No. 34 Women’s Tennis Downs Weekend Competitors, Meisner Breaks Record

April 11, 2011 by · Comments Off 

By Ali Williams
ajwilliams@smu.edu

This weekend the No. 34 SMU women’s tennis team beat C-USA rivals Rice and Houston, 5-2 and 4-1. With the wins, head coach Lauren Longbotham Meisner has earned 100 career wins– SMU’s first women’s tennis coach to do so.

In her five years as head coach, Meisner is now 100-27 (.787). The team has won 9 of its last 10 contests with the past 6 matches won consecutively. The Mustangs hold a season record of 18-4.

Saturday against No. 62 Rice, SMU jumped out ahead by taking the doubles point with two of three match wins.

No. 2 line duo Heather Steinbauer and Edyta Cieplucha downed Alex Rasch and Dominique Harmath 8-3, and Marta Lesniak and Aleksandra Malyarchikova defeated Rebekka Hanle and Ana Guzman at the No. 1 spot, 8-2, to gain the point.

In singles, the Mustangs were victorious in 4 of 6 matches.

Lesniak, No. 9 in the nation, swept over Hanle 6-0, 7-5 to give SMU a 2-0 lead.

Rice came back to tie things up to two apiece, but the Mustangs finished strong in the next three matches for the overall win.

Steinbauer took out Guzman with two 6-3 set wins. Malyarchikova and Hatamova had more difficulty with their competitors, going three sets apiece.

Against Jackson, Malyarchikova secured the victory for the Mustangs with a 6-3, 4-6, 6-0 win, and Hatamova fought hard against Trigo 6-4, 3-6, 6-2 to gain SMU’s final point.

Sunday the Mustangs faced the University of Houston Cougars and once again took charge from the start with another doubles win.

SMU duos Cieplucha/Steinbauer and Lesniak/Malyarchikova breezed over their opponents with wins of 8-0 and 8-3 for the point.

In singles, the Mustangs secured three wins to capture the win for SMU.

Hatamova took out Kazimieruk with two 6-1 wins while Malyarchikova closed down Pozzan 6-1, 6-2.

Finally, Lesniak clinched the win for the Mustangs with a 7-5, 6-2 win over Fraser. She has won 19 matches this spring, and her 37 wins this season seat her in third place for the all-time single season wins at SMU. The junior from Poland is also ranked fifth in all-time career wins with 80 in her three years at SMU.

The SMU women’s tennis team hits the court again on Saturday, April 16 when they face the Wichita State Shockers in Wichita, Kansas. Play starts at 5 p.m.

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