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.

Women’s Tennis Open Spring Season Strong

January 25, 2011 by · Comments Off 

By Marissa Belske
msbelske@smu.edu

SMU women’s tennis started out their spring season untouched going 3-0 this weekend. The Mustangs showed up strong, sweeping UT-San Antonio, Louisiana-Monroe and Texas Pan-American at home.

The No. 27 Mustangs were able to gain the lead early in all three matches earning the doubles point after claiming victories at all three doubles positions.

Junior Marta Lesniak is now the second ranked player in the NCAA. Winning all three of her matches this weekend, Lesniak goes 20-3 on the season overall and 2-0 in dual match play.

Junior transfer Heather Steinbauer played very strong in her first matches as a Mustang. Steinbauer tallied many wins, including a quick finish against UT-San Antonio’s Micaela Silva, winning 6-0, 6-0.

The Mustangs kick back into gear January 30-31 at the ITA Kick-Off Weekend in Knoxville, Tenn. There they will play against second-seeded Mississippi on Sunday.

SMU Tennis: Marta Lesniak, Success at ITA Championship

October 27, 2010 by · Comments Off 

By Kimmy Ryan
kryan@smu.edu

SMU’s women’s tennis star Marta Lesniak had an outstanding showing at the ITA Regional Championship in both singles and doubles play Tuesday.

Lesniak is a junior and is from Poland. She has had an outstanding career and is currently ranked No. 22. Lesniak was defeated by Baylor in the doubles and singles finals. Seven SMU women’s tennis players made the tournament.

To read more about the tournament, visit smumustangs.com.