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.

The Daily Update: Tuesday, April 19

April 19, 2011 by · Comments Off 

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No. 32 Women’s Tennis Finishes Off Wichita State in Regular Season Finale

April 18, 2011 by · Comments Off 

By Ali Williams
ajwilliams@smu.edu

The No. 32 Mustangs ended their regular season play Saturday with a 5-2 win over Wichita State. Heading into the Conference USA Championship Tournament this weekend in Orlando the team is 19-4.

SMU started the day by winning two of three doubles matches to capture the doubles point.

Top duo Marta Lesniak and Aleksandra Malyarchikova downed Fernandez/Blaskova 8-6, their 17th win this spring.

At No. 2 Edyta Cieplucha and Heather Steinbauer defeated Budiharto/Zotter with an 8-3 win. The pair now has a record of 17-4.

In singles, Mustangs won their matches in the top four positions to secure the SMU win.

No. 10 singles player in the nation Lesniak swept over Budiharto 6-0, 6-2 and now has 20 match wins under her belt this spring. In the SMU program, the junior is in a tie for second place on the all-time single season wins list (38) and fifth place on the all-time career wins list (81).

Edyta Cieplucha managed a win over Zotter 7-6, 3-6, 10-3 at the No. 2 position.

Malyarchikova, ranked No. 122 in the nation, had a 6-2, 6-0 win over Blaskova.

The last SMU singles win of the day was Steinbauer’s defeat over Venticinque, 6-2, 6-4.

The Mustangs return to the courts this weekend at the 2011 Conference USA Women’s Tennis Tournament hosted by UCF in Orlando.

For more information, visit www.smumustangs.com.

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. 37 Women’s Tennis Team Defeats FIU 6-1

April 5, 2011 by · Comments Off 

By Ali Williams
ajwilliams@smu.edu

The No. 37 SMU women’s tennis team battled it out against Florida International University for a hard-fought 6-1 win Sunday in Miami.

Although FIU left the game with only one point, they jumped out ahead in half of the singles matches. The Mustangs had to step up their game in order to fight back and earn the points for their team.

In doubles SMU was able to grab the point with two of three wins.

Marta Lesniak and Aleksandra Malyarchikova took their fourth loss as a duo this spring against Liset Brito and Maria Spencely, falling 8-2.

Partners Edyta Cieplucha and Heather Steinbauer beat Giuletta Boha and Rita Maisak 8-3, while Shahzoda Hatamova and Kris Roberts had an 8-5 win over Lisa Johnson and Christine Seredni to secure the doubles point.

Although it wasn’t smooth sailing in the singles arena for the Mustangs, they were able to come out on top in five of six singles matches for the overall win.

No. 9 singles player in the nation Lesniak defeated FIU’s No. 57 Brito 6-4, 6-2. She has now won 12 in a row and has a spring record of 16-2.

Now 16-1 this season, No. 117 nationally ranked Malyarchikova downed Spenceley 6-1, 6-2.

Cieplucha, Steinbauer, and Hatamova had some work to do when it came to getting their wins. Cieplucha battled Seredni in a second-set tiebreaker to gain her 7-5, 7-6 (7-4) match win.

Another breaker was played between Steinbauer and Johnson, with Steinbauer prevailing in the 7-5, 7-6, (7-3) game. Hatamova fought it out against Maisak for a 7-6 (7-1), 6-3 win.

FIU’s point was earned by Boha’s 6-1, 6-0 win over Roberts.

The SMU women’s tennis team hits the court again when they face rival No. 65 TCU at home Tuesday.

W-Tennis: Marta Lesniak Named C-USA Player of the Week

March 30, 2011 by · Comments Off 

By Ali Williams
ajwilliams@smu.edu

For the third time this season, junior Marta Lesniak has received the Conference USA Women’s Tennis accolade for Player of the Week.

On the courts this week Lesniak, the ninth best singles player in the nation, went 4-0 against her opponents in both singles and and doubles.

She downed the country’s No. 11 singles player, Baylor’s Sona Novakova, 6-4, 4-6 (14-12). This was her 14th win over a ranked opponent this season alone.

Lesniak also swept over UC-Santa Barbara competitor Natalia Lozano 6-2, 6-2.

In doubles play, Lesniak, along with partner Aleksandra Malyarchikova, downed the No. 1 position pair from Baylor, 9-7, as well as toppled over UCSB’s top line duo 8-3.

This is the eighth time in her SMU career to receive the Athlete of the Week honor.

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.

Marta Lesniak Named Conference USA Athlete of the Week

March 2, 2011 by · Comments Off 

By Ali Williams
ajwilliams@smu.edu

Marta Lesniak, the nation's number five singles player, was named Confernece USA Athlete of the week. (PHOTO BY LAURA MURPHY/ SMU DAILY MUSTANG)

SMU junior Marta Lesniak has been named Conference USA Tennis Athlete of the Week after being an instrumental part in her team’s win over the weekend against No. 60 Fresno State.

The No. 5 singles player in the nation closed out Fresno State’s No. 99 Marianne Jodoin 6-3, 6-1 at the top singles position, giving her team the first singles point and an early 2-0 lead.

She also contributed to the doubles point earlier in the day by teaming up with Aleksandra Malyarchikova to down their opponents 8-5 at the No. 1 doubles position. The 6-1 win boosted SMU’s season record to 9-2.

Lesniak’s season record in singles is 8-2, with wins in the last six of seven matches. Along with Malyarchikova, she carries a 7-3 doubles record.

This is Lesniak’s first Athlete of the Week of her junior year and the sixth recognition of her career.

The SMU women’s tennis team next faces Tulsa on home turf Friday at the Turpin Tennis Center. Play starts at 2 p.m.

No. 29 SMU Women’s Tennis Downs No. 60 Fresno State

February 28, 2011 by · Comments Off 

By Ali Williams
ajwilliams@smu.edu

The No. 29 SMU Women’s Tennis Team claimed another victory to improve its season record to 9-2 with an impressive 6-1 defeat over No. 60 Fresno State Sunday.

To start off the day, the Mustangs found themselves in a hard-fought battle to capture the doubles point.

At the No. 1 line, SMU pair Marta Lesniak and Aleksandra Malyarchikova finished first with an 8-5 win over Jodoin and Modoc.

Bulldogs Pola and Hayley evened up the score with their 8-4 win over SMU’s Kris Roberts and Shahzoda Hatamova at the No. 3 spot.

With the point up for grabs, the No. 80 ranked duo of Heather Steinbauer and Edyta Cieplucha landed themselves in a heated tie-breaker to clinch the point. Down 4-2 early in the breaker, the team impressively battled back by winning the final five points to grab the doubles win.

When it came to singles play the Mustangs had no trouble defeating their opponents, winning 5 of 6 points in the singles arena.

Lesniak, nationally ranked No. 6 in singles, swept over No. 99 Marianne Jodoin 6-3, 6-1 at the No. 1 spot.

Hatamova gained the third point for the Mustangs with her 6-0, 6-2 win over Olga Kirpicheva at the No. 5 position.

Cieplucha sealed the deal for SMU’s win by breezing over her No. 2 spot opponent Abby Hayley 6-1, 6-2.

Malyarchikova increased the lead for SMU by beating Melissa McQueen 6-1, 6-2 at No. 4, and Steinbauer gained her own point with an intensely fought 3-6, 6-3, 10-7 win at the No. 3 position against Laura Pola.

Fresno State’s lone win of the day was Bianca Modoc’s defeat over Kris Roberts at the No. 6 position, 2-6, 6-3, 7-6.

The Mustang women’s tennis team hits the court again on Friday, March 4th when they host Conference USA rival No. 40 Tulsa at Turpin Tennis Center on the campus of SMU. Play starts at 2 p.m.

For more information, check out smumustangs.com.

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