SMU Men’s Tennis Suffer Loss in C-USA Semifinals

April 25, 2011 by · Comments Off 

By Ali Williams

The SMU Men’s Tennis team was defeated by Rice 4-1 in the semifinal round of the Conference USA Championship Tournament on Saturday.

The Mustangs earned the doubles point with two of three match wins.

SMU’s Adham el-Effendi and Darren Walsh downed Christian Saravia and Michael Nuesslein 8-4, while Gaston Cuadranti and Artem Baradach captured an 8-5 win over Rice’s Peter Frank and Sam Garforth-Bles.

In singles, Rice won four straight matches in a row for the overall win and a seat in the championship game.

Nuesslein defeated Tobias Flood 6-0, 6-2, while Garforth-Bles gained another point with his win over Mischa Nowicki, 6-4, 6-1. Saravia downed Walsh in a drawn out battle, with sets of 7-6 (7-2), 2-6, 6-4.

The final SMU loss came with No. 47 Badarach’s 6-3, 2-6, 6-4 loss against No. 108 Harry Fowler.

The Mustangs finish their season with a record of 17-9.

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No. 33 Women’s Tennis Places Second at C-USA Championship

April 25, 2011 by · 1 Comment 

By Ali Williams

The No. 33 SMU Women’s Tennis team faced No. 22 Tulsa in a final showdown for the title of Conference USA Champions on Sunday. The Mustangs battled closely but ultimately fell to Tulsa with a score of 4-3.

This is the first finals match in league history that was determined by a 4-3 win.

Tulsa started things off with the first point of the match by winning two of three doubles positions. Ewa Szatkowska and Anastasia Erofeeva captured an 8-4 victory over SMU’s Heather Steinbauer and Edyta Cieplucha at the No. 2 line.

The No. 1 position Mustang duo Marta Lesniak and Aleksandra Malyarchikova answered by winning their match 8-3 against Alexandra Kichoutkin and Jo-Anne Karaitiana, but the point was decided in the favor of Tulsa when Bonny Davidson and Sam Vickers defeated Shahzoda Hatamova and Ashley Turpin 8-4.

In singles, the Mustangs came back with three wins, but Tulsa also grabbed three wins of their own.

No. 9 nationally ranked Lesniak continued her winning streak by putting another win up on the board when she defeated Kickoutkin 6-3, 6-2 at the top line. Lesniak has won 19 straight singles matches and 23 overall this spring.

Then, Tulsa’s Michelle Farley defeated Steinbauer 6-2, 6-1, but SMU answered with a 7-5, 6-2 win by Cieplucha over Erofeeva and a 2-6, 6-2, 6-2 win by Malyarchikova over Szatkowska.

Tulsa’s Vickers then pulled out a win against SMU’s Hatamova 6-4, 6-1, tying the game up at three a piece.

It all came down to a face-off at No. 6 between SMU’s Ashley Turpin and Tulsa’s Jo-Anne Karaitiana. Turpin won the first set 7-5, but Karaitiana grabbed the next two, 6-2, 6-1.

The SMU women made it to the finals by defeating East Carolina 4-0 and Marshall 4-1.

They are now waiting for the notification of their placement in the 2011 NCAA Women’s Tennis Tournament.

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October 18, 2010 by · Comments Off 

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