Rice Fights Off Fresno State Men, 4-3 (Rice recap/box)

124th West Coast Doubles this weekend

On a weekend when they will be competing in one of the oldest doubles tournaments in the country, the Rice men’s tennis team needed a finishing kick from their doubles teams to down Fresno State 4-3 in a dual match held at the La Jolla Beach & Tennis Club on Friday.

After the two teams had split the first two doubles matches, Leif Berger fought off three break points with the match on Court 3 tied at 6-6 and then combined with Jonathan Chang to break the Bulldogs serve for an 8-6 win to clinch the match.

Because of their appearances in the 124th West Coast Doubles championships, which began later on Friday, the two teams chose to play singles first in the hopes the match would be clinched and doubles not played. But those plans were short-circuited by a tight battle that saw the two teams split the six singles matches and sent the doubles teams on the court to decide the match.

“That’s the first time in my career in tennis when we’ve started with singles first and the match had to go to doubles,” Rice head coach Efe Ustundag said. “It was one of those matches where neither team ever got comfortable. We traded punches all day. We never gave up and I thought we went into doubles with a great approach.”

Freshman Gustavo Gonzalez opened the scoring with a win on Court 6, but Fresno answered with a win s on Court 5 and 4 to take a 2-1 lead and the Owls needed to go to third sets in the remaining matches to stay in contention.

Freshman Adam Gustafsson bounced back from a first set loss to win on Court 2 and tie the match at 2-2. Fresno responded with a three-set win on Court 3, and the Owls hopes to send the match to doubles rested on the shoulders of Chang on Court 1.

The senior from Spring Branch Memorial bounced back from a second-set tiebreaker to down Reid deLaubenfels, tying the match at 3-3 and setting up the doubles drama.

The Owls will compete in the West Coast Doubles Championship this weekend and then return home to host Penn State and Abilene Christian a week from Saturday.

Tennis Match Results
Rice vs Fresno State
2/28/2013 at La Jolla, California
(La Jolla Beach & Tennis Club)

Rice 4, Fresno State 3

Singles competition
1. Jonathan Chang (RICE) def. Reid deLaubenfels (FRESNO) 6-2, 6-7 (3-7), 6-2
2. Adam Gustafsson (RICE) def. Nikolas Papic (FRESNO) 4-6, 6-1, 6-3
3. Sai Kartik Nakireddi (FRESNO) def. Philipp Seifert (RICE) 4-6, 6-1, 7-6 (7-5)
4. Felipe Fritz (FRESNO) def. Tommy Bennett (RICE) 1-6, 6-3, 6-2
5. Sam MacNeil (FRESNO) def. Peter Frank (RICE) 6-4, 6-4
6. Gustavo Gonzalez (RICE) def. Jeremy Quiroz (FRESNO) 6-4, 6-2

Doubles competition
1. Sam MacNeil/Reid deLaubenfels (FRESNO) def. Tommy Bennett/Adam Gustafsson (RICE) 8-3
2. Philipp Seifert/Peter Frank (RICE) def. Felipe Fritz/Sai Kartik Nakireddi (FRESNO) 8-4
3. Leif Berger/Jonathan Chang (RICE) def. Nikolas Papic/Jeremy Quiroz (FRESNO) 8-6

Match Notes:
Rice 4-7
Fresno State 3-9
Order of finish: Doubles (1,2,3); Singles (6,5,4,2,3,1)

Owls Open Road Trip by Blanking Roadrunner Women (Rice recap/box)

Face Texas on the Longhorn Network Saturday at noon

The 34th ranked Rice women’s tennis team opened a two-game road swing with a 7-0 shutout of the UTSA Roadrunners at the UTSA Tennis Center in San Antonio on Thursday.

The Owls closed out their future Conference USA rivals by capturing the doubles point and then sweeping all six singles matches in straight sets.

Dominique Harmath and Natalie Beazant each won their fifth consecutive singles matches to give the Owls a quick 3-0 lead. Harmath pushed the lead to 2-0 with a 6-1, 6-1 win over Isabelle Jonsson . Beazant quickly followed swept her fifth straight win at No. 1 singles, downing Jacobea Junger 6-0, 6-1. Over her last four matches, she has won 36 games and lost just four.

Liat Zimmermann delivered the clinching point with a 6-3, 6-1 win over Alena Shichkova, and Kimberly Anicete, Stephanie Nguyen and Solomiya Zinko followed to close out the match.

The Owls will travel to Austin on Saturday to face the 29th ranked Texas Longhorns at the Penick-Allison Tennis Center at noon. The match will be broadcast on the Longhorn Network with Mark Brown and Jon Wiegand calling the action. .

Tennis Match Results
Rice vs. UTSA
Feb. 28, 2013 at San Antonio, Texas
#34 Rice 7, UTSA 0

Singles competition:
1. #71 Natalie Beazant (RICE) def. Jacobea Junger (UTSA) 6-0, 6-1
2. #80 Dominique Harmath (RICE) def. Isabelle Jonsson (UTSA) 6-1, 6-1
3. Liat Zimmermann (RICE) def. Alena Shichkova (UTSA) 6-3, 6-1
4. Kimberly Anicete (RICE) def. Daniela Garcia-Diaz (UTSA) 6-3, 6-2
5. Solomiya Zinko (RICE) def. Kavya Menon (UTSA) 6-3, 6-3
6. Stephanie Nguyen (RICE) def. Irene Gonzalez (UTSA) 6-0, 6-3

Doubles competition:
1. Natalie Beazant/Dominique Harmath (RICE) def. Isabelle Jonsson/Alena Shichkova (UTSA) 8-4
2. Jacobea Junger/Daniela Garcia-Diaz (UTSA) vs. Liat Zimmermann/Stephanie Nguyen (RICE) 3-6, unfinished
3. Daniela Trigo/Solomiya Zinko (RICE) def. Natalie Hand/Kavya Menon (UTSA) 8-3

Match Notes:
Rice 7-4; National ranking #34
UTSA 4-4
Order of finish: Doubles (3,1); Singles (2,1,3,4,6,5)

No. 12 Pepperdine Rallies Past TCU Men (TCU recap/box)

Horned Frogs were unable to gain momentum in singles

FORT WORTH – TCU’s men’s tennis team claimed the doubles point, but was unable to muster momentum early in singles and dropped a 5-2 decision to No. 12 Pepperdine on Tuesday the Bayard H. Friedman Tennis Center.

The No. 51-ranked Horned Frogs slipped to 7-4 on the year, while Pepperdine improved to 7-2. The Waves were the fifth top-20 opponent on TCU’s schedule thus far this season. The Frogs are 1-4 against those foes.

“Obviously, the high point was the doubles,” TCU coach David Roditi said. “I was proud that on five of the six courts we were able to get back into the matches in the second set. Pepperdine was a Final Four team last year for a reason. I thought the level of tennis was very high.”

TCU got the match going in the right direction from the start, claiming the doubles point for a 1-0 lead. Sophomores Nick Chappell and Will Stein picked up their biggest win of the season, dropping 27th-ranked Francis Alcantara and Finn Tearney, 8-5.

Max Stevens and JT Sundling followed with an 8-4 win over Sebastian Fanselow and Alex Sarkissian at No. 2 doubles to clinch the point for the Frogs. Arnau Dachs and Orlando Superlano were leading at No. 3 doubles when their match was stopped.

As singles began, the 12th-ranked Waves grabbed the momentum from TCU, winning first sets on all six of the courts. The Frogs made things interesting on courts two through six, but were unable to get over the hump as Pepperdine got wins at Nos. 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5 singles to clinch the match.

Sundling added TCU’s second point as he battled back from dropping the first set to knock off David Sofaer, 3-6, 6-1, 7-5 at No. 6 singles. The Thousand Oaks, Calif., native improved to 5-3 on the year.

TCU returns to action March 1 when it welcomes SMU to the Friedman Tennis Center. First serve is set for 5:30 p.m.

MATCH RESULTS – No. 12 Pepperdine 5, No. 51 TCU 2
No. 1 – #7 Sebastian Fanselow (Pepperdine) def. Nick Chappell (TCU), 6-2, 6-2
No. 2 – #83 Finn Tearney (Pepperdine) def. #108 Arnau Dachs (TCU), 6-3, 6-4
No. 3 – #73 Alex Sarkissian (Pepperdine) def. Facundo Lugones (TCU), 6-3, 7-5
No. 4 – #87 Francis Alcantara (Pepperdine) def. Orlando Superlano (TCU), 6-4, 6-4
No. 5 – Mousheg Hovhannisyan (Pepperdine) def. Rodolfo Bustamante (TCU), 6-2, 6-4
No. 6 – JT Sundling (TCU) def. David Sofaer (Pepperdine), 3-6, 6-1, 7-5

No. 1 – Nick Chappell/Will Stein (TCU) def. #27 Francis Alcantara/Finn Tearney (Pepperdine), 8-5
No. 2 – Max Stevens/JT Sundling (TCU) def. Sebastian Fanselow/Alex Sarkissian (Pepperdine), 8-4
No. 3 – Arnau Dachs/Orlando Superlano (TCU) vs. Mousheg Hovhannisyan/David Sofaer (Pepperdine), 6-5, unfinished

TCU 7-4; National ranking #51
Pepperdine 7-2; National ranking #12
Order of finish: Singles (1,4,5,3,2,6); Doubles (1,2)

St. Edward’s Haegele named Heartland Conference Player of the Week

AUSTIN  – St. Edward’s women’s tennis player Rafaela Haegele was named Heartland Conference Player of the Week for the Week of Feb. 18-24.

Rafaela Haegele went 4-0 in singles and doubles over the week. Rafaela defeated conference rivals Dallas Baptist and UA Fort Smith. She dominated in her singles matches only losing two games. For the week she played as the Hilltoppers’ number four player.

The Hilltoppers will be back in action this weekend with two matches at home. They will take on McMurry on Saturday at 10 a.m., and Incarnate Word on Sunday at 1 p.m.

No. 20 TCU Takes Care of North Texas, 4-2 (TCU recap/box)

Horned Frogs battled cold and wind to get a win

DENTON – TCU’s women’s tennis team fought threw chilly and windy conditions Wednesday to gut out a 4-2 win over North Texas at UNT’s Waranch Tennis Complex.

The 20th-ranked Horned Frogs improved to 7-1 on the year and won for the fifth-straight time. North Texas, ranked 47th, slipped to 6-2. In the all-time series, TCU now holds a 33-1 advantage with the only loss coming in 2012.

“It wasn’t pretty,” TCU coach Dave Borelli said. “But the girls battled and competed and got a win. It was cold, windy and they had a big crowd. I’m proud of the girls for competing and give a lot of credit to North Texas. They are a good team and better than their ranking indicates.”

TCU fell behind early when North Texas claimed the doubles point with wins at Nos. 2 and 3 doubles. The Frogs’ 37th-ranked duo of Olivia Smith and Millie Nichols did win for the seventh-straight time with an 8-3 triumph over Valentina Starkova and Barbora Vykydalova.

Smith, who recently earned a career-high ranking of 50th, ran her season record to 7-0 when she dismissed Starkova, 6-2, 6-2 at No. 2 singles. It tied the match at one, only to see UNT nudge ahead with a win at No. 3 singles.

Federica Denti leveled the match at two with her 7-5, 6-0 win over Franziska Sprinkmeyer at No. 5 singles. It was the Bellano, Italy, native’s fifth win in six tries this season. Nichols put TCU ahead for the first time with her 7-5, 7-5 downing of Ilona Serchenko at No. 4 singles.

With the match at six singles in a third set, sophomore Stefanie Tan, ranked 54th, gutted out a 7-5, 7-6 win over Kseniya Bardabush at No. 1 singles to score TCU’s fourth and final point. The remaining match at six was called to a halt.

TCU returns to action March 6 when it travels to UT Arlington.

No. 20 TCU 4, No. 47 North Texas 2
No. 1 – #54 Stefanie Tan def. Kseniya Bardabush, 7-5, 7-6
No. 2 – #50 Olivia Smith def. Valentina Starkova, 6-2, 6-2
No. 3 – Barbora Vykydalova def. #95 Simona Parajova, 6-1, 7-6
No. 4 – Millie Nichols def. Ilona Serchenko, 7-5, 7-5
No. 5 – Federica Denti def. Franziska Sprinkmeyer, 7-5, 6-0
No. 6 – Kelsey Sundaram vs. Agustina Valenzuela, 4-6, 6-4, 3-2, unfinished

No. 1 – #37 Olivia Smith/Millie Nichols def. Valentina Starkova/Barbora Vykydalova, 8-3
No. 2 – Kseniya Bardabush/Franziska Sprinkmeyer def. Federica Denti/Kelsey Sundaram, 9-7
No. 3 – Dane Joubert/Ilona Serchenko def. Gabi Barbosa/Simona Parajova, 8-2

TCU 7-1
North Texas 6-2
Order of Finish: Singles (2,3,5,4,1); Doubles (3,1,2)

No. 6 Texas A&M Defeats No. 24 Baylor Women, 4-0 (TAMU/BU recaps/box)

COLLEGE STATION – No. 6 Texas A&M got a huge boost from its four freshmen as the Aggies defeated No. 24 Baylor, 4-0, on a cold and blustery evening at the George P. Mitchell Tennis Center.

It was the fourth consecutive win for the Aggies, who improve to 6-1 entering their inaugural Southeastern Conference match against No. 43 South Carolina (7-3), Friday at 5 p.m. at the Mitchell Tennis Center.

“I thought today’s match was just particularly difficult,” A&M head coach Howard Joffe said, “and I certainly don’t want to be a baby – Baylor had the same set of circumstances – but it was pretty darn cold, it was really windy, and what made the wind even worse, it wasn’t blowing in just one direction. It was like swirling all over, so it was just really difficult to play any kind of quality tennis. But in terms of the competing, hopefully it has put some good mileage on us and it is a good, to use the theatrical vernacular, a dress rehearsal for our first SEC match in two days.”

As A&M junior Cristina Stancu, who plays No. 1 doubles and No. 2 singles, watched from the stands with an injury, the Aggies got clutch wins from a pair of freshmen doubles teams to take a 1-0 lead against the Bears. Twins Ines and Paula Deheza, who joined the team in January and were playing up a spot in the altered lineup, jumped out to a 4-0 lead against Baylor’s Maria Biryukova and Megan Horter en route to an 8-3 victory at the No. 2 line.

“They played particularly well,” Joffe said when asked about the four freshmen. “If I had to single out one person, it would be Paula Deheza. Baylor sort of came out with a strange strategy. They were just whacking all the balls at the net player, and Paula literally like Harry Houdini hit like 15 straight winner volleys, and suddenly they were in an unassailable lead at No. 2 doubles, so she played particularly well.”

Baylor evened the race for the doubles point at the No. 1 line as the 23rd-ranked duo of Ema Burgic and Victoria Kisialeva pulled away for an 8-6 win against the tandem of Cristina Sanchez-Quintanar and Wen Sun, who had up until today been playing the No. 2 position.

The point came down to the No. 3 position, where rookies Stefania Hristov and Anna Mamalat were playing together for the first time this spring. They found themselves trailing 3-0 to Baylor’s Kiah Generette and Alex Leatu, but after being down two service breaks, the Aggie duo fought back and got the match back on serve at 4-4. The teams were on serve with A&M leading 8-7 when Baylor committed a double fault to put A&M at match point. The Bears then hit long on the next play to give A&M the 9-7 win and a 1-0 lead.

“I would say at No. 3 doubles, more than anything it was a character win,” Joffe said. “It was difficult. We started 3-0 down, and for freshmen that is not easy, but they really, really acquitted themselves upstairs really well.”

With Stancu out, Joffe was forced to also juggle his singles lineup. He inserted Mamalat at the No. 6 line, and playing in only her second singles match in dual competition, the Philadelphia native gave the Aggies a 2-0 lead with a 6-2, 6-2 victory over Leatu at the No. 6 line.

“That match became very close at the end and we are thankful for the ‘W’, but in a funny way it allowed us to get Anna Mamalat a match at No. 6 and she really acquitted herself well,” Joffe said. “She beat a girl who actually had played at Vanderbilt last year very, very handily, so where we lose having one of our top doubles and singles players, we gain by getting other people in there, because we are a relatively a young team with four freshmen in there.”

Sanchez-Quintanar, ranked No. 6 in the nation, was once again unstoppable and improved to 6-0 at No. 1 singles as she disposed of 12th-ranked Burgic, 6-2, 6-2, to put A&M ahead, 3-0.

Although A&M had won first sets on four of the six courts, Baylor was getting back into contention. Where the Aggies’ next point would come from, if it happened at all, would turn into a mystery as Baylor built second-set leads in each of the remaining four matches until Hristov made an amazing comeback to clinch the victory.

Hristov had cruised to a 6-0 first-set win and built leads of 4-0 and 5-1 in the second set against Biryukova at No. 5 singles before Biryukova took command. The Baylor freshman won five consecutive games to take a 6-5 lead. Hristov won the next game to tie the score and force a tiebreaker, but Biryukova jumped out to a daunting 6-1 lead in the seven-point tiebreaker. Hristov, however, began to chip away, winning the next five points to even the score at 6-6. Hristov fought off another set point to tie the score at 7-7 and then took her first lead of the tiebreaker at 8-7. Hristov then won the match on the ensuing play as her lunging forehand return narrowly went over after skimming the net, and Biryukova hit into the net to end the match.

“I was up 6-0, 5-1 and the girl just started playing strange balls and she was slicing a lot,” Hristov recalled. “She was starting just to play the strangest game ever, and I lost myself during the set. Suddenly I woke up and I was down 6-5 and in the tiebreaker I was down 6-1 and I kind of started to work hard and come back into the match and I won.”

A&M’s Nazari Urbina had split sets with Kisialeva, 6-1, 1-6 at No. 2 singles when Hristov clinched. At No. 3 singles, Sun had lost her first set to Horter, 7-5, and trailed 2-1 in the second set when play was stopped. Ines Deheza also found herself trailing at No. 4 singles, where Generette had won the first set, 7-6 (2) and held a 4-3 lead in the second set before Hristov made her comeback and clinched the winning point for the second consecutive time.

“In the context of the match, the score line is going to read that we beat Baylor 4-0, but we were in some hotly contested matches,” Joffe said. “We were down a set on two of the courts. We had split sets on the other court, so it was much needed and very fortunate that Stefania pulled it out. Speaking of Harry Houdini, this is the second match in a row, she came back from 4-2 in the third to clinch the match against Michigan last week, so Hristov one way or another has found a way to win.”

Baylor suffers its fourth consecutive loss — all against Top 25 opponents — and falls to 4-8.

“It was hard to play like a real quality match in any of the matches, but based on the set of circumstances we were dealt, our kids played quite well,” Joffe added. “That bodes well, and probably it will be less windy come the weekend, and I fully expect us to play even better.”

A&M, which was picked to win the SEC Western Division according to a preseason poll of the league’s head coaches, trails the all-time series against the Gamecocks, 7-1, although the teams have not met since 1995.

A&M concludes its longest home stand of the season Sunday, March 3 against defending national champion, SEC preseason favorite and fourth- ranked Florida. First serve against the Gators is slated for 12 p.m.

Free live video and scoring will be available on AggieAthletics.com. Aggie fans also can keep up to date with the A&M women’s tennis team on Twitter by following @AggieWTEN or on Facebook at: http://www.facebook.com/?ref=tn_tnmn#!/pages/Aggie-Womens-Tennis/143874782434654

Baylor recap
The 24th-ranked Baylor women’s tennis team continued its five-match road swing with a 4-0 loss at No. 6 Texas A&M on Wednesday at the George P. Mitchell Tennis Center.

“Texas A&M has a great team with a lot of experience,” head coach Joey Scrivano said. “We knew that this was going to be a really tough test for us. We’re developing and a work in progress. Some of the things we need to fix are not going to happen overnight. It’s a process.”

To open doubles play, Texas A&M’s tandem of Inez and Paula DeHeza routed Maria Biryukova and Megan Horter, 8-3. BU responded with a victory on court one, as the 23rd-ranked duo of Ema Burgic and Victoria Kisialeva defeated Cristina Sanchez-Quintanar and Wen Sun, 8-6.

“Victoria and Ema are a good team,” Scrivano said. “They’ve obviously proven that they can play at a very high level. We need them to continue to do that. Our other two teams are going to pull through here soon, and we need them to stay consistent.”
The Aggies secured the doubles point with Stefania Hristov and Anna Mamalat’s 9-7 victory over Kiah Generette and Alex Leatu.

In singles play, Mamalat gained another point for the Aggies with a straight-set win over Leatu on court 6. 6-2, 6-2. To make it 3-0, sixth-ranked Sanchez-Quintanar defeated the 12th-ranked Burgic by the same score.

To clinch the match for TAMU, Hristov came back from a 6-1 deficit in a second set tiebreaker to win the match 6-0, 7-6 (7) on court 5 against Maria Biryukova. At that point, all other singles matches were taken off the court since the team match was decided.

Baylor has now lost eight out of nine matches and is 4-8 overall. The Lady Bears have dropped to 1-8 against top-25 ranked opponents this season and are 0-4 on the road. This is the second time this season that the Lady Bears have been shut out by an opponent.

The all-time series between Texas A&M (6-1) and Baylor is now tied at 20 matches apiece.

Baylor will continue its road trip against Clemson at 2:30 p.m. on March 8 in Clemson, S.C

No. 6 Texas A&M 4, No. 24 Baylor 0
February 27, 2013
George P. Mitchell Tennis Center
College Station, Texas

1. #6 Cristina Sanchez-Quintanar (TAMU) def. #12 Ema Burgic (BU), 6-2, 6-2
2. #67 Nazari Urbina (TAMU) vs. Victoria Kisialeva (BU), 6-1, 1-6 unfinished
3. Wen Sun (TAMU) vs. #113 Megan Horter (BU), 5-7, 1-2 unfinished
4. Ines Deheza (TAMU) vs. Kiah Generette (BU), 6-7 (2), 3-4 unfinished
5. Stefania Hristov (TAMU) def. Maria Biryukova (BU), 6-0, 7-6 (7)
6. Anna Mamalat (TAMU) vs. Alex Leatu (BU), 6-2, 6-2

Doubles (Texas A&M wins the point)
1. #23 Burgic/Kisialeva (BU) def. Sanchez-Quintanar/Sun (TAMU), 8-6
2. I. Deheza/Paula Deheza (TAMU) def. Biryukova/Horter (BU), 8-3
3. Hristov/Mamalat (TAMU) def. Generette/Leatu (BU), 9-7

Order of finish
Doubles: 2, 1, 3
Singles: 6, 1, 5

Team records
Texas A&M: 6-1
Baylor: 4-8

Baylor Falls 4-1 At No. 9 Northwestern Women (BU recap/box)

BU slides to 1-7 against top-25 ranked opponents this season.

EVANSTON, Ill. – The 19th-ranked Baylor women’s tennis team ended a two-match road swing with a 4-1 loss at No. 9 Northwestern on Sunday at the Combe Tennis Center.

“We’re just a very inconsistent team right now,” head coach Joey Scrivano said. “This weekend, some of our players showed up against Notre Dame and played some great, inspired tennis. Today, some other players showed up against Northwestern and played some excellent tennis. But the name of the game is getting four points on a single day, and it takes a real team effort. We just haven’t been consistent with that. We’re going to continue to work on it.”

To open doubles play, Northwestern’s tandem of Veronica Corning and Alicia Barnett blew past Kiah Generette and Alex Leatu, 8-1. The Wildcats secured the doubles point against Baylor with Kate Turvy and Belinda Niu’s victory over Megan Horter and Alex Clay, 8-2. Ema Burgic and Victoria Kisialeva’s matchup against No. 15 Linda Abu Mushrefova and Nida Hamilton went unfinished.

Northwestern tallied another two points on the board to place Baylor in a 3-0 deficit. Barnett earned a straight-set win over Leatu 6-3, 6-3 on court 6, and Brittany Wowchuk followed suit with another straight-set, 6-3, 6-0, victory against Maria Biryukova. In her third match of the season, the loss was Biryukova’s first in singles play.

On court 1, No. 13 Burgic tallied the lone point for the Lady Bears against No. 41 Kate Turvy, 6-1, 6-2. Burgic’s singles tally improved to 8-3 this season in the top spot for BU.

To clinch the match for Northwestern, No. 83 Niu would go on to defeat No. 86 Horter 6-2, 6-1 in the third spot.

As a result, Kisialeva’s match against Corning and Generette’s contest with Mushrefova was not finished.

With this loss, Baylor has now lost seven out of eight matches and is 4-7 overall. The Lady Bears have now dropped to 1-7 against top-25 ranked opponents this season.

Northwestern (6-4) now leads the all-time series against Baylor, 4-3.

“There’s a lot of season left, and I believe in this team and that we’re capable of doing some great things this season,” Scrivano said. “We just have to keep fighting and trying to get better.”

Up next, Baylor will head over to College Station to take on former Big 12 foe and 10th-ranked Texas A&M (5-1) on Wednesday at 4 p.m.

Follow @BaylorWTennis for updates on the team all season.

Tennis Match Results Baylor vs Northwestern
Feb 24, 2013 at Evanston, Ill. (Combe Tennis Center)
#9 Northwestern 4, #19 Baylor 1
1. #13 Ema Burgic (BAY) def. #41 Kate Turvy (NU) 6-1, 6-2
2. Veronica Corning (NU) vs. Victoria Kisialeva (BAY) unfinished
3. #83 Belinda Niu (NU) def. #86 Megan Horter (BAY) 6-2, 6-1
4. Brittany Wowchuk (NU) def. Maria Biryukova (BAY) 6-3, 6-0
5. Linda Abu Mushrefova (NU) vs. Kiah Generette (BAY) unfinished
6. Alicia Barnett (NU) def. Alex Leatu (BAY) 6-3, 6-2

1. #15 Linda Abu Mushrefova/Nida Hamilton (NU) vs. Ema Burgic/Victoria Kisialeva (BAY) unfinished
2. Veronica Corning/Alicia Barnett (NU) def. Kiah Generette/Alex Leatu (BAY) 8-1
3. Kate Turvy/Belinda Niu (NU) def. Megan Horter/Alex Clay (BAY) 8-2

Match Notes:
Baylor 4-7; National ranking #19
Northwestern 6-4; National ranking #9
Order of finish: Doubles (2,3); Singles (6,4,1,3) Official: John Coleman T-2:39 A-107

No. 12 Michigan defeats No. 14 Texas, 5-2 (UT recap/box)

Longhorns pick up singles wins from sophomore Lina Padegimaite and junior Juliana Gajic in their road loss to the Wolverines.

ANN ARBOR, Mich. – No. 14 Texas (3-4) picked up singles wins from sophomore Lina Padegimaite and junior Juliana Gajic, but No. 12 Michigan (6-3) claimed a 5-2 victory over the Longhorns Sunday afternoon at UM’s Varsity Tennis Center.

Michigan led off the match by sweeping the three doubles contests to take the doubles point and a 1-0 lead. The Wolverines’ sixth-ranked tandem of Brooke Bolender and Emina Bektas dealt Texas’ 24th-ranked duo of Breaunna Addison and Noel Scott an 8-2 defeat at first doubles.

Michigan clinched the doubles point at the second slot, where its 34th-ranked duo of Ronit Yurovsky and Sarah Lee defeated UT’s Elizabeth Begley and Aeriel Ellis, 9-7. Michigan’s Mimi Nguyen and Kristen Dodge edged UT’s Lina Padegimaite and Annat Rabinovich in a tiebreak at third doubles to close out the doubles session.

Michigan pushed its lead to 2-0 behind a 6-4, 6-0 win from its 32nd-ranked Yurovsky over UT’s Scott at second singles. Texas sliced its deficit to 2-1 with a win at fifth singles, where Padegimaite posted a 6-3, 6-1 victory over Zhu. Texas evened the tally at two when junior Juliana Gajic notched a 7-5, 6-2 win over Michigan’s Dodge at sixth singles.

The Wolverines reclaimed the lead for good at fourth singles, where Bolender defeated UT’s Begley, 7-5, 6-2. Michigan closed out the victory at first singles when the Wolverines’ 48th-ranked Bektas hung on for a 6-1, 7-5 victory over UT’s 29th-ranked Ellis. Michigan closed out its win at third singles, as Lee rallied to defeat UT’s Addison, 3-6, 6-3, 6-3.

Texas resumes dual-match competition on Saturday, March 2 when it hosts Rice. First serve is set for noon at UT’s Penick-Allison Tennis Center.

No. 12 Michigan 5, No. 14 Texas 2
Doubles – Order of Finish: 1, 2, 3
1 #6 Brooke Bolender/Emina Bektas (UM) def. #24 Breaunna Addison/Noel Scott (UT) – 8-2
2 #34 Ronit Yurovsky/Sarah Lee (UM) def. Elizabeth Begley/Aeriel Ellis (UT) – 9-7
3 Mimi Nguyen/Kristen Dodge (UM) def. Lina Padegimaite/Annat Rabinovich (UT) – 8-7 (5)

Singles – Order of Finish: 2, 5, 6, 4, 1
1 #48 Emina Bektas (UM) def. #29 Aeriel Ellis (UT) – 6-1, 7-5
2 #32 Ronit Yurovsky (UM) def. Noel Scott (UT) – 6-4, 6-0
3 Sarah Lee (UM) def. #39 Breaunna Addison (UT) – 3-6, 6-3, 6-3
4 Brooke Bolender (UM) def. Elizabeth Begley (UT) – 7-5, 6-2
5 Lina Padegimaite (UT) def. Amy Zhu (UM) – 6-3, 6-1
6 Juliana Gajic (UT) def. Kristen Dodge (UM) – 7-5, 6-2

Hilltoppers make it three in a row with 6-3 victory over UA Fort Smith men (SEU notes/box)

The Basics

-Score: St. Edward’s 6, UA Fort Smith 3
-Records: St. Edward’s 3-2: UA Fort Smith 2-6
-Location: Dallas, Texas (Kiest Park)

How It Happened
-The Hilltoppers led 2-1 after doubles action and quickly won at the number one and three singles position. A win by Pedro Bronstrup at number two singles clinched the match for St. Edward’s.
-Bronstrup and Felix Bake have teamed up at number two doubles to win four-straight matches.

St. Edward’s 6, UA Fort Smith 3
1. James Rogers/Maximo Agoglia (SEUMT) def. Jorge Salazar/Chris Ramirez (UAFSMT) 8-5
2. Felix Bake/Pedro Bronstrup (SEUMT) def. Clay Sandefur/Matt Tabler (UAFSMT) 8-3
3. Sean Manning/Caleb Gunsch (UAFSMT) def. Adrian Garza/Alexandre Bueno (SEUMT) 9-8 (7-4)

1. James Rogers (SEUMT) def. Sean Manning (UAFSMT) 6-1, 6-0
2. Pedro Bronstrup (SEUMT) def. Chris Ramirez (UAFSMT) 7-5, 6-2
3. Maximo Agoglia (SEUMT) def. Jorge Salazar (UAFSMT) 6-2, 6-2
4. Felix Bake (SEUMT) def. Matt Tabler (UAFSMT) 6-2, 2-6, 6-1
5. Clay Sandefur (UAFSMT) def. Adrian Garza (SEUMT) 6-4, 7-5
6. Caleb Gunsch (UAFSMT) def. Alexandre Bueno (SEUMT) 6-2, 6-3

Up Next
St. Edward’s will be back in action Tuesday when they travel to take on Tyler Junior College. That match will take place in Waco, Texas at 2 p.m.

St. Edward’s defeats UA Fort Smith women, 7-2 (SEU notes, box)

The Basics

-Score: St. Edward’s 7, UA Fort Smith 2
-Records: St. Edward’s 3-1: UA Fort Smith 5-5
-Location: Dallas, Texas (Kiest Park)

How It Happened
-For the second-straight match, St. Edward’s took all three of the doubles points.
-Four quick wins in singles action quickly clinched the match for St. Edward’s.
-Rafaela Haegele won her fourth-straight match in singles and Francesca Chahor won her second in a row.

St. Edward’s 7, UA Fort Smith 2
1. Sasha Khadzhyan/Florence Boinon (SEUWT) def. Taylor Price/Abby Thompson (UAFSWT) 8-4
2. Paige Rachel/Rafaela Haegele (SEUWT) def. Whitney Hobson/Masa Podunavac (UAFSWT) 8-1
3. Francesca Chahor/Katherine Sullivan (SEUWT) def. Amy Belanger/Madison Carr (UAFSWT) 8-4

1. Sasha Khadzhyan (SEUWT) def. Masa Podunavac (UAFSWT) 6-0, 6-2
2. Paige Rachel (SEUWT) def. Taylor Price (UAFSWT) 6-1, 6-2
3. Amy Belanger (UAFSWT) def. Florence Boinon (SEUWT) 6-3, 6-2
4. Rafaela Haegele (SEUWT) def. Madison Carr (UAFSWT) 6-0, 6-1
5. Francesca Chahor (SEUWT) def. Abby Thompson (UAFSWT) 6-3, 6-0
6. Whitney Hobson (UAFSWT) def. Katherine Sullivan (SEUWT) 7-5, 6-3

Courtside with Coach
Head Coach Brenda Niemeyer on her team’s performance:
“Doubles was huge for us once again and it really helped our singles play. Going 2-0 on the road is a great start for our conference play and season.”

Up Next
St. Edward’s will be back in action Saturday when they host McMurry. First serve is set for 10:00 a.m. at the Strohmeyer Varsity Tennis Courts,