March 29, 2015
BOISE, Idaho -
Boise State women's tennis saw its comeback bid fall just short in a 4-3 loss to Wyoming Sunday, at Appleton Tennis Center. The Broncos trailed 3-1 before finishing off a pair of straight-set wins and nearly taking a third-set thriller on court one.
Teal Vosburgh dropped the first eight games to Wyoming's Magdalena Stencel at No. 1 singles but fought back to win the second set 6-4 and breathe life into the Broncos' chances.
Just as Bobby Oshiro (No. 4) and Arianna Paules Aldrey (No. 3) put the finishing touches on 6-4, 6-4 victories to draw the team score even, Vosburgh increased her third-set lead to 5-3 after trailing 3-2. As quickly as the momentum shifted to Vosburgh's court, Stencel took it back. The Cowgirl held serve and broke Vosburgh's to knot the score.
The next two games also went to Stencel and she was able to close out a 6-0, 4-6, 7-5 victory to clinch the team win. Wyoming beat the Broncos 4-3 in last season's Mountain West Championship quarterfinals in similar fashion.
"I'm proud of the team for fighting back after what wasn't our best doubles effort," said head coach Beck Roghaar. "Pushing it to the brink after going down 3-1 is a good sign of how much we want it and how we're learning to really compete. At the end of the day, there are some adjustments we can make that we'll be sure to work on this week in practice and be ready to go Friday."
Paules Aldrey won her third straight match and improved to 4-1 at the No. 3 position. Oshiro is now 9-6 on the year, including her own 4-1 mark at No. 4 singles.
Sammie Watson was moved up to the No. 5 position in singles competition. Watson responded brilliantly with an efficient and decisive 6-2, 6-2 win over Silviya Zhelyazkova. The Bronco senior has now won eight of her last nine completed matches and is 10-2 this spring.
Nancy Menjivar made her sixth appearance in the Bronco lineup this season, playing at No. 6 singles. Menjivar suffered a 6-4, 6-3 defeat at the hands of Christa Gecheva. Megan LaLone was beaten in straight sets on court two, falling 6-3, 6-4.
Wyoming prevailed in a tightly-contested doubles point. The Cowgirls won on courts one and two with identical 6-4 scores.
The Broncos resume their Mountain West schedule on the road against Air Force (Friday) and New Mexico (Sunday).
Wyoming (10-5) at Boise State (7-10)
March 29, 2015 | Boise, Idaho (Appleton Tennis Center)
Wyoming def. Boise State 4-3
1. Christa Gecheva/Alma Espinosa (Wyoming) def. Sammie Watson/Bobbi Oshiro (Boise State) 6-4
2. Dorottya Jonas/Silviya Zhelyazkova (Wyoming) def. Megan LaLone/Arianna Paules Aldrey (Boise State) 6-4
3. Jessica Parizher/Magdalena Stencel (Wyoming) vs. Teal Vosburgh/Milena Toseva (Boise State) DNF (Wyoming led 6-5)
Order of finish: 1,2
1. Magdalena Stencel (Wyoming) def. Teal Vosburgh (Boise State) 6-0, 4-6, 7-5
2. Nastya Tokareva (Wyoming) def. Megan LaLone (Boise State) 6-3, 6-4
3. Arianna Paules Aldrey (Boise State) def. Dorottya Jonas (Wyoming) 6-4, 6-4
4. Bobbi Oshiro (Boise State) def. Jessica Parizher (Wyoming) 6-4, 6-4
5. Sammie Watson (Boise State) def. Silviya Zhelyazkova (Wyoming) 6-2, 6-2
6. Christa Gecheva (Wyoming) def. Nancy Menjivar (Boise State) 6-4, 6-3
Order of finish: 5,2,6,4,3,1