No. 33 Women’s Tennis Places Second at C-USA Championship

April 25, 2011 by · 1 Comment 

By Ali Williams

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.

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

February 28, 2011 by · Comments Off 

By Ali Williams

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.

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Women’s Tennis Downs Louisiana-Lafayette and Louisville

February 14, 2011 by · Comments Off 

By Ali Williams

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.

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Women’s Tennis Open Spring Season Strong

January 25, 2011 by · Comments Off 

By Marissa Belske

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.

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.

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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No. 29 Mustangs Prep for Final Regular-Season Match

April 8, 2010 by · Comments Off 

By Nate Regan

Since a road loss to Baylor last month, the No. 29 women’s tennis team has posted four straight wins, including back-to-back matches against Conference-USA foes UTEP and the University of Central Florida.

On Saturday, SMU (21-3) will host the Rice Owls in the final match of the regular season, and the winner will likely hold the top seed in the upcoming C-USA Championship tournament.

“They’re a very, very good team and a dangerous team,” head coach Lauren Longbotham-Meisner said of Rice. “This will be our toughest challenge of the year.”

The Mustangs will be looking to build on their perfect 4-0 record in conference play.

Last year, SMU defeated the Owls in Houston, 5-2, in the final regular-season tune-up before shutting them out, 4-0, less than a week later in the C-USA tournament. The Mustangs followed with a 4-1 win over Tulsa for their first C-USA Championship title.

This year’s tournament will be held in Tulsa starting Mar.22, and Longbotham-Meisner knows the importance of a victory over Rice in the team’s regular-season finale.

“Getting a good, strong win here will basically be security for the No. 1 seed in the tournament,” she said.

SMU will face Rice Saturday at 12 p.m. at Turpin Tennis Center.

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.

Mustangs Look to Build on Win Streak

April 2, 2010 by · Comments Off 

By Nate Regan

Following a pair of wins in California last weekend, the No. 28 women’s tennis team returns home Friday for a doubleheader against the University of Texas-El Paso and Prairie View A&M University.

The Mustangs (19-3) lost for just the third time all season on Mar. 25 against the Baylor Bears, then ranked No. 7 in the country by the Intercollegiate Tennis Association.

“We played well, but they played better,” head coach Lauren Longbotham-Meisner said.

The team rebounded from Thursday’s loss to Baylor with road wins over Fresno State (6-1) on Saturday and Saint Mary’s (7-0) on Sunday.

“The girls showed a lot of mental toughness,” Longbotham-Meisner said. “The weather was much warmer than what we’ve been accustomed to, and they were having to fight some fatigue.”

The Mustangs won the doubles point in both matches while sophomore Aleksandra Malyarchikova secured the game-deciding singles match on consecutive days.

SMU will face the UTEP Miners at 12 p.m. Friday before taking on the Prairie View A&M Panthers at 6 p.m., and both matches will be held at Turpin Tennis Center.

“We believe we have the upper hand,” Longbotham-Meisner said, “but we’re going to train just like we would going up against Baylor.”

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