Mustangs keep on racking up wins
Cieplucha wins first match as nationally ranked player
Published: Monday, April 5, 2010
Updated: Tuesday, November 20, 2012 17:11
It is becoming a routine for the No. 28 SMU women's tennis team to come out of the weekend with an additional two wins. They did it again against the University of Texas at El Paso and the University of Central Florida.
The match against UTEP took place at Turpin Tennis Center on Friday, April 2. The Mustangs swept their Conference USA foes, 4-0, all in singles. No. 34 Marta Lesniak and No. 117 Aleksandra Malyarchikova both swept their singles matches at No. 1 and No. 2 singles, respectively. Freshmen Katerina Vankova and Shahzoda Hatamova also won in straight sets, with Hatamova not dropping a single game en route to a 6-0, 6-0 victory.
The Mustangs were supposed to play a second match later that day against Prairie View A&M but due to inclement weather, the match was cancelled.
SMU's second match of the weekend was against another C-USA opponent, UCF, on Sunday, April 4. The Mustangs handled the Knights easily; winning the match, 6-1, with the only point UCF earned coming in No. 6 singles.
Despite a loss in No. 1 doubles, which was comprised of Lesniak and Malyarchikova, the Mustangs still managed to clinch the doubles point behind the strong play of No. 2 and No. 3 doubles. No. 2 doubles was Hatamova and senior Pavi Francis, while No. 3 doubles was Edyta Cieplucha and senior Casey Kennedy.
In singles, Lesniak dropped her first set and was forced to rally in the second and third to claim her 20th victory in singles this season. Malyarchikova won in straight sets, though her opponent almost came back in the second. And Cieplucha, who emerged in the rankings at No. 123, won her first match as a ranked player, 6-3, 6-3.
SMU's final match of the season will be at noon on Saturday, April 10 against Rice University at home.