Ladies look to lash the Lions
Published: Tuesday, March 19, 2013
Updated: Tuesday, March 19, 2013 22:03
SMU’s women’s tennis team returns home to Dallas Thursday for a one match home-stand against the Columbia Lions.
The Mustangs have won their last two matches and eight of their last ten overall. The women will be the favorite heading into this matchup coming in ranked 48th in the nation while Columbia is not ranked.
SMU will look to rely once again on their doubles team that scored them such success in their last matchup and has been a large part of the team’s winning ways over the course of the year.
The Mustangs enter the meet with a 9-5 record but have really come on strong as of late.
The Lions will not be pushovers however; despite not being ranked they have won their last three matches also and come in with a 7-3 record on the year.
A big key in beating Columbia is defeating the top of its lineup. The top of its singles and the top of its doubles are extremely potent, all having records well above .500.
The biggest test of the meet is sure to be Nicole Bartnik and Crystal Leung in doubles as they have a 9-3 record on the year and have won four meets in a row.
Columbia will be an interesting matchup considering how strong the top of both team’s lineups are. Whichever team wins this matchup will likely end up winning the meet overall.
This meet also comes at a key time for the Mustangs as they do not have many chances at home left in the year but while they have been in the friendly confines of Dallas have been an extremely strong team.
SMU will hope to continue its winning ways when the meet begins at 4 p.m. central time in Dallas on Thursday.