Frogs Stumble Against No. 33 Mississippi State Friday

Senior Emanuel Brighiu picked up his first singles win of the season

FORT WORTH – The No. 47 TCU men’s tennis team got off to a good start in doubles, but would later fall apart in singles action, to drop a 5-2 decision to No. 33 Mississippi State Friday afternoon at the Bayard H. Friedman Tennis Center.

“I thought we had a good opportunity to beat a ranked team at home today, but we let it get by us,” TCU head coach David Roditi said. “[Emanuel] Brighiu had a nice win and we continue to do well in doubles, but our guys have to believe that we can win when we walk onto the singles courts. We are not believing, when it gets to crunch time, that we can beat these teams.”

TCU got on the board early with a pair of doubles wins to take a 1-0 advantage in the team scoring. The Horned Frogs’ top team of Emanuel Brighiu and Christopher Price, ranked No. 48 in the latest ITA national listing, made quick work of MSU’s George Coupland and Artem Ilyushin, 8-4. On the No. 2 court, TCU’s tandem of Slah Mbarek and Cameron Nash sealed the doubles point for the Purple and White, defeating the Bulldogs’ James Chaudry and Tanner Stump in convincing fashion, 8-4.

In the singles portion, MSU evened the team tally as Zach White made quick work of Nash from the No. 6 court, earning the win by the score of 6-1, 6-2. Ilyushin, ranked No. 53 nationally in singles, gave the Bulldogs a 2-1 lead after cruising past Mbarek from the second court, 6-4, 6-3, and No. 73 Louis Cant moved the Bulldogs to within one win of clinching the match by picking up a 6-3, 6-1 decision over TCU’s Daniel Sanchez from the fifth position.

Brighiu had a great day for the Frogs from the top court, stopping MSU’s momentum by dismantling Coupland in straight sets, 7-5, 6-3. The victory marks the first win of the season for the senior from Iasi, Romania, and brought TCU to within a point of MSU in the team score, 3-2.

At the No. 4 position, the Frogs’ Price and the Bulldogs’ Malte Stropp battled it out to a tiebreaker in the first set, but the MSU player was too tough in the end, clinching the team win with a score of 7-6 (6), 6-1.

TCU will hit the road to makeup a pair of matches that were scheduled earlier in the month, traveling to take on Tulsa and Wichita State. The Frogs will battle the Golden Hurricane Sunday (Feb. 27) and the Shockers Monday (Feb. 28). Both matches will be played at Tulsa’s Michael D. Case Tennis Center and set to begin at 11 a.m.

No. 33 Mississippi State (4-3) def. No. 47 TCU (2-5), 5-2
Bayard H. Friedman Tennis Center | Fort Worth, Texas
SINGLES
1. Emanuel Brighiu (TCU) def. George Coupland (MSU) 7-5, 6-3
2. #53 Artem Ilyushin (MSU) def. Slah Mbarek (TCU), 6-4, 6-3
3. James Chaudry (MSU def. Zach Nichols (TCU) 7-5, 6-3
4. Malte Stropp (MSU) def. Christopher Price (TCU) 7-6 (6), 6-1
5. #73 Louis Cant (MSU) def. Daniel Sanchez (TCU) 6-3, 6-1
6. Zach White (MSU) def. Cameron Nash (TCU) 6-1, 6-2
Order of Finish: 6, 2, 5, 1, 4*, 3

DOUBLES
1. #48 Brighiu/Price (TCU) def. Coupland/Ilyushin (MSU) 8-4
2. Mbarek/Nash (TCU) def. Chaudry/Stump (MSU) 8-4
3. Stropp/White (MSU) def. Nichols/Sanchez (TCU) 8-5
Order of Finish: 1, 2*, 3

Texas women top South Florida, 5-2

Horns take the doubles point and win four singles matches en route to victory.

AUSTIN – Texas (3-3) took the doubles point and won four of six singles matches en route to a 5-2 victory over South Florida Friday afternoon at UT’s Penick-Allison Tennis Center.

UT opened the doubles session with a win at the first slot, as senior Amanda Craddock and freshman Cierra Gaytan-Leach dealt Irene Rehberger and Janette Bejlkova an 8-6 defeat. USF rallied with a win at third doubles, but Texas closed out the doubles session with a win at the second slot, where sophomore Aeriel Ellis and junior Krista Damico posted a 9-8 tiebreak win over Loreto Martinez and Ecaterina Vasenina to clinch the doubles point for the Horns.

UT pushed its lead to 2-0 at sixth singles where senior Caroline Larsson dealt Kate Parker a 6-2, 6-0 defeat. Texas’ Craddock extended the UT lead to 3-0 with a 6-4, 6-4 win over Martinez at fourth singles. Texas freshman Juliana Gajic clinched the win for the Horns at fifth singles, where she registered a 7-5, 6-0 win over Alessandra Bonte.

South Florida notched a win at third singles before UT’s Ellis rallied from a one-set deficit to post a 3-6, 6-3, 7-6 win over the Bulls’ Irene Rehburger. Ellis also trailed in the final set before rallying for the win. The Bulls closed out the match with a three-set victory at second singles.

Texas resumes its spring schedule on Sunday when it hosts Arizona State at noon Central.

Texas 5, South Florida 2
Doubles – Order of Finish: 1, 3, 2
1 Craddock/Gaytan-Leach (UT) def. Irene Rehberger/Janette Bejlkova (USF) – 8-6
2 Damico/Ellis (UT) def. Martinez/Vasenina (USF) – 9-8
3 Parker/Bonte (USF) def. Gajic/Larsson (UT) – 8-5

Singles – Order of Finish: 6, 4, 5, 3, 1, 2
1 Aeriel Ellis (UT) def. Irene Rehberger (USF) – 3-6, 6-3, 7-6
2 Ecaterina Vasenina (USF) def. Krista Damico (UT) – 6-4, 6-7, 1-0 (11-9)
3 Janette Bejlkova (USF) def. Maggie Mello (UT) – 6-2, 2-6, 7-6
4 Amanda Craddock (UT) def. Loreto Martinez (USF) – 6-4, 6-4
5 Juliana Gajic (UT) def. Alessandra Bonte (USF) – 7-5, 6-0
6 Caroline Larsson (UT) def. Kate Parker (USF) – 6-2, 6-0

TCU Women Drop 4-3 Match to No. 21 Washington

FORT WORTH – TCU’s women’s tennis team dropped a 4-3 decision to No. 21 Washington on Friday afternoon at the Bayard H. Friedman Tennis Center in Fort Worth.

The 52nd-ranked Horned Frogs fell to 1-3 during the spring, while the Huskies improved to 8-4.

“They’re a good team,” Borelli said. “I think we were disappointed after the doubles because we had a chance to win the doubles. I liked the fire they showed in the singles and that’s great for the confidence of those three girls that won at singles. They are a very good, very well-coached team. Our best tennis is ahead of us.”

TCU jumped out to 3-0 leads at Nos. 1 and 3 doubles, before eventually falling in both matches. The No. 1 TCU tandem of Katariina Tuohimaa and Federica Denti held a 3-0 lead on ninth-ranked Venise Chan and Denise Dy of Washington, but ultimately fell, 8-4.

The Huskies clinched the doubles point with a win at No. 2 doubles. UW’s Andjela Nemcevic and Samantha Smith were 8-6 winners in a tightly contested match over Gaby Mastromarino and Olivia Smith of TCU.

At No. 3 doubles, TCU had fallen behind 7-3 before an injury to senior Maria Babanova of TCU forced a stoppage to the match that had no bearing on the team score.

TCU got wins at Nos. 3, 5, and 6 singles from Smith, Idunn Hertzberg and Shalini Sahoo, respectively. All of TCU’s wins came after Washington had scored the four needed points to win the dual.

Smith was a 6-0, 6-3 winner at No. 3 singles over UW’s Smith, while Hertzberg picked up a 6-4, 6-1 win over Aleksandra Krslijanin at the fifth-singles spot.

In the final match of the day, TCU’s Sahoo picked up her second singles win of the year with a 6-2, 6-0 dismantling of Vanja Radunovic at No. 6 singles.

After winning the doubles point, the Huskies wasted no time extending their lead to 2-0 when the sixth-ranked Dy downed TCU’s Tuohimaa, 6-0, 6-1 at No. 1 singles.

UW made it 3-0 with a win at No. 4 singles when Nemcevic took down Mastromatrino of TCU, 6-1, 6-4. It was the first loss of the spring for the Tequesta, Fla., native.

The Huskies sealed the win when TCU’s Denti had to retire with injury at No. 2 singles while trailing 6-3, 4-2 to Chan, who is ranked No. 26 in singles.

TCU returns to action March 5 when Oklahoma visits the Bayard H. Friedman Tennis Center for a noon matchup.

#21 Washington 4, #52 TCU 3
Feb. 25, 2011
Bayard H. Friedman Tennis Center – Fort Worth, Texas
Singles competition
1. Denise Dy (WASH) def. Katariina Tuohimaa (TCU) 6-0, 6-1
2. Venise Chan (WASH) def. Federica Denti (TCU) 6-3, retired
3. Olivia Smith (TCU) def. Samantha Smith (WASH) 6-0, 6-3
4. Andjela Nemcevic (WASH) def. Gaby Mastromarino (TCU) 6-1, 6-4
5. Idunn Hertzberg (TCU) def. Aleksandra Krslijani (WASH) 6-4, 6-1
6. Shalini Sahoo (TCU) def. Adrijana Pavlovic (WASH) 6-2, 6-0

Doubles competition
1. Venise Chan/Denise Dy (WASH) def. Federica Denti/Katariina Tuohimaa (TCU) 8-4
2. Andjela Nemcevic/Samantha Smith (WASH) def. Gaby Mastromarino/Olivia Smith (TCU) 8-6
3. Aleksandra Krslijani/Adrijana Pavlovic (WASH) def. Maria Babanova/Idunn Hertzberg (TCU) retired

Match Notes:
Washington 8-4; National ranking #21
TCU 1-3; National ranking #52
Order of finish: Doubles (1,2,3); Singles (1,4,2,3,5,6)

A&M Women Down Fresno State, 6-1

COLLEGE STATION – The Texas A&M women’s tennis team remained undefeated in home matches after defeating No. 60 Fresno State, 6-1, in front of 361 tonight at the George P. Mitchell Tennis Center.

The 30th-ranked Aggies, playing their first match of the season under the lights, improved to 3-0 in home matches and 4-2 overall, all against ranked opponents. Fresno State drops to 2-2.

A&M won all three doubles matches for the second time this season to take an early 1-0 lead. Stephanie Davidson (Fair Oaks Ranch, Texas) won her fourth consecutive doubles match as she and partner Christi Potgieter (Petrusville, South Africa) cruised to an 8-1 victory over Mary Abby Hadley and Olga Kirpicheva at the No. 3 line. It was Davidson’s 84th career doubles win, moving her into a tie for 10th place in the A&M all-time records.

At the No. 1 court, A&M’s Janelle Cuthbertson (Perth, Australia) and Christi Liles (Largo, Fla.) won the first four games against Fresno State’s Marianne Jodoin and Laura Pola. The Bulldog duo fought back and got within a game at 4-3 and 6-5 but was unable to take the lead as A&M won the final two games to win the match and clinch the point.

The 61st-ranked team of Morgan Frank (Oldsmar, Fla.) and Nazari Urbina (Xalapa, Veracruz, Mexico) struggled and was down a break at 6-4 against Fresno State’s Melissa McQueen and Bianca Modoc but rallied to tie the score at 6-6. The teams remained tied at 7-7, forcing a tiebreaker. The Aggies fought off match point at 7-6 and went on to win the next two points to win the match and secure the sweep. It marked Frank’s fifth consecutive doubles victory.

Just as she did in doubles, Davidson made quick work of her opponent in singles, defeating Kirpicheva, 6-1, 6-0, at the No. 6 line to put A&M ahead, 2-0.

A&M, which won five of six first sets, took a 3-0 lead when Frank finished off Pola, 6-1, 6-4 at No. 2. Liles then clinched the winning point for the Aggies with a 6-4, 6-1 victory over The Woodlands High School product Mary Abby Hayley at the No. 3 line. It was Liles’ first appearance at No. 3 this season, having played the previous five matches at the No. 4 line.

Cuthbertson kept Fresno State off the scoreboard with a 6-3, 6-4 victory over Modoc at No. 5. It was A&M’s first win at the No. 5 line this season.

Fresno State earned its only point at the No. 4 court, where McQueen downed Potgieter, 10-5, in the super tiebreaker. McQueen had won the opening set, 7-5, but Potgieter controlled the second set, winning 6-3 to force the tiebreaker.

Urbina, ranked a career-high No. 11 in singles, closed out the contest and extended her winning streak to five matches by topping 99th-ranked Jodoin, 7-5, 6-2, at the No. 1 line.

The Aggies continue their home stand Saturday as they play host to No. 21 Washington. First serve against the Huskies is slated for 1 p.m. at the Mitchell Tennis Center.

No. 30 Texas A&M 6, No. 60 Fresno State 1
George P. Mitchell Tennis Center
Attendance: 361

Singles
1. (#11) Nazari Urbina (TAMU) def. (#99) Marianne Jodoin (FS), 7-5, 6-2
2. Morgan Frank (TAMU) def. Laura Pola (FS), 6-1, 6-4
3. Christi Liles (TAMU) def. Mary Abby Hayley (FS), 6-4, 6-1
4. Melissa McQueen (FS) def. Christi Potgieter (TAMU), 7-5, 3-6, 1-0 (5)
5. Janelle Cuthbertson (TAMU) def. Bianca Modoc (FS), 6-3, 6-4
6. Stephanie Davidson (TAMU) def. Olga Kirpicheva (FS), 6-1, 6-0

Doubles (A&M wins the point)
1. Cuthbertson/Liles (TAMU) def. Jodoin/Pola (FS), 8-5
2. (#61) Frank/Urbina (TAMU) def. McQueen/Modoc (FS), 8-7 (7)
3. Davidson/Potgieter (TAMU) def. Hayley/Kirpicheva (FS), 8-1

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

Team records:
Texas A&M: (4-2)
Fresno State: (2-2)

No. 14 Texas A&M Blanks TCU

The Horned Frogs enjoyed the largest crowd of the season for the first night match

FORT WORTH – The No. 47 TCU men’s tennis team came up short in front of a packed Bayard H. Friedman Tennis Center Wednesday, falling to No. 14 Texas A&M by the score of 7-0. Over 800 fans flowed into the gates to see the in-state rivals square off.

“I thought we fought really hard tonight,” TCU head coach David Roditi said. “We gave it everything that we had, we just lost to a better team. I couldn’t be any more proud, as a TCU tennis alum, to see the kind of support that we got from the crowd tonight. That was the best crowd that I have ever seen here, especially for a regular season match. If we continue to grow and get better, this program is going to do very, very well.”

Texas A&M came out on top in a battle for the doubles point and early 1-0 advantage in the team scoring, sweeping TCU on all three courts. After the Frogs dropped its first match on the middle court, the Aggies’ top team of Austin Krajicek and Jeff Dadamo, the nation’s No. 1 tandem, clinched the doubles point with an 8-5 decision over the Frogs’ No. 48 squad of Emanuel Brighiu and Christopher Price.

TCU tried to rebound in the singles section, however, TAMU was too strong at the top of the lineup. No. 29 Krajicek took down Brighiu from the top spot, 6-2, 6-4, while TCU’s Price followed with a tough loss to Alexey Grigorov from the No. 4 position. With a 3-0 advantage in the match, Texas A&M needed one more win to clinch victory and No. 49 Jeff Dadamo would capture that win for the Aggies, upending Slah Mbarek from the second spot, 6-4, 6-3.

TCU will return to the Bayard H. Friedman Tennis Center to host Mississippi State Friday, Feb. 25. First serve is set for 2 p.m.

No. 14 Texas A&M (7-3) def. No. 44 TCU (2-4), 7-0
Bayard H. Friedman Tennis Center | Fort Worth, Texas

SINGLES
1. #29 Austin Krajicek (TAMU) def. Emanuel Brighiu (TCU) 6-2, 6-4
2. #49 Jeff Dadamo (TAMU def. Slah Mbarek (TCU) 6-4, 6-3
3. Alexis Klegou (TAMU) def. Zach Nichols (TCU) 6-4, 7-5
4. Alexey Grigorov (TAMU) def. Christopher Price (TCU) 6-2, 6-3
5. Alberto Bautista (TAMU) def. Daniel Sanchez (TCU) 6-4, 6-4
6. Naill Angus (TAMU) def. Cameron Nash (TCU), 6-3, 6-3
Order of Finish: 1, 4, 2*, 6, 2, 5

DOUBLES
1. #1 Krajicek/Dadamo (TAMU) def. #48 Brighiu/Price (TCU) 8-5
2. Grigorov/Ore (TAMU) def. Mbarek/Nash (TCU) 8-5
3. Bautista/Hoover (TAMU) def. Nichols/Sanchez (TCU) 9-8 (4)
Order of finish: 2, 1*, 3

No. 5 Texas rallies for 4-3 win over No. 8 Illinois

Horns rally with four singles victories, including the clincher from redshirt freshman David Holiner.

SEATTLE – No. 5 Texas (9-1) dropped the doubles point but rallied with four singles victories to come from behind and defeat No. 8 Illinois (6-4) by a 4-3 count Sunday evening in the consolation round at the ITA National Team Indoor Championship.

Sophomore Vasko Mladenov, senior Ed Corrie, sophomore Daniel Whitehead all picked up singles wins, and redshirt freshman David Holiner picked up the clinching victory in a three-setter at fifth singles. Texas will leave Seattle with wins over the eighth-ranked Illini and No. 12 Kentucky.

Illinois became the first team to take the doubles point from the Horns this season when they posted victories at the first and third positions. UT’s Ed Corrie and Jean Andersen engaged in a tight match against Illinois’ Abe Souza and Johnny Hamui at first singles but fell by an 8-6 count. The Illini closed out the doubles session at the third slot, as UT’s Vasko Mladenov and Daniel Whitehead fell to Illinois’ Roy Kalmanovich and Dennis Nevolo by an 8-2 margin.

The Illini tacked on to their lead at sixth singles, where Stephen Hoh knocked off UT freshman Sudanwa Sitaram, 6-1, 6-2. UT’s Mladenov cut into the Illinois lead at third singles, where he notched a 6-4, 6-3 win over Illinois’ K.U. Singh. Texas’ Corrie registered his second victory over a top-10 opponent in three days when he upset Illinois’ eighth-ranked Nevolo at first singles, 6-3, 6-3 to even the match at two.

The Illini assumed a 3-2 lead when their 31st-ranked Hamui finished off a 6-2, 6-4 win over UT’s 61st-ranked Kellen Damico, but UT’s Whitehead evened the tally once more when he held on for a 6-4, 7-6 (6) win over Illinois’ Kalmanovich at fourth singles to tie the match at three.

UT’s Holiner dropped the first set off of Illinois’ 65th-ranked Souza in a tiebreaker at fifth singles and fell behind 3-0 in set two before winning six straight games to force the extra set. Holiner broke Souza’s serve midway through the final set and held on for a 6-4 third-set win to clinch the match for the Longhorns.

Texas resumes play on Saturday, Feb. 26 when it hosts SMU at 1 p.m. Central.

POST-MATCH COMMENTS
Texas coach Michael Center
On the win
“We were out there for four hours. We talked a lot about how we were going to have to fight, with this being the third day of a tournament. They kept hanging in there, and after they dropped the doubles, the guys refused to give in. I can’t say enough about their effort. And for David Holiner to win that one in his first real dual match, that was terrific to see.”

On Ed Corrie’s two top-10 wins over the weekend
“Ed had been struggling a bit. He lost a few in a row but kept working hard on his game. He made up his mind that he would be more aggressive and really steady. He just had a phenomenal weekend.”

On David Holiner’s clinching win
“He was up a break in the first set, lost it, and then played a tiebreaker that he lost. Then he went down 3-0 – two breaks – in the second set. I challenged him and told him to go for it. He became aggressive and picked up his serve and won six games in a row to win that set. In the third set, he went down 3-1 but won the next four games to get to 5-3. His opponent held him off, but David played an incredible game at 5-4 to win the match. He hit some incredible serves. At 30-all, he played one of the best points I’ve ever seen, where he dug out three or four balls and got the point. At match point, he hit a huge first serve and hit the volley to win it. I can’t say enough about his poise.”

#5 Texas 4, #8 Illinois 3
ITA National Team Indoor Championship – Consolation
Seattle Tennis Club
Doubles – Order of Finish: 1, 3
1 Souza/Hamui (UI) def. #2 Corrie/Andersen (UT) – 8-6
2 #27 Damico/Holiner (UT) vs. Roth/Hoh (UI) – 5-5, susp.
3 Kalmanovich/Nevolo (UI) def. Mladenov/Whitehead (UT) – 8-2

Singles – Order of Finish: 6, 3, 1, 2, 4, 5
1 #91 Ed Corrie (UT) def. #8 Dennis Nevolo (UI) – 6-3, 6-3
2 #31 Johnny Hamui (UI) def. #61 Kellen Damico (UT) – 6-2, 6-4
3 #93 Vasko Mladenov (UT) def. K.U. Singh (UI) – 6-4, 6-4
4 Daniel Whitehead (UT) def. Roy Kalmanovich (UI) – 6-4, 7-6 (6)
5 David Holiner (UT) def. #65 Abe Souza (UI) – 6-7 (0), 6-3, 6-4
6 Stephen Hoh (UI) def. Sudanwa Sitaram (UT) – 6-1, 6-2

No. 26 SMU Women Defeat LSU, 5-2

DALLAS – The No. 26 SMU Women’s Tennis Team improved to 8-2 this spring with its 5-2 win over LSU on Sunday at SMU’s Turpin Tennis Center.

The Mustangs began the day with solid play in doubles and claimed the early lead by winning at all three positions. SMU has won the doubles point in eight of its ten matches this spring.

Juniors Marta Lesniak and Aleksandra Malyarchikova were first to finish when they downed the No. 39 ranked LSU pair of Wolf and Frenkenberger, 8-3, at the top singles line. The SMU duo improved to 5-3 this spring and evened their record against nationally ranked opponents to 2-2.

Heather Steinbauer and Edyta Cieplucha, who broke into the ITA doubles rankings this week at No. 80, clinched the doubles point for SMU with an 8-5 win over Burns and Vlaar. Steinbauer and Cieplucha improved to 7-1 this spring.

Ashley Turpin and Shahzoda Hatamova won for the third time in four matches and improved to 6-3 with their 8-5 win at No. 3 over Wilson and Morton.

“We came out and set the tone early with our doubles play,” said head coach Lauren Longbotham Meisner. “We knew that LSU would come out ready to play and as always, the double point would be big. I was glad that we matched their intensity and were able to battle the conditions. It was really windy out there, but we didn’t let that bother us.”

In singles, Malyarchikova was first off the courts to push the SMU lead to 2-0. The native of Belarus cruised to a 6-1, 6-0 win over Yvette Vlaar at the No. 5 line. Malyarchokova, newly ranked at No. 112 in singles, is now 8-2 this spring.

Cieplucha made the score 3-0 in favor of SMU when she dispatched Kaitlin Burns at No. 2, 6-1, 6-3. The sophomore is now 7-2 at the No. 2 spot and has won three consecutive matches.

Moments later, Steinbauer clinched the win for the Mustangs with her 6-3, 6-3 win over Keri Frankenberger at No. 3. The transfer from Vanderbilt is also 7-2 on the season at No. 3.

Lesniak, ranked No. 5 in the nation, claimed the Mustangs other win on the afternoon. The junior battled injury to down No. 60 Whitney Wolf at the top singles line, 6-1, 1-6, 6-3. With the win, Lesniak improved to 7-2 this spring and 25-5 on the year. She has also defeated 11 nationally ranked opponents.

The two LSU wins came at Nos. 4 and 6. Ebie Wilson defeated Hatamova 6-4, 6-2 at No. 4, while Turpin retired at No. 6 against Ariel Morton down a set and trailing 3-1 in the second.

“I was glad that we kept our momentum from doubles and took care of business in singles,” said Meisner. “With the way the wind was whipping around, I thought we handled the conditions a little better and kept our focus. LSU is a very scrappy team and I knew we would get their best effort. Now we have to get some rest before we play another tough opponent in TCU on Wednesday.”

SMU returns to action Wednesday, February 23rd when they play host cross-town rival No. 53 TCU at the Turpin Tennis Center. First serve for the match with the Horned Frogs is set for 6 p.m.

No. 26 SMU 5, LSU 2
DOUBLES
1. Lesniak/Malyarchikova (SMU), def. No. 39 Wolf/Frankenberger (LSU), 8-3
2. No. 80 Steinbauer/Cieplucha (SMU), def. Burns/Vlaar (LSU), 8-5
3. Turpin/Hatamova (SMU), def. Wilson/Morton (LSU), 8-5
Order of finish: 1, 2*, 3

SINGLES
1. No. 5 Marta Lesniak (SMU) def. No. 60 Whitney Wolf (LSU), 6-1, 1-6, 6-3
2. Edyta Cieplucha (SMU), def. Kaitlin Burns (LSU), 6-1, 6-3
3. Heather Steinbauer (SMU), def. Keri Frankenberger (LSU), 6-3, 6-3
4. Ebie Wilson (LSU) def. Shahzoda Hatamova (SMU), 6-4, 6-2
5. No. 112 Aleksandra Malyarchikova (SMU), def. Yvette Vlaar (LSU), 6-1, 6-0
6. Ariel Morton (LSU), def. Ashley Turpin (SMU), 6-3, 3-1 (ret.)
Order of finish: 5, 2, 3*, 6, 4, 1

Baylor Men Trounce No. 71 SMU, 6-1

Senior John Peers remains perfect in dual match play to help Bears earn first road victory.

DALLAS – With its second straight 6-1 victory, the eighth-ranked Baylor men’s tennis team captured its first road win of the season at No. 71 SMU on Sunday at the Dallas Country Club.

“It was a great match,” head coach Matt Knoll said. “I thought the guys played hard and competed well. It was a good step in the right direction.”

Baylor (4-2) never trailed in the match between the two former Southwest Conference rivals on its way to a 15th consecutive victory over the Mustangs. SMU still leads the all-time series 28-18, but since 1997 the Bears have owned the series going 16-3 against the Mustangs.

For the first time since a loss at Florida in their first road match of the season, the Bears failed to win all three doubles matches. However, a loss at the No. 2 spot did not prevent Baylor from taking the point for the fourth straight match.

Baylor’s No. 1 duo of Roberto Maytin and John Peers opened their match on fire and cruised to an 8-1 victory over Artem Baradach and Adham el-Effendi. The seventh-ranked BU tandem is now 4-1 in dual match play and 17-4 overall.

“Bobby and John got off to a good start and did a super job of closing their match out quickly,” Knoll said. “That really helped us gain the momentum and that was important for us.”

SMU would level the doubles point at one match apiece as Tobias Flood and Joseph Hattrup got the better of Dennis Lengsfeld and Jordan Rux, 8-6. The match was only the second for the freshman and senior together and it resulted in their first loss.

At No. 3 doubles, Julian Bley and Kike Grangeiro would protect their newly earned national ranking and clinch the doubles point for the Bears by defeating Gaston Cuadranti and Mischa Nowicki, 9-7. The 32nd-ranked BU duo is now 6-0 on the season and 9-2 overall.

“SMU has a long tradition of playing great doubles and they played really well at No. 2 and 3,” Knoll said. “It was just a matter of we split those two matches and we were able to get the point.”

In singles, Peers continued his hot play as he beat the 36th-ranked Baradach at the No. 1 position to give Baylor a 2-0 lead in the match. The Baylor senior, who is ranked No. 27, is now 6-0 in dual match play and holds a 17-5 record overall with a 5-5 mark against ranked opponents.

“It was a really good win for John,” Knoll said. “He has really matured and he is understanding how to better use his offense. I think he has also matured in terms of maintaining his poise better. There was kind of a point where he could of got a little broken down and frustrated, but he did a great job of maintaining his poise and changing some things to win the match.”

Rux, who again moved down one spot in the order for this match, captured his second straight victory by upending el-Effendi, 6-0, 6-4. The win catapulted BU to a commanding 3-0 advantage and evened the BU senior’s dual match record at 3-3.

At the No. 3 spot, Baylor’s third senior would claim the match as Sergio Ramirez downed Griffin 6-4, 7-6(5). The Cali, Columbia, native, is now 4-2 in dual match play and 2-1 at the three spot.

Since the Bears and Mustangs played indoors at the Dallas Country Club only four singles matches were able play at one time, which prevented Maytin and Grangeiro from starting their matches until Rux and Peers wrapped up their contests.

The break, however, did not slow down Maytin as he posted a 6-1, 6-4 victory against Nowicki at the No. 5 spot to push the Bears’ lead to 5-0. Maytin has now won his last four matches and is 5-1 on the season.

SMU got its only point of the day at No. 2 singles as Costa earned a three-set win over Lengsfeld, 6-4, 4-6, 6-3. The loss was Lengsfeld’s first at Baylor, after the freshman had started his career 2-0.

Grangeiro closed out the day for BU at the No. 6 position with a come from behind 6-7(5), 6-4, 10-3 win over Cuadranti. The Baylor junior ups his record to 4-1 in the dual match season.

The Bears will now return to the Baylor Tennis Center to open up a nine match homestand starting with a contest versus Mississippi State on Sunday, Feb. 27 at 1 p.m. Live scoring and a live blog of the match will be available on BaylorBears.com.

Match Notes: Baylor has not lost to SMU since Jan. 23, 2001. During the Matt Knoll era the Bears improve to 90-34 on the road and 23-66 against non-conference opponents. Since 1997, Baylor is 247-83 versus ranked foes.

#8 Baylor 6, #71 SMU 1
Feb 20, 2011 at Dallas, Texas
(Dallas Country Club)
Singles competition
1. #27 John Peers (BU) def. #36 Artem Baradach (SMU) 6-1, 7-5
2. David Costa (SMU) def. Dennis Lengsfeld (BU) 6-4, 4-6, 6-3
3. Sergio Ramirez (BU) def. Bryan Griffin (SMU) 6-4, 7-6 (7-5)
4. Jordan Rux (BU) def. Adham el-Effendi (SMU) 6-0, 6-4
5. Roberto Maytin (BU) def. Mischa Nowicki (SMU) 6-1, 6-4
6. Kike Grangeiro (BU) def. Gaston Cuadranti (SMU) 6-7 (5-7), 6-4, 1-0 (10-3)

Doubles competition
1. #7 John Peers/Roberto Maytin (BU) def. Artem Baradach/Adham el-Effendi (SMU) 8-1
2. Tobias Flood/Joseph Hattrup (SMU) def. Dennis Lengsfeld/Jordan Rux (BU) 8-6
3. #32 Julian Bley/Kike Grangeiro (BU) def. Mischa Nowicki/Gaston Cuadranti (SMU) 9-7

Match Notes:
Baylor 4-2; National ranking #8
SMU 2-3; National ranking #71
Order of finish: Doubles (1,2,3); Singles (1,4,3,5,2,6)

Rice Women Rebound to Down Utah, 5-2

The 48th ranked Rice Owls rebounded from a rough Saturday outing to bounce back and down #43 Utah, 5-2 at the LaNelle Robson Tennis Center in Tucson, Arizona on Sunday. The Owls had opened their weekend schedule by falling to #59 Arizona on Saturday.

“Today was a total team effort and I am extremely proud of the way our team competed,” Rice head coach Elizabeth Schmidt said. “We told them after yesterday’s match that what they did today would really show the character of this team and to say our team rose to the occasion is an understatement.”

After splitting the first two doubles matches, the Owls grabbed the doubles point and the lead in the match thanks to a spirited comeback by Daniella Trigo and Jessica Jackson, who spotted their opponents a 4-0 cushion before winning 8-6 at No. 3.

Rice carried the momentum from that comeback over into singles competition as Dominique Harmath, Trigo and Rebbeka Hänle won their matches in straight sets to clinch the match for the Owls.

The Owls will be back on the road next weekend with matches against Colorado and # 19 Arkansas in Fayetteville, Arkansas.

Tennis Match Results
Rice vs Utah
2/20/2011 at Tucson, AZ
(LaNelle Robson Tennis Center)
#48 Rice 5, #43 Utah 2
Singles competition
1. Rebekka Hänle (RICE) def. Anastasia Putilina (UTAH) 6-3, 6-4
2. Evgenia Kryuchkova (UTAH) def. Jessica Jackson (RICE) 7-6, 6-3
3. Dominique Harmath (RICE) def. Lucia Kovarcikova (UTAH) 6-1 (4-7), 6-3
4. Sarah Pham (UTAH) def. Ana Guzman (RICE) 6-3, 7-6 (7-0)
5. Daniella Trigo (RICE) def. Lexi Provancha (UTAH) 6-2, 6-4
6. Kim Anicete (RICE) def. Paige Miles (UTAH) 6-7 (4-7), 6-4, 10-7

Doubles competition
1. Anastasia Putilina/Paige Miles (UTAH) def. Rebekka Hänle/Ana Guzman (RICE) 8-5
2. Alex Rasch/Dominique Harmath (RICE) def. Lucia Kovarcikova/Evgenia Kryuchkova (UTAH) 8-3
3. Jessica Jackson/Daniella Trigo (RICE) def. Lexi Provancha/Sarah Pham (UTAH) 8-6

Match Notes:
Rice 7-3; National ranking #48
Utah 4-5; National ranking #43
Order of finish: Doubles (2,1,3); Singles (3,5,1,4,6,2)

Zona Wildcats Drop Rice women, 6-1

Face Utah on Sunday

The Rice Owls women’s tennis team could not overcome the combination of a red-hot Arizona Wildcat team and blustery conditions, dropping a 6-1 verdict to their 59th ranked hosts on Saturday at the LaNelle Robson Tennis Center in Tucson, Ariz.

“Today was brutal playing conditions for both teams and, frankly, we did not have what it took to get the job done against a talented Arizona squad,” Rice head coach Elizabeth Schmidt said. “We have another tough battle tomorrow against Utah and I know everyone is looking forward to getting back out there and proving to ourselves that we are better than what we showed today.”

The two teams staged a taught battle for the doubles point, splitting matches at No. 1 and No. 3 before Arizona’s duo at No. 2 captured the point with a 7-5 win in tiebreaker over Dominique Harmath and Alex Rasch.

Arizona added to their lead with a win at No. 3 before freshman Kim Anicete put the Owls on the board with a win at No. 5. However, after that it was all Wildcats, who won four of the five singles matches in straight sets.

“Kim’s quick victory was a bright spot on the day,” Schmidt said. “She took care of business and did not let the wind affect her at all.”

Complete Results
No. 59 Arizona 6 No. 48 Rice 1
LaNelle Robson Tennis Center- Tucson, Ariz.

Doubles:
1. Landsman/Marks def. Hanle/Guzman 9-7
2. Smyth/Stubbe def. Harmath/Rasch 9-8 (7-5)*
3. Jackson/Trigo def. Mc Rann/Huh 8-6
Order of finish: 1, 3, 2
*deciding match

Singles:
1. Sarah Landsman def. Rebekka Hanle 6-4, 4-6, 6-0
2. Natasha Marks def. No. 110 Dominique Harmath 6-2, 7-5
3. Lacey Smyth def. Jessica Jackson 6-2, 6-4
4. Kim Stubbe def. Ana Guzman 7-5, 7-5*
5. Kim Anicete def. Jane Huh 6-2, 6-4
6. Susan Mc Rann def. Alex Rasch 6-3, 7-5
Order of finish: 3, 5, 2, 4, 1, 6
*deciding match