SMU Tennis Player Named Conference Player of the Year

May 6, 2010 by · Comments Off 

By Robby Gillespie

SMU women’s tennis player Marta Lesniak was awarded Conference USA Player of the Year Thursday, the same day she earned an automatic bid to the NCAA Championship.

Lesniak went 28-5 this season at the Mustangs’ No. 1 singles spot. The sophomore is also the highest ranked ranked player in C-USA at No. 28 in the ITA.

Lesniak earned a 6-0 record against C-USA opponents and a 7-2 record against nationally ranked players. In the 2009-2010 season, she earned four C-USA Player of the Week awards.

Another Mustang recognized for her performance this season was Shahzoda Hatamova who won the Conference USA Freshman of the Year award.

Hatamova is 27-8 on the season, with eight wins at the No. 2 and No. 3 singles spots. She played most of the season at No. 4 singles, earning a 11-1 record. In conference play, she went 7-1.

Lesniak will compete at the NCAA Championships beginning May 26 in Athens, Ga.

The No. 31 SMU women’s tennis team led Conference USA with five All-Conference honorees. The team will take on Pepperdine in the first round of the NCAA Team Championships May 14 in Stanford, Calif.

Women’s Tennis Team Earns Five All C-USA Selections

May 6, 2010 by · Comments Off 

By Robby Gillespie

The No. 31 nationally ranked SMU women’s tennis team had five players earn 2010 conference honors, the most of any C-USA team.

Sophomores Marta Lesniak (28-5) and Aleksandra Malyarchikova (25-5) each made the first team for the second straight season. Lesniak is the No. 28 ranked player in the country.

Two freshmen, Edyta Cieplucha (17-2) and Shahzoda Hatamova (27-8), earned spots on the conference’s second team.

Senior Pavi Francis (19-8) was selected to the third team.

SMU takes on Pepperdine (12-1) in the first round of the NCAA Championship on May 14 in Stanford, Calif.

No. 31 Women’s Tennis to Face Pepperdine in First Round

May 4, 2010 by · Comments Off 

By Nate Regan

The No. 31 women’s tennis team will face the No. 43 Pepperdine University Waves in the first round of this year’s NCAA Championship May 14 in Stanford, Calif.

SMU (23-4) is making its second consecutive appearance in the NCAA Championships, having won last season’s first-round matchup against Texas A&M before falling to the No. 4 Baylor Bears in the second round.

The Mustangs have won 11 of their last 13 matches overall, dating back to early March.

Pepperdine (12-13) had won six in a row before falling to Saint Mary’s University in the West Coast Conference Championship final Apr. 25 in San Diego.

The winner of the SMU-Pepperdine matchup will advance to the second round against either Fairfield University (19-5) or the No. 8 Stanford Cardinal (20-1) on May 15.

SMU’s Svendsen Named C-USA Swimmer of the Year

April 17, 2010 by · 1 Comment 

By Nate Regan

SMU’s Therese Svendsen was named the 2010 Conference USA Swimmer of the Year Friday by the league’s head coaches following her 13th-place finish in the 100-yard backstroke at the NCAA Championships last month in Indianapolis, Ind.

At the Conference USA Championships in Houston in February, Svendsen posted an NCAA “A” qualifying time of 52.65 seconds with her first-place finish in the 100 back.

She also won the 200-yard backstroke with a time of 1:54.98, helping the Mustangs to their fifth consecutive conference title.

In addition, the sophomore from Malmo, Sweden, earned NCAA “B” qualifying times in both the 100 back (1:02.84) and 200 back (2:16.05) at the Missouri Grand Prix in early February.

Svendsen’s Swimmer of the Year award comes after she was named C-USA Freshman of the Year in 2009.