SMU women's tennis claims third straight win
Published: Wednesday, February 23, 2011
Updated: Tuesday, November 20, 2012 17:11
After picking up a pair of victories over The University of Louisville and Louisiana Lafayette, the No. 26 SMU Women's tennis team claimed their third straight win Sunday at Turpin Tennis Stadium.
The Mustangs improve to 8-2 overall this spring season after their 5-2 victory over Louisiana State University.
SMU displayed their early dominance in doubles competition taking all three matches en-route to earning the doubles point.
Juniors Marta Lesniak and Aleksandra Malyarchikova improved to 2-2 against ranked opponents this spring season when they made quick work of the No. 39 ranked LSU pair of Whitney Wolf and Keri Frenkenberger, 8-3.
Heather Steinbauer and Edyta Cieplucha clinched the doubles point for the Mustangs with an 8-5 win over Kaitlin Burns and Yvette Vlaar. Steinbauer and Cieplucha now hold an impressive 7-1 record this spring and rightfully moved into the new ITA doubles rankings, appearing at No. 80.
Ashley Turpin and Shahzoda Hatamova wrapped up the doubles sweep for SMU with their 8-5 win over Ebie Wilson and Ariel Morton.
SMU saw similar success in singles play against LSU, as the Mustangs won four out of six matches behind No.112 ranked Malyarchikova.
Malyarchikova was the first winner off the courts as she destroyed Vlaar 6-1, 6-0 and gave SMU an early 2-0 advantage. The junior is now 8-2 this spring season.
Cieplucha won her third straight singles match and made the score 3-0 in favor of SMU when she ousted Burns 6-1, 6-3. Following Cieplucha's victory, Steinbauer clinched the win for the Mustangs with her 6-3, 6-3 win over Frankenberger.
No. 5 ranked Lesniak was nearly nearly upset by No. 60 Wolf, but the star Mustang kept her composure and pulled out a 6-1, 1-6, 6-3 victory.
This is Lesniak's 11th win this season over a nationally ranked opponent.
The Tigers' two wins came at the No. 4 and No. 6 spots as Wilson defeated Hatamova 6-4, 6-2 and Morton took down Turpin 6-3, 3-1 (ret.).
SMU returns to the courts Wednesday at 6 p.m. hosting cross- town rival No. 53 Texas Christian University at the Turpin Tennis Center.