Top ranked SMU upset at C-USA championship
Published: Tuesday, April 27, 2010
Updated: Tuesday, November 20, 2012 17:11
The SMU women's tennis team was upset this weekend at the Conference USA championships in Tulsa, Okla. The No. 27 Mustangs were the highest ranked team.They were also the defending C-USA champions and had gone 6-0 against fellow C-USA teams this season.
With a season record of 22-3, the SMU team received a bye for Thursday's first round and competed Friday against No. 8 seed Memphis. SMU won the quarterfinal match 4-0.
The Mustangs earned the doubles point by sweeping the doubles matches. After a quick first set, freshman Shahzoda Hatamova pulled off a second set victory to win her match 6-0, 7-5.
Freshman Edyta Cieplucha won her match 6-3, 6-3. Senior Pavi Francis played a great match, winning 6-0, 6-1. The remaining three singles matches went unfinished as the three singles wins and doubles point assured a victory.
In Saturday's semifinals, SMU lost to No. 59 Marshall, 4-2. SMU did not earn the doubles point because Marshall took two of three doubles matches. Sophomore Aleks Malyarchikova's 6-2, 6-1 win and freshman Katerina Vankova's 6-3, 6-0 win were not enough to defeat the Marshall team.
Tulsa won the C-USA Championships, beating Marshall, 4-1. With it, Tulsa is guaranteed a spot in the NCAA Championship, which will begin on May 14. The Mustangs are awaiting the selections for the tournament. Announcements will be made on May 4.