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.

Women’s Tennis Downs Louisiana-Lafayette and Louisville

February 14, 2011 by · Comments Off 

By Ali Williams
ajwilliams@smu.edu

Sunday the No. 28 Mustang tennis team captured wins against Louisiana-Lafayette and Louisville at home in Turpin Tennis Center, 5-1 and 7-0.

In the morning, SMU and ULL played only the singles matches. SMU’s Marta Lesniak, ranked number two in the nation, beat Audrey Wooland 6-2, 6-2. Aleksandra Malyarchikova also made quick work of her opponent Milou Israel, winning the match after two 6-0 shut-outs.

Edyta Cieplucha and Ashley Turpin continued the streak with their singles wins. Cieplucha won her point with 6-0, 6-1 match scores and Turpin furthered the lead with a 6-4, 6-5 win.

Mustang Heather Steinbauer battled it out against Briggitt Marcovich in a close 7-6, 6-4 match to seal the deal for SMU’s 5-1 victory.

Against the Louisville Cardinals, there was both singles and doubles play with SMU making a 7-0 clean sweep.

SMU won all of the doubles matches, gaining them the doubles point. Lesniak and Malyarchikova got SMU off to a great start with a 8-4 match win against No. 33 ranked Cardinals Julia Fellerhoff and Becca Shine. With this win the two have improved their spring record to 4-3. This also makes their first win against a nationally ranked opponent.

SMU’s pair of Cieplucha and Steinbauer, now 6-1 this season, closed their play against Amelia Harris and Stafanie Villejuan with an 8-3 match win, and Turpin and and Shahzoda Hatamova defeated Louisville’s Sarah Miller and Gabbrielle Duncan 8-4. Turpin and Hatamova improved their record to 5-3.

In singles play, the Mustangs also commanded the court against the Cardinals. Lesniak cruised over Fellerhoff with 6-3, 6-1 match wins, making her record now 6-2 this spring. Cieplucha (6-2) followed Lesniak’s lead with 6-4, 6-3 victories to gain another point for SMU.

Turpin (4-4) and Steinbauer ( 6-2) each added to the team’s win by defeating their opponents 6-2, 6-0 and 6-3, 6-3.

Despite having the flu, a determined Hatamova grabbed the win for the Mustangs after a 7-6, 6-1 performance.

The Mustang women’s tennis team hits the court again on Sunday, February 19th when they host LSU at Turpin Tennis Center on the campus of SMU. Play starts at noon.

For more information, check out smumustangs.com.

AUDIO: On The Phone with SMU Men’s Basketball Coach Matt Doherty Feb. 10, 2010

February 10, 2010 by · Comments Off 

Listen to Sports Editor Robby Gillespie interview SMU men’s basketball coach Matt Doherty talk about the big wins so far this season and the huge home game against the UTEP Miners

AUDIO: On The Phone with SMU Forward Robert Nyakundi

February 4, 2010 by · Comments Off 

Listen to Sports Editor Robby Gillespie interview SMU men’s basketball player, sophomore Robert Nyakundi, about the big win over Memphis 70-60.

Campus News Blog: Peruna Has A New Friend

October 17, 2009 by · Comments Off 

Posted by Sam Todd

Tonight at the Southern Methodist vs. Navy football game, the dreams of many SMU students will finally become a reality: we will have an actual mustang as our school’s mascot.

But this new mustang, donated by Madeleine Pickens, and her husband, T. Boone Pickens, will not stand on the field alone- don’t forget about Peruna!

Since my first football game as a first year student at SMU, I’ve heard everyone ask about little Peruna, and why such a small animal was chosen to represent our university. While he may not be as tall as many students would like, he’s been around for way longer than any of us, or most of our parents for that matter.

Peruna I was introduced in 1934, and today Peruna VIII is running across the field after every SMU touchdown. The Shetland pony has had an interesting history, including when he killed the Fordham University mascot with a blow to the head and kicked UT’s famous, and enormous, longhorn, Bevo, to the ground.

Now that we have an additional, and much larger, mascot, we must not forget about the pony that has been on the field for every home game for so many years, and the symbol Peruna has become for our school.
Hopefully, our new mustang will become just as beloved by the student body as Peruna, and that he’ll also have an interesting time on the field of Ford Stadium.