No. 33 SMU Women’s Tennis Tramples Over USCB, Head Coach Breaks Record

March 28, 2011 by · Comments Off 

By Ali Williams
ajwilliams@smu.edu

After her team’s 6-1 win over No. 66 UC-Santa Barbara on Saturday, SMU women’s tennis team head coach Lauren Longbotham Meisner broke the record for career wins. Her record is now 95-27 (.779) after holding her position for just five years. With the victory, the team improved to 13-4 this spring.

The previous record was held by Owen McHaney, with a record of 94-80 (.540) from 1982-1987.

In the doubles arena, all three Mustangs duos won their matches to once again capture the doubles point.

At the top doubles line, Marta Lesniak and Aleksandra Malyarchikova beat Natalia Lozano and Jordan Dockendorf 8-3.

Edyta Cieplucha and Heather Steinbauer followed suit with another 8-3 win over their UCSB opponents Jill Damion and Kiersten Meehan at the No. 3 position.

Then No. 2 partners Shahzoda Hatamova and Kris Roberts finished things off nicely with an 8-2 victory against Sofia Novak and Paola Cos.

The Mustangs continued to dominate as play moved to singles matches, allowing the Mustangs to easily attain their 6-1 triumph.

SMU women’s top line singles athlete Lesniak, the No. 9 singles player in the nation, defeated Lozano 6-2, 6-2. Lesniak has won 10 consecutive matches and has a record of 14-2 this spring. Her overall season record is 32-5.

Cieplucha easily swept over UCSB’s Damion at the No. 2 spot with set wins of 6-2 and 6-1. She is now 11-5 this spring.

Also winning her 11th match this spring, Steinbauer beat Dockendorf with two 6-4 wins at the No. 4 position.

SMU’s final victory came with Hatamova’s 6-4, 6-3 win over Cos at No. 5.

With this new winning record for Meisner, her next goal is to become the first SMU women’s tennis coach to reach 100 career wins.

The SMU women’s tennis team hits the court again on Saturday, April 2nd when they travel to Orlando, Florida to face Conference USA enemy UCF. The Mustangs stay in Florida on Sunday to battle Florida International. Play begins at 10 a.m. CT both days.

For more information, visit www.smumustangs.com.

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

March 24, 2011 by · Comments Off 

By Ali Williams
ajwilliams@smu.edu

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.

For more information, visit www.smumustangs.com.