LAS VEGAS, Nev. - The Boise State women's tennis team experienced a rough start to its weekend road trip to Las Vegas, Nev., Friday (March 11), as No. 43 UNLV ran past the No. 52 ranked Broncos, 6-1, at the Fertitta Tennis Complex.
The Lady Rebels (10-2 overall) showed why they are perfect (8-0) at home so far this season as they swept Boise State (9-5, 2-0 Western Athletic Conference) in doubles play before winning five of six singles matches in straight sets.
The Broncos closest doubles match came at No. 3 where Sonia Klamczynska and Morgan Basil would fall to Adrienn Hidvegi and Jana Albers, 8-4. Marlena Pietzuch and Lauren Megale lost to Aleksandra Josifoska and Nives Pavlovic, 8-3, at No. 1, while Stephanie Jasper and Sandy Vo fell to Lucia Batta and Anna Maskaljun, 8-1, at No. 2.
Boise State's struggles continued into singles competition where UNLV would score wins at No. 1, No. 2, No. 3, No. 5 and No. 6 to clinch the team win.
Pietzuch scored the only point of the day for the Broncos at No. 4 singles where she outlasted Hidvegi in a third set super tie-breaker. After winning the first set 6-3, Pietzuch would drop the second set 6-7 to force a decisive super-breaker. She wasted no time bouncing back in the breaker however, racing out to a 10-2 win to secure the 6-3, 6-7, 10-2 victory over Hidvegi.
Friday marked the first of three duals for Boise State in Las Vegas, Nev., as UNLV is playing host to the Broncos, Furman and SMU over the weekend.
The Broncos, who are now 4-5 against nationally ranked opponents, will look to rebound from Friday's loss on Saturday (March 12) when they square off against Furman. Boise State will wrap up its road trip on Sunday (March 13) when the Broncos meet No. 35 SMU. Both duals are scheduled for 10 a.m. (PST).
#43 UNLV 6, #52 Boise State 1
1. #77 Lucia Batta (UNLV) def. Lauren Megale (BSU) 6-1, 7-5
2. Aleksandra Josifoska (UNLV) def. Sonia Klamczynska (BSU) 6-4, 6-4
3. Nives Pavlovic (UNLV) def. Stephanie Jasper (BSU) 6-4, 6-2
4. Marlena Pietzuch (BSU) def. Adrienn Hidvegi (UNLV) 6-3, 6-7, 1-0 (10-2)
5. Jana Albers (UNLV) def. Morgan Basil (BSU) 6-0, 6-1
6. Anna Maskaljun (UNLV) def. Sandy Vo (BSU) 6-0, 6-2
1. Aleksandra Josifoska/Nives Pavlovic (UNLV) def. Marlena Pietzuch/Lauren Megale (BSU) 8-3
2. Lucia Batta/Anna Maskaljun (UNLV) def. Stephanie Jasper/Sandy Vo (BSU) 8-1
3. Adrienn Hidvegi/Jana Albers (UNLV) def. Sonia Klamczynska/Morgan Basil (BSU) 8-4