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.

For more information, visit www.smumustangs.com.

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.

SMU Women’s Tennis Now 5-1 After Victory Over OSU

February 7, 2011 by · Comments Off 

By Ali Williams
ajwilliams@smu.edu

After facing difficult battles in last week’s ITA tournament, the No. 27 SMU women’s tennis team sped ahead to 5-1 Sunday after a no sweat face-off against No. 57 Oklahoma State (1-5).

The Mustang duos of Edyta Cieplucha and Heather Steinbauer along with Ashley Turnpin and Shahzoda Hatamova sealed the doubles point for SMU with wins of 9-7 and 8-6.

After their success with doubles, it was then smooth sailing in the singles arena for SMU. The No. 2 nationally ranked Marta Lesinak (5-1) breezed over OSU’s Sasha Belova with 6-0, 6-1 match wins. Heather Steinbauer (4-1) also overtook Cowgirl Sarah Meghoufel with back-to-back 6-3 wins.

SMU’s Aleksandra Malyarchikova (5-0) captured the team’s win with her defeat of Nataliya Shatkovskaya 6-1, 7-5.

Sunday’s play moved SMU head coach Lauren Longbotham-Meisner into second place for the all time career wins list with 87 wins. She is now right behind Owen McHaney’s 94 wins during 1982-1987 (94-80). Longbotham-Meisner, the six-year head coach, holds SMU’s winning percentage record of .782 (86-24).

The Mustang women’s tennis team hits the court again on Thursday, February 10 when they take on the No. 1 Stanford Cardinals in Palo Alto, California.

For more information, check out smumustangs.com.

Women’s Tennis Team Serves Up Great Play for SMU at ITA Kick-Off Weekend

February 1, 2011 by · Comments Off 

By Ali Williams
ajwilliams@smu.edu

The No. 27 SMU women’s tennis team (4-1) had an exceptional showing this Sunday and Monday at the Intercollegiate Tennis Association Kick-Off Weekend in Knoxville, Tennessee. Both days the Mustangs faced toe-to-toe showdowns with their opponents, resulting in a loss in round one and a win in round two.

On Sunday the Mustangs battled No. 17 Ole Miss (2-1), with SMU suffering a close defeat in the final match after a 3-3 deadlock score.

SMU’s Heather Steinbauer (7-5), athlete in the deciding match, did not easily give up the win to the Rebels. Both of the sets that Ole Miss’s Caroline Rhode-Moe won to secure the victory were tiebreak wins of 7-6(4).

The Mustangs took the doubles point, but only won two of the six singles matches against the Rebels.

On Monday SMU came back to defeat No. 33 Ohio State (2-2 overall) with a final outcome of 4-3 in another grueling day of competition.

The deciding match came down to the efforts of SMU sophomore Edyta Cieplucha (6-3), who pulled out a victory in a win-loss-win three set engagement with Buckeye Kelsey Haviland, ranked No. 125.

The match lasted for four hours with set scores of 7-6(5), 2-6, and finally 7-5 for Cieplucha to capture the win for SMU.

Mustang tennis came out on top with victories in four out of the six singles matches while Ohio State took the doubles point.

Monday’s play moved SMU head coach Lauren Longbotham-Meisner into a second place tie with Barbara Camp for the all-time career wins list with 86 wins. The six-year head coach holds SMU’s winning percentage record of .782 (86-24).

The Mustang women’s tennis team hits the court again on February 5th and 6th when they take on Wichita State in Wichita, Kansas followed by No. 64 Oklahoma State in Edmond, Oklahoma.

For more information, check out smumustangs.com.

Women’s Tennis Tops Rice, 6-1

April 11, 2010 by · Comments Off 

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No. 29 Mustangs Prep for Final Regular-Season Match

April 8, 2010 by · Comments Off 

By Nate Regan
nregan@smu.edu

Since a road loss to Baylor last month, the No. 29 women’s tennis team has posted four straight wins, including back-to-back matches against Conference-USA foes UTEP and the University of Central Florida.

On Saturday, SMU (21-3) will host the Rice Owls in the final match of the regular season, and the winner will likely hold the top seed in the upcoming C-USA Championship tournament.

“They’re a very, very good team and a dangerous team,” head coach Lauren Longbotham-Meisner said of Rice. “This will be our toughest challenge of the year.”

The Mustangs will be looking to build on their perfect 4-0 record in conference play.

Last year, SMU defeated the Owls in Houston, 5-2, in the final regular-season tune-up before shutting them out, 4-0, less than a week later in the C-USA tournament. The Mustangs followed with a 4-1 win over Tulsa for their first C-USA Championship title.

This year’s tournament will be held in Tulsa starting Mar.22, and Longbotham-Meisner knows the importance of a victory over Rice in the team’s regular-season finale.

“Getting a good, strong win here will basically be security for the No. 1 seed in the tournament,” she said.

SMU will face Rice Saturday at 12 p.m. at Turpin Tennis Center.

Mustangs Look to Build on Win Streak

April 2, 2010 by · Comments Off 

By Nate Regan
nregan@smu.edu

Following a pair of wins in California last weekend, the No. 28 women’s tennis team returns home Friday for a doubleheader against the University of Texas-El Paso and Prairie View A&M University.

The Mustangs (19-3) lost for just the third time all season on Mar. 25 against the Baylor Bears, then ranked No. 7 in the country by the Intercollegiate Tennis Association.

“We played well, but they played better,” head coach Lauren Longbotham-Meisner said.

The team rebounded from Thursday’s loss to Baylor with road wins over Fresno State (6-1) on Saturday and Saint Mary’s (7-0) on Sunday.

“The girls showed a lot of mental toughness,” Longbotham-Meisner said. “The weather was much warmer than what we’ve been accustomed to, and they were having to fight some fatigue.”

The Mustangs won the doubles point in both matches while sophomore Aleksandra Malyarchikova secured the game-deciding singles match on consecutive days.

SMU will face the UTEP Miners at 12 p.m. Friday before taking on the Prairie View A&M Panthers at 6 p.m., and both matches will be held at Turpin Tennis Center.

“We believe we have the upper hand,” Longbotham-Meisner said, “but we’re going to train just like we would going up against Baylor.”

No. 27 SMU Wins Two in California

March 29, 2010 by · Comments Off 

By Nate Regan
nregan@smu.edu

The women’s tennis team bounced back from a 4-0 loss to the No. 7 Baylor Bears last week to win back-to-back matches in California over the weekend.

The No. 27 Mustangs (19-3) beat Fresno State Saturday, 6-1, before sweeping Saint Mary’s College on Sunday by a score of 7-0.

“I was proud of how the girls kept their focus and took care of business,” head coach Lauren Longbotham-Meisner said on SMUMustangs.com.

On Saturday against the Bulldogs (1-14), freshmen Katerina Vankova and Edyta Cieplucha paired for a win at No. 2 doubles (8-5) while senior Pavi Francis and freshman Shahzoda Hatamova did the same at No. 3 (8-2) to secure the point.

Cieplucha, Hatamova and sophomore Aleksandra Malyarchikova began singles with consecutive straight-set victories to seal the win.

Senior Sophie Quist and Francis each added individual victories and helped SMU win by a final score of 6-1.

Facing the Gaels (8-6) Sunday in Moraga, Calif., the Mustangs again used strong doubles play to take an early lead.

Francis and Hatamova led off with an 8-1 win at the third spot while Vankova and Cieplucha picked up another victory (8-6) at No. 2.

Malyarchikova and fellow sophomore Marta Lesniak wrapped up doubles action with an 8-6 win at the No. 1, and SMU began singles with a 1-0 lead.

Lesniak, ranked the No. 29 singles player in the country by the Intercollegiate Tennis Association, defeated Saint Mary’s Alex Poorta (6-2, 3-0) in an abbreviated match at the top spot.

Vankova followed with a straight-set win (6-2, 6-1) at No. 3, and Malyarchikova once again provided the game-winning point with a straight-set victory of her own (6-2, 6-1) over the Gaels’ Catherine Isip at No. 2 singles.

“We played well this weekend,” Longbotham-Meisner said. “We did what we set out to do, which was come out here and get two wins.”

Next up for SMU is a doubleheader on Friday against the University of Texas-El Paso (8-10) and Prairie View A&M at Turpin Tennis Center.

First serve against the Miners is set for 12 p.m. before the Mustangs face the Panthers at 5 p.m.

No. 29 Mustangs Prep for Weekend Matches

March 17, 2010 by · Comments Off 

By Nate Regan
nregan@smu.edu

After a two-match sweep over Penn State and Abilene Christian University, the No. 29 women’s tennis team will look to build on its 15-2 record with a pair of weekend matchups against No. 23 Virginia Commonwealth University and Conference USA rival Southern Miss.

SMU swept the Penn State Nittany Lions on Friday before defeating the ACU Wildcats, 4-3, at Turpin Tennis Stadium.

The Mustangs’ top two singles and doubles players – sophomores Marta Lesniak and Aleksandra Malyarchikova – each picked up wins against Penn State, but it was individual victories from freshmen Edyta Cieplucha, Shahzoda Hatamova and Katerina Vankova that sealed the 7-0 shutout.

“They’re stepping up,” head coach Lauren Longbotham-Meisner said of the team’s freshmen. “Sometimes they’re going to have some road bumps, but also what we hope are some really good wins.”

The Mustangs face off against the No. 29 VCU Rams (12-2) Saturday at 12 p.m. before taking on the University of Southern Mississippi Golden Eagles (7-6) Sunday at 10 a.m., and both matches will be held at SMU’s Turpin Tennis Stadium.

A Sunday match against the University of Texas-Dallas was cancelled due to scheduling conflicts.

The team will travel to Waco next Wednesday for a matchup with the No.1 Baylor Bears (11-2), who have the nation’s top ranking for the first time in school history.

“We have absolutely nothing to lose [against Baylor],” Longbotham-Meisner said. “We feel we’re just as good as they are, and if we get the win it’s a huge boost.”

No. 33 Women’s Tennis Tops No. 56 A&M

March 9, 2010 by · Comments Off 

By Nate Regan
nregan@smu.edu

The No. 33 women’s tennis team beat No. 56 Texas A&M Tuesday, 5-2, at the George P. Mitchell Tennis Center in College Station.

SMU (13-2) picked up the doubles point against the Aggies (4-5) even though sophomores Marta Lesniak and Aleksandra Malyarchikova lost their duel at the top spot.

Freshman Shahzoda Hatamova and senior Casey Kennedy upset the No. 48-ranked tandem of Stephanie Davidson and Sheri Oliver, 8-3, before freshman Edyta Cieplucha teamed with senior Pavi Francis to secure the doubles point with a 9-7 win at No. 2.

“A&M has really good doubles,” head coach Lauren Longbotham-Meisner said on SMUMustangs.com. “So for us to fight hard after being down at No. 2 doubles and come back and clinch the point was really awesome.”

Freshman Katerina Vankova, playing in just her second match of the spring for the Mustangs, fell behind 5-0 at No. 2 singles before retiring with an injury.

With the score tied, Hatamova recorded a straight-set victory (6-2, 6-2) at No. 4 while Lesniak, ranked No. 59 among singles players by the Intercollegiate Tennis Association, did the same (6-4, 6-3) against No. 57 Elzé Potgieter of Texas A&M.

Lesniak was named the Conference USA Player of the Week Tuesday after she won at both doubles and singles in SMU’s 4-3 loss to the Texas Longhorns.

Francis notched the match with a straight-set win of her own (7-5, 6-2) over the Aggies’ Oliver at No. 6 singles.

“I was happy that we came out in singles and kept fighting hard,” Longbotham-Meisner said. “It wasn’t our prettiest performance, but it was a really big team effort in a tough atmosphere. I was proud of the way they fought tonight after the tough loss on Saturday.”

The team will return home for a doubleheader on Friday against Penn State and Abilene Christian University.

First set against the Nittany Lions (3-8) will be at 12 noon before the Mustangs face the Wildcats (12-2) at 6 p.m., and both matches will be held at SMU’s Turpin Tennis Center.

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