No. 37 Women’s Tennis Team Defeats FIU 6-1

April 5, 2011  

By Ali Williams
ajwilliams@smu.edu

The No. 37 SMU women’s tennis team battled it out against Florida International University for a hard-fought 6-1 win Sunday in Miami.

Although FIU left the game with only one point, they jumped out ahead in half of the singles matches. The Mustangs had to step up their game in order to fight back and earn the points for their team.

In doubles SMU was able to grab the point with two of three wins.

Marta Lesniak and Aleksandra Malyarchikova took their fourth loss as a duo this spring against Liset Brito and Maria Spencely, falling 8-2.

Partners Edyta Cieplucha and Heather Steinbauer beat Giuletta Boha and Rita Maisak 8-3, while Shahzoda Hatamova and Kris Roberts had an 8-5 win over Lisa Johnson and Christine Seredni to secure the doubles point.

Although it wasn’t smooth sailing in the singles arena for the Mustangs, they were able to come out on top in five of six singles matches for the overall win.

No. 9 singles player in the nation Lesniak defeated FIU’s No. 57 Brito 6-4, 6-2. She has now won 12 in a row and has a spring record of 16-2.

Now 16-1 this season, No. 117 nationally ranked Malyarchikova downed Spenceley 6-1, 6-2.

Cieplucha, Steinbauer, and Hatamova had some work to do when it came to getting their wins. Cieplucha battled Seredni in a second-set tiebreaker to gain her 7-5, 7-6 (7-4) match win.

Another breaker was played between Steinbauer and Johnson, with Steinbauer prevailing in the 7-5, 7-6, (7-3) game. Hatamova fought it out against Maisak for a 7-6 (7-1), 6-3 win.

FIU’s point was earned by Boha’s 6-1, 6-0 win over Roberts.

The SMU women’s tennis team hits the court again when they face rival No. 65 TCU at home Tuesday.

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