BOISE, Idaho - The No. 70 ranked Boise State women's tennis team put itself one win away from securing its second consecutive Western Athletic Conference tournament title, Friday (April 29) afternoon, as the Broncos knocked off New Mexico State 4-0 at the BOAS Indoor Tennis Complex to advance to the championship match on Saturday (April 30).
Boise State (17-7 overall, 5-1 WAC) met the Aggies (10-13, 4-4) in the semifinals of the WAC Championships hosted by Boise State University after earning a 4-0 shutout over San Jose State in the quarterfinals. Against New Mexico State, the Broncos scored an early 1-0 advantage with a pair of doubles wins and never looked back. Three quick wins in singles would clinch the shutout victory and a date with Fresno State in the finals.
In doubles, Elyse Edwards and Sonia Klamczynska would get the scoring started for Boise State with an 8-2 win over Isabela Kulaif and Ginet Pinero at No. 2. Lauren Megale and Marlena Pietzuch would waste no time securing the doubles point for the Broncos as they knocked off Manon Sylvain and Jodie Williams, 8-4, at No. 1.
Riding the momentum in singles competition, Klamczynska, Edwards and Pietzuch would each earn straight set victories to complete the 4-0 shutout. Klamczynska managed to extend the Boise State lead to 2-0 first at No. 2 where she beat Sylvain, 6-1, 6-1. Pietzuch put the dual win within reach for the Broncos next at No. 5 with a 6-1, 6-1 win against Annemieke Witte.
Boise State would clinch the team victory thanks to a third singles win from Edwards at No. 4, beating Natalia Salum, 6-4, 6-4.
When play was called the Broncos also led the three other singles matches thanks to three first set wins.
Boise State now advances to the championship match to square off against No. 72 ranked Fresno State with an automatic bid to the 2011 NCAA Championships on the line. The Broncos and Bulldogs have become a familiar match-up in the WAC tournament title match in recent years, as the two teams will now have faced each other for the conference championship six consecutive seasons. Boise State fell to the Fresno State in four straight title matches before finally scoring its first WAC championship in 2010 with a 4-3 win over the Bulldogs in the finals.
Saturday's championship will be played at 10 a.m. and is currently scheduled for the Appleton Tennis Complex. In the event of poor weather the match will be moved to BOAS.
#70 Boise State 4, New Mexico State 0
1. Lauren Megale (BSU) vs. Isabela Kulaif (NMSU) 6-2, 4-1 DNF
2. Sonia Klamczynska (BSU) def. Manon Sylvain (NMSU) 6-1, 6-1
3. Stephanie Jasper (BSU) vs. Ginet Pinero (NMSU) 7-5, 3-3 DNF
4. Elyse Edwards (BSU) def. Natalia Salum (NMSU) 6-4, 6-4
5. Marlena Pietzuch (BSU) def. Annemieke Witte (NMSU) 6-1, 6-1
6. Morgan Basil (BSU) vs. Ros-Polly Nguyen (NMSU) 7-5, 4-0 DNF
1. Megale/Pietzuch (BSU) def. Sylvain/Jodie Williams (NMSU) 8-4
2. Edwards/Klamczynska (BSU) def. Kulaif/Pinero (NMSU) 8-2
3. Jasper/Sandy Vo (BSU) vs. Salum/Nguyen (NMSU) 7-5 DNF