SALT LAKE CITY, Utah - The No. 38 ranked Boise State women's tennis team suffered its first upset loss of the 2011 season, Saturday (Feb. 12) morning, as the Broncos fell to No. 47 Utah, 5-2, at the Eccles Tennis Center in Salt Lake City, Utah to drop to 5-2 overall (1-0 Western Athletic Conference) this season.
Boise State entered the weekend yet to lose a doubles point this year, and that streak continued on Saturday as the women scored wins at No. 2 and No. 3 doubles to take an early 1-0 lead over the Utes (4-3). After falling at No. 1, Elyse Edwards and Sonia Klamczynska responded for the Broncos with an 8-6 win over Evgenia Kryuchkova and Lucia Kovarcikova at No. 2. Sandy Vo and Stephanie Jasper would clinch the doubles point for Boise State next at No. 3, beating Lexi Provancha and Sarah Pham, 9-7.
Despite the early advantage, the Broncos were unable to use the momentum to roll to their fourth consecutive win. The Utes would overtake Boise State with three straight wins to open singles competition, garnering a 3-1 lead in the dual. Edwards answered the run for the Broncos as she scored a 6-3, 7-5 win over Provancha at No. 5 singles, but Boise State would have nothing left for a rally.
The Utes secured wins at No. 4 and No. 3 singles to record the upset, and push the final team score to 5-2.
The Broncos will wrap up their stretch of nine consecutive road duals to start the season next weekend when the women travel to Pullman, Wash. to face Washington State and Idaho. Boise State will square off against the Cougars on Saturday (Feb. 19) at 11 a.m. before taking on the Vandals, Sunday (Feb. 20), at 10 a.m.
The women will host their home opener two weeks from now with a showdown against Arizona, Feb. 25 (Friday), at 1:30 p.m.
#47 Utah 5, #38 Boise State 2
1. #82 Anastasia Putilina (UU) def. Lauren Megale (BSU) 7-6 (4), 6-3
2. #60 Evgenia Kryuchkova (UU) def. Sonia Klamczynska (BSU) 7-6 (6), 6-1
3. Lucia Kovarcikova (UU) def. Stephanie Jasper (BSU) 6-3, 5-7, 6-2
4. Sarah Pham (UU) def. Marlena Pietzuch (BSU) 6-4, 7-6 (4)
5. Elyse Edwards (BSU) def. Lexi Provancha (UU) 6-3, 7-5
6. Paige Miles (UU) def. Morgan Basil (BSU) 6-3, 6-1
1. #49 Putilina/Miles (UU) def. Megale/Pietzuch (BSU) 8-6
2. Edwards/Klamczynska (BSU) def. Kryuchkova/Kovarcikova (UU) 8-6
3. Sandy Vo/Jasper (BSU) def. Provancha/Pham (UU) 9-7
Order of finish: Doubles (1, 2, 3); Singles (6, 1, 2, 5, 4, 3)