Women's Tennis Opens Utah Invitational

SALT LAKE CITY- Boise State women's tennis began its final tournament of the fall season Friday, at the Utah Invitational. Three Broncos picked up first-round wins in singles play while one doubles team moved on from the round of 16.
 
Marlena Pietzuch beat Morgan Anderson of BYU in straight sets, 6-3, 6-2, in  the A Flight Singles Main Draw. Pietzuch, the only Bronco to advance to the quarterfinals of the top flight, took on Danielle Flores from host Utah in the quarterfinals. The Boise State junior jumped out to an early lead with a 6-3 win in the first set, but could not fight off a pesky Flores. The Ute knotted the match with a 7-5 win in the second set and took a 6-3 advantage in the decisive third.
 
Sandy Vo and Sonia Klamczynska both bowed out of the main draw in the first round. Vo lost took a 6-0 victory in the first set, but Wyoming's Alexandra Kovacs rebounded to take the final two sets 6-1 and 6-3. Klamczynska lost in straight sets to Utah's Natasha Smith, 7-5, 6-2.
 
In B Flight Singles, Manuela Pietzuch and Morgan Basil moved on from the first round with straight-set wins. Pietzuch took down Wyoming's Alma Espinosa and Basil downed Keri Frankenberger from LSU. However, Basil and Pietzuch both saw their singles run come to an end in the quarterfinals. Kaitlyn Brown lost in first-round action in the B Flight, falling in straight sets to Desiree Tran of BYU.
 
Klamczynska and Brown are still alive in the consolation draws of their respective singles flights.
 
The Pietzuch sisters are still alive for a title in the doubles main draw. Manuela and Marlena topped the BYU team of Aubrey Paul and Tran, 8-3. The Broncos' other two doubles tandems fell in the round of 16. Basil and Vo dropped a tight match, 9-8 to LSU's Yvette Vlaar and Olivia Howlett. Klamczynska and Brown are also in the consolation bracket after falling to a Wyoming duo, 8-3.
 
Matches resume Saturday, at 9 a.m., from the Eccles Tennis Center.
 
A Flight Singles Main Draw
Round of 16
Alexandra Kovacs (Wyoming) def. Sandy Vo (BSU) 0-6, 6-1, 6-3
Marlena Pietzuch (BSU) def. Morgan Anderson (BYU) 6-3, 6-2
Natasha Smith (Utah) def. Sonia Klamczynska (BSU) 7-5, 6-2
 
Quarterfinals
Danielle Flores (Utah) def. Marlena Pietzuch (BSU) 3-6, 7-5, 6-3
 
A Flight Singles Consolation
First Round
Lucia Kovarickova (Utah) def. Sandy Vo (BSU) 6-2, 4-6, 11-9
Sonia Klamczynska (BSU) def. Jessica Parizher 1-6, 6-2, 12-10
 
B Flight Singles Main Draw
Round of 16
Desiree Tran (BYU) def. Kaitlyn Brown (BSU) 6-3, 6-0
Manuela Pietzuch (BSU) def. Alma Espinosa (Wyoming) 6-2, 7-5
Morgan Basil (BSU) def. Keri Frankenberger (LSU) 6-3, 6-4
 
Quarterfinals
Sammie Watson (Utah) def. Manuela Pietzuch (BSU) 6-3, 7-5
Meghan Sheehan-Dizon (BYU) def. Morgan Basil (BSU) 6-1, 6-2

Doubles Main Draw
Round of 16
Pietzuch/Pietzuch (BSU) def. Paul/Tran (BYU) 8-3
Gecheva/Espinosa (Wyoming) def. Brown/Klamczynska (BSU) 8-3
Howlett/Vlaar (LSU) def. Vo/Basil (BSU) 9-8


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