Seventieth-ranked SMU defeated Abilene Christian 6-1 in its regular season final Friday afternoon at the outdoor Turpin Stadium at the SMU Tennis Complex.
SMU ends the regular season with a 15-6 overall record, and Abilene Christian finishes 8-6.
Friday was also SMU’s Senior Day. As the Mustangs’ lone senior, Holly Verner was honored before the match.
“I was very happy with the effort and attitude,” said head coach Kati Gyulai. “We played with good energy and I am pleased with the performance overall.”
The Mustangs won the doubles point to open the match.
Vaszilisza Bulgakova and Dasha Sharapova (No. 2) defeated Erin Walker and Whitney Williams, 6-3.
Hristina Dishkova and Verner (No. 1) secured the point for SMU, beating Kaysie Hermsdorf and Brittney Reed, 6-3. Dishkova and Verner end the regular season with a dual match record of 14-2.
Sharapova (No. 3) extended the SMU lead to 2-0, defeating Hermsdorf, 6-2, 6-0 in singles.
Bulgakova (No. 5) followed with a 6-3, 6-2 victory over Williams.
Dishkova (No. 1) clinched the match for SMU with a three-set win over Reed, 6-1, 3-6, 6-3.
The Mustangs finish with a 14-2 record in their first season playing at the SMU Tennis Complex.
“It was fantastic,” said Gyulai about playing in the new complex. “We have to continue building our fan base and it’s just a joy to play at home.”
The Mustangs will compete in the American Athletic Conference Championship April 15-18 in Tulsa, Oklahoma.
For more information on the championship, visit The American’s website.