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

March 28, 2011 by · Comments Off 

By Ali Williams

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.

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

March 24, 2011 by · Comments Off 

By Ali Williams

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.

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No. 26 SMU Women’s Tennis Triumphs Over LSU Tigers

February 21, 2011 by · Comments Off 

By Ali Williams

Sunday the No. 26 Mustang women’s tennis team defeated LSU 5-2 at SMU’s Turpin Tennis Center, boosting their record to 8-2 this spring.

Heather Steinbauer reaches to return her LSU opponent's serve. (PHOTO BY LAURA MURPHY/ SMU DAILY MUSTANG)

SMU started the day strong by winning all three doubles positions to win the doubles point. The Mustangs have now won eight out of ten of their doubles points this spring.

Marta Lesniak and Aleksandra Malyarchikova improved their record to 5-3 with their 8-3 win over the No. 39 ranked pair of Wolf and Frankenberger at the top doubles position. The Mustang duo’s record against nationally ranked opponents is now 2-2.

Heather Steinbauer and Edyta Cieplucha grabbed the win over Burns and Vlaar 8-5. Steinbauer and Cieplucha, 7-1 on the season, are now seated at No. 80 in the ITA doubles rankings.

Ashley Turpin and Shahzoda Hatamova defeated Wilson and Morton 8-5, making their spring record 6-3.

In singles play, the Mustangs won four out of the six positions to claim the final victory over the Tigers.

SMU’s No. 5 Lesniak, although injured, battled out a win in the No. 1 singles position against No. 60 Whitney Wolf with sets of 6-1, 1-6, 6-3. This win for Lesniak, now 7-2 this spring, marks her 11th success over a nationally ranked opponent.

Marta Lesniak, the nation's number two singles player, closed out her opponent on Sunday. (PHOTO BY LAURA MURPHY/ SMU DAILY MUSTANG)

Cieplucha made her third consecutive match win after downing LSU’s Kaitlin Burns 6-1, 6-3. She is now 7-2 this season at the No. 2 singles position.

Steinbauer sealed her point for the Mustangs at the No. 3 position with her defeat over Keri Frankenberger 6-3, 6-3.

Newly ranked nationally at No. 112, Malyarchikova got herself a winning point for SMU by sweeping over her opponent Yvette Vlaar 6-1, 6-2.

The two points won by LSU were at the No. 4 and No. 6 spots. Ebie Wilson performed a 6-4, 6-2 match win over Hatamova at No. 4, and Ariel Morton was in the lead with a 6-3 win when Turpin retired mid-match in the second set. Play was at 3-1 in favor of Morton.

The Mustang women’s tennis team hits the court again on Wednesday, February 23rd when they host No. 53 TCU at Turpin Tennis Center on the campus of SMU. Play starts at 6 p.m.

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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.

No. 27 Mustangs Beat Memphis, Advance to Semifinals

April 24, 2010 by · Comments Off 

By Nate Regan

The No. 27 women’s tennis team beat the University of Memphis, 4-0, on Friday in the second round of the Conference USA Championship tournament in Tulsa, Okla.

Top-seeded SMU (23-3) won all three doubles matches against the No. 8 seed Tigers (13-11) to take an early 1-0 lead.

In singles, a trio of freshmen put together consecutive straight-set victories to seal the win for the Mustangs.

At No. 5 singles, Edyta Cieplucha beat the Tigers’ Dara Toulch (6-0, 6-1) before Shahzoda Hatamova defeated Kelly Gray (6-3, 6-3) at the fourth spot.

Katerina Vankova followed with a win over Memphis’s Marjorie Ondeck (6-0, 7-5) to seal the Mustang victory.

SMU will face No. 59 Marshall University (18-6) in the semifinal round at noon Saturday at the Michael D. Case Tennis Center in Tulsa.

The winner will take on either No. 41 Rice University or the No. 35 University of Tulsa in Sunday’s C-USA Championship final.

Women’s Tennis Tops Rice, 6-1

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Women’s Tennis Downs UTEP

April 3, 2010 by · Comments Off 

By Nate Regan

The No. 28 women’s tennis team shut out the University of Texas-El Paso by a score of 4-0 Friday at Turpin Tennis Center.

A later match against Prairie View A&M was cancelled due to inclement weather.

SMU (20-3, 4-0 Conference USA) won against the Miners (9-10, 0-1 C-USA) by taking all four singles matches in straight sets.

Sophomore Marta Lesniak, ranked as the No. 34 singles player in the country by the Intercollegiate Tennis Association, opened with a win (6-1, 6-2) over UTEP’s Dariya Abdrakhmanova at the top spot.

Sophomore Aleksandra Malyarchikova followed with a sweep (6-0, 6-2) over the Miners’ Carolina DeLuca at No. 2 before freshman Katerina Vankova won in similar fashion (6-0, 6-3) over Marina DeLuca at No. 3 singles.

Freshman Shahzoda Hatamova secured the Mustang victory with an individual shutout (6-0, 6-0) over UTEP’s Alexandra Glebova at No. 4.

SMU returns to action on Sunday, Apr. 4, for a conference matchup with the University of Central Florida (9-4, 2-0 C-USA).

First serve against the Knights is set for 9 a.m. at Turpin Tennis Center.

No. 27 SMU Wins Two in California

March 29, 2010 by · Comments Off 

By Nate Regan

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

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 SMU Wins Both Weekend Matches

March 21, 2010 by · Comments Off 

By Nate Regan

Despite having both matches moved indoors due to inclement weather, the No. 29 women’s tennis team improved its record to 17-2 with weekend victories over Virginia Commonwealth University and the University of Southern Mississippi at Bent Tree Country Club in Dallas.

SMU fell behind the No. 23 VCU Rams (13-3) following losses at Nos. 2 and 3 doubles Saturday, though sophomores Marta Lesniak and Aleksandra Malyarchikova rebounded for an 8-3 win at the top spot.

“We came out a little flat in doubles, which I wasn’t pleased with,” head coach Lauren Longbotham-Meisner said on “But we regrouped during the break and came out with a dominating performance in singles.”

Lesniak, the No. 29-ranked singles player in the country according to the latest Intercollegiate Tennis Association release, picked up a straight-set win (6-2, 6-4) at the top spot while freshman Katerina Vankova did the same (6-3, 6-1) at No. 2.

Freshmen Shahzoda Hatamova and Edyta Cieplucha also picked up singles wins at Nos. 4 and 5, respectively, to help the Mustangs clinch the 4-2 victory.

“This was a good win against a Top 25 team, but we need to get more consistent with how we start out in doubles going forward,” Longbotham-Meisner said.

On Sunday, SMU and Southern Miss began with singles matches due to the venue change and court availability at Bent Tree Country Club, and Lesniak helped the Mustangs to an early lead with a win (6-4, 6-2) at No. 1.

Vankova, Malyarchikova and Hatamova followed with straight-set victories at the next three singles spots as SMU cruised to a 4-0 win.

“The singles came out ready to play today again and I was glad to see that,” Longbotham-Meisner said. “After finishing at 10 o’clock last night … it could have been easy to come out sluggish. But the girls were focused and ready and took care of business.”

The team will travel to Waco on Wednesday for a matchup against the No. 1 Baylor Bears (13-2).

No. 29 Mustangs Prep for Weekend Matches

March 17, 2010 by · Comments Off 

By Nate Regan

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.”

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