Utah State Women’s Tennis Drops Conference Opener To No. 39 Boise State

LOGAN, Utah – The Utah State women’s tennis team suffered it’s first loss of the season as the fell to No. 39 Boise State 6-1, Friday. Boise State is the highest ranked team in the Western Athletic Conference and was the first ranked opponent USU has faced this season. Utah State grabbed the early momentum in doubles action and was leading each of their three matches, before Boise State rallied to take back the momentum and seized the early doubles point by winning all three matches. “I thought that we came out and started very well. I felt that we lost focus after Boise State scored a few points on us, and they took the momentum,” said Utah State head coach Christian Wright. The highlight of the match for the Aggies was provided by senior Hailey Swenson, in the No. 2 positition, who won the lone point in thrilling fashion, 7-5, 5-7, 11-9. Swenson trailed Boise State’s Sonia Klamczynska in the tiebreaking set 7-1, before mustering a comeback to take the tiebreak as well as the match 11-9.The Aggies fall to 0-1 in conference action and are 1-1 on the season. USU is also 1-1 against schools from the Gem State. Boise State improves to 4-1 on the season and are 1-0 in conference play. Up next the women’s tennis team will conclude its weekend homestand against Portland State, Saturday Feb. 5 at 3 p.m. The match will take place at the Sports Academy and Racquet Club and is open to the general public and is free admission to all who would like to watch. Fans can follow Utah State athletics, including men’s tennis, at http://twitter.com/USUAthletics.comBoise State 6, Utah State 1 Boise State (4-1, 1-0 WAC), Utah State (1-1, 0-1 WAC)Singles competition1. Lauren Megale (BSU) def. Jaclyn West (USU) 6-2, 7-52. Hailey Swenson (USU) def. Sonia Klamczynska (BSU) 7-5, 5-7, 11-9 3. Stephanie Jasper (BSU) def. Kristina Voytsekhovich (USU) 6-1, 6-24. Merlena Pietzuch (BSU) def. Romina Nedakovic (USU) 6-1, 6-3 5. Elyse Edwards (BSU) def. Julie Tukuafu (USU) 6-4, 6-36. Morgan Basil (BSU) def. Brianna Harris (USU) 6-0, 6-0 Doubles competition1. Megale/Pietzuch (BSU) def. Swenson/ Nedakovic (USU) 8-52. Edwards/Klamczynska (BSU) def. West/Voytsekhovich (USU) 8-33. Jasper/Vo (BSU) def. Perry/Tukuafu (USU) 8-5-USU-

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