SMU Tennis Player Named Conference Player of the Year

May 6, 2010  

By Robby Gillespie

SMU women’s tennis player Marta Lesniak was awarded Conference USA Player of the Year Thursday, the same day she earned an automatic bid to the NCAA Championship.

Lesniak went 28-5 this season at the Mustangs’ No. 1 singles spot. The sophomore is also the highest ranked ranked player in C-USA at No. 28 in the ITA.

Lesniak earned a 6-0 record against C-USA opponents and a 7-2 record against nationally ranked players. In the 2009-2010 season, she earned four C-USA Player of the Week awards.

Another Mustang recognized for her performance this season was Shahzoda Hatamova who won the Conference USA Freshman of the Year award.

Hatamova is 27-8 on the season, with eight wins at the No. 2 and No. 3 singles spots. She played most of the season at No. 4 singles, earning a 11-1 record. In conference play, she went 7-1.

Lesniak will compete at the NCAA Championships beginning May 26 in Athens, Ga.

The No. 31 SMU women’s tennis team led Conference USA with five All-Conference honorees. The team will take on Pepperdine in the first round of the NCAA Team Championships May 14 in Stanford, Calif.

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