Women’s tennis players set doubles record

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Courtesy of SMU athletics

SMU fell 4-0 to Tulane Sunday afternoon at the Ann and Brad Brookshire Family Pavilion at the SMU Tennis Complex.

The loss was the Mustangs’ first in American Athletic Conference play this season.

“We had our chances today,” said head coach Kati Gyulai. “We took early leads, but we did not close the matches out and Tulane did. This is obviously a tough loss, but it’s a good learning opportunity. We have a plan to get a couple of good practices in and we’ll be ready to go on Friday.”

SMU dropped to 11-4 overall and 3-1 in conference.

However in the loss, Hristina Dishkova and Holly Verner set a new school record with 23 single season doubles victories.

The tandem defeated Nicky Stracar and Vanessa Nommensen, 6-4, in the No. 2 match. Dishkova and Verner are now 23-4 overall this season, including a perfect 12-0 mark in dual match play.

“It’s a fantastic effort and a remarkable achievement,” said Gyulai of Dishkova and Verner’s performance. “I’m very proud of them.”

On Saturday the Mustangs earned their second consecutive shutout- defeating East Carolina 4-0 at the Ann and Brad Brookshire Family Pavilion at the SMU Tennis Complex.

Up next for the Mustangs is UAB on Friday, March 27 at 3 p.m. at the SMU Tennis Complex. Admission is free.

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