Tech Men Dominate Lamar, 7-0

Red Raiders win every point to improve to 11-6 on the season

LUBBOCK – Despite the cold and windy weather surrounding the Lubbock area, the No. 32-ranked Texas Tech men’s tennis team won every point on its way to a 7-0 victory Saturday at the McLeod Tennis Center.

The Red Raiders would get off to a quick start in doubles as Tech won the doubles point for the fifth-consecutive match. Using a different lineup than usual, Tech got wins from both Raony Carvalho and Christian Rojmar at the No. 1 position and David Gonzalez and Gonzalo Escobar at the No. 2 slot.

In his first duals match of the spring, James Wilson would keep Tech’s momentum going in singles as he dropped Dusan Savkovic, 6-1, 6-2, at the No. 6 position. Carvalho would give Tech another point minutes later in the No. 1 spot as he defeated Maciej Bogusz, 6-2, 6-2. Michael Breler would clinch the match for Tech a little later, downing Diego Snyder, 6-2, 6-1.

With the match already decided, Rojmar, after already winning the first set, 6-0, overcame a 5-1 deficit in the second set to win six-consecutive games to win, 7-5. Escobar would finish off Richard Filkuka, 6-2, 6-2, just seconds before Sinisa Markovic defeated Mario Janjic, 6-2, 6-2, to complete the match.

With the win, the Red Raiders improve to 11-7 on the season, while Lamar drops to 7-7 overall. Tech has also won four of its last five matches.

“I was proud of the way we played today,” Tech head coach Tim Siegel said. “We had some tough conditions today, but I thought the biggest thing was that we kept our concentration. It was important that we got this match in this weekend, so that we could have some preparation before beginning Big 12 play at Texas A&M next week.”

The Red Raiders open Big 12 action next weekend, traveling to College Station, Texas, on April 3, to face the No. 14 Texas A&M. Tech’s next home match is not until April 14 when the No. 10-ranked Baylor Bears come to Lubbock.

No. 32 Texas Tech – 7, Lamar – 0
McLeod Tennis Center – Lubbock, Texas
Singles – Order: 6, 1, 5, 3, 4, 2

1. No. 48 Raony Carvalho (TTU) def. Maciej Bogusz (Lamar) 6-2, 6-2
2. Sinisa Markovic (TTU) def. Mario Janjic (Lamar) 6-2, 6-2
3. Christian Rojmar (TTU) def. Marton Horvath (Lamar) 6-0, 7-5
4. Gonzalo Escobar (TTU) def. Richard Filkuka (Lamar) 6-3, 6-2
5. Michael Breler (TTU) def. Diego Snyder (Lamar) 6-2, 6-1
6. James Wilson (TTU) def. Dusan Savkovic (Lamar) 6-1, 6-2

Doubles – Order: 1, 2, 3
1. No. 15 Carvalho/Rojmar (TTU) def. Bogusz/Horvath (Lamar) 8-1
2. David Gonzalez/Escobar (TTU) def. Filkuka/Savkovic (Lamar) 8-4
3. Snyder/Janjic (Lamar) def. Joe Hattrup/Breler (TTU) 8-6

Match Notes:
Lamar 7-7; National ranking: None
Texas Tech 11-6; National ranking: No. 32

Lady Frogs Let Lead Slip Away Against Rebels

The Frogs couldn’t maintain the lead after taking the doubles point and the opening singles match

SAN DIEGO, Calif. – In a rematch of the 2008 Mountain West Conference Championships finale, the No. 32 TCU women’s tennis team saw an early 2-0 advantage vanish as the Horned Frogs dropped a 4-3 decision to No. 71 UNLV at the Aztec Tennis Center Saturday. With the loss, TCU drops to 7-9 for the season and 1-1 in MWC action.

UNLV has been the perpetual thorn in the side of the Purple and White, winning the last two meetings between the squads and handing TCU three of its four losses in league play since joining the MWC in 2005-06. Before Saturday, the Frogs only regular season loss against a conference opponent transpired at BYU in 2007.

The Frogs swept the doubles point to begin the afternoon. Sophomore Maria Babanova and freshman Gaby Mastromarino claimed the first win, 8-4, over the Rebels’ Rumyana Terzieva and Nikol Dimitrova, while freshman Kayla Duncan and sophomore Katariina Tuohimaa clinched the tally with an 8-5 victory over Alisa Razina and Adrienn Hidvegi. The 28th-ranked TCU duo of Macall Harkins and Anna Sydorska completed the sweep with a 9-8 win over Kristina Nedeltcheva and Katy Williams.

Sophomore Idunn Hertzberg gave TCU a 2-0 advantage with her opening singles win over Terzieva, 6-2, 6-2. The Oslo, Norway has been on a roll as of late, riding a five-match winning streak, moving her season record to 7-4 in singles action.

UNLV quickly stormed back into the match, capturing wins on Nos. 2 and 4 postions. Tuohimaa was disposed of by Dimitrova in straight sets, 6-1, 6-4, while Mastromarino ran out of gas against Hidvegi, falling, 7-5, 6-4.

>From the No. 3 slot, Duncan gave the Frogs’ a 3-2 advantage and moved them one singles win away from claiming the match. The Winston-Salem, N.C., product earned her second victory in as many days with a 6-4, 7-5 decision over Williams.

With the match within reach, TCU’s seniors couldn’t close out the Rebels, allowing UNLV to bounce back on the last two courts for the 4-3 win. Harkins dropped a pair of tiebreakers against No. 123 Nedeltcheva to fall 7-6 (3), 7-6 (3).

Making an appearance in the Frogs’ singles lineup for the first time since March 8, Sydorska battled back from losing the first set, 6-0, to force the only three-set match of the day, but Razina was too much for the Lviv, Ukraine native in the end, clinching the match with a 6-0, 2-6, 6-4 decision.

TCU will return to the Bayard H. Friedman Tennis Center this week in preparations of hosting a trio of MWC opponents, Utah, BYU and New Mexico, on April 3-5.  

No. 71 UNLV (11-6, 2-0) 4, No. 32 TCU (7-9, 1-1) 3
Aztec Tennis Center — San Diego, Calif.

1. #123 Kristina Nedeltcheva (UNLV) def. Macall Harkins (TCU), 7-6, (3), 7-6 (3)
2. Nikol Dimitrova (UNLV) def. Katariina Tuohimaa (TCU), 6-1, 6-4
3. Kayla Duncan (TCU) def. Katy Williams (UNLV), 6-4, 7-5
4. Adrienn Hidvegi (UNLV) def. Gaby Mastromarino (TCU), 7-5, 6-4
5. Idunn Hertzberg (TCU) def. Rumyana Terzieva (UNLV), 6-2, 6-2
6. Alisa Razina (UNLV) def. Anna Sydorska (TCU), 6-0, 2-6, 6-4
Order of Finish: 5, 2, 4, 3, 1, 6*

1. Harkins/Sydorska (TCU) def. Nedeltcheva/Williams (UNLV), 9-8
2. Duncan/Tuohimaa (TCU) def. Razina/Hidvegi (UNLV), 8-5
3. Babanova/Mastromarino (TCU) def. Terzieva/Dimitrova (UNLV), 8-4

Order of Finish: 3, 2*, 1

A&M men outlast OU, 5-2

NORMAN, Okla. – In its Big 12 Conference season opener, the 14th-ranked Texas A&M men’s tennis team beat No. 41 Oklahoma, 5-2, in a lengthy five-hour road match held Friday night at the Gregg Wadley Indoor Tennis Pavilion.

The Aggies (9-5) picked up their fourth-straight victory of the season and gained the advantage early by claiming the doubles point over the Sooners (9-6). The third-ranked doubles tandem of senior All-American Conor Pollock (San Antonio, Texas) and sophomore All-American Austin Krajicek (Brandon, Fla.) won their seventh in a row with an 8-3 victory over Sergey Adveyev and Ionut Beleleu at the top of the lineup. Junior Marcus Lunt (San Antonio, Texas) and sophomore Wil Spencer (Ponce de Leon, Fla.) finished off the doubles point with an 8-2 decision over Oklahoma’s George Chanturia and Blake Boswell at No. 3.

In singles action, top player and No. 16-ranked Pollock defeated No. 94-ranked Andrei Daescu in straight sets, 6-1, 6-4, as did reigning Big 12 Player of the Week and No. 52-ranked Krajicek over David Pultr, 7-6, 6-4, to clinch the match at the No. 2 line for the Aggies. Krajicek is currently on a team-best six-match win streak and is 10-4 on the season in dual match play. Spencer, ranked 30th nationally who missed the last three matches due to an unexpected death in the family, also contributed to the final team tally in his return with a 6-2, 7-5 result over OU’s Adveyev at No. 3.

“I thought we came out with a lot of energy in the doubles and we were able to take it to them,” Texas A&M head coach Steve Denton said. “Our top three guys played well tonight in singles. Conor (Pollock) played a solid match at No. 1 and it was obviously great to have Wil (Spencer) back in the lineup. Austin (Krajicek) kind of struggled in his first set, but turned it on in the second. We’ve had some instances this year, where we were not able to secure that fourth match point, but we were able to do that with straight-set wins tonight.”

The Aggies improve to 21-2 versus OU and have now won the last two matches in the all-time series. Freshman Colin Hoover (Victoria, Texas) rounded out A&M’s singles victories on the night by defeating Blake Boswell, 7-5, 6-1, at the No. 6 line.

“It was a great start to the Big 12 season,” Denton said. “We still have a lot of good teams ahead of us, but I am very pleased to get a victory on the road like this and win it pretty decisively.”

A&M continues on its conference-opening weekend with its next stop at No. 29 Oklahoma State on Sunday, March 29. The match location and time is still to be determined if weather conditions are not favorable in Stillwater, Okla. For now, the match will be played indoors at the Michael D. Case Tennis Center at 2 p.m. (CT) on the University of Tulsa campus in Tulsa, Okla.

(14) TEXAS A&M 5, (41) OKLAHOMA 2
March 27, 2009
Gregg Wadley Indoor Tennis Pavilion
at Norman, Okla.

No. 1 – (16) Conor Pollock (Texas A&M) def. (94) Andrei Daescu (OU), 6-1, 6-4.
No. 2 – (52) Austin Krajicek (Texas A&M) def. David Pultr (OU), 7-6, 6-4.
No. 3 – (30) Wil Spencer (Texas A&M) def. Sergey Adveyev (OU), 6-2, 7-5.
No. 4 – Ionut Beleleu (OU) def. Alexey Grigorov (Texas A&M), 6-4, 6-4.
No. 5 – George Chanturia (OU) def. Marcus Lunt (Texas A&M), 6-4, 6-7 (3), 1-0 (5).
No. 6 – Colin Hoover (Texas A&M) def. Blake Boswell (OU), 7-5, 6-1.

No. 1 – (3) Krajicek-Pollock (Texas A&M) def. Avdeyev-Beleleu (OU), 8-3.
No. 2 – Daescu-Pultr (OU) def. Grigorov-Hoover (Texas A&M), 8-5.
No. 3 – Spencer-Lunt (Texas A&M) def. Chanturia-Boswell (OU), 8-2.

Doubles: 1, 3, 2
Singles: 1, 3, 2*, 4, 6, 5

Texas men top Oklahoma State, 5-2

Longhorns win conference opener in match re-located indoors to Tulsa, Okla., due to weather.

TULSA, Okla. – No. 12 Texas (13-3, 1-0 Big 12) captured the doubles point and added four singles wins in a 5-2 win over Oklahoma State (6-2, 0-1 Big 12) Friday in the Big 12 Conference regular-season opener for both teams.  The match was relocated from OSU’s DeBois Tennis Center and moved to a 7 p.m. start at the University of Tulsa’s Michael D. Case Tennis Center due to inclement weather at OSU’s campus in Stillwater, Okla. 

Texas claimed the doubles point with wins at the second and third slots.  Juniors Dimitar Kutrovsky and Josh Zavala posted an 8-6 win at the second position over OSU’s Anton Bobytskyi and Mikhail Trukshanin.  Senior Miguel Reyes Varela and junior Olivier Sajous added an 8-4 win over Igor Sobolta and Aleksey Bessonov at third doubles. 

Oklahoma State was victorious at the first and fifth singles positions, but the Longhorns took the remaining four singles matches to earn the team victory.  UT sophomore Ed Corrie posted a 6-4, 6-4 win over the Cowboys’ Nathan Byrnes at second singles, while Reyes Varela chipped in a 6-3, 6-2 win over Trukshanin at third singles. 

Sajous rallied for a 2-6, 7-6, 1-0 (12-10) win over Aleksey Bessonov at fourth singles, and Zavala tallied a 6-4, 6-4 win over Sobolta at sixth singles.

“It’s nice to get a conference win on the road,” UT coach Michael Center said.  “We had to travel up to Tulsa and play indoors, and we hadn’t played much indoors lately.  I saw some really good things out there tonight.”

Texas concludes its weekend road swing on Sunday at Oklahoma. 

#12 Texas 5, Oklahoma State 2

1 Nedovyesov/Byrnes (OSU) def. Corrie/Damico (UT) – 8-6
2 Kutrovsky/Zavala (UT) def. Bobytskyi/Trukshanin (OSU) – 8-6
3 Sajous/Reyes Varela (UT) def. Sobolta/Bessonov (OSU) – 8-4

1 Oleksandr Nedovyesov (OSU) def. Dimitar Kutrovsky (UT) – 7-5, 6-4
2 Ed Corrie (UT) def. Nathan Byrnes (OSU) – 6-4, 6-4
3 Miguel Reyes Varela (UT) def. Mikhail Trukshanin (OSU) – 6-3, 6-2
4 Olivier Sajous (UT) def. Aleksey Bessonov (OSU) – 2-6, 7-6, 1-0 (12-10)
5 Anton Bobytskyi (OSU) def. Kellen Damico (UT) – 7-6, 2-6, 6-4
6 Josh Zavala (UT) def. Igor Sobolta (OSU) – 6-4, 6-4

Horned Frog Women Nail Down First Conference Win

TCU returns to action Saturday against UNLV

SAN DIEGO, Calif. – The No. 32 TCU women’s tennis team got off to a good start in the Mountain West Conference with a 5-2 victory over No. 29 San Diego State at the Aztec Tennis Center Friday. The Horned Frogs snagged their opening league match while advancing to 7-8 for the season.

“This is a great start to the conference season,” TCU head coach Jefferson Hammond said. “I couldn’t be happier with the effort and the performance playing a team that’s ranked in front of us on their home court. We’ll have to earn every win and it’s nice to have one under out belt. San Diego State has a really nice game it was a really competitive conference match today.”

TCU took the doubles point to gain an early 1-0 advantage over the Aztecs. After sophomore Maria Babanova and freshman Gaby Mastromarino dropped the opening match at three doubles, the TCU senior squad of Macall Harkins and Anna Sydorska brought the doubles tally to a 1-1 tie after defeating SDSU’s Kathryn Kitts and Holly Bagshaw, 8-5. Newcomer Kayla Duncan and sophomore Katariina Tuohimaa clinched the 1-0 advantage from the No. 2 position with a 9-7 victory over the Aztecs’ twin tandem Roxanne and Sierra Ellison.

In singles action, Harkins picked up her second-consecutive win, defeating Julia Trunk in straight sets, 6-0, 6-4, to give TCU a 2-0 advantage. The Palos Verdes, Calif., native found herself down 3-1 early in the second frame, but battled back to knot the score at 3-3. After Trunk pushed the score to 4-3, Harkins stole the final three games to take the match.

Duncan brought the Frogs within one point from clinching the match with a 6-4, 6-1 win over Emma Cioffi from the No. 2 position. The victory snaps a four-match skid for the Winston-Salem, N.C., product, earning her first win since March 6 at Texas A&M.

Seconds later, sophomore Idunn Hertzberg solidified the match for TCU, knocking off Olivia Colman by the score of 6-4, 6-2 to claim her fourth-straight win.

With the match in hand, Mastromarino lost to SDSU’s Esther Cadua by the score of 4-6, 6-4, 10-3, before Tuohimaa could capture a 6-2, 7-6 (6) win against Bagshaw. Babanova ended the evening with her a loss to Milana Yusupov in straight sets, 6-4, 7-6 (4).

TCU will return action Saturday afternoon for a matinee match against UNLV at 1 p.m.

No. 32 TCU (6-8, 1-0) 5, No. 29 San Diego State (11-3, 0-1) 2

1. Macall Harkins (TCU) def. Julia Trunk (SDSU), 6-0, 6-4
2. Kayla Duncan (TCU) def. Emma Cioffi (SDSU) 6-4, 6-1
3. Katariina Tuohimaa (TCU) def. Holly Bagshaw (SDSU), 6-2, 7-6 (6)
4. Esther Cadua (SDSU) def. Gaby Mastromarino (TCU), 4-6, 6-4, 10-3
5. Idunn Hertzberg (TCU) def. Olivia Colman (SDSU), 6-4, 6-2
6. Milana Yusupov (SDSU) def. Maria Babanova (TCU), 6-4, 7-6 (4)

Order of Finish: 1, 2, 5*, 4, 3, 6

1. No. 21 Harkins/Sydorska (TCU) def. Kitts/Bagshaw (SDSU), 8-5
2. Duncan/Tuohimaa (TCU) def. Ellison/Ellison (SDSU), 9-7
3. Cadua/Cioffi (SDSU) def. Babanova/Mastromarino (TCU), 8-4

Order of Finish; 3, 1, 2*

A&M Women Defeat Nebraska, 5-2

LINCOLN, Neb. –– The Texas A&M women’s tennis team ran its winning streak to four with a 5-2 victory over the Nebraska Cornhuskers today at the Nebraska Tennis Center indoor courts.

The Aggies improve to 8-6 overall and 4-1 in the Big 12. Nebraska, which won its first 10 matches of the spring season and entered today’s contest 9-0 in home matches, suffers its third consecutive loss and drops to 10-3 overall, 2-2 in the Big 12.

“This is a match that we knew was not going to be given to us, and I think the girls did a great job of coming out here and taking care of business,” A&M coach Bobby Kleinecke said. “Nebraska has a great team, especially playing indoors where there is no wind. Their balls come so hard at us, it is a different type of game than we usually play. I’m very proud of the way we stepped up.”

A&M began the match by winning two of three doubles matches to take a 1-0 lead. Freshman Sheri Olivier (Topeka, Kan.) and Elzé Potgieter (Bloemfontein, South Africa) ran their winning streak to four and improved to 10-2 in dual matches after taking only 40 minutes to dispose of Maria Ring and Wiveca Swarting, 8-4, at the No. 3 line.

Nebraska evened the doubles competition with a win at No. 1. After being tied 3-3 with A&M’s Janelle Cuthbertson (Perth, Australia) and Stephanie Davidson (Fair Oaks Ranch, Texas), Jana Albers and Madeleine Geibert won five of the next six games for an 8-4 win, forcing the doubles point to be decided at the No. 2 line.

A&M’s Morgan Frank (Oldsmar, Fla.) and Christi Liles (Largo, Fla.) held a 7-4 lead against Jennifer Holmberg and Mary Weatherholt in the deciding match and were in prime position to clinch the point. After holding serve, the Nebraska duo then broke A&M to get within 7-6. The Huskers continued to apply the pressure, fighting off two match points and having opportunities to win the following game before A&M clinched the 8-6 victory.

“A big key to this match was the doubles point,” Kleinecke said. “We fell down 2-1 at Nos. 2 and 3, and we made and adjustments and stayed up on the baseline and made them come for their bigger shots. We got the ball back to them a little quicker. That was a big key in the doubles.”

Swarting quickly tied the score for the Huskers once singles began, topping Lauren Santacroce (Spring, Texas), 6-3, 6-2, at the No. 4 line.

Cuthbertson regained the lead for A&M and got her first singles win in five matches with a 6-4, 6-1 victory against Holmberg at No. 5. Geibert, however, managed to tie the score for the final time after completing a 6-2, 6-3 win against Potgieter at No. 1.

Frank then put the Aggies ahead, 3-2, and improved to 5-0 in Big 12 matches with a straight-set win at the No. 2 line. After dropping the first game of the match to Weatherholt, Frank won six straight games to take the first set. The second set was on serve at 4-4 before Frank broke Weatherholt to go up 5-4 and then held serve to close out the set and the match.

Liles then clinched the winning point for the Aggies with her third consecutive victory. Liles had dropped the first game in each set against Albers at No. 3, but she quickly took the lead at 2-1 in each set and never trailed again en route to the 6-3, 6-2 victory.

“When I got comfortable was after the last point on Christi’s match,” Kleinecke said. “I’ve been doing this long enough that I don’t get comfortable. I don’t take anything for granted, so you’re never comfortable, especially against a team that can come up and get hot and they can hit shots. This isn’t a team that is afraid to go for their shots. If they get on, they can rip through some balls, so we needed to make sure we didn’t give away any points today. We did a good job of that. We didn’t do an unbelievable job of that, but I think we did a good job of that.”

Olivier extended her winning streak to four and closed out the match with a 7-5, 6-4 victory against Ashley Finnegan at the No. 6 line.

A&M concludes its two-match conference road swing tomorrow as the Aggies take on Iowa State at 3:30 p.m. at the Ames Racquet and Fitness Center. A&M is 12-0 all-time against the Cyclones.

(43) Texas A&M 5, (60) Nebraska 2
March 27, 2009
Nebraska Tennis Center
Lincoln, Neb.
Attendance: n/a

1.      Madeleine Geibert (NU) def. Elzé Potgieter (A&M), 6-2, 6-3
2.      (113) Morgan Frank (A&M) def. Mary Weatherholt (NU), 6-1, 6-4
3.      Christi Liles (A&M) def. Jana Albers (NU), 6-3, 6-2
4.      Wiveca Swarting (NU) def. Lauren Santacroce (A&M), 6-3, 6-0
5.      Janelle Cuthbertson (A&M) def. Jennifer Holmberg (NU), 6-4, 6-1
6.      Sheri Olivier (A&M) def. Ashley Finnegan (NU), 7-5, 6-4

Doubles (A&M wins the point)
1.      Albers/Geibert (NU) def. Cuthbertson/Stephanie Davidson (A&M), 8-4
2.      Frank/Liles (A&M) def. Holmberg/Weatherholt (NU), 8-6
3.      Olivier/Potgieter (A&M) def. Maria Ring/Swarting (NU), 8-4

Order of finish:
Doubles:  3, 1, 2
Singles:  4, 5, 1, 2, 3*, 6
*Clinched match

Team records:
Texas A&M: 8-6, 4-1 Big 12
Nebraska: 10-3, 2-2 Big 12

#14 UT-Tyler men top Linfield, 6-3

ENNIS – A last minute change of venue proved to be no problem for the 14th-ranked University of Texas at Tyler men’s tennis team, as they topped Linfield (Ore.), 6-3, on Friday afternoon at the Lion Tennis Center in Ennis.

The match was moved to the Tennis Center’s indoor courts in anticipation of inclement weather.

The Patriots (11-3) started the match by taking all three doubles points from Linfield (10-5).

In singles action, senior Dustin Phillips (Houston, Texas), sophomore Robert Sajovich (Austin, Texas) and junior David Ashlock (Arlington, Texas) each won their respective match in straight sets to help clinch the win for the Patriots.

With the win, UT Tyler is now 9-1 on the season against West region opponents.

On Sunday, both Patriot tennis squads will return to the Summers Tennis Center for an American Southwest Conference matchup with Mississippi College.  Before the match, seniors from both UT Tyler teams will be honored.  First serve is scheduled for 1 p.m. 

#14 Texas-Tyler 6, Linfield 3
Mar 27, 2009 at Ennis, TX (Lion Tennis Center)

Singles competition
1. Dustin Phillips (UTTMEN) def. Ruess, Nick (LIN-M) 6-2, 6-4
2. Robert Sajovich (UTTMEN) def. Van Mens, Ward (LIN-M) 6-3, 6-2
3. David Ashlock (UTTMEN) def. Anderson, Kyle (LIN-M) 6-4, 6-3
4. Magdaong, Mark (LIN-M) def. Caleb Bulls (UTTMEN) 6-0, 6-4
5. James, Walt (LIN-M) def. Shaun Maddox (UTTMEN) 6-1, 6-3
6. DeWitt, Tal (LIN-M) def. Dallas Darnell (UTTMEN) 6-4, 6-2

Doubles competition
1. David Ashlock/Dustin Phillips (UTTMEN) def. James, Walt/Kingzett, Brent (LIN-M) 8-5
2. Jordan Repsher/Robert Sajovich (UTTMEN) def. Rembold, Luke/Magdaong, Mark (LIN-M) 8-6
3. Caleb Bulls/Andrew Reznik (UTTMEN) def. Anderson, Kyle/DeWitt, Tal (LIN-M) 8-3

Match Notes
Linfield 10-4; Regional ranking #9
Texas-Tyler 10-3; National ranking #14; Regional ranking #6

SMU Women Record Seventh Straight Win over a Ranked Opponent

Junior Nicole Briceno sealed the match victory with a straight set win against Nevada’s Caroline Stevens

WICHITA, Kansas –SMU women’s tennis (21-2) improved their formidable win-streak to double digits on Friday, March 27 at the Genesis Health Club by earning their tenth consecutive win (4-1) against No. 59 Nevada (3-7) in stormy Wichita, Kansas where an inch and half of sleet on the ground moved Via Christi Collegiate Classic match play indoors.

Undaunted, the Mustangs started off on a high note, sweeping doubles competition with No. 43 freshmen pair Marta Lesniak and Aleksandra Malyarchikova downing (8-2) Caroline Bailly and Maria Mizyuk, and No. 60 duo senior Natalia Bubien and junior Pavi Francis defeating (8-6) Florence De Vrye and Lais Ogata at the number two spot. Recording their 12th straight win, junior Nicole Briceno and senior Kseniia Tokarieva routed (8-5) Aodhnait Lombard and Caroline Stevens.

At the top of the line-up in singles, No. 57 Lesniak posted a quick win (6-2, 6-2) over Bailly, while Malyarchikova matched up with Mizyuk at the third spot, fighting through a second set tiebreaker to remain undefeated (9-0) on the season. Also recording a victory, Briceno picked up a 6-3 win in the first set against Stevens, then emerged victorious with the match win for the Mustangs after a 7-6 skirmish in the second.

The Mustangs are scheduled to play Lousiville (8-7) on Saturday at 2:00 p.m. at the Wichita Country Club for their second match of the Via Christi Collegiate Classic.

Tennis Match Results
SMU vs Nevada
3/27/2009 at Wichita, Kansas
#24 SMU 4, #59 Nevada 1

Singles competition
1. Marta Lesniak (SMU) def. Caroline Bailly (NEVADA) 6-2, 6-2
2. Florence De Vrye (NEVADA) def. Natalia Bubien (SMU) 7-5, 6-2
3. Aleks Malyarschikova (SMU) def. Maria Mizyuk (NEVADA) 6-3, 7-5
4. Lais Ogata (NEVADA) vs. Pavi Francis (SMU) 1-6, 6-4, 1-4, unfinished
5. Nicole Briceno (SMU) def. Caroline Stevens (NEVADA) 6-3, 7-6
6. Aodhnait Lombard (NEVADA) vs. Kseniia Tokarieva (SMU) 6-7, unfinished

Doubles competition
1. Marta Lesniak/Aleks Malyarschikova (SMU) def. Caroline Bailly/Maria Mizyuk (NEVADA) 8-2
2. Natalia Bubien/Pavi Francis (SMU) def. Florence De Vrye/Lais Ogata (NEVADA) 8-6
3. Nicole Briceno/Kseniia Tokarieva (SMU) def. Aodhnait Lombard/Caroline Stevens (NEVADA) 8-5

Match Notes:
SMU 21-2; National ranking #24
Nevada 3-7; National ranking #59

Rice men come up short, fall to Pepperdine, 4-3

The 33rd-ranked Rice men’s tennis team saw an opportunity for a win at home over a top 20 team slip away, as the 18th-ranked Pepperdine Waves prevailed, 4-3 in a dual match at the Jake Hess Tennis Stadium on Friday afternoon.

The Owls appeared headed on their way to taking the doubles point, with leads in all three matches. But after Bruno Rosa and Isamu Tachibana closed out an 8-4 win in the No. 2 slot, the Waves outlasted the Owls to take 9-8 tie-breakers at both the No. 1 and No. 3 positions to take a 1-0 lead in the match.

Rice then took a 2-1 lead thanks to straight-set wins by Isamu Tachibana and Dennis Polyakov at No. 5 and No. 6, only to see Pepperdine take wins at No. 2 and No. 3 to re-take the lead at 3-2. Freshman Sam Garforth-Bles pulled the match even by winning a tie-breaker in the second set to win at No. 4.

Rice’s Bruno Rosa, ranked 46th in the last singles rankings battled it out on the stadium court with Pepperdine’s 14th-ranked Bassam Beidas, with the Waves gaining the match victory thanks to Beidas win, 7-5, 6-4.

The Owls will be on the road next weekend for matches at Oklahoma and Tulsa. They return home for their final home match of the regular season on April 11 vs.SMU. . Tennis Match Results 

Pepperdine vs Rice
3/27/2009 at Houston, Texas
(Jake Hess Tennis Stadium) 
#18 Pepperdine 4, #33 Rice 3
Singles competition

1. #27 Bassam Beidas (PEPPER) def. #46 Bruno Rosa (RICE) 7-5, 6-4
2. #39 Omar Altmann (PEPPER) def. #42 Christoph Müller (RICE) 6-4, 7-5
3. Alex Llompart (PEPPER) def. Tobias Scheil (RICE) 7-6 (8-6), 6-1
4. Sam Garforth-Bles (RICE) def. Mahmoud Kamel (PEPPER) 6-2, 7-6
5. Isamu Tachibana (RICE) def. Alejandro Moreno (PEPPER) 6-1, 6-3
6. Dennis Polyakov (RICE) def. Jenson Turner (PEPPER) 6-0, 6-4

Doubles competition
1. #14 Bassam Beidas/Omar Altmann (PEPPER) def. #47 Christoph Müller/Tobias Scheil (RICE) 9-8
2. Bruno Rosa/Isamu Tachibana (RICE) def. Mahmoud Kamel/Alejandro Moreno (PEPPER) 8-4
3. Stuart Keplar/Alex Llompart (PEPPER) def. Christian Saravia/Dennis Polyakov (RICE) 9-8

Match Notes: 
Pepperdine 13-1; National ranking #18
Rice 13-7; National ranking #33

Baylor Men Blow Past No. 50 VCU

Waco – On a downright blustery Friday afternoon, the 10th-ranked men’s tennis team made short work of No. 50 Virginia Commonwealth, 7-0 at the Baylor Tennis Center. The 7-0 decision was the sixth time this season the Bears have blanked an opponent.

“I think, generally speaking we did enough to win,” Baylor head coach Matt Knoll said. “We didn’t manage the circumstances as well as maybe we should have. Everybody did enough to give themselves a chance and then fought hard when they needed to. Anytime you win a match, 7-0, you got to feel good about it.”

The Bears own a 15-5 dual match record and are 13-1 at the Baylor Tennis Center this season, after winning nine of their last 11 matches. Baylor will close out a season long nine match home stand on Sunday against No. 18 Pepperdine that has seen the Bears go 7-1. Currently, Baylor is on a four-match win streak.

Baylor got off to a good start in doubles’ play as the Bears earned a win in two of the three matches to secure the point. First off the court was the No. 2 doubles team of Denes Lukacs and Maros Horny<>, who took down Thibaut Charron and Bob Delemark, 8-1. Lukacs and Horny are 8-3 this fall. Jordan Rux and David Galic, the No. 1 doubles team, clinched the point for the Bears with an 8-5 victory over the 40th-ranked team of Benjamin Bouhana and Emil Lindgren.  Galic and Rux are 6-3 when paired together. The No. 3 team of Julian Bley<> and Dominik Mueller<> would end up falling to Nicolas Vinel and Martin Schulhauser 8-7 in a 7-5 tiebreak. The duo is now 5-2 when partnered together.

“It was a little bit of a challenge in that our last match was against a highly ranked team with TV cameras and a crowd and today was potentially a little bit of a let down,” Knoll said. “It wasn’t easy for the guys to come and get ready to play today, which is inexcusable.”

The Bears kept their momentum up from the doubles win by sweeping through the singles matches. In the first match off senior Galic beat Vinel 6-2, 7-5. Bley then followed with a three set win over Bouhana 4-6, 6-2, and 6-1. Then No. 6 Lukacs clinched the match for the Bears by dispatching Thibaut Charron 6-2, 6-3. The junior is 13-3 and riding a six match win streak with all of his matches coming at the No. 1 singles slot. Mueller was next to win with a 6-2, 6-2 win over Bob Delemark. Horny then won at No. 6 over Filip Svensson in straight sets 6-2, 7-5.  Horny is 14-4 on the season. After sitting out for three matches, Jordan Rux returned to the Baylor lineup and won in three sets, 6-7(2-7), 6-4, and 10-3 in a third set super tiebreaker.

“It was a little breezy, the conditions weren’t perfect,” Knoll said. “The wind is a great equalizer. I thought in a couple of matches it made a big difference, it made it tougher on us then it would have been otherwise, but everybody did a good job and came through.”

The VCU Rams fall to an 11-7 spring record, and are only 6-7 in their last 13 matches.

The Bears have never lost to VCU, holding a 6-0 record over the Rams with match wins in each of the last six years.

Next the Bears will face the No. 18 Pepperdine Waves for the second time this season when Pepperdine comes to town on Sunday at 1 p.m.

“They are very good,” Knoll said. “We know they are going to be very good. We have had a lot of good matches with them over the years. This match will be no exception so we just got to play better. It is just a great opportunity for us to keep improving.”

The Waves hold a 13-8 record and have won six out of their last eight matches.

In their last time out the Waves beat No. 33 Rice, 4-3 on Friday, March 27.

The Bears are 7-4 all-time versus Pepperdine, after beating the Waves, 4-3, earlier this year at the ITA National Indoors Championship in Chicago. In that second round match Baylor came from behind, after losing the doubles point and falling in two of the first three singles matches, to win the final three matches on the court and walk away with the victory.

In singles the Waves are led by 27th-ranked Bassam Beidas, a junior, and senior No. 39 Omar Altmann. Beidas and Altmann also pair together to form the 14th-ranked doubles team in the country.

After the Pepperdine match the team will host a public watch part to view its 2009 HP Cup victory over No. 4 Stanford last Tuesday. At the conclusion match the team will gather in the lobby of the Baylor Tennis Center to watch a DVD copy of the match. The viewing is open to the public and drinks and refreshments will be provided.

#10 Baylor 7, #50 Virgina Commonwealth 0
(Baylor Tennis Center)

1. #6 Denes Lukacs (BU) def. Thibaut Charron (VCU) 6-2, 6-3
2. #49 Jordan Rux (BU) def. Martin Schulhauser (VCU) 6-7 (2-7), 6-4, 1-0 (10-3)
3. David Galic (BU) def. Nicolas Vinel (VCU) 6-2, 7-5
4. Julian Bley (BU) def. Benjamin Bouhana (VCU) 4-6, 6-2, 6-1
5. Dominik Mueller (BU) def. Bob Delemark (VCU) 6-2, 6-2
6. Maros Horny (BU) def. Filip Svensson (VCU) 6-2, 7-5

1. David Galic/Jordan Rux (BU) def. #40 Benjamin Bouhana/Emil Lindgren (VCU) 8-5
2. Denes Lukacs/Maros Horny (BU) def. Thibaut Charron/Bob Delemark (VCU) 8-1
3. Nicolas Vinel/Martin Schulhauser (VCU) def. Dominik Mueller/Julian Bley (BU) 8-7 (7-5)

Match Notes:
Virgina Commonwealth 11-7; National ranking #50
Baylor 15-5; National ranking #10
Order of finish: Doubles (2,1); Singles (3,4,1,5,6,2)