April 20, 2013
By Stephanie Juncker
By Stephanie Juncker
BOISE, Idaho --- In somewhat of miraculous turnaround of being down multiple match points in both doubles and singles, the No. 55 Fresno State women's tennis team showed tremendous resiliency and fight as they spoiled Boise State's perfect home record this season with a 4-3 victory in Boise, Idaho Saturday afternoon.
"It's always great to win a hard match," said head coach Ryan Stotland. "We stopped their win streak at home and they are clearly a really good team at home. We knew it was going to be tough and it was. I hope we learned from this as we prepare for tomorrow and the conference tournament next week."
With the victory, the Bulldogs move to 5-2 in conference play which solidifies their spot in third in the conference standings with one match remaining.
The match contained much drama and was not for the faint of heart from the very beginning. After losing a painstakingly close doubles point in the last outing versus UNLV, the Bulldogs were determined to not let that happen again.
Boise State took an early advantage as Morgan Basil and Sandy Vo dealt Sophie Watts and Bianca Modoc their first loss of the season at No. 2, 8-4. With the 'Dogs needing wins on the final two courts, both Fresno State duos fought off match points to come back and win in tiebreakers. Senior Olga Kirpicheva and sophomore Aishwarya Agrawal defeated Bobbi Oshiro and Megan LaLone 9-8 (7-4) to split the doubles. Then senior Melissa McQueen and freshman Rana Sherif Ahmed clinched the very important point with an incredibly tight 9-8 (9-7) victory at the top spot.
Moving into singles Sophie Watts continued to do what she has done since February. Win. The Bulldogs pulled ahead 2-0 as she once again controlled her opponent en route to a 6-3, 6-2 win at No. 3 where she is now 4-0 on the year and extended her winning streak to 11.
The Broncos then rallied to tie the score at 2-2 with wins on the two bottom courts. Manuela Pietzuch defeated Anneka Watts 6-1, 6-2 at No. 6, while Sammie Watson topped Modoc 6-4, 6-1 at No. 5.
Fresno State pulled ahead again as McQueen recorded her 70th career victory, 14th most all-time at Fresno State. The Whitby, Canada native rolled over Megan LaLone 6-1, 6-3 at the four spot.
Marlena Pietzuch wouldn't let the Bulldogs disrupt Boise's eight straight win streak without a fight as she tied the score at 3-3 besting Ahmed 7-6(4), 6-2 at the top spot.
The entire match came down to court two, on which Agrawal battled back from dropping an extremely close first set 5-7, falling behind 2-5 in the second and rattled off five straight games to take the second 7-5. With the rest of the team counting on her, the sophomore took control in the third to seal the match 6-3. The Indore, India native has won five of her last six matches.
"We had a few really standout individuals and I hope that we can use this in our last match of the regular season," Stotland said.
The Bulldogs are set to wrap up the regular season on Sunday versus New Mexico in Boise at 9 a.m.
Tennis Match Results
#55 Fresno State 4, Boise State 3
1. Marlena Pietzuch (BSU) def. Rana Sherif Ahmed (FS) 7-6 (7-4), 6-2
2. Aishwarya Agrawal (FS) def. Sandy Vo (BSU) 5-7, 7-5, 6-3
3. Sophie Watts (FS) def. Morgan Basil (BSU) 6-3, 6-2
4. Melissa McQueen (FS) def. Megan LaLone (BSU) 6-1, 6-3
5. Sammie Watson (BSU) def. Bianca Modoc (FS) 6-4, 6-1
6. Manuela Pietzuch (BSU) def. Anneka Watts (FS) 6-1, 6-2
1. Melissa McQueen/Rana Sherif Ahmed (FS) def. Manuela Pietzuch/Marlena Pietzuch (BSU) 9-8 (9-7)
2. Morgan Basil/Sandy Vo (BSU) def. Sophie Watts/Bianca Modoc (FS) 8-4
3. Olga Kirpicheva/Aishwarya Agrawal (FS) def. Bobbi Oshiro/Megan LaLone (BSU) 9-8 (7-4)
Order of finish: Doubles (2,3,1); Singles (3,6,5,4,1,2)
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