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Taking out the brooms: Women’s tennis sweep Weber State for first victory of season

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What a statement for the women’s tennis team (1-0, 0-0 in Mountain West) to start off the spring season Friday afternoon with a 7-0 victory over Weber State (0-2) at the Boas Tennis

“It’s our first match, it’s our opening match for us and a bit of nerves came about us but we pulled through,” junior Sandy Vo said. “It was fun, there was a lot of people here and the atmosphere was great.”

Starting off on the doubles point, the Broncos took home all three victories, led by freshman Megan LaLone and sophomore Sammie Watson victory in the No. 3 spot over Weber State’s Carly Lloyd and Nittaya Phonharath 8-2. Following them up were the Pietzuch twins, seniors Marlena and Manuela, with their victory in the No.1 seed over Thais Kurer and Kristi Elmer 8-1. To finish it,  Vo and junor Morgan Basil pulled out an 8-5 win in the No. 2 to give the doubles point to the Broncos.

“We’ve been working on some things in practice and we tried them but the execution was a bit off,” Basil said about her and Vo’s  tough doubles match. “But we figured it out, got on top of them and never let them get the lead.”

The women carried their momentum into the singles play, leaving the Wildcats with little room to come back.

The singles play was highlighted by LaLone’s 6-0, 6-0 win at the No. 6 seed Anna Karlsen and Watson’s 6-0, 6-3 No. 5 seed victory over Michelle Warwick.

Marlena Pietzuch won the No. 1 match over Tanner 6-2, 6-1, Vo took the No. 2 seed win 6-0, 6-4 over Elmer, freshman Teal Vosburgh won the No.3 seed at 6-3,6-4 over Phonharath and Basil solidified the No.4 spot and the final win with a 6-3, 6-3 win over Thais Kurer.

The Broncos took home all six points in the singles play for the 7-0 victory.

“It’s always nice to have my team there,” Basil said about her singles match. “It’s always nice to have your teammates sitting there, cheering for me and knowing you’re not alone out there.”

Friday’s sweep was not only the first victory of the season for the women, but their first 7-0 sweep since April 24, 2011, when the Broncos defeated Hawai’i 7-0 at home at the Appleton Tennis Center.

For the women, their next match is this Friday against  Idaho State at the Boas Tennis Center.

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