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

April 25, 2011 by · 1 Comment 

By Ali Williams
ajwilliams@smu.edu

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.

For more information, visit www.smumustangs.com.

No. 26 SMU Women’s Tennis Triumphs Over LSU Tigers

February 21, 2011 by · Comments Off 

By Ali Williams
ajwilliams@smu.edu

Sunday the No. 26 Mustang women’s tennis team defeated LSU 5-2 at SMU’s Turpin Tennis Center, boosting their record to 8-2 this spring.

Heather Steinbauer reaches to return her LSU opponent's serve. (PHOTO BY LAURA MURPHY/ SMU DAILY MUSTANG)

SMU started the day strong by winning all three doubles positions to win the doubles point. The Mustangs have now won eight out of ten of their doubles points this spring.

Marta Lesniak and Aleksandra Malyarchikova improved their record to 5-3 with their 8-3 win over the No. 39 ranked pair of Wolf and Frankenberger at the top doubles position. The Mustang duo’s record against nationally ranked opponents is now 2-2.

Heather Steinbauer and Edyta Cieplucha grabbed the win over Burns and Vlaar 8-5. Steinbauer and Cieplucha, 7-1 on the season, are now seated at No. 80 in the ITA doubles rankings.

Ashley Turpin and Shahzoda Hatamova defeated Wilson and Morton 8-5, making their spring record 6-3.

In singles play, the Mustangs won four out of the six positions to claim the final victory over the Tigers.

SMU’s No. 5 Lesniak, although injured, battled out a win in the No. 1 singles position against No. 60 Whitney Wolf with sets of 6-1, 1-6, 6-3. This win for Lesniak, now 7-2 this spring, marks her 11th success over a nationally ranked opponent.

Marta Lesniak, the nation's number two singles player, closed out her opponent on Sunday. (PHOTO BY LAURA MURPHY/ SMU DAILY MUSTANG)

Cieplucha made her third consecutive match win after downing LSU’s Kaitlin Burns 6-1, 6-3. She is now 7-2 this season at the No. 2 singles position.

Steinbauer sealed her point for the Mustangs at the No. 3 position with her defeat over Keri Frankenberger 6-3, 6-3.

Newly ranked nationally at No. 112, Malyarchikova got herself a winning point for SMU by sweeping over her opponent Yvette Vlaar 6-1, 6-2.

The two points won by LSU were at the No. 4 and No. 6 spots. Ebie Wilson performed a 6-4, 6-2 match win over Hatamova at No. 4, and Ariel Morton was in the lead with a 6-3 win when Turpin retired mid-match in the second set. Play was at 3-1 in favor of Morton.

The Mustang women’s tennis team hits the court again on Wednesday, February 23rd when they host No. 53 TCU at Turpin Tennis Center on the campus of SMU. Play starts at 6 p.m.

For more information, check out smumustangs.com.