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April 24, 2013


Video preview for the MW Championship featuring head coach Beck Roghaar followed by this week's notes.


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WHAT'S HAPPENING THIS WEEK

  • Boise State (13-9, 4-4 MW) closed out the regular season last weekend with a pair of heartbreaking 4-3 home defeats to Fresno State and Nevada. This week is the Mountain West Championship Tournament at the U.S. Air Force Academy in Colorado.
  • The Broncos enter their first MW tournament as the No. 5 seed and will face No. 4 seed Nevada (11-6, 5-3 MW) in the quarterfinals at 10 a.m. (Mountain) on Friday. It will be a re-match of the regular-season finale from this past Sunday when the Wolf Pack edged Boise State 4-3.
  • If Boise State defeats Nevada the blue and orange would face the winner of the San Diego State (No. 1) versus New Mexico (No. 8) or Colorado State (No. 9) winner in the semifinals at 10 a.m. on Saturday.


MW Tournament Schedule (all times are Mountain)
Thursday, April 25
   No. 9 Colorado State vs. No. 8 New Mexico, 10 a.m.

Friday, April 26 (Quarterfinals)
   No 5. Boise State vs. No. 4 Nevada, 10 a.m.
   No. 1 San Diego State vs. winner of New Mexico/Colorado State, 10 a.m.
   No. 3 Fresno State vs. No. 6 Wyoming, 2 p.m.
   No. 2 UNLV vs. No. 7 Air Force, 2 p.m.

Saturday, April 27 (Semifinals)
   SDSU/UNM/CSU winner vs. NEV/BSU winner, 10 a.m.
   UNLV/AFA winner vs. FS/WYO winner, 10 a.m.

Sunday, April 28
   Championship Match, 10 a.m.
 

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QUICK LOOK AT BOISE STATE

  • The Record: The Broncos are 13-9 overall and 4-4 in MW play, tied for fifth with Wyoming. Boise State is coming off a pair of tough losses at home last weekend when they Broncos lost 4-3 to Fresno State on Saturday and 4-3 to Nevada on Sunday.
  • The Broncos at Home: The Broncos have been dominating at home this season suffering their first defeats on friendly courts this past weekend to finish the year 8-2. The Broncos had dropped only one team point at home in the first eight home matches in 2013 and  out scored the opposition 61-9 overall. Boise State went a combined 6-6 last year at both the Boas Indoor Tennis Center (6-3) and Appleton Outdoor Tennis Center (0-3).
  • The Broncos on the Road: Boise State is 5-7 away from Boise State this year going 2-4 on the opponents home court and 3-3 at neutral sites. The Broncos are 3-2 on the road in MW play.
  • Broncos in the ITA Rankings: Boise State is not ranked nationally as a team nor does it have anyone ranked in singles or doubles. Junior Sandy Vo is ranked sixth in the Mountain Region following a 6-2 singles record this past fall. Marlena Pietzuch entered the season ranked 16th in the region after compiling a team-best 9-3 mark in singles last semester.
  • Boise State Singles: During the spring team (dual) season Boise State has predominantly used seven individuals for singles. The Broncos are led by Marlena Pietzuch and Sandy Vo who have shared time playing at both the No. 1 and No. 2 positions this spring. Pietzuch is 11-11 during duals and 20-14 on the year, while Vo is 12-7 in duals and 17-9 overall. Joining those two are Teal Vosburgh (9-6, 15-12), Morgan Basil (15-6, 22-10), Megan LaLone (14-6, 22-10), Sammie Watson (13-7, 20-12) and Manuela Pietzuch (8-0, 14-4). The Broncos are a combined 84-43 (.661) in singles matches this spring, all seven of the regulars have records at .500 or above this spring.
  • Boise State Doubles: Boise State has used nine different doubles teams to date during the dual season with two having played in nearly every match. The Pietzuch sisters have played at No. 1 in every contest going 11-10 this spring. Morgan Basil and Sandy Vo have played all but two matches on court two recording a team-best 15-5 record in duals, 4-4 in conference, 17-6 on the year and are 34-15 over the last two seasons. The No. 3 doubles position has seen five different teams this spring. Megan LaLone and Bobbi Oshiro have played together in the last six conference matches going 5-1, with one win on court two, they are 10-2 on the year. The Broncos are a combined 41-24 (.631) in doubles matches this spring.
  • The Coach: Beck Roghaar is in his third season at Boise State where he is 13-9 in 2013 and 38-29 overall, his career mark is the same.


QUICK LOOK AT NEVADA

  • The Record: The Wolf Pack enters the tournament at 11-6 overall, 5-3 in MW play and 11-4 on the road.
  • ITA Rankings: The Wolf Pack are not ranked by ITA as a team, nor do they have anyone ranked nationally in singles or doubles.  However, regionally Michelle Okhremchuck is ranked 14th in singles followed by Emma Verberne at No. 15. In doubles the duo of Verberne and Okhremchuck are ranked fourth.
  • Leading the Wolf Pack in Singles: Their top player this spring has been Okhremchuck who plays on court one where she is 13-4 in duals and 22-7 overall. Verberne plays at No. 2 recording a 14-3 spring record and is 18-6 on the year.
  • Leading Nevada in Doubles: Verberne and Okhremchuck are the top doubles team for the Wolf Pack playing on court one where they are 15-2 this spring to go with a 28-4 overall mark on the year.
  • The Coach: Guillaume Tonelli is in his second season at Nevada.


QUICK LOOK AT SAN DIEGO STATE

  • The Record: The Aztecs enter the tournament as the No. 1 seed  with a perfect 8-0 record, 20-4 overall and 8-1 on the road.   
  • ITA Rankings: SDSU is ranked 39th nationally by ITA as a team, but they do not have anyone ranked nationally in singles or doubles.  
  • Leading the Aztecs in Singles: Their top player this spring has been Julia Wais who plays on court one where she is 12-9 in duals and 17-13 overall, Alicia Aguilar is 7-11 on court two and 13-15 on the year.
  • Leading Nevada in Doubles: Laura Antonana and Michela Casanova have seen the most time on court one for SDSU going 3-12.
  • The Coach: Peter Mattera is in his 20th season at San Diego State.


QUICK LOOK AT NEW MEXICO

  • The Record: UNM enters the tournament as the No. 8 seed at 1-7 in league action, 7-14 overall and 4-12 on the road.   
  • ITA Rankings: The Lobos are not ranked nationally by ITA as a team, nor do they have anyone ranked in singles or doubles.  
  • Leading the Lobos in Singles: Michaela Bezdickova is the top singles player for the Lobos going 15-6 this spring on court one and 22-11 on the year. The No. 2 player is Nikolina Grbac who is 1-15 on court two and 8-23 overall.
  • Leading New Mexico in Doubles: The  No. 1 doubles team for the Lobos is Bezdickova and Laura Richardson going 8-13 in duals on court one and 11-16 overall.
  • The Coach: Erica Perkins Jasper is in her first year as head coach at New Mexico.


QUICK LOOK AT COLORADO STATE

  • The Record: Colorado State enters the tournament as the No. 9 seed at 0-8 in conference play, 4-15 overall and 4-11 on the road.   
  • ITA Rankings: The Rams are not ranked nationally by ITA as a team, nor do they have anyone ranked in singles or doubles.  
  • Leading the Rams in Singles: Natalie Heffron (14-13 overall) is one of two players that has seen time at both the No. 1 and 2 position going 4-7 on court one and 2-5 on court two. Abby Stevens (18-11 overall) is the other going 2-5 at the one and 5-4 on court two.
  • Leading CSU in Doubles: Kaley Schultz and Kendall Heitzner have seen most of the action on court one for the Rams going 0-11 in duals.  
  • The Coach: John Messick is in his 28th season at CSU.


2013 MOUNTAIN WEST TENNIS CHAMPIONSHIP BEGINS THURSDAY IN COLORADO SPRINGS, COLO.

  • Host Site: The U.S. Air Force Academy will serve as host to the 2013 Mountain West Men's and Women's Tennis Championships on April 25-28, 2013, at the USAFA Tennis Facility in Colorado Springs, Colo. This is the second time in Conference history that the MW Tennis Championships will be held in Colorado Springs, as Air Force previously hosted the tournament in 2007.
  • Top Seed: San Diego State (20-4), last season's runner-up, is the No. 1 seed in the 2013 Women's Championship. The regular season champion posted a perfect 8-0 Conference mark, and is currently riding a 14-match win streak. Seniors Julia Wais (20-13 overall, 6-2 Conference) and Alicia Aguilar (16-15, 4-4) have been key cogs in the lineup at the top two singles positions for the No. 41 Aztecs. San Diego State last won the MW Women's Championship in 2003 when they were the host site.
  • Automatic Bid: The winners of the Mountain West Men's and Women's Championships receive the Conference's automatic bids to their respective NCAA tournaments.