SMU Women Surprise No. 40 Princeton, 4-3

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (SMU) — The No. 57 SMU Women’s Tennis team scored a 4-3 victory over No. 40 Princeton on the final day of the Blue Gray National Tennis Classic. The Mustangs won the top four singles positions, including a 6-2, 6-2 win by Edyta Cieplucha over No. 84 Hilary Bartlett at No. 1 singles.

The victory at No. 1 is Cieplucha’s second over a ranked opponent this season as she improved to 6-1 in dual matches. Elena Fayner won at No. 2 singles, going 3-0 in the Blue Gray Tournament. Fayner is now 3-4 in her first season on the Hilltop.

Ashley Turpin improved to 1-2 on the season with a 6-1, 6-2 sweep of Princeton’s (5-5) Katie Goepel at No. 4 singles. Heather Steinbauer earned SMU’s other point when her opponent retired during the first set at No. 3 singles. It was Steinbauer’s second straight win.

In doubles, Edyta Cieplucha and Heather Steinbauer earned their first win over a ranked duo with an 8-5 triumph against No. 35 Hilary Bartlett and Lindsay Graff.

The Mustangs(1-6) return to action by hosting BYU at the Las Colinas Country Club on Saturday at 3 p.m. SMU then hosts No. 40 Princeton next Sunday at 9:30 a.m.

SMU vs Princeton
Feb 26, 2012 at Montgomery, Ala.

#57 SMU 4, #40 Princeton 3

Singles competition
1. Edyta Cieplucha (SMU) def. #84 Hilary Bartlett (PU) 6-2, 6-2
2. Elena Fayner (SMU) def. Lindsay Graff (PU) 6-4, 2-6, 6-3
3. Heather Steinbauer (SMU) def. Rachel Saiontz (PU) 1-0, retired
4. Ashley Turpin (SMU) def. Katie Goepel (PU) 6-1, 6-2
5. Monica Chow (PU) def. Kris Roberts (SMU) 6-2, 6-1
6. Joan Cannon (PU) def. Perri Anderson (SMU) 6-1, 6-0

Doubles competition
1. Edyta Cieplucha/Heather Steinbauer (SMU) def. #35 Hilary Bartlett/Lindsay Graff (PU) 8-5
2. #49 Katie Goepel/Rachel Saiontz (PU) def. Elena Fayner/Ashley Turpin (SMU) 8-5
3. Joan Cannon/Monica Chow (PU) def. Perri Anderson/Kris Roberts (SMU) 8-2

Match Notes:
SMU 1-6; National ranking #57
Princeton 5-5; National ranking #40
Blue Gray National Tennis Classic

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