SMU women beat UCSB; Meisner breaks win record

Head coach Lauren Longbotham Meisner broke the program’s career wins record

DALLAS – With the No. 33 SMU Women’s Tennis Team’s 6-1 victory over No. 66 UC-Santa Barbara, head coach Lauren Longbotham Meisner broke the program’s career wins record. Meisner’s career record now stands at 95-27 (.779) after just five years at the helm of the Mustangs and her team improved to 13-4 this spring.

Meisner broke the previous mark set by Owen McHaney in one fewer season. McHaney went 94-80 (.540) from 1982-1987.

As has been its calling card this season, SMU won the doubles point in dominant fashion to help set the tone for the afternoon.

Marta Lesniak and Aleksandra Malyarchikova downed Natalia Lozano and Jordan Dockendorf, 8-3, at the top doubles line.

Edyta Cieplucha and Heather Steinbauer clinched the doubles point for the Mustangs with identical 8-3 over Jill Damion and Kiersten Meehan at No. 3.

To cap things off, Shahzoda Hatamova and Kris Roberts notched just their second win as a duo this spring with a dominant 8-2 win against Sofia Novak and Paola Cos.

Singles play saw the same strong and focused play from SMU and the team was able to grab the victory quickly on the hot and humid spring day.

Lesniak, the nation’s No. 9 singles player, downed Lozano 6-2, 6-2, at the top singles line. The junior from Poland has won her last 10 matches and is 14-2 this spring and 32-5 overall this season.

Cieplucha also wasted little time in defeating Damion at No. 2, 6-2, 6-1, and is now 11-5 this spring.

Malyarchikova won her ninth consecutive match, her first this spring at No. 3, when she took out Novak 6-0, 6-2. The native of Belarus is now 14-1 this spring.

Steinbauer also won her 11th match this season, downing Dockendorf 6-4, 6-4, at No. 4, while the final SMU win came at No. 5 where Hatamova took out Cos, 6-4, 6-3.

“Today was another solid win,” said Meisner. “I thought our doubles play was strong and we carried the same intensity over to singles. I am honored to have the career record and I am sure someday I will realize how special this is, but I really don’t look at personal accomplishments. Right now I’m just focused on helping the team improve so we can achieve our goal of winning the C-USA Championship.”

With the career mark now in hand, Meisner will seek to become the first SMU Women’s Tennis coach to 100 career wins.

SMU returns to action on Saturday, April 2, when it travels to Orlando, Fla. to do battle with Conference USA foe UCF. The match is scheduled to begin at 10 a.m. CT. The Mustangs will also play against Florida International while in the Sunshine State. First serve for the match in Miami on Sunday is also set for 10 a.m. CT.

No. 33 SMU 6, UC-Santa Barbara 1
SINGLES
1. No. 9 Marta Lesniak (SMU) def. Natalia Lozano (UCSB), 6-2, 6-2
2. Edyta Cieplucha (SMU) def. Jill Damion (UCSB), 6-2, 6-1
3. Aleksandra Malyarchikova (SMU) def. Sofia Novak (UCSB), 6-0, 6-2
4. Heather Steinbauer (SMU) def. Jordan Dockendorf (UCSB), 6-4, 6-4
5. Shahzoda Hatomova (SMU) def. Paola Cos (UCSB), 6-4, 6-3
6. Kiersten Meehan (UCSB) def. Kris Roberts (SMU), 6-1, 6-3
Order of Finish: 6, 2, 3, 1*, 4, 5

DOUBLES
1. Lesniak/Malyarchikova (SMU) def Lozano/Dockendorf (UCSB), 8-3
2. Cieplucha/Steinbauer (SMU) def. Damion/Meehan (UCSB), 8-3
3. Roberts/Hatamova (SMU) def. Novak/Cos (UCSB), 8-2
Order of Finsh: 1, 2*, 3

No. 9 Baylor Topples No. 19 Oklahoma, 5-2

Baylor won its seventh consecutive match over the Sooners

NORMAN, Okla. – Despite dropping the doubles point, No. 9 Baylor’s singles lineup carried the Lady Bears to a 5-2 win over 19th-ranked Oklahoma on Sunday in Norman, Okla. The match was moved indoors due to inclement weather.

The win moves Baylor to 14-3 overall and 4-1 in the Big 12, while dropping Oklahoma to 12-3 overall and also 4-1 in the Big 12. It also marked BU’s seventh in a row over the Sooners.

Oklahoma came out and took over on the first two doubles courts, recording an 8-1 win on Court 1 and an 8-3 win on Court 2. But, Baylor fought back with a win on the final doubles court, then taking the first four singles courts to take the victory.

With the move indoors due to the weather, only three singles courts could be played at once, and Baylor went 3-0 on the first three courts. No. 19 Sona Novakova took on Oklahoma’s lone ranked player, No. 95 Ana Maria Constantinescu, and had no troubles on her way to a 6-4, 6-0 win.

Baylor’s 44th-ranked Diana Nakic won by just a break in the first set 7-5, then found her stroke in a 6-1 win the second set to give Baylor a 2-1 lead.

Meanwhile, No. 34 Nina Secerbegovic took an 11-match singles win streak into the day against Alice Radu on Court 2. After Secerbegovic took the first set 6-2, but lost the second 4-6 before rebounding for a 6-2 third set victory. The second-set loss was the first time in seven matches that she had lost a set.

With a 3-1 lead, Baylor needed just one more point to clinch the win, and got it from Jelena Stanivuk on Court 4. The senior, ranked 119th, won in straight sets 6-2, 7-5, over Marie-Pier Huet.

No. 116 Karolina Filipiak added a super tiebreaker win on Court 5 over Mia Lancaster, battling back from down a set. Filipiak lost the first 3-6, but won the second 6-2 and took the super tiebreaker 10-6. On the final court, Taylor Ormond was up a set (6-2) and down 2-1 in the second, but retired to keep from injury after missing the majority of the season.

Baylor’s lone win in doubles came after the team point was decided on Court 3. Stanivuk and Ormond held on for an 8-6 win over Huet and Tara Eckel.

The Lady Bears hit the road for one midweek match, taking on the No. 1-ranked University of Florida in a match rescheduled from earlier this season. Baylor will travel to Gainesville, Fla., to take on the top-ranked Gators at 2:30 p.m. ET/1:30 p.m. CT.

Baylor vs Oklahoma
Mar 27, 2011 at Norman, Okla.
(Wadley Indoor Tennis Pavilion)
#9 Baylor 5, #18 Oklahoma 2
Singles competition
1. #19 Sona Novakova (BU) def. #95 Ana Constantinescu (OU) 6-4, 6-0
2. #34 Nina Secerbegovic (BU) def. Alice Radu (OU) 6-2, 4-6, 6-2
3. #44 Diana Nakic (BU) def. Whitney Ritchie (OU) 7-5, 6-1
4. #119 Jelena Stanivuk (BU) def. Marie-Pier Huet (OU) 6-2, 7-5
5. #116 Karolina Filipiak (BU) def. Mia Lancaster (OU) 3-6, 6-2, 1-0 (10-6)
6. Maria Kalashinikova (OU) def. Taylor Ormond (BU) 2-6, 2-1, retired

Doubles competition
1. Ana Constantinescu/Alice Radu (OU) def. Nina Secerbegovic/Karolina Filipiak (BU) 8-1
2. Whitney Ritchie/Mia Lancaster (OU) def. Sona Novakova/Diana Nakic (BU) 8-3
3. Jelena Stanivuk/Taylor Ormond (BU) def. Marie-Pier Huet/Tara Eckel (OU) 8-6

Match Notes:
Baylor 14-3, 4-1; National ranking #9
Oklahoma 12-3, 4-1; National ranking #18
Order of finish: Doubles (1,2,3); Singles (1,3,2,4,6,5)

UTEP Downed By No. 66 Santa Barbara, 7-0

DENTON – The UTEP tennis team was tripped up by No. 66 Santa Barbara, 7-0, in a neutral-site match Sunday afternoon. The Miners (4-11) battled but could not ever put it all together in the eventual setback to the nationally-ranked Gauchos (10-6).

“We played them closely in doubles,” UTEP head coach Victor Aguilar said. “We fought hard. We are now getting ready for New Mexico State on Wednesday.”

Action initiated in doubles where the Orange and Blue put up a good fight in each of the matches but ultimately had to settle for the moral victory.

At No. 1 doubles the Miners’ duo of Carolina DeLuca/Martina Trierweiler locked up with Jordan Dockendorf/Natalia Lozano, eventually falling by a final count of 8-4. Ximena Fuentes/Gabi Vazquez traded blows with Kiersten Meehen/Sofia Novak in an 8-5 setback at the second spot while the tandem of Dariya Abdrakhmanova/Alexandra Glebova was derailed by Paola Cos/Erica Cano, 8-4, at No. 3.

There was a short break before focus changed to the singles matches, where UTEP’s aspirations of a comeback did not come to fruition. Abdrakhmanova pushed Novak to the limits, only to come up shy in three sets, 6-3, 0-6, 6-1 at No. 2 singles.

Vazquez took on Dockendorf at No. 3 singles. She dropped the first set, 6-2. The freshman regrouped and played at a much higher level in the second set, but she still was bounced, 6-4.

The Orange and Blue’s top player, Trierweiler, took on Lozano at No. 1 singles. She showed plenty of poise in an entertaining first set, but couldn’t close the deal in a 7-6 defeat. The sophomore trailed, 3-0, midway through the second set before she was forced to retire.

Marie LeBlond was saddled with a sluggish start against Meehen at No. 5 singles, dropping the initial set by a count of 6-2. She battled and was much more competitive in the second set but it wasn’t enough in a 6-4 defeat.

Glebova ran into a buzzsaw in the form of Cos at No.4 singles, and was knocked off by a final tally of 6-2, 6-0. It was a similar fate for her fellow classmate, Fuentes, at No. 6 singles. Cano bested the Mexico native, 6-0, 6-1.

Singles competition
1. Natalia Lozano (UCSB) def. Martina Trierweiler (UTEP) 7-6, 3-0, retired
2. Sofia Novak (UCSB) def. Dariya Abdrakhmanova (UTEP) 6-3, 0-6, 6-1
3. Jordan Dockendorf (UCSB) def. Gabi Vazquez (UTEP) 6-2, 6-4
4. Paola Cos (UCSB) def. Alexandra Glebova (UTEP) 6-2, 6-0
5. Kiersten Meehen (UCSB) def. Marie LeBlond (UTEP) 6-2, 6-4
6. Erica Cano (UCSB) def. Ximena Fuentes (UTEP) 6-0, 6-1

Doubles competition
1. Jordan Dockendorf/Natalia Lozano (UCSB) def. Carolina DeLuca/Martina Trierweiler (UTEP) 8-4
2. Kiersten Meehen/Sofia Novak (UCSB) def. Ximena Fuentes/Gabi Vazquez (UTEP) 8-5
3. Paola Cos/Erica Cano (UCSB) def. Dariya Abdrakhmanova/Alexandra Glebova (UTEP) 8-4
The Miners will have a quick turnaround, playing at NM State at 2:30 p.m. MDT Wednesday.

No. 4 Texas overpowers Oklahoma State, 6-1

Longhorns take the doubles point and win five of six singles matches against the Cowboys.

STILLWATER, Okla. – No. 4 Texas (14-5, 1-1 Big 12) took the doubles point and claimed five of six singles matches in a 6-1 win over Oklahoma State (3-8, 0-2 Big 12) Sunday afternoon at the DeBois Tennis Complex.

UT opened the match with a win at first doubles, where Ed Corrie and Jean Andersen dealt OSU’s 13th-ranked tandem of Aleksey Bessonov and Rifat Biktyanov an 8-4 defeat. UT clinched the doubles point at the third slot, where Vasko Mladenov and Daniel Whitehead held off OSU’s Vlad Bondarenko and Tomas Patino by a 9-7 count. OSU took the remaining match at second doubles.

Texas cruised to victory in the singles session with victories in five of six matches. Damico overpowered Bondarenko by a 6-1, 6-2 count at second singles, and Andersen went on to post a 6-1, 7-5 win over Bessonov at third singles. Mladenov clinched the victory for the Longhorns at fourth singles, where he dealt Eric West a 6-4, 6-3 defeat.

OSU picked up a win at first singles, but UT’s Whitehead answered with a win at fifth singles, where Ilija Martinoski retired in the second set. UT freshman Sudanwa Sitaram finished off the victory for the Horns at sixth singles, where he finished off Patino, 6-4, 6-7 (6), 1-0 (10-4).

Texas resumes play on Saturday, April 2 when it hosts Rice.

#4 Texas 6, Oklahoma State 1
Doubles – Order of Finish: 1, 3, 2
1 #5 Andersen/Corrie (UT) def. #13 Aleksey Bessonov/Rifat Biktyakov (OSU) – 8-4
2 Maniel Bains/Eric West (OSU) def. #28 Kellen Damico/David Holiner (UT) – 9-8 (2)
3 Vasko Mladenov/Daniel Whitehead(UT) def. Vlad Bondarenko/Tomas Patino (OSU) – 9-7

Singles – Order of Finish: 2, 3, 4, 1, 5, 6
1 #110 Maniel Bains (OSU) def. #33 Ed Corrie (UT) – 6-3, 1-6, 1-0 (10-6)
2 #90 Kellen Damico (UT) def. Vlad Bondarenko (OSU) – 6-1, 6-2
3 #80 Jean Andersen (UT) def. Aleksey Bessonov (OSU) – 6-1, 7-5
4 Vasko Mladenov (UT) def. Eric West (OSU) – 6-4, 6-3
5 Daniel Whitehead (UT) def. Ilija Martinoski (OSU) – 7-5, 2-1, ret.
6 Sudanwa Sitaram (UT) def. Tomas Patino (OSU) – 6-4, 6-7 (6), 1-0 (10-4)

Rice Women Complete Weekend Sweep by Dropping Tulane

The Rice women’s tennis team completed a weekend sweep of matches by downing Tulane 5-2 at Jake Hess Tennis Stadium on Sunday.

“Our team competed very well again today,” Rice head coach Elizabeth Schmidt said “I was pleased with our doubles on all three courts. We got the job done by playing disciplined and aggressive. In singles, it was a total team effort and everyone fought for every single point to help us secure another tough victory against a talented team,” she added.

The Owls (11-8) raced out to an early lead thanks to a sweep of the doubles matches, and increased the lead to 2-0 when Dominique Harmath picked up a quick win at No. 1 after Tulane’s Mariam Kurdadze was forced to retire because of an injury.

Rice then closed out the match as Rebekka Hänle and Jessica Jackson won their matches in straight sets.

The Owls will be back in action next Saturday when they host Southern Miss at 11 am at Jake Hess Tennis Stadium.

Tennis Match Results
Tulane vs Rice
3/27/2011 at Houston, TX
(Jake Hess Tennis Stadium)
#69 Rice 5, Tulane 2
Singles competition
1. Dominique Harmath (RICE) def. Mariam Kurdadze (TLN) 2-0, retired
2. Rebekka Hänle (RICE) def. Emma Levy (TLN) 6-3, 6-3
3. Jessica Jackson (RICE) def. Lindsay Dvorak (TLN) 6-2, 6-1
4. Hila Elster (TLN) def. Ana Guzman (RICE) 7-5, 6-1
5. Kim Anicete (RICE) def. Katherine Cecil (TLN) 6-3, 4-6, 1-0 (10-6)
6. Emma Helisten (TLN) def. Alex Rasch (RICE) 6-2, 3-6, 1-0 (210-6)

Doubles competition
1. Rebekka Hänle/Ana Guzman (RICE) def. Mariam Kurdadze/Emma Levy (TLN) 8-1
2. Dominique Harmath/Alex Rasch (RICE) def. Emma Helisten/Lindsay Dvorak (TLN) 8-5
3. Daniella Trigo/Jessica Jackson (RICE) def. Hila Elster/Katherine Cecil (TLN) 8-5

Match Notes:
Tulane 8-10
Rice 11-8; National ranking #69
Order of finish: Doubles (1,3,2); Singles (1,3,2,5,4)

Aggies Thump Jayhawks, 6-1

LAWRENCE, Kan. – No. 25 Texas A&M got back into the win column today with a convincing 6-1 victory over Kansas today at the Jayhawk Tennis Center indoor courts.

The Aggies improve to 9-4 overall and 3-2 in Big 12 Conference matches. Kansas falls to 6-8 and remains winless in conference play at 0-4.

A&M won the doubles point although Kansas won the first match to be finished. After Ekaterina Morozova and Dylan Windom downed A&M’s Christi Liles (Largo, Fla.) and Nazari Urbina (Xalapa, Veracruz, Mexico), 8-1, at the No. 1 line, the Aggies came back with convincing wins of their own at the No. 2 and 3 lines.

A&M’s Stephanie Davidson (Fair Oaks Ranch, Texas) and Sheri Olivier (Topeka, Kan.) evened up the doubles competition as they won their first three games against Paulina Los and Monica Pezzotti at the No. 3 line and continued to build on the lead en route to an 8-2 victory. It was the pair’s fourth consecutive win and Davidson’s 11th win in her last 12 matches. In addition, it marked Davidson’s 91st career win, putting her within one of tying former Aggie standout Nancy Dingwall (1994-97) for sixth place in the A&M all-time records.

Janelle Cuthbertson (Perth, Australia) and Morgan Frank (Oldsmar, Fla.) then secured the doubles point for A&M. The Aggie duo opened the match by winning the first six games against Sara Lazarevic and Erin Wilbert at No. 2. A&M then dropped two games before finishing off the match, 8-2.

“I’m pleased with the win, but I’m still not satisfied that we have the right doubles lineup – we don’t – but because of the rules within the conference, I couldn’t make a switch,” A&M coach Bobby Kleinecke said. “Luckily it didn’t hurt us today, and I thought Nos. 2 and 3 doubles did an excellent job.”

Kansas tied the score at the start of singles as Morozova broke away from a 4-4 first set tie against 18th-ranked Urbina and went on to win 6-4, 6-1 at the No. 1 line.

Moments later, Liles regained the lead for A&M, blanking Lazarevic, 6-0, 6-0, at No. 3. Frank then put the Aggies ahead, 3-1, with a dominating 6-3, 6-1 win against Pezzotti at the No. 2 line.
It was Frank’s 82nd career win, moving her within one victory of tying former Aggie All-American Jessica Roland (2001-04) for 10th place in the A&M all-time records.

“Singles-wise, I thought we played a good match,” Kleinecke said. “Christi and Morgan, winning the way they did, pretty quick, pretty easy, that really helped a lot.”

Davidson followed with the match-clinching win at No. 5 singles. The senior, who was riding a three-match winning streak, jumped out to a 4-0 lead against Wilbert in the first set and went on to win it, 6-1. Wilbert then took the second set, 6-2, but it was all Davidson in the third set as she notched a 6-2 win to close out the match.

“Stephanie Davidson came up with another good win today,” Kleinecke said. “It seems like we have gone three sets against Wilbert every time.”

Cuthbertson added to A&M’s lead with a three-set victory against Los at No. 4. Cuthbertson took the first set, 6-4, but Los came back to take the second set by the identical score to force a third set. Cuthbertson then jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the final set and continued to pull away for a 6-2 win.

“Janelle, she has been struggling confidence-wise, and for her to come through with a three-set win, that is something she can build on,” Kleinecke said.

Lauren Santacroce (Spring, Texas) accounted for the final point of the match, coming back from a 3-0 deficit in the first set to dispose of Windom, 6-4, 6-3.

“With Lauren, she also has been struggling with confidence,” Kleinecke added, “and it was great for her, falling down 3-0 in the first set and then figuring out, ‘ok, I’m playing the wrong game plan’ and then making the adjustment and coming back. That is the only reason she won the first set. Then at 4-4 in the first set, she went back to her old game plan for three points to fall down 40-love and then got it back again, took the game to go up 5-4 and then won 6-4. She is learning a good lesson there.”

It was A&M’s 13th consecutive win against the Jayhawks.

Looking forward, Kleinecke remains concerned about the doubles, as well as getting Christi Potgieter (Petrusville, South Africa) back into the lineup as soon as possible. The freshman had settled in at No. 3 doubles and No. 4 singles before injuring her left thumb. She has missed the last four matches, forcing a shakeup to the usual lineups, and it is undetermined how soon she will return to competition, although she has been practicing with a cast on her hand.

“We have time to figure out what we are going to do with doubles,” Kleinecke said. “Our biggest thing is we need to get Christi Potgieter healthy and back into the lineup.”

The Aggies take a break from Big 12 play to travel to Notre Dame next weekend. A&M will face the 19th-ranked Fighting Irish on Saturday at 1 p.m. (12 p.m. Central) in South Bend, Ind. A&M also will face DePaul on Sunday at 9 a.m. (8 a.m. Central) in South Bend.

Live scoring of the matches will be available at AggieAthletics.com. In addition, updates will be posted on Twitter @AggieTennis.

No. 25 Texas A&M 6, Kansas 1
Jayhawk Tennis Center (Indoor)
Lawrence, Kan.

Singles
1. Ekaterina Morozova (KU) def. (#18) Nazari Urbina (TAMU), 6-4, 6-1
2. Morgan Frank (TAMU) def. Monica Pezzotti (KU), 6-3, 6-1
3. Christi Liles (TAMU) def. Sara Lazarevic (KU), 6-0, 6-0
4. Janelle Cuthbertson (TAMU) def. Paulina Los (KU), 4-6, 6-4, 6-2
5. Stephanie Davidson (TAMU) def. Erin Wilbert (KU), 6-1, 2-6, 6-2
6. Lauren Santacroce (TAMU) def. Dylan Windom (KU), 6-4, 6-3

Doubles (A&M wins the point)
1. Morozova/Windom (KU) def. Liles/Urbina (TAMU), 8-1
2. Cuthbertson/Frank (TAMU) def. Lazarevic /Wilbert (KU), 8-2
3. Davidson/Sheri Olivier (TAMU) def. Los/Pezzotti (KU), 8-2

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

Team records:
Texas A&M: 9-4, 3-2 Big 12
Kansas: 6-8, 0-4 Big 12

Baylor Men Earn 4-3 Win At No. 17 Texas Tech

Bears capture fourth-straight win in season’s first conference match.

LUBBOCK – After racing out to a 3-0 lead, the 16th-ranked Baylor men’s tennis team held on for a 4-3 win against No. 17 Texas Tech on Sunday at the McLeod Tennis Center to open Big 12 Conference play with a victory.

“We are just happy to win,” head coach Matt Knoll said. “It is tough to beat these good teams. We knew it was going to be a battle and it sure was, but we are happy to have the win.”

In the match, Baylor (12-3, 1-0) got its 10th win in its last 11 contests, while improving to 17-0 against Texas Tech (13-6, 0-1) in the Knoll era. In Big 12 regular season play, the Bears own a 15-0 mark against the Red Raiders overall and a 6-0 record in Lubbock.

For the fourth time this season, Baylor had a match decided by a single point and in such matches the Bears are now 3-1. However, Sunday’s match was the first one of the four not to come down to the last match on the court. The Bears built the 3-0 lead, but then Texas Tech got a point, before BU claimed the necessary fourth point to clinch the match. The Red Raiders won the final two matches on court.

For the 13th straight contest Baylor won the doubles point as Julian Bley and Kike Grangeiro raced past David Gonzalez and Raphael Pfister, 8-3, at No. 3 doubles. It was the fourth straight win for the BU duo to improve the tandem’s record to 13-1 in dual-match play.

The clinching win in doubles came from the seventh-ranked pair of Roberto Maytin and John Peers, who downed No. 26 Raony Carvalho and Rafael Garcia at the No. 1 position, 8-3. Maytin and Peers are now 11-2 on the season and hold a 9-4 record against nationally ranked opponents.

“The matches at No. 1 and 3 started off very competitive,” Knoll said. “I think it was two all on both courts, but we started making a few more returns and once we started doing that we got the break and that kind of turned it around for us.”

When the point was decided, the match at No. 2 doubles was tied at four games each, but the Tech duo of Gonzalo Escobar and Vitor Manzini retired shortly thereafter to give Sergio Ramirez and Jordan Rux the win. The duo is now 9-3 in dual-match play and its win gave BU a clean sweep of all the doubles matches for the eighth time this season.

The Bears carried their quick start in doubles into singles action as they won four of six first sets to grab the momentum.

Grangeiro was the first Bear to turn the opening set win into a match victory as he got past Gabriel Wanderley at the No. 5 spot, 6-3, 6-3. The 99th-ranked Grangeiro has now won nine of his last 10 starts and is 12-2 in dual-match play.

“Kike was really solid throughout in a really competitive match,” Knoll said. “He just stayed focused and got through that match very well.”

Next, the 27th-ranked Peers got Baylor within one point of the win as he beat his second straight top-20 player in 18th-ranked Escobar, 6-1, 6-4 at the No. 1 position. Escobar had gotten the better of Peers in fall tournament play on Oct. 25, but in Sunday’s match the BU senior got revenge to run his record to 12-3.

On the brink of defeat, the Red Raiders would finally get on the board as the 21st-ranked Carvalho got the better of Ramirez at No. 2 singles, 6-3, 6-4.

However, after that loss Maytin would clinch the match for Baylor with a 7-6(2), 6-3 victory against Manzini at the No. 3 spot. The 96th-ranked Maytin has won 10 of his last 11 starts and is 11-2 in dual-match play.

Baylor would lose the final two matches of the day as Garcia got past Rux at the No. 3 spot, 2-6, 6-3, 6-2, and Pfister downed Bley 7-6(3), 0-6, 10-6 at the No. 6 position.

The Bears will continue their three-match road trip with their second conference match at No. 41 Nebraska on Sat., April 2 at 3 p.m. BU is 21-0 in the Big 12 era against the Cornhuskers.

Match Notes: Baylor improves to 87-15 in Big 12 regular season play all-time and 12-3 in league play openers. In the10 seasons that BU has opened Big 12 play on the road the Bears are now 8-2. Baylor is now 91-34 on the road and 254-84 against ranked foes under Matt Knoll. This season the Bears are 7-3 against ranked opponents and 3-3 versus teams in the top-25.

#16 Baylor 4, #17 Texas Tech 3
Mar 27, 2011 at Lubbock, Texas
(McLeod Tennis Center)
Singles competition
1. #27 John Peers (BU) def. #18 Gonzalo Escobar (TT) 6-1, 6-4
2. #21 Raony Carvalho (TT) def. Sergio Ramirez (BU) 6-3, 6-4
3. Rafael Garcia (TT) def. Jordan Rux (BU) 2-6, 6-3, 6-2
4. #96 Roberto Maytin (BU) def. Vitor Manzini (TT) 7-6 (7-2), 6-3
5. #99 Kike Grangeiro (BU) def. Gabriel Wanderley (TT) 6-3, 6-3
6. Raphael Pfister (TT) def. Julian Bley (BU) 7-6 (7-3), 0-6, 10-6

Doubles competition
1. #7 John Peers/Roberto Maytin (BU) def. #26 Raony Carvalho/Rafael Garcia (TT) 8-3
2. Sergio Ramirez/Jordan Rux (BU) def. Gonzalo Escobar/Vitor Manzini (TT) 4-4, retired
3. Kike Grangeiro/Julian Bley (BU) def. David Gonzalez/Raphael Pfister (TT) 8-3

Match Notes:
Baylor 12-3 (1-0); National ranking #16
Texas Tech 13-6 (0-1); National ranking #17
Order of finish: Doubles (3,1,2); Singles (5,1,2,4,3,6)

A&M Women Upset by Kansas State

MANHATTAN, Kan. – No. 25 Texas A&M was upset, 5-2, by much-improved No. 39 Kansas State today at the at Body First Fitness and Tennis Center indoor courts.

“I give K-State credit,” A&M coach Bobby Kleinecke said. “They came out from the start and played a very aggressive game and just took it to us all day. They had more things to their game, more things that they could go to than us. They could keep balls in the court, they could come to the net, and that was the difference in the match. We just didn’t have an answer for it today.”

A&M, which suffers its first-ever loss to the Wildcats in 16 meetings, drops to 8-4 overall and 2-2 in the Big 12. K-State, which upset No. 10 Baylor last week, improves to 11-3, 2-2 Big 12.

The Wildcats won two of three doubles matches to take a 1-0 lead. The team of Petra Niedermayerova and Nina Sertic never trailed in an 8-3 victory at the No. 1 line over A&M’s Christi Liles (Largo, Fla.) and Nazari Urbina (Xalapa, Veracruz, Mexico), who were playing their first dual match together.

A&M’s Stephanie Davidson (Fair Oaks Ranch, Texas) and Sheri Olivier (Topeka, Kan.) then got a win at No. 3 doubles to even the race for the crucial point. The Aggies broke serve to take a 4-3 lead against K-State’s Ana Gomez Aleman and Petra Chuda and held the lead for the remainder of the matching, pulling away for an 8-6 win. It was Davidson’s 10th win in her last 11 matches, and she reaches the 90-career win milestone.

Karla Bonacic and Antea Huljev then secured the doubles point for the Wildcats, defeating Janelle Cuthbertson (Perth, Australia) and Morgan Frank (Oldsmar, Fla.), 8-5, at the No. 2 line. Cuthbertson and Frank were playing together for the first time this spring.

“We had been struggling at No. 1 doubles, and we had lost enough that we thought it was time to make a change,” Kleinecke said about the new doubles lineup. “We almost did it after the Texas match but we didn’t. When we came back from Spring Break, we had a great practice with the teams we played today and felt this was a good change. But the next time we played, it was not good. Big 12 rules require us to turn in lineups at the beginning of the week, and if I didn’t have that rule, I wouldn’t have been playing these teams today.”

The Wildcats carried the momentum into singles with Nos. 1, 2 and 3 first taking the court at the 3-court facility. Niedermayerova put the Wildcats up, 2-0, by topping Urbina, 6-1, 6-1 at the No. 1 line. It was the first Big 12 loss for Urbina who drops to 3-1 in conference play. Meanwhile, it was the second consecutive top-20 victory for currently unranked Niedermayerova, who defeated No. 15 Aeriel Ellis of Texas on Friday.

Frank put the Aggies on the scoreboard as she held off Huljev, 6-4, 7-5, at No. 2. In the first set, Frank broke serve to take a 5-4 lead and then held to complete the set. Frank built a 5-3 lead in the second set, but Huljev came back, fighting off a match point to even the set at 5-5. Frank then won the next two games to put the Aggies within 2-1.

It marked Frank’s 81st career victory, putting her within two wins of breaking into the top 10 in the A&M all-time career records.

K-State went up 3-1 when Bonacic held on to defeat Liles, 4-6, 6-4, 6-4 at No. 3. Liles was down 4-1 in the first set but came back to win the next five games to take the set. She held a 4-3 lead in the second, but Bonacic rallied for three unanswered games to win the second set. The third set was tied at 4-4, but Bonacic won the next two games, with Liles getting overruled at match point marking one of several controversial calls during the contest.

“There was a lot of adversity we had to fight back from today, but it didn’t go our way,” Kleinecke said. “That is not an excuse. We just have to get better.”

Gomez Aleman secured the win for the Wildcats with a 6-4, 6-4 win against Cuthbertson at the No. 4 line. Davidson notched A&M’s only other point with a 6-4, 6-2 win against Sertic at No. 5. Carmen Borau Ramos then capped K-State’s victory with a 7-6 (0), 6-4 win against Lauren Santacroce (Spring, Texas) at the No. 6 line.

“We haven’t had the best week of workouts, but K-State definitely did not catch us by surprise,” Kleinecke said. “We’ve got to keep working to get better. Obviously taking Christi Potgieter out of the lineup because of her thumb injury weakens us. She is a great player and has been playing No. 4, but she is capable of playing higher. That is something hard to make up for.“

The Aggies play at Kansas tomorrow with first serve slated for 11 a.m. at the Jayhawk Tennis Center. Kansas, which has lost the last 12 meetings against A&M, fell to No. 26 Texas, 7-0, today in Lawrence, Kan. to drop to 6-7 overall and 0-3 in Big 12 matches.

“It is important that we bounce back from today and come out with a good team,” Kleinecke said. “Kansas always plays us tough here, and we have to be ready to play. It’s all us right now and how we are going to respond, and that is the challenge.”

Live scoring of the match will be available at AggieAthletics.com. In addition, updates will be posted on Twitter @AggieTennis.

No. 39 Kansas State 5, No. 25 Texas A&M 2
Body First Fitness and Tennis Center (Indoor)
Manhattan, Kan.
Singles
1. Petra Niedermayerova (KSU) def. (#18) Nazari Urbina (TAMU), 6-1, 6-1
2. Morgan Frank (TAMU) def. Antea Huljev (KSU), 6-4, 7-5
3. Karla Bonacic (KSU) def. Christi Liles (TAMU), 4-6, 6-4, 6-4
4. Ana Gomez Aleman (KSU) def. Janelle Cuthbertson (A&M), 6-4, 6-4
5. Stephanie Davidson (TAMU) def. Nina Sertic (KSU), 6-4, 6-2
6. Carmen Borau Ramos (KSU) def. Lauren Santacroce (TAMU), 7-6 (0), 6-4

Doubles (KSU wins the point)
1. Niedermayerova/Sertic (KSU) def. Liles/Urbina (TAMU), 8-3
2. Bonacic/Huljev (KSU) def. Cuthbertson/Frank (TAMU), 8-5
3. Davidson/Sheri Olivier (TAMU) def. Gomez Aleman/Petra Chuda (KSU), 8-6

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

Team records:
Texas A&M: 8-4, 2-2 Big 12
Kansas State 11-3, 2-2 Big 12

No. 9 Baylor Cruises Past OSU, 6-1

Sophomore Nina Secerbegovic won her 11th consecutive singles match

STILLWATER, Okla. – Baylor’s ninth-ranked women’s tennis team (13-3, 3-1) cruised to a 6-1 win on the road over Oklahoma State (4-9, 1-2) on Saturday in Stillwater, Okla.

“Our focus and maturity was very good today,” head coach Joey Scrivano said. “We’re definitely moving in the right direction.”

The Lady Bears kicked off the day with a solid performance on the doubles courts, sweeping the Cowgirls to take an early 1-0 lead. Baylor then kept the momentum rolling, taking five of six singles matches in straights, and losing only a total of six games on the first three courts.

Oklahoma State was able to give Baylor a run on the doubles courts, losing by just one break point in each. On Court 2, Diana Nakic and Sona Novakova were the first to finish with an 8-6 win over OSU’s Kanyapat Narattana and Malika Rose. Baylor’s Karolina Filipiak and Nina Secerbegovic then clinched the point for Baylor with a 9-7 win on Court 1 over Sasha Belova and Nataliya Shatkovskaya. Taylor Ormond and Jelena Stanivuk also added an 8-6 win over Sarah Meghoufel and C.C. Sardinha on Court 3.

The top three singles courts finished at a furious pace to clinch the match for the Lady Bears. No. 19 Novakova double-zeroed Shatkovskaya, 6-0, 6-0, on Court 1, while 34th-ranked Secerbegovic nearly equaled the feat, beating Belova 6-1, 6-0. The win marked Secerbegovic’s 11th in a row in singles matches.

With a comfortable 3-0 lead, the 44th-ranked Nakic added the match-winning point on Court 3. The junior defeated OSU’s Malika Rose easily 6-3, 6-2, for her fifth consecutive singles victory.

On Court 4, OSU’s Sardinha pushed 119th-ranked Stanivuk in the first set, but the Baylor senior took a 7-5, 6-3 win, just ahead of her teammate Filipiak on Court 5. Filipiak won a first set tiebreak 7-6(3), then got a late break-point to defeat Narattana 7-5 in the second set. OSU’s Meghoufel earned the lone Cowgirl point with a 6-1, 4-6, 1-0 (8) super tiebreaker win over Ormond.

Baylor will travel just down the road to Norman, Okla., to take on the 18th-ranked Sooners to complete the weekend roadtrip. The teams will hit the courts in doubles at 1 p.m.

Oklahoma State vs Baylor
Mar 26, 2011 at Stillwater, Okla.
#9 Baylor 6, Oklahoma State 1
Singles competition
1. #19 Sona Novakova (BU) def. Nataliya Shatkovskay (OSU) 6-0, 6-0
2. #34 Nina Secerbegovic (BU) def. Sasha Belova (OSU) 6-1, 6-0
3. #44 Diana Nakic (BU) def. Malika Rose (OSU) 6-3, 6-2
4. #119 Jelena Stanivuk (BU) def. C.C. Sardinha (OSU) 7-5, 6-3
5. #116 Karolina Filipiak (BU) def. Kanyapat Nartanna (OSU) 7-6 (7-3), 7-5
6. Sarah Meghoufel (OSU) def. Taylor Ormond (BU) 6-1, 4-6, 1-0 (10-8)

Doubles competition
1. Karolina Filipiak/Nina Secerbegovic (BU) def. Sasha Belova/Nataliya Shatkovskay (OSU) 9-7
2. Diana Nakic/Sona Novakova (BU) def. Kanyapat Nartanna/Malika Rose (OSU) 8-6
3. Taylor Ormond/Jelena Stanivuk (BU) def. Sarah Meghoufel/C.C. Sardinha (OSU) 8-6

Match Notes:
Oklahoma State 4-9, 1-2
Baylor 13-3, 3-1; National ranking #9
Order of finish: Doubles (2,1,3); Singles (1,2,3,4,6,5)

Owls Answer TCU Challenge

The Rice men’s tennis team battled back from early disappointments and turned the tables on recent fortunes by coming out on top in some crucial tie-breakers in singles to take a 4-3 decision over TCU at Jake Hess Tennis Stadium on Saturday. The win moved the Owls record to 13-4 this season, while TCU fell to 5-11.

“We really played hard and I am really proud the way we battled back,” Rice head men’s coach Ron Smarr said. “There was a time today when we looked dead in the water. But we hung in there and some guys who weren’t feeling their best fought hard for four and a half hours. We’ve had some matches lately where we weren’t up to this kind of challenge,” Smarr added.

The tone for the day was set when the teams first converged on the courts for the doubles matches. After TCU won at No. 3, Rice’s No. 2 duo of Christian Saravia and Sam Garforth-Bles evened things with a 9-8 win, thanks to a 7-3 win in the tie-breaker. But the Horned Frogs’ 44th ranked pairing of Emanuel Brighiu and Christopher Price fought off the challenge of Rice’s Harry Fowler and Oscar Podlewski, winning their own tiebreak, 7-2 to take the match, 9-8 and give TCU the first point of the day.

Michael Nuesslein put the Owls on the board with a straight-set win at No. 6, but Price quickly put TCU back in front with a similar result at No. 3. Peter Frank, who missed last weekend’s Rice Invitational, returned to the lineup at No. 2 and tied the match back up at 2-2 with a straight set win.

Saravia won a tie-breaker in his first singles set, then battled back from a 4-1 deficit in the second set win 7-5 and give the Owls their first lead of the day, 3-2. Garforth-Bles then completed a rally of his own, bouncing back from a first set loss to even the match with a 6-3 win in the second and then clinch the match by winning a third-set, tie-break, 7-5 to give the Owls the win over a Horned Frog team that Smarr is certain is far better than their current national ranking.

“Even though TCU is only ranked 72nd right now, this was the first time this year they had their full lineup on the court together. When we look at this match later in the year, it will be a win over a team that’s going to be in the top 30,” Smarr noted.

The Owls schedule does not ease up in the coming weeks. They will be back on the Jake Hess courts on Wednesday when they host No. 6 Texas A&M at 1:30. They travel to No. 4 Texas on Saturday before wrapping up the regular season schedule with road matches with No. 27 Tulsa and No. 30 Oklahoma and home contests with No. 59 SMU and Texas-Arlington.

TCU vs Rice
3/26/2011 at Houston, TX
(Jake Hess Tennis Stadium)
#33 Rice 4, #72 TCU 3
Singles competition
1. #74 Emanuel Brighiu (TCU) def. #87 Harry Fowler (RICE) 7-6 (10-8), 5-7, 6-4
2. Peter Frank (RICE) def. Zach Nichols (TCU) 6-4, 7-5
3. Christopher Price (TCU) def. Oscar Podlewski (RICE) 6-1, 6-4
4. Sam Garforth-Bles (RICE) def. Soren Goritzka (TCU) 4-6, 6-3, 7-6 (7-5)
5. Christian Saravia (RICE) def. Daniel Sanchez (TCU) 7-6 (9-7), 7-5
6. Michael Nuesslein (RICE) def. Paul Chappell (TCU) 6-4, 6-2

Doubles competition
1. #44 Emanuel Brighiu/Christopher Price (TCU) def. Harry Fowler/Oscar Podlewski (RICE) 9-8 (7-2)
2. Christian Saravia/Sam Garforth-Bles (RICE) def. Zach Nichols/Daniel Sanchez (TCU) 9-8 (7-3)
3. Paul Chappell/Cameron Nash (TCU) def. Michael Nuesslein/Jonathan Chang (RICE) 8-6

Match Notes:
TCU 5-11; National ranking #72
Rice 13-4; National ranking #33
Order of finish: Doubles (3,2,1); Singles (6,3,2,5,4,1)