Broncos Solid on First Day at Mountain Regional
Five Broncos advance in singles along with three doubles teams.

LAS VEGAS, Nev. - Boise State women's tennis team turned in a solid performance on the opening day of the ITA Mountain Regional Wednesday in Las Vegas, Nev.  Boise State saw five of its eight person squad advance into the singles championship bracket along with three of the four doubles teams. The tournament suffered through several rain delays yesterday that forced play late into the night. Unfortunately conditions are expected to be the same for today's second round which was originally scheduled for Wednesday.

In singles all five Broncos advancing won their matches in straight sets and move into the round of 64. Boise State saw Marlena Pietzuch advance in singles with a commanding 6-1, 6-0 win over BYU's Lisa Waldron. Joining her in the championship bracket are Sammie Watson who downed Weber State's Ashley Tanner 6-4, 6-3; Teal Vosburgh who defeated Utah State's Kalli Sperry 6-2, 6-1; Sandy Vo won 6-3, 6-2 over Utah State's Julie Tukuafu; and Morgan Basil who defeated Ros Polly Nguyen from New Mexico State 6-2, 7-5.

Three Broncos will now attempt to battle back through the consolation bracket following first round set backs. Megan LaLone lost a tough three set match 6-4, 5-7, 6-2 to BYU's Aubrey Paul; Manuela Pietzuch fell in two to Colorado's Julyette Steur 6-2, 6-2; while Bobbi Oshiro was defeated by Wyoming's Christa Gecheva 6-2, 6-2.

In doubles Boise State advanced three of four teams into the round of 32. The Pietzuch sisters, Marlena and Manuela, led the way with a 8-5 victory over Northern Colorado's Claire Uhle and Jennifer Buchanan. Sandy Vo and Morgan Basil also advanced by defeating Northern Arizona's Malia Wahinepio and Alice Pacaut 8-3. The third team to move on for the Broncos was Bobbi Oshiro and Megan LaLone who downed New Mexico State's Ros Polly Nguyen and Ginet Pinero by a 8-5 score.

Boise State's duo of Sammie Watson and Teal Vosburgh fell 8-3 to Nevada's Sophie Stevens and Sheila Smiley forcing them into the consolation bracket's round of 32.

The ITA Mountain Regional continues in Las Vegas today, however, play has already been postponed from a scheduled 9:00 a.m. (Pacific Time) start to 1:00 p.m.

   
Thursday's Boise State Schedule

Singles
Round of 64 - Sammie Watson vs. Steffi Rath (Denver)
Round of 64 - Teal Vosburgh vs. Sasa Nemcova (Wyoming)
Round of 64 - Sandy Vo vs. Heather Davidson (Montana)
Round of 64 - Marlena Pietzuch vs. Ella Bourchier (UNLV)
Round of 64 - Morgan Basil vs. Tereza Bekerova (Utah)
Consolation 64 - Megan LaLone vs. Jennifer Weissmann (Colorado State)
Consolation 64 - Manuela Pietzuch vs. Weng Tsan (Montana State)
Consolation 64 - Bobbi Oshiro vs. Erin Sanders (Colorado)

Doubles
Round of 32 - Pietzuch/Pietzuch vs. Hannah Stone/Johanna Vang (Northern Arizona)
Round of 32 - Oshiro/LaLone vs. Emma Verberne/Michelle Okhremchuk (Nevada)
Round of 32 - Vo/Basil vs. Michaela Oldani/Nina Grbac (New Mexico)
Consolation 32 - Watson/Vosburgh vs. Megan Rindlisbacher/Annika Karlsen (Weber State)


Boise State's First Round Results from Wednesday

Singles
Sammie Watson (BSU) def. Ashley Tanner (WSU) 6-4, 6-3
Aubrey Paul (BYU) def. Megan Lalone (BSU) 6-4, 5-7, 6-2
Teal Vosburgh (BSU) def. Kalli Sperry (USU) 6-2, 6-1
Sandy Vo (BSU) def. Julie Tukuafu (USU) 6-3, 6-2
Marlena Pietzuch (BSU) def. Lisa Waldron (BYU) 6-1, 6-0
Julyette Steur (CU) def. Manuela Pietzuch (BSU) 6-2, 6-2
Morgan Basil (BSU) def. Ros Polly Nguyen (NMSU) 6-2, 7-5
Christa Gecheva (WYO) def. Bobbi Oshiro (BSU) 6-2, 6-2

Doubles
Pietzuch/Pietzuch (BSU) def. Uhle/Buchanon (UNC) 8-5
Oshiro/Lalone (BSU) def. Pinero/Nguyen (NMSU) 8-5
Vo/Basil (BSU) def. Wahinepio/Pacaut (NAU) 8-3
Stevens/Smiley (UNR) def. Watson/Vosburgh (BSU) 8-3

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