No. 10 Texas blanks Kansas, 7-0

Longhorns improve to 3-0 in conference play behind two doubles wins and a sweep of singles play.

AUSTIN – No. 10 Texas (10-5, 3-0 Big 12) took two of three doubles matches and swept the singles session on its way to a 7-0 win over Kansas (9-8, 0-5 Big 12) Friday afternoon at UT’s Penick-Allison Tennis Center.

Texas opened the doubles session with a victory at second doubles. UT’s Krista Damico and Cierra Gaytan-Leach broke the serve of Kansas’ Paulina Los and Belen Luduena to take a 2-1 lead. Damico and Gaytan-Leach never looked back on their way to an 8-2 victory. Kansas responded with an 8-2 win at first doubles, leaving the deciding match at third doubles.

UT’s Elizabeth Begley and Juliana Gajic took a 7-2 lead over Kansas’ Claire Dreyer and Victoria Khanevskaya before the Jayhawks rallied and pulled within 7-6. But, Begley and Gajic broke KU’s serve in the ensuing game to claim the win, 8-6 and preserve the doubles point for the Longhorns.

Texas put the Jayhawks away without losing a set in the six singles matches. Begley staked Texas to a 2-0 lead at fifth singles, where she soundly defeated KU’s Dreyer, 6-0, 6-1. Noel Scott pushed the Longhorns’ lead to 3-0 with a 6-2, 6-0 win over Kansas’ Los at second singles. UT’s Damico won her 12th consecutive match and clinched the victory for the Longhorns, as she defeated KU’s Monica Pezzotti at first singles, 6-1, 6-4 to give Texas a 4-0 lead.

Lina Padegimaite gave the Longhorns a 5-0 lead at fourth singles, where she posted a 6-2, 6-3 win over Dylan Wyndom. Texas assumed a 6-0 lead at sixth singles, where Gajic registered a 6-4, 6-3 win over Khanevskaya. Gaytan-Leach sealed the victory for Texas at third singles where she held on for a 6-4, 7-5 win over KU’s Luduena.

Texas head coach Patty Fendick-McCain
It was great to get a shutout, our first of the season. The girls really stepped up and played well. They played much better than their last time out. It was good to see them perform that well. We just need to stay fresh and focused. It was nice to get that one under our belt. It lets us breathe a little easier and gives us confidence going into Sunday.

No. 10 Texas 7, Kansas 0
Doubles – Order of Finish: 2, 1, 3
1 Monica Pezzotti/Dylan Wyndom (KU) def. #34 Lina Padegimaite/Noel Scott (UT) – 8-2
2 Krista Damico/Cierra Gaytan-Leach (UT) def. Paulina Los/Belen Luduena (KU) – 8-2
3 Elizabeth Begley/Juliana Gajic (UT) def. Claire Dreyer/Victoria Khanevskaya (KU) – 8-6

Singles – Order of Finish: 5, 2, 1, 4, 6, 3
1 #58 Krista Damico (UT) def. Monica Pezzotti (KU) – 6-1, 6-4
2 Noel Scott (UT) def. Paulina Los (KU) – 6-2, 6-0
3 Cierra Gaytan-Leach (UT) def. Belen Luduena (KU) – 6-4, 7-5
4 Lina Padegimaite (UT) def. Dylan Wyndom (KU) – 6-2, 6-3
5 Elizabeth Begley (UT) def. Claire Dreyer (KU) – 6-0, 6-1
6 Juliana Gajic (UT) def. Victoria Khanevskaya (KU) – 6-4, 6-3

TCU Women Shut Out SMU For Third-Straight Win

Stefanie Tan took down the 52nd-ranked singles player in the nation

FORT WORTH – The No. 45 TCU women’s tennis team picked up its third-straight win Wednesday with a 7-0 dismantling of crosstown rival SMU under the lights of the Bayard H. Friedman Tennis Center.

The Horned Frogs improved to 10-5 on the year, while winning for the first time in the last four tries against the Mustangs. SMUfell to 1-12 and lost for the sixth-straight time this spring. In the all-time series, TCU now holds a 27-20 advantage.

“This was the best focus we’ve had all year,” TCU coach Dave Borelli said. “This is also the healthiest we’ve been all year while playing a lot of tennis. We’ve got matches under our belts as a healthy team. I’m very proud of how they went out there and concentrated and played up to the level I know they can play. My hat is off to Stefanie Tan for winning again at No. 1. We feel a sense of urgency now and we’re playing to our abilities. It’s a good sign going into this weekend’s matches.”

TCU rolled through the doubles matches to open the match, picking up wins on all three of the courts. Once again, TCU’s No. 3 duo of Gaby Mastromarino and Simona Parajova was first to finish when they grabbed an 8-1 triumph at the expense of Perri Anderson and Ashley Turpin. The tandem moved to 4-0 this spring.

At No. 1 singles, 79th-ranked Millie Nichols and Olivia Smith returned to their winning ways with an 8-1 win of their own over Edyta Cieplucha and Heather Steinbauer. At No. 2, Federica Denti and Kelsey Sundaram were 8-2 winners over Elena Fayner and Kris Roberts.

Mastromarino pushed the Frog advantage to 2-0 when she dropped Anderson, 6-0, 6-1 at No. 6 singles. Soon after she was done, Smithmade it 3-0 in favor of the home team with a 6-0, 6-3 downing of Steinbauer at No. 3 singles.

Denti clinched the match for TCU with her third-straight win, a 6-1, 6-0 bettering of Turpin on court No. 4. Parajova ran her singles winning streak to four and made it 5-0 for TCU after a 6-0, 6-3 win over Fayner at No. 2 singles. Nichols continued the Frog onslaught with a 6-1, 6-1 triumph over Roberts at No. 5.

After the match was well in hand for the Frogs, all eyes turned toward the matchup of top-70 ranked players at No. 1 singles. TCU freshman Stefanie Tan, ranked No. 67 in the nation, won the first set 6-2, but dropped the second set, 6-1, to No. 52 Cieplucha.

With the match clinched for TCU, the two players moved to a third-set super tiebreaker, which Tan handled from the start. The Bishan,Singapore, native won 10-6 in that set for a 6-2, 1-6, 1-0 (6) win overall. It marked Tan’s eighth-straight win at the top singles court and gave TCU a 7-0 win over the Mustangs.

TCU returns to Mountain West action this weekend with two matches in Las Vegas. The Frogs face San Diego State on Saturday before battling UNLV on Sunday.

No. 1 – #67 Stefanie Tan (TCU) def. #52 Edyta Cieplucha (SMU), 6-2, 1-6, 1-0 (6)
No. 2 – Simona Parajova (TCU) def. Elena Fayner (SMU), 6-0, 6-3
No. 3 – Olivia Smith (TCU) def. Heather Steinbauer (SMU), 6-4, 6-1
No. 4 – Federica Denti (TCU) def. Ashley Turpin (SMU), 6-1, 6-0
No. 5 – Millie Nichols (TCU) def. Kris Roberts (SMU), 6-1, 6-1
No. 6 – Gaby Mastromarino (TCU) def. Perri Anderson (SMU), 6-0, 6-1

No. 1 – #79 Millie Nichols/Olivia Smith (TCU) def. Edyta Cieplucha/Heather Steinbauer (SMU), 8-1
No. 2 – Federica Denti/Kelsey Sundaram (TCU) def. Elena Fayner/Kris Roberts (SMU), 8-3
No. 3 – Gaby Mastromarino/Simona Parajova (TCU) def. Perri Anderson/Ashley Turpin (SMU), 8-1

TCU 10-5; National ranking #45
SMU 1-12
Order of Finish: Singles (6,3,4,2,5,1) Doubles (3,1,2)
T-2:51; A:125

St. Edward’s women earn home win, defeat Willamette, 9-0

AUSTIN – The St. Edward’s women tennis team earned its ninth win of the season Monday afternoon by defeating Willamette, 9-0 at the Strohmeyer Varsity Tennis Courts. The Hilltoppers now have three shutouts on the season.

The outstanding duo of Paige Rachel (Katy, Texas/Cinco Ranch HS) and Rafaela Haegele (Scheneberdigen, Germany/Otto-Hahn Gymnasium) extend their win streak to five straight by defeating Denise Poltavski and Emily Bee 8-2, at No. 2 doubles for the Hilltoppers. Audrey Tompkins (Katy, Texas/Taylor HS) and Alexandra Khadzhyan (Murmansk, Russia/Murmansck Secondary) also scored a point for St. Edward’s (9-6) by winning their match, 8-2, at No. 1 doubles over Willamette’s Sabrina Gutierrez and Shannon Palmer. The Hilltoppers would also take the No. 3 doubles match featuring Mary Bain (Austin, Texas/Westlake HS) and Francesca Chohor (Balneario Camboriu, Brazil/Colegio Unificado). The Hilltoppers pair would win 8-0 over Elise Derby and Emily Funabiki of Willamette University.

St. Edward’s Dominance would roll over into singles play where all six Hilltoppers would win their match. At No. 1 singles Alexandra Khadzhyan would cruise past Shannon Palmer, 6-2, 6-1, while junior Paige Rachel coasted by Denise Poltavski, 6-1, 6-2, at No. 2 singles. In the No. 3 slot senior Audrey Tompkins defeated Sabrina Gutierrez, 6-1, 6-1, earning her 10th victory of the year. Also, Rafaela Haegele earned her 10th win of the season Monday by shutting out Emily Bee 6-0, 6-0, at No. 4 singles. Freshman Francesca Chohor won her match, 6-0, 6-1, at No. 5 singles by taking down Emily Funabiki of Willamette University. Lastly, at No. 6 singles, the senior Heather Brien (College Station, Texas/A&M-Consolidated) defeated Elise Derby 6-1, 6-0.

The Hilltoppers will travel to the Sunshine State to take on Nova Southeastern in Melbourne, Florida Friday. First serve is set for 10:00 a.m.

No. 56 Cieplucha, Fayner And Turpin Get Wins In SMU’s 4-3 Loss To ULM

Mustangs Visit No. 39 TCU On Wednesday

DALLAS (SMU) — No. 56 Edyta Cieplucha, Elena Fayner and Ashley Turpin each earned a point for SMU women’s tennis in a 4-3 loss to Louisiana-Monroe at the Northwood Country Club on Sunday. Cieplucha improved to 9-3 in dual matches at No. 1 singles and is now 15-6 overall.

“I thought we competed well today and we showed toughness,” said head coach Kati Gyulai. “We put ourselves in a position to win, but we couldn’t close out the matches. UL-Monroe hung in there and credit to them for the win. We look to get a couple of good practices in before we travel to TCU in a few days.”

Fayner won her third straight match and sixth in the last eight as she improved to 6-6. Turpin is now 4-3 on the season and has won two straight matches for the first time this year.

The Mustangs visit No. 39 TCU on Wednesday at 5:30 p.m.

Louisiana-Monroe vs SMU
Mar 25, 2012 at Dallas, Texas
Louisiana-Monroe 4, SMU 3

Singles competition
1. #56 Edyta Cieplucha (SMU) def. Sophie Rufyikiri (ULM) 6-2, 6-0
2. Medy Blankvoort (ULM) def. Heather Steinbauer (SMU) 4-6, 7-5, 3-1, retired
3. Elena Fayner (SMU) def. Silvia Tumova (ULM) 6-4, 6-1
4. Ashley Turpin (SMU) def. Vivian Polak (ULM) 6-2, 6-7, 10-5
5. Ema Turudija (ULM) def. Perri Anderson (SMU) 6-4, 6-0
6. Monica Winkel (ULM) def. Kris Roberts (SMU) 6-2, 6-2

Doubles competition
1. Sophie Rufyikiri/Silvia Tumova (ULM) def. Edyta Cieplucha/Heather Steinbauer (SMU) 8-6
2. Medy Blankvoort/Monica Winkel (ULM) def. Elena Fayner/Kris Roberts (SMU) 8-4
3. Vivian Polak/Ema Turudija (ULM) def. Perri Anderson/Erika Marschall (SMU) 8-3

Match Notes:
Louisiana-Monroe 11-2
SMU 1-11

No. 13 Baylor Survives 4-3 Win over K-State

Baylor claims fourth 4-3 win in last eight matches

WAMEGO, Kan. – Baylor’s 13th-ranked women’s tennis team showed more grit on Sunday, gathering its second 4-3 win in as many days, against No. 75 Kansas State at the Wamego Recreation Complex in Wamego, Kan.

After defeating the University of Kansas 4-3 on Saturday, Baylor found itself relying on the top of the lineup again to come away with its second consecutive Big 12 win. The Lady Bears have now claimed a 4-3 victory in four of its last eight matches.

“It was another tough Big 12 match, and we are definitely growing as a team and finding a way to win,” head coach Joey Scrivano said. “Going through matches like this is going to be good for us in the long run. Diana (Nakic) came through and held off one of the best players in the league. We’re really proud of the way this team is showing its toughness and character.”

Against Kansas State, Baylor quickly found itself in a 1-0 hole with a doubles point, but the senior trio of Diana Nakic, Nina Secerbegovic and Sona Novakova, as well as freshman Ema Burgic combined for a comeback effort with wins on Courts 1-4 in singles.

No. 27 Secerbegovic, No. 53 Novakova and Burgic were cruising to wins on Courts 2-4, but No. 13 Nakic was in a hole early against 30th-ranked Petra Niedermayerova, the defending Big 12 Player of the Year.

Secerbegovic claimed the first victory, a 6-0, 6-1 win over No. 83 Karla Bonacic, to tie the score at 1-1, and Novakova added a 6-2, 6-1 win over Carli Wischhoff for a short-lived BU lead.

KSU’s Carmen Borau Ramos finished a 6-1, 6-3 win over Abby Stainback on Court 6, but the Lady Bears took the lead back shortly after with a win from Burgic on Court 4. Burgic took down Marketa Trousilova 6-0, 6-1 to put Baylor in position to clinch a win.

The Wildcats responded with a win on Court 5 to put the pressure on the Nakic/Niedermayerova match, which was knotted at one set each and tied 5-5 in the third. Baylor’s Nakic then seized control with a service break and a hold of serve to take the set 7-5 and clinch the match.

In doubles, Baylor collected just one victory, a 9-8(2) win by Novakova and Nakic over Petra Chuda and Borau Ramos on Court 2. On Court 1, the previously undefeated Baylor duo of Secerbegovic and Burgic fell for the first time in their five matches together to Niedermayerova and Bonacic.

Baylor will continue Big 12 play its next time out, hosting 44th-ranked Oklahoma on Friday at 5 p.m. at the Hurd Tennis Center, followed by a showdown with No. 42 Oklahoma State at home on Sunday.

Baylor vs Kansas State
Mar 25, 2012 at Wamego, Kan.
(Wamego Rec. Complex)
#13 Baylor 4, #75 Kansas State 3
Singles competition
1. #13 Diana Nakic (BU) def. #30 Petra Niedermayerova (KSU) 4-6, 6-4, 7-5
2. #27 Nina Secerbegovic (BU) def. #83 Karla Bonacic (KSU) 6-0, 6-1
3. #53 Sona Novakova (BU) def. Carli Wischhoff (KSU) 6-2, 6-1
4. Ema Burgic (BU) def. Marketa Trousilova (KSU) 6-0, 6-1
5. Amina St. Hill (KSU) def. Megan Horter (BU) 6-3, 6-0
6. Carmen Borau Ramos (KSU) def. Abby Stainback (BU) 6-1, 6-3

Doubles competition
1. Petra Niedermayerova/Karla Bonacic (KSU) def. Nina Secerbegovic/Ema Burgic (BU) 8-6
2. Sona Novakova/Diana Nakic (BU) def. Petra Chuda/Carmen Borau Ramos (KSU) 9-8 (7-2)
3. Marketa Trousilova/Carli Wischhoff (KSU) def. Megan Horter/Abby Stainback (BU) 8-4

Match Notes:
Baylor 15-5, 2-1; National ranking #13
Kansas State 5-10, 1-3; National ranking #75
Order of finish: Doubles (3,2,1); Singles (2,3,6,4,5,1)

Rice Women Top Tulane, 5-2

Missouri up next on Friday at Jake Hess

Katie Gater ground out a second-set tiebreaker to provide the clinching point as the 28th ranked Rice women’s tennis team opened Conference USA play with a 5-2 win over Tulane at the Goldring Tennis Center in New Orleans on Sunday.

The Owls (12-4, 1-0) were forced to battle from behind from the opening serves of the match, falling behind by 4-0 margins on both No. 2 and No. 3 doubles. Rice’s #1 pair of Natalie Beazant and Dominique Harmath, currently ranked 42nd in the country, finished first with an 8-4 win, but it took rallies at both 2 & 3 to wrestle the match’s first point from the Green Wave.

Rice’s No. 3 pairing of Kimberly Anicete and Leah Fried, who was subbing for an injured Stephanie Nguyen, battled back from a 4-0 deficit to force a tiebreak, but fell 9-8 to knot up the doubles competition. The Owls No. 2 duo of Gater and Ana Guzman bounced back from a 4-0 score of their own to win 8-6 and provide the Owls with the crucial first point of the day.

In singles action, Rice took four of six first sets and moved out to a 3-1 lead on the strength of wins by Beazant and Harmath, while Tulane picked up a win at No. 6. The win was Beazant’s seventh straight and ran her spring dual mark to 15-1 overall and 12-1 after moving into the No. 1 position.

After Tulane closed the gap to 3-2 with a win at #4, the outcome came down to the final sets at #3 and 5. Tulane’s Lindsay Dvorak force Kimberly Anicete to a third set with a tiebreak win in the second stanza. Gater was in danger of moving to a third set as well, trailing 5-4 in her second set tiebreak with Caroline Thornton, before rallying to take the set, win her match and clinch the day for Rice with a 9-7 win.

Anicete then wrapped up the match by winning her third set over Dvorak by a 6-3 score.

The Owls will be back in action at home on Friday with a non-conference matchup with Missouri and then face off against 29th ranked Tulsa next Sunday at Jake Hess Tennis Stadium.

Rice vs Tulane Green Wave
3/25/2012 at New Orleans, La.
(Goldring Tennis Center)
#28 Rice 5, #52 Tulane Green Wave 2
Singles competition
1. #46 Natalie Beazant (RICE) def. Mariam Kurdadze (TLN) 6-1, 6-2
2. Dominique Harmath (RICE) def. Emma Levy (TLN) 6-0, 6-0
3. Katie Gater (RICE) def. Caroline Thornton (TLN) 6-4, 7-6 (9-7)
4. Caroline Magnusson (TLN) def. Ana Guzman (RICE) 6-2, 6-2
5. Kimberly Anicete (RICE) def. Lindsay Dvorak (TLN) 6-4, 6-7 (5-7), 6-3
6. Jenny Hois (TLN) def. Leah Fried (RICE) 6-1, 6-0

Doubles competition
1. #42 Natalie Beazant/Dominique Harmath (RICE) def. Mariam Kurdadze/Emma Levy (TLN) 8-4
2. Katie Gater/Ana Guzman (RICE) def. Caroline Thornton/Caroline Magnusson (TLN) 8-6
3. Lindsay Dvorak/Hila Elster (TLN) def. Kimberly Anicete/Leah Fried (RICE) 9-8 (7-3)

Match Notes:
Rice 12-4; National ranking #28
Tulane Green Wave 13-5; National ranking #52
Order of finish: Doubles (1,3,2); Singles (6,2,1,4,3,5)

TCU women top Boise State, 6-1

Frogs dropped just one match on the weekend

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – The TCU women’s tennis team finished off a sweep Sunday on the Mountain West opening weekend with a 6-1 bettering of Boise State at New Mexico’s Linda Estes Tennis Center.

“I thought Boise State really competed well in the doubles,” TCU coach Dave Borelli said. “Gaby Mastromarino and Simona Parajova fought off match points to come back to win. It was nice to come back win some points when we were down for a change. That was really big for them. Olivia Smith was really good, she was down in the third and came back to win her match, which is really significant. It’s the kind of match that will give her confidence for the rest of the season. Gabi Barbosa played well and I thought Federica Denti played one of her best matches of the year.”

The No. 39-ranked Horned Frogs improved to 9-5 on the year and 2-0 in the Mountain West with their second-straight triumph. Boise State dropped to 7-8 and 1-1 in the league. TCU has won both of the meetings all-time between it and Boise State.

TCU gutted out the doubles point to open the match with a 1-0 advantage. Olivia Smith and Stefanie Tan took care of business at No. 3 doubles with an 8-2 win over Boise State’s Kaitlyn Brown and Sonia Klamczynska.

After Boise State was able pick up a tight win at No. 1, Gaby Mastromarino and Simona Parajova continued theirsolid play as partners with a win at the second court. Down in the match, the TCU tandem knocked off Morgan Basil and Sandy Vo, 9-8 (6) to clinch the point.

As singles got underway, the Frogs wasted no time racing out to a 5-0 lead in the match. Gabi Barbosa was first off the court after she steamrolled to a 6-0, 6-0 win over Fiona Mok at No. 6 singles.

Federica Denti made it 3-0 in favor of the Frogs with a 6-1, 6-1 dismantling of Manuela Pietzuch on the fourth singles court. Tan clinched the match for TCU with her sixth-straight win at No. 1 singles, a 6-1, 6-3 win over Klamczynska.

Parajova continued the Frog onslaught when she took down Marlena Pietzuch, 6-2, 7-5, on the No. 2 court. Boise State was able to get on the board with a win at No. 5 singles.

In the only three-set match of the day, Olivia Smith scored the sixth point for TCU. The Bath, England, native, battled from down in the third set to pick up a 6-3, 4-6, 6-4 win over Boise State’s Vo.

TCU returns to action Wednesdaywhen it hosts crosstown rival SMU for a nonconference tilt. First serve from the Bayard H. Friedman Tennis Center is set for 5:30 p.m.

MATCH RESULTS – No. 39 TCU 6, Boise State 1
No. 1 – Stefanie Tan (TCU) def. Sonia Klamczynska (Boise State), 6-1, 6-3
No. 2 – Simona Parajova (TCU) def. Marlena Pietzuch (Boise State), 6-2, 7-5
No. 3 – Olivia Smith (TCU) def. Sandy Vo (Boise State), 6-3, 4-6, 6-4
No. 4 – Federica Denti (TCU) def. Manuela Pietzuch (Boise State), 6-1, 6-1
No. 5 – Morgan Basil (Boise State) def. Kelsey Sundaram (TCU), 6-2, 6-3
No. 6 – Gabi Barbosa (TCU) def. Fiona Mok (Boise State), 6-0, 6-0

No. 1 – Manuela Pietzuch/Marlena Pietzuch (Boise State) def. Gabi Barbosa/Kelsey Sundaram (TCU), 9-7
No. 2 – Gaby Mastromarino/Simona Parajova (TCU) def. Morgan Basil/Sandy Vo (Boise State), 9-8 (6)
No. 3 – Olivia Smith/Stefanie Tan (TCU) def. Kaitlyn Brown/Sonia Klamczynska (Boise State), 8-2

TCU 9-5, 2-0 MW; National ranking No. 39
Boise State 7-8, 1-1 MW
Order of Finish: Singles (6,4,1,2,5,3); Doubles (3,1,2)

St. Edward’s men sweep Southeastern Oklahoma State, 5-0

AUSTIN – The St. Edward’s Men’s Tennis team recorded their fifth sweep of the season Saturday and third in their last four matches. The #17 Hilltoppers took down Southeastern Oklahoma State, 5-0, recouping from their last match where they lost to Cameron.

St. Edward’s (10-5) captured all three doubles points in Saturday’s match-up with Southeastern Oklahoma. Ned Boone (London, England/LSU) and Eduardo Bencke (Porto Alegre, Brazil/Colegio Anchieta) won their match against Luka Radulovic and Filip Pavlovic 8-3, giving the Hilltopper pair their 12th win of the season at No. 1 doubles. In the No. 2 doubles match featuring Pedro Bronstrup (Porto Alegre, Brazil/Colegio Farroupilla) and James Rogers (Bahagowan, Australia/Mackay Christian College) against Southeastern Oklahoma’s Laurent Veith and Chris Burns, the Hilltoppers duo prevailed winning the match, 8-2. The third point scored for St. Edward’s came in a heated battle where John Stockdale (Austin, Texas/Lake Travis HS) and Adrian Garza (Austin, Texas/AESA Academy) downed Billy Haugen and Renato Joao, 9-8. Stockdale is now two for two on the season gaining victories in both his doubles appearances for the Hilltoppers.

Rogers and Ryan Wiggins (Frisco, Texas/Old Dominion) completed the attack for the Hilltoppers in their dominate performance over Southeastern Oklahoma State. Rogers squared off against Haugen and would defeat him, 6-2, 6-2, at No. 4 singles, while Wiggins would cruise to an easy, 6-0, 6-0, victory over Maurice Colbert at No. 5 singles.

The Hilltoppers will be back to action Friday where they will host Incarnate Word. First serve is scheduled for 2:30 p.m. here on the St. Edward’s campus.

St. Edward’s women drop home match to Florida Southern, 6-3

AUSTIN – The St. Edward’s Women Tennis team was up bright and early for its match against Florida Southern Saturday morning at the Strohmeyer Varsity Tennis Courts. The Hilltoppers gave it all they had but were ultimately outplayed by the eventual winner Florida Southern, 6-3. The Hilltoppers have now lost their last two matches.

St. Edward’s (8-6) gained one of its three points from the outstanding duo of Paige Rachel (Katy, Texas/Cinco Ranch HS) and Rafaela Haegele (Scheneberdigen, Germany/Otto-Hahn Gymnasium). Rachel and Haegele continue their win streak to four matches after defeating Florida Southern’s Joalis Dominguez and Laura Wichmann 9-8, in a back and forth battle at No. 2 doubles.

Two Hilltoppers were able to win their matches and earn a point for St. Edward’s during singles play. Haegele won her match at No. 4 singles 6-2, 6-0 against Christie Nunnemann, and ties teammate Audrey Tompkins (Katy, Texas/Taylor HS) for a team best nine wins on the season. Heather Brien (College Station, Texas/A&M-Consolidated) won the third point for the Hilltoppers by overcoming a one-set deficit after the first set to beat Crystal Copeland 2-6, 6-4, 11-9, in three sets. This win brings Brien to a 6-4 record on the season.

The Hilltoppers will compete in their next match Monday at home against Willamette University. First Serve is set for 2:00 p.m.

UTEP Drops Match At UC Santa Barbara

SANTA BARBARA, CALIF.– The UTEP tennis team continued its demanding roadswing by falling at UC Santa Barbara, 7-0, Saturday afternoon. The Miners (2-14), who are in the midst of three road match-ups in as many days, dropped the doubles point and were unable to recover in the eventual setback to the homestanding Gauchos (6-10).

Things started up in doubles play where the Orange and Blue looked to the pairing of Dariya Abdrakhmanova/Anastasiya Sylenko to get things going. The duo battled only to be derailed by the tandem of Kiersten Meehan/April Scatliffe, 8-7, (7-5 tiebreaker) at No. 3 doubles.

The Miners’ Gabi Vazquez/Marie LeBlond delivered a triumph, thanks to doubling up Erica Cano/Sofia Novak at No. 2 but the home side managed to secure the team point as result of Natalia Lozano/Jordan Dockendorf taking down Martina Trierweiler/Rebeca Calvillo, 8-2, at the top spot.

UTEP aspired to rally in singles play, and Trieweiler set the tone early by claiming the first set vs. Lozano, 6-3, at No. 1 singles. Her foe recovered, though, and secured the second set, 6-4, before taking home the match via super tiebreaker (10-5).

Calvillo, who returned to the lineup after missing Friday’s match, was bounced by Novak, 6-2, in the opening set of No. 2 singles. She was then forced to retire with the score at 1-0 in the second stanza.

Vazquez locked up with Scatliffe at No. 3 singles, and she couldn’t get on track in a 6-2, 6-2 loss. Sylenko ran into a buzzsaw in the form of Meehan at No. 4 singles, and she was bounced by a final count of 6-0, 6-0.

LeBlond, who had peeled off six straight, tried her best to extend that streak only to fall, 6-0, 6-1, vs. Dockendorf at No. 5 singles.

Abdrakhmanova had some good moments but couldn’t string it all together against Cano at No. 6 singles, and was ultimately derailed, 6-1, 6-4.

UTEP will look to cap its roadswing through Calif., on a high note when it plays at Loyola Marymount at 12 p.m. MT Sunday.

Singles competition
1. Natalia Lozano (UCSB) def. Martina Trierweiler (UTEP) 3-6, 6-4, 1-0 (10-5)
2. Sofia Novak~ (UCSB) def. Rebeca Calvillo (UTEP) 6-2, 1-0, retired
3. April Scatliffe (UCSB) def. Gabi Vazquez (UTEP) 6-2, 6-2
4. Kiersten Meehan (UCSB) def. Anastasiya Sylenko (UTEP) 6-0, 6-0
5. Jordan Dockendorf (UCSB) def. Marie LeBlond (UTEP) 6-0, 6-1
6. Erica Cano (UCSB) def. Dariya Abdrakhmanova (UTEP) 6-1, 6-4

Doubles competition
1. Natalia Lozano/Jordan Dockendorf (UCSB) def. Martina Trierweiler/Rebeca Calvillo (UTEP) 8-2
2. Gabi Vazquez/Marie LeBlond (UTEP) def. Erica Cano/Sofia Novak~ (UCSB) 8-4
3. Kiersten Meehan/April Scatliffe (UCSB) def. Dariya Abdrakhmanova/Anastasiya Sylenko (UTEP) 8-7 (7-5)