Owls fall 4-0 to Tulsa in CUSA finale

Tulsa Reclaims C-USA Men’s Tennis Crown

The 36th ranked Tulsa Golden Hurricane reclaimed the Conference USA Men’s Tennis Championship by defeating the 2010 champion Rice Owls 4-0 at the Case Tennis Center in Tulsa on Sunday.

The match was moved back an hour and moved indoors due to storms that moved through the area on Sunday morning, and the Hurricane moved quickly to setting things, winning the doubles point and then taking first sets in four of six singles matches. They moved closer to clinching their fifth crown in the last six years (all against Rice) with wins No. 1 and No. 4 , then secured the title with a win at No. 2.

Rice’s Christian Saravia and Michael Nuesslein both took 7-5 decisions in their first sets, but neither completed their matches after Tulsa clinched the title.

The 42nd ranked Owls fell to 17-9 on the season and will have to wait until May 3 to learn if they will earn a ninth consecutive berth in the NCAA Championship.

Tennis Match Results
Rice vs. Tulsa
Apr 24, 2011 at Tulsa, Okla.
(Case Tennis Center)
#36 Tulsa 4, #42 Rice 0
Singles competition
1. #29 Marcelo Arevalo (TLS) def. #108 Harry Fowler (RICE) 6-0, 6-2
2. #71 Japie De Klerk (TLS) def. Peter Frank (RICE) 6-2, 6-3
3. #79 Ashley Watling (TLS) vs. Oscar Podlewski (RICE) 6-2, 4-3, unfinished
4. #114 Clifford Marsland (TLS) def. Sam Garforth-Bles (RICE) 6-4, 6-3
5. Grant Ive (TLS) vs. Christian Saravia (RICE) 5-7, 5-2, unfinished
6. Tristan Jackson (TLS) vs. Michael Nuesslein (RICE) 5-7, 3-2, unfinished

Doubles competition
1. #26 Ashley Watling/Clifford Marsland (TLS) def. Harry Fowler/Oscar Podlewski (RICE) 7-5
2. Marcelo Arevalo/Japie De Klerk (TLS) def. Christian Saravia/Michael Nuesslein (RICE) 8-4
3. Grant Ive/Tristan Jackson (TLS) def. #70 Peter Frank/Sam Garforth-Bles (RICE) 8-5

Match Notes:
Rice 17-9, 4-1 C-USA; National ranking #42
Tulsa 19-7, 6-0 C-USA; National ranking #36
Order of finish: Doubles (2,3); Singles (1,4,2)
2011 Conference USA Men’s Tennis Championship Match

Mustangs Fall to Tulsa 4-3 in Thrilling Finale

ORLANDO, Fla (SMU) – With the match tied at three points apiece, SMU’s Ashley Turpinultimately dropped a grueling three-set match at No. 6 singles to Jo-Anne Karaitiana and 22nd-ranked Tulsa rallied to a 4-3 win over the No. 33 SMU Women’s Tennis Team in the 2011 Conference USA Women’s Tennis Tournament Championship match.

The thrilling match marked the first time in league history that the Championship finale was decided by a 4-3 tally.

The loss snapped the SMU’s nine-match winning streak and the team is now 21-5 on the season.

The Mustangs were making their third appearance in the C-USA Women’s Tennis Championship match. SMU claimed the league title in 2009 and also finished second in 2006.

“The team battled so hard today and while I am disappointed in the final score, I am really proud of my team,” said head coach Lauren Longbotham Meisner. “This match came down to the very end like I knew it would and we just didn’t come out on the right end of the decision. Congratulations to Tulsa, they are a tough team and this championship is well deserved. I still think we are playing some great tennis right now and we will regroup from this and get focused on the NCAAs.”

The match was filled with close competition at all positions, beginning with the doubles play. Tulsa landed the first win of the opening competition when Ewa Szatkowska and Anastasia Erofeeva downed SMU’s Heather Steinbauer and Edyta Cieplucha, 8-4, at No. 2.

The Mustangs answered, however, when juniors Marta Lesniak and Aleksandra Malyarchikova took an 8-3 win over Alexandra Kichoutkin and Karaitiana at the top spot. On the season, Lesniak and Malyarchikova have tallied a 20-4 mark when playing together as SMU’s top pair.

With the early lead on the line, Tulsa’s Bonny Davidson and Sam Vickers put their team on top early when they earned an 8-4 win over Shahzoda Hatamova and Ashley Turpin at No. 3.

As play shifted to singles, Lesniak quickly evened the score as she breezed to a 6-3, 6-2 over Kichoutkin at the top singles line. Lesniak posted her 19th-straight singles victory and eighth win over a ranked opponent.

Lesniak, the nation’s ninth-ranked singles player, earned her 23rd victory overall this spring. Her 41 total wins on the season, against just five losses, place her alone in second place on the program’s all-time single season wins list. She trails Stephanie Fess who won 45 matches during the 1981-82 season.

Lesniak is alone in fifth place on the all-time career wins list. She currently has 84 career victories in her three-year stint on the Hilltop.

Minutes later, the lead was back with the Golden Hurricane as Michelle Farley downed Steinbauer by a 6-2, 6-1 count at No. 4.

Tulsa would hold the lead for only a short while, however, as the Mustangs earned a pair of wins at Nos. 2 and 3 singles.

Cieplucha tied the match with her 7-5, 6-2 defeat of Erofeeva at the No. 2 line and was followed by No. 125 Malyarchikova’s come-from-behind downing of Szatkowska, 2-6, 6-2, 6-2 at No. 3.

With SMU on the brink of victory, Tulsa’s Vickers stepped up to even the match once again, when she took her 6-4, 6-1 win at the No. 5 position over Hatamova.

All eyes then focused on the final match – No. 6 singles – where Karaitiana and Turpin met in a three-set battle for league dominance.

After claiming the first set 7-5, Turpin began to tire on the hot and humid Florida afternoon, and surrendered the second set 6-2 to Karaitiana. With the championship on the line, the Tulsa senior was still too much and took the final set 6-1 to secure the C-USA title for TU.

The Mustangs will now await the announcement of the 2011 NCAA Women’s Tennis Tournament draws to see where they will head for NCAA action. Complete pairings, match dates and times will be released on Tuesday, May 3 at 4 p.m. CT.

Full results and other 2011 C-USA Tournament information can be found here.

No. 22 (1) Tulsa 4, (2) No. 33 SMU 3
1. Lesniak/Malyarchikova (SMU) def. Alexandra/Karaitiana (TLS) 8-3
2. Szatkowska/Erofeeva (TLS) def. Steinbauer/Cieplucha (SMU) 8-4
3. Davidson/Vickers (TLS) def. Hatamova/Turpin (SMU) 8-4
Order of Finish: 2, 1, 3*

1. #9 Marta Lesniak (SMU) def. #108 Alexandra Kichoutkin (TLS) 6-3, 6-2
2. Edyta Cieplucha (SMU) def. Anastasia Erofeeva (TLS) 7-5, 6-2
3. #125 Aleksandra Malyarchikova (SMU) def. Ewa Szatkowska (TLS) 2-6, 6-2, 6-2
4. Michelle Farley (TLS) def. Heather Steinbauer (SMU) 6-2, 6-1
5. Sam Vickers (TLS) def. Shahzoda Hatamova (SMU) 6-4, 6-1
6. Jo-Anne Karaitiana (TLS) def. Ashley Turpin (SMU) 5-7, 6-2, 6-1
Order of Finish: 1, 4, 2, 3, 5, 6*

Tulsa, SMU Headed to C-USA Women’s Tennis Championship Final

Teams Compete for League Title at 10 a.m. EDT at Lake Cane Tennis Center

ORLANDO, Fla. – The stage is set for the 2011 Conference USA Women’s Tennis Championship finale as top-seeded Tulsa and second-seed SMU vanquished their league foes and earned their shot at the conference crown. Tulsa rallied back from an early deficit to defeat Rice by a 4-1 count, while SMU won over Marshall by the same tally. The semifinal wins land the Golden Hurricane and the Mustangs in the Championship, set to take place at 10 a.m. EDT at the Lake Cane Tennis Center.

Admission to Sunday’s finale is free, but those who are unable to attend the match can follow along with live match updates on the Women’s Tennis Championship Central page.

(1) Tulsa 4, (4) Rice 1 Box Score Get Acrobat Reader
In a match lasting nearly five hours, the Tulsa women’s tennis squad rallied from an early loss in doubles to take four singles points and the win over Rice, giving the team its fifth-straight shot at the league title. The day began with the Owls’ No. 2 pair of Dominique Harmath and Alex Rasch downing Tulsa’s Ewa Szatkowska and Anastasia Erofeeva by an 8-5 mark. The Golden Hurricane evened the odds when Bonny Davidson and Sam Vickers took the third doubles match, 9-7, over Daniella Trigo and Jessica Jackson. With the early lead on the line, Rice’s Rebekka Hänle and Ana Guzman outlasted Alexandra Kichoutkin and Jo-Anne Karaitiana, taking a 7-5 tiebreak for the 9-8 win. It marked the first time that Tulsa had lost the doubles point since Feb. 12 this year.

Facing an uphill battle, Tulsa rallied in singles, taking wins on the four middle courts and moving into tomorrow’s finale. First to finish was Vickers at the No. 5 spot, who downed Trigo by a 7-5, 6-2 count and evened the match at one point apiece. Immediately following, Michelle Farley put Tulsa ahead on court four as she took a 6-4, 6-2 decision from Guzman. The Golden Hurricane found its third point of the match as Erofeeva took a first-set tiebreak and rolled to a 7-6 (5), 6-3 win over Harmath at the second position. The deciding point was earned by Szatkowska, who took a three-set, 7-6 (4), 2-6, 6-3, marathon win from Harmath on court three.

With its 19th-straight win of the 2011 campaign, the Tulsa squad advances to the Championship match for the fifth-consecutive year. The Golden Hurricane will be in search of its fourth league title during that stretch, with its only loss coming against SMU in 2009.

(2) SMU 4, (3) Marshall 1 Box Score Get Acrobat Reader
The Mustangs found quick wins in doubles and refused to slow down in the singles action as SMU sprinted to a 4-1 win over Marshall. The top pair of Marta Lesniak and Aleksandra Malyarchikova defeated Marshall’s Michaela Kissell and Dominika Zaprazna, the nation’s No. 15 tandem, by an 8-2 count. The loss was the first of the season for the Herd’s duo, which had won 19-straight contests. Clinching the early advantage for SMU were Heather Steinbauer and Edyta Cieplucha, who downed Catherine Kellner and Maria Voscekova, 8-5.

The momentum stayed with the Mustangs in singles play with No. 125-ranked Malyarchikova winning her 16th-straight and downing Kellner, 6-2, 6-2, at the third position. Soon after, Marshall’s Kara Kucin took the team’s lone victory and defeated Ashley Turpin, 6-1, 6-4. Steinbauer answered and pulled the SMU women within one point of the win as she claimed the 6-2, 6-4 bout against Kristina Koprcina. In fitting fashion, the road to the championship match went through the No. 1 singles court with ninth-ranked Lesniak defeating No. 53 Kissell by a 7-6 (8), 6-1 mark. Lesniak’s victory was her 18th-straight and her seventh over a ranked opponent this year.

The semifinal win moves the Mustangs into the Championship match for the first time since 2009, when the SMU women took a 4-1 win over Tulsa to take the crown.

C-USA Men’s Tennis Championship Semi: Rice 4, SMU 1

Rice and Tulsa in the title match for the sixth-straight year.

April 23, 2011

IRVING – For the second-straight match second-seed and 42nd-ranked Rice was challenged before earning the right to advance to its sixth-consecutive Conference USA Men’s Tennis Championship title match. The Owls, who won the 2010 crown, eliminated No. 3 seed SMU in the semifinals at the Case Tennis Center in Tulsa, Okla. Since Rice and Tulsa joined C-USA in 2005, both programs have played in the championship match. Tulsa has won four of those five titles.

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Championship Central

#42 Rice 4, #74 SMU 1
1. #108 Harry Fowler (RICE) def. #47 Artem Baradach (SMU) 6-3, 2-6, 6-4
2. Peter Frank (RICE) vs. Gaston Cuadranti (SMU) 6-4, 2-6, 1-3, unfinished
3. Oscar Podlewski (RICE) vs. David Costa (SMU) 6-4, 6-7 (3-7), 2-2, unfinished
4. Sam Garforth-Bles (RICE) def. Mischa Nowicki (SMU) 6-4, 6-1
5. Christian Saravia (RICE) def. Darren Walsh (SMU) 7-6 (7-2), 2-6, 6-4
6. Michael Nuesslein (RICE) def. Tobias Flood (SMU) 6-0, 6-2

Order of finish: 6,4,5,1

1. Harry Fowler/Oscar Podlewski (RICE) vs. Tobias Flood/Joseph Hattrup (SMU) 7-6, unfinished
2. Adham el-Effendi/Darren Walsh (SMU) def. Christian Saravia/Michael Nuesslein (RICE) 8-4
3. Gaston Cuadranti/Artem Baradach (SMU) def. #70 Peter Frank/Sam Garforth-Bles (RICE) 8-5

Order of finish: 2,3

Michael D. Case Tennis Center // Tulsa, Okla. // April 21-24
Host: Tulsa

Thursday, April 21
Match 1: (8) East Carolina 4, (9) Southern Miss 1

Friday, April 22
Match 2: (5) Memphis 4, (4) UCF 1
Match 3: (1) #36 Tulsa 4, (8) East Carolina 0
Match 4: (3) #74 SMU 4, (6) UAB 0
Match 5: (2) #42 Rice 4, (7) Tulane 0

Saturday, April 23
Match 6: (1) #36 Tulsa 4, (5) Memphis 0
Match 7: (2) #42 Rice 4, (3) #74 SMU 1

Sunday, April 24
Match 8: (1) #36 Tulsa vs. (2) #42 Rice 12 p.m.

Owl Women Can’t Maintain Early Momentum, Fall to Tulsa in C-USA Semis

Season ends with 14-10 record

The Rice women’s tennis team threw a strong challenge at defending C-USA Champion and 22nd ranked Tulsa, but the top-seeded Golden Hurricane fought of the Owls challenge to take a hard-fought 4-1 win at the Lake Cane Tennis Center in Orlando, Fla. on Saturday.

The match lasted more than four hours and saw three of six singles matches extended to a third set before Tulsa could lay claim to a berth in the finals. After grabbing the doubles point with a tie-break win at No. 1 doubles, the Owls (14-10) saw their hopes for an upset thwarted when Tulsa (24-2) opened singles play with wins in first set tiebreakers at the top three singles spots.

“Obviously, we are disappointed by today’s result. Our team left everything they had out on those courts today, but we just came up a bit short in some singles matches,” Rice head coach Elizabeth Schmidt said. “It was a very physical, intense match and I felt if we would have gotten one of those first set tiebreakers it could have really made a difference. But, give credit to Tulsa. They played fearless in singles and you could see that winning 18 straight matches gave them a lot of confidence in the tight spots,” Schmidt stated.

After splitting doubles sets at No. 2 and No. 3, the two teams extended the decision on the doubles point to a tiebreaker. Rebekka Hänle and Ana Guzman, who had stormed back from a 6-4 deficit to force the tiebreaker, clinched the point for the Owls by winning the decider, 7-5.

Freshman Kim Anicete was the only Owl to post a win in the first set, and Tulsa took a 2-1 lead with straight set wins at No. 2, No. 4 and No. 5 and then clinched it when Ewa Szatkowska defeated Rice senior Jessica Jackson in three sets. Jackson rebounded from one of those first-set tiebreak losses to even the match and force a third set before falling.

Tennis Match Results
Rice vs. Tulsa
Apr 23, 2011 at Orlando, Fla.
(Lake Cane Tennis Center)
#22 Tulsa 4, #66 Rice 1
Singles competition
1. #108 Alexandra Kichoutkin (TLS) vs. Rebekka Hänle (RICE) 7-6 (7-1), 2-6, 4-3, unfinished
2. Anastasia Erofeeva (TLS) def. Dominique Harmath (RICE) 7-6 (7-5), 6-3
3. Ewa Szatkowska (TLS) def. Jessica Jackson (RICE) 7-6 (7-4), 2-6, 6-3
4. Michelle Farley (TLS) def. Ana Guzman (RICE) 6-4, 6-2
5. Sam Vickers (TLS) def. Daniella Trigo (RICE) 7-5, 6-2
6. Jo-Anne Karaitiana (TLS) vs. Kim Anicete (RICE) 4-6, 7-6 (7-4), 2-4, unfinished

Doubles competition
1. Rebekka Hänle/Ana Guzman (RICE) def. Alexandra Kichoutkin/Jo-Anne Karaitiana (TLS) 9-8 (7-5)
2. Dominique Harmath/Alex Rasch (RICE) def. Ewa Szatkowska/Anastasia Erofeeva (TLS) 8-5
3. Bonny Davidson/Sam Vickers (TLS) def. Daniella Trigo/Jessica Jackson (RICE) 9-7

Match Notes:
Rice 14-10; National ranking #66
Tulsa 24-2; National ranking #22
Order of finish: Doubles (2,3,1); Singles (5,4,2,3)

Aggies claim Lone Star Showdown, 5-2

COLLEGE STATION — How appropriate on Senior Day in the final Texas A&M regular-season home match of the season for the three Aggie seniors at the top of the lineup—Austin Krajicek, Jeff Dadamo and Alexey Grigorov, to lead the No. 6 Aggie men’s tennis team to a 5-2 win over the No. 12 Texas Longhorns before a crowd of 545 in the State Farm Lone Star Showdown held at the George P. Mitchell Tennis Center in College Station. The win improves the Aggies’ record to 24-5 and 5-1 in Big 12 play while Texas falls to 17-7 and 3-3 in league play.

“Obviously this was a great win for us and for our senior class,” Aggie head coach Steve Denton said. “The seniors took care of business at their lines in doubles and then to have all three, Griggy (Alexey Grigorov), Jeff (Dadamo) and Austin (Krajicek) win their singles matches to finish it off, I couldn’t be more proud. What a great way for those guys to finish their senior regular season. They showed a lot of leadership and played well. I was very proud of how we competed coming off of the disappointing match on Wednesday (at Baylor). That showed a lot of mental toughness against a really good team like Texas.”

The Aggies came out of the gate with wins at the No. 1 and No. 2 doubles to take the doubles point in the match. Krajicek, from Brandon, Florida, and Dadamo, from Tampa, Florida, are currently ranked No. 4 in the country in doubles and the senior tandem was the first doubles match in the books at the No. 1 line with an 8-3 win over the No. 8 doubles team of Jean Andersen and Ed Corrie from Texas.

Grigorov, from Moscow, Russia, teamed with his freshman doubles partner Junior Ore to clinch the doubles point with an 8-6 decision at the No. 2 line over Kellen Damico and David Holiner from Texas. Grigorov and Ore are ranked No. 48 in the country and Damico and Holiner are ranked No. 50.

Texas won the doubles match at the No. 3 position with Ben Chen and Vasko Mladenov edging the Aggies’ Alberto Bautista and Colin Hoover, 8-5.

In singles, Grigorov, playing at the No. 3 line, was the first to finish putting A&M up 2-0 in the match. Grigorov posted a 6-4, 6-2 victory over Jean Andersen, who is ranked No. 105 in singles.

Dadamo, ranked No. 40 in the country, was next on the board at the No. 2 position to put A&M up 3-0 as he took down the top-ranked Texas player, Ed Corrie, 6-0, 7-6 (4). Corrie is ranked No. 33 in the land.

Texas would cut the lead to 3-1 as Vasko Mladenov defeated A&M’s Colin Hoover, 6-4, 6-4, at the No. 5 line.

At the No. 1 singles, Krajicek, ranked No. 19 in singles, faced Kellen Damico, who is ranked No. 49. Krajicek broke Damico’s serve in the first game of the first set and posted a 6-4 victory in the first set. The second set went to a tiebreaker with Krajicek posting the 7-6 (3) win to clinch the match for A&M, 4-1.

“The match between Damico and Austin was very close with Austin playing a little more aggressive on some key points,” Denton explained. “Austin did what he has always been able to do, find a way to win and he closed the match out in style.”

Texas would pick up another point at No. 6 singles as Daniel Whitehead posted a 6-3, 5-7, 10-8 win over A&M’s Alberto Bautista.

The final match on the courts was at the No. 4 line where A&M’s Alexis Klegou outlasted Texas’ Ben Chen, 4-6, 7-6 (6), 13-11.

The win stretches the Aggies’ home match winning streak to 34 matches and the 24th victory this season ties the school’s third-best regular-season mark. Last year’s team posted 25 victories and the school record is 27 set by the 2001 squad.

Texas head coach Michael Center
On the match
“Texas A&M got to us early in doubles. It was very similar to the first match we played (in February) where we had won the doubles. But the Aggies got the point today. We have not scored against them at one, two or three singles this season, and we had match points at No. 4 and could not get the win. A&M kept the pressure on us today, and we came up short. A&M has a very good team and we knew it would be a tough match.”

On UT’s singles winners, Vasko Mladenov and Daniel Whitehead
“Vasko was under control today. He handled his emotions well. He served the ball well, considering the conditions, and did a really nice job in singles and doubles. Daniel was very good today. He lost a tough second set and fought back to win the match tiebreak. Ben Chen played well and had a chance to serve for the match, had match point. I am very encouraged by what I am seeing from Ben.”

The Aggies finished second in the Big 12 for a third straight year under the direction of head coach Steve Denton and assistant coach Bob McKinley. Next up for Texas A&M is the Big 12 Championships which will be held in Waco next week.

Saturday, Apr. 23, 2011
#6 Texas A&M 5, #12 Texas 2
Mitchell Tennis Center, College Station, TX
#1—(19) Austin Krajicek, A&M def. (49) Kellen Damico, UT—6-4, 7-6 (3)
#2—(40) Jeff Dadamo, A&M def. (33) Ed Corrie, UT—6-0, 7-6 (4)
#3—Alexey Grigorov, A&M def. (105) Jean Andersen, UT—6-4, 6-2
#4—Alexis Klegou, A&M def. Ben Chen, UT—4-6, 7-6 (6), 13-11
#5—Vasko Mladenov, UT def. Colin Hoover, A&M—6-4, 6-4
#6—Daniel Whitehead, UT def. Alberto Bautista, A&M—6-3, 5-7, 10-8

#1—(4) Krajicek/Dadamo, A&M def. (8) Corrie/Andersen, UT—8-3
#2—(48) Junior Ore/Grigorov, A&M def. (50) Damico/Holiner, UT—8-6
#3—Chen/Mladenov, UT def. (68) Bautista/Hoover, A&M—8-5

Order of Finish:
Doubles 1,2,3
Singles 3,2,5,1*,6,4
*Clinched the match.
Attendance 545
Season Records: Texas A&M (24-5, 5-1) Texas (17-7, 3-3)

St. Ed’s women fall short in 2011 Heartland Conference Championship

DALLAS – The St. Edward’s women’s tennis team fell short, 5-4, in a tough battle against Dallas Baptist in the Heartland Conference Championship Friday afternoon at the Kiest Tennis Center.

The Hilltoppers went down 2-1 in doubles action. At the No. 1 spot, Audrey Tompkins (Junior, Katy, Texas) and Mary Bain (Junior, Austin, Texas) picked up the only Hilltopper doubles win when they beat their opponent, 8-4.

In singles play, Paige Rachel (Sophomore, Katy, Texas) started the Hilltoppers off in the right direction with a two-set victory over Gennissen. Tompkins and Bain both won their matches at spots No. 3 and 4, but unfortunately it was not enough to win the series over the Patriots. This was Tompkins’ seventh-straight victory.

Tompkins, Bain, Rachel, and Carolina Fahnehjelm (Freshman, Stockholm, Sweden) all were honored as all-Heartland Conference after the championship match.

The Hilltoppers will wait and see if they are selected to compete in the NCAA South Central Regional that will be held May 1-3 at a site yet to be determined.

St. Ed’s men win 2011 Heartland Conference Championship

DALLAS – The St. Edward’s men’s tennis team took home the Heartland Conference Championship after defeating Newman, 7-1, Friday afternoon at the Kiest Tennis Center.

The Hilltoppers went up 2-1 in doubles action. Pedro Bronstrup (Freshman, Porto Alegre, Brazil) and Ryan Wiggins (Junior, Frisco, Texas) took the first St. Edward’s doubles victory, 8-5. At spot No. 3, James Rogers (Freshman, Bahagowan, Australia) and Alex Bueno (Freshman, Sao Paulo, Brazil) defeated their opponents 8-3.

“Wiggins really stepped up in doubles action and helped get a big win,” head coach Russell Sterns said.

In singles action, the Hilltoppers dominated the Jets and won six-straight to clinch the series. In three sets, Ned Boone (Junior, London, England) took down his opponent, 2-6, 6-2, 7-6, at the No. 1 spot. Mick Walter (Senior, College Station, Texas) defeated Christopher Copenhaver, 6-1, 6-3. At the No. 3 spot, Wiggins fought hard against Chris King to win, 6-3, 6-4. Rogers and Bueno continued the Hilltopper winning streak with wins at both the No. 5 and 6 spots.

“Newman was a worthy opponent,” Sterns said. “They have really improved and they were a good team to compete against. This match will help us prepare for the upcoming regional.”

In addition to being Heartland Conference Champions, Boone, Walter, Bronstrup, Wiggins, Rogers, and Bueno were all chosen for the all-conference team. St. Edward’s also swept individual awards where Boone was named Player of the Year, Walter was named Senior of the Year, Bronstrup was named Freshman of the Year, and Sterns was named Head Coach of the Year.

The Hilltoppers will be back in action when they take part in the NCAA South Central Regional. The location of the event will be announced Monday. The Hilltoppers are a potential host for one of the sub-regional sites. Check the Hilltopper website for more information.

Owls Outlast Tulane to Advance to C-USA Semis

SMU next at 3 p.m. on Saturday

The Rice men’s tennis team opened the defense of their Conference USA title by fending off the challenge of a spirited Tulane Green Wave team to take 4-0 decision that required nearly four hours to complete.

Senior Oscar Podlewski battled back from a stumble in his first singles set to win in three sets to move the 42nd ranked Owls (16-8) to the semifinals on Saturday afternoon to take on 74th ranked SMU at 3 p.m. The two teams met last Saturday at Jake Hess Tennis Stadium in Houston, with the Owls taking a 5-2 decision.

The doubles point proved to be an indicator of what was to follow as it came down to the final two games of the decisive third match. The two schools split doubles sets at No. 1 and No. 3 and the matchup at No. 2 was tied 6-6 before Michael Nuesslein and Christian Saravia rallied to win the last two games and put the Owls up 1-0.

Saravia and Nuesslein picked up where they left off in doubles by racing to straight set wins in singles to build the Rice lead to 3-0, but the Green Wave made the clinching fourth point elusive.

Podlewski dropped the opening set at No. 3 singles to Joe Young, but rallied back to even things with a 6-0 win in the second set and then closed out the match with a 6-4 win in the third.

Tennis Match Results
Tulane vs Rice
Apr 22, 2011 at Tulsa, Okla.
(Case Tennis Center)
#42 Rice 4, Tulane 0
Singles competition
1. #108 Harry Fowler (RICE) vs. Idan Mark (TLN) 6-4, 6-5, unfinished
2. Peter Frank (RICE) def. Radu Ionescu (TLN) 6-1, 6-2
3. Oscar Podlewski (RICE) def. Joe Young (TLN) 4-6, 6-0, 6-3
4. Sam Garforth-Bles (RICE) vs. Rodrigo Rappaccioli (TLN) 7-6, 5-7, unfinished
5. Christian Saravia (RICE) vs. Shaye Wali (TLN) 7-5, 3-6, 5-3, unfinished
6. Michael Nuesslein (RICE) def. Adam Bernstein (TLN) 6-1, 6-0

Doubles competition
1. Idan Mark/Joe Young (TLN) def. Harry Fowler/Oscar Podlewski (RICE) 8-3
2. Christian Saravia/Michael Nuesslein (RICE) def. Shaye Wali/Rodrigo Rappaccioli (TLN) 8-6
3. #70 Peter Frank/Sam Garforth-Bles (RICE) def. Adam Bernstein/Takuma Ohashi (TLN) 8-2

Match Notes:
Tulane 11-11, 2-6 C-USA
Rice 16-8, 4-1 C-USA; National ranking #42
Order of finish: Doubles (3,1,2); Singles (6,2,3)

SMU men advance at C-USA Championships Friday

Mustangs set to appear in sixth-straight semifinals against winner of Rice/Tulane

IRVING – The 74th-ranked SMU Mustangs swept sixth-seed UAB in the quarterfinals of the C-USA Men’s Tennis Championship Friday at the Michael D. Case Tennis Center in Tulsa, Okla. SMU will be making its sixth-consecutive semifinals appearance and will face the winner of the Tulane and Rice match Saturday at 3 p.m. The Mustangs improve to 17-8 overall, while the Blazers concluded the season at 9-12.

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Championship Central

#74 SMU 4, UAB 0
1. #47 Artem Baradach (SMU) vs. David Zimmerman (UAB) 6-4, 1-2, unfinished
2. Gaston Cuadranti (SMU) def. Lucas Dirube (UAB) 6-2, 6-2
3. David Costa (SMU) def. Tom Puetz (UAB) 6-2, 6-1
4. Adham el-Effendi (SMU) vs. Danny Manlow (UAB) 4-6, 5-4, unfinished
5. Mischa Nowicki (SMU) def. Daniel Moser (UAB) 6-1, 6-3
6. Robert Sajovich (SMU) vs. Chris Helliar (UAB) 2-6, 3-5, unfinished

Order of finish: 3,2,5

1. Tobias Flood/Joseph Hattrup (SMU) def. Tom Puetz/David Zimmerman (UAB) 8-4
2. Adham el-Effendi/Darren Walsh (SMU) def. Chris Helliar/Danny Manlow (UAB) 8-6
3. Lucas Dirube/Daniel Moser (UAB) def. Gaston Cuadranti/Artem Baradach (SMU) 8-5
Order of finish: Doubles 2,3,1

Michael D. Case Tennis Center // Tulsa, Okla. // April 21-24
Host: Tulsa

Thursday, April 21
Match 1: (8) East Carolina 4, (9) Southern Miss 1

Friday, April 22
Match 2: (5) Memphis 4, (4) UCF 1
Match 3: (1) Tulsa 4, (8) East Carolina 0
Match 4: (3) SMU 4, (6) UAB 0
Match 5: (2) Rice vs. (7) Tulane – 5 p.m.

Saturday, April 23
Match 6: winner Match 2 and winner Match 3 – Noon
Match 7: winner Match 4 and winner Match 5 – 3 p.m.

Sunday, April 24
Match 8: winner Match 6 and winner Match 7 12 p.m.