinal round of Flight Two. LaLone finished at 3-2 overall but advanced to the semifinals with three consecutive wins over Corinne Wurden of Seattle (6-0, 6-1), Valeska Hoath from Portland (6-0, 6-3) and a three set victory over Washington State's Olga Musilovich (4-6, 6-1, 6-0). Idaho's Almudena Sanz defeated LaLone in the semifinal match 6-1, 6-1.
Sammie Watosn a transfer from the University of Utah went 3-1 in Washington reaching the quarterfinals with three-set wins over Laurence Pelchat of Montana (7-5, 0-6, 7-5) and Tori Troesch of Portland (6-1, 6-7(4), 6-3). After falling in the quarterfinal to Washington State's Andjela Kankaras (6-2, 6-1), she defeated WSU's Elizaveta Luzina 6-2, 6-3 in the consolation rounds.
The final Bronco was newcomer Bobbi Oshiro from Waipahu, Hawaii. Oshiro went 2-2 in singles defeating Eastern Washington's Kelsey Knight (6-2, 6-4) and Lewis-Clark State's Bryn Oliviera (6-3, 6-1).
Two of Boise State's three doubles teams reached the semifinals with one making it to the final. Oshiro and Mok reached the Flight Two championship match after defeating the team of Mackenzie Rozell (Montana) and Ale Lozano (Idaho) 8-5, Seattle's duo of Rachel McCarthy and Natalie Martin 8-0 and Washington State's pair of Olga Musilovich and Erin Troedson 8-0. They battled hard in the championship match before falling to Montana's Ashley Mackey and Precious Gbadamosi 8-5.
Morgan Basil and Megan LaLone reached the Flight One semifinals with wins over Char Hjarlmarsson and Iva Parapunova from Montana State 8-5, Milagros Cubelli and Tori Troesch of Portland 8-1, followed by a 8-3 victory over Idaho's Bety Flores and Almudena Sanz. Washington State's duo of Liudmila Vasilieva and Charlotte Koning ended the run of Basil and LaLone with a 8-4 win in the semifinal match.
Boise State will be back in action this coming weekend, Sept. 20-22, when the Broncos take a four member team to the BYU Invitational in Provo, Utah.
Cougar Classic Recap
Singles: Morgan Basil (Flight 1)
Round 1 - Basil (BSU) def. Isabelle Klingert (Gonzaga), 7-6 (4), 6-3
Round 2 - Basil (BSU) def. Bety Flores (Idaho), 6-2, 6-1
Quarterfinal - Liudmila Vasilieva (Washington St.) def. Basil (BSU), 6-1, 6-1
Consolation - Elizaveta Luzina (Washington St.) def. Basil (BSU), 7-5, 6-2
Singles: Marlena Pietzuch (Flight 1)
Round 1 - Pietzuch (BSU) def. Lindsey Newman (Seattle), 6-4, 6-4
Round 2 - Pietzuch (BSU) def. Nastya Polyakova (Portland), 6-3, 6-1
Quarterfinal - Pietzuch (BSU) def. Elizaveta Luzina (Washington St.), 6-3, 6-1
Semifinal - Liudmila Vasilieva (Washington St.) def. Pietzuch (BSU), 7-6, 6-4
Singles: Sammie Watson (Flight 1)
Round 1 - Waston (BSU) def. Laurence Pelchat (Montana), 7-5, 0-6, 7-5
Round 2 - Watson (BSU) def. Tori Troesch (Portland), 6-1, 6-7 (4), 6-3
Quarterfinal - Andjela Kankaras (Washington St.) def. Watson (BSU), 6-2, 6-1
Consolation - Watson (BSU) def. Elizaveta Luzina (Washington St.), 6-2, 6-3
Singles: Megan LaLone (Flight 2)
Round 1 - LaLone (BSU) def. Corinne Wurden (Seattle), 6-0, 6-1
Round 2 - LaLone (BSU) def. Valeska Hoath (Portland), 6-0, 6-3
Quarterfinal - LaLaone (BSU) def. Olga Musilovich (Washington St.), 4-6, 6-1, 6-0
Semifinal - Almudena Sanz (Idaho) def. LaLone (BSU), 6-1, 6-1
Consolation - Ksenia Googoe (Washington St.) def. LaLone (BSU), 6-1, 6-2
Singles: Bobbi Oshiro (Flight 2)
Round 1 - Oshiro (BSU) def. Kelsey Knight (Eastern Washington), 6-2, 6-4
Round 2 - Precious Gbadamosi (Montana) def. Oshiro (BSU), 6-4, 1-6, 6-3
Consolation - Oshiro (BSU) def. Bryn Oliviera (LCSC), 6-3, 6-1
Consolation - Rita Bermudez (Idaho) def. Oshiro (BSU), 6-0, 6-0
Singles: Fiona Mok (Flight 3)
Round 2 - Ale Lozano (Idaho) def. Mok (BSU), 6-0, 6-2
Consolation - Mok (BSU) def. Dana Bennett (Seattle), 3-6, 6-3, 1-0 (10-7)
Consolation - Mok (BSU) def. Anetta Dayhuff (LCSC), 6-1, 6-1
Consolation - Mackenzie Rozell (Montana) def. Mok (BSU), 6-2, 6-0
Doubles: Morgan Basil / Megan LaLone (Flight 1)
Round 1 - Basil/LaLone (BSU) def. Char Hjarlmarsson/Iva Parapunova (Montana St.), 8-5
Round 2 - Basil/LaLone (BSU) def. Milagros Cubelli/Tori Troesch (Portland), 8-1
Quarterfinal - Basil/LaLone (BSU) def. Bety Flores/Almudena Sanz (Idaho), 8-3
Semifinals - Liudmila Vasilieva/Charlotte Koning (Washington St.) def. Basil/LaLone (BSU), 8-4
Doubles: Marlena Pietzuch / Sammie Watson (Flight 1)
Round 2 - Heather Davidson/Laurence Pelchat (Montana) def. Pietzuch/Watson (BSU), 8-0
Consolation - Pietzuch/Watson (BSU) def. Isabelle Klingert/Britta Stime (Gonzaga), 8-0
Doubles: Fiona Mok / Bobbi Oshiro (Flight 2)
Round 2 - Oshiro/Mok (BSU) def. Mackenzie Rozell (Montana)/ Ale Lozano (Idaho), 8-5
Quarterfinal - Oshiro/Mok (BSU) def. Rachel McCarthy/Natalie Martin (Seattle), 8-0
Semifinal - Oshiro/Mok (BSU) def. Olga Musilovich/Erin Troedson (Washington St.), 8-0
Championship - Ashley Mackey/Precious Gbadamosi (Montana) def. Oshiro/Mok (BSU), 8-5