No. 33 SMU Women’s Tennis Falls Short Against No. 9 Baylor, 4-3

March 24, 2011  

By Ali Williams

Wednesday the No. 33 SMU Women’s Tennis Team battled it out against No. 9 Baylor University but ultimately suffered a defeat of 4-3. The match puts the Mustangs at 12-4 this spring while the Bears are now 12-3.

SMU made the first strike against their opponent by winning an intense fight for the doubles point.

To start off, Shahzoda Hatamova and Kris Roberts gave it their all but were brought down by Baylor’s Taylor Ormond and Karolina Filipiak 8-5 at the No. 3 line.

Then the No. 2 spot, Mustangs Edyta Cieplucha and Heather Steinbauer answered back with an 8-6 win over Diana Nakic and Sona Navakova.

No. 1 position duo Marta Lesniak and Aleksandra Malyarchikova confirmed the winning point for the ‘Stangs with a fierce 9-7 finish against Jelena Stanivuk and Nina Secerbegovic.

The Bears were quick to put their own points up once singles play began, winning the first four matches and securing the win.

At the No. 6 line, Ormond took out Roberts with back to back 6-1 match scores. The Bears then gained the lead with Nakic downing Steinbauer at No. 3 with 6-3, 6-0 wins.

To further Baylor’s lead, Secerbegovic defeated Cieplucha with two 6-3 victories at No. 2.

The final point needed to clinch the win for the Bears came down to the No. 5 line, with Filipak achieving success against Hatamova 6-4, 6-2.

SMU gained their two singles points in final two matches, which were still carried out although the final win was decided.

Both the matches of Malyarchikova and Lesniak came down to super-tiebreakers. At the No. 4 spot, Malyarchikova won the first set 6-4, but lost to Stanivuk 6-1 in the second set. During the breaker, Malyarchikova turned on her afterburners to pull out a 10-7 win and a point for her team.

Lesniak, No. 9 in the nation, played a close game with Baylor’s No. 11 nationally ranked Novakova. Lesniak claimed the first set with a 6-4 finish, while Novakova grasped the second, 6-3. The suspenseful tiebreaker had Lesniak fighting off multiple match points, but ended with Lesniak coming out on top with a 14-12 victory.

The SMU women’s tennis team hits the court again Saturday, March 26 when they host UC Santa Barbara at the Turpin Tennis Center. Play begins at noon.

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