TCU women blank Houston (TCU/UH recap/box)

TCU Wins Again; Drops Houston 4-0
Horned Frogs continue play at Rice tomorrow

TCU Recap
TCU’s women’s tennis team continued its run of solid play with a 4-0 win over Houston on Saturday at Houston Country Club.

The 33rd-ranked Horned Frogs improved to 12-1 with the win and won ninth-straight match. The Cougars slipped to 12-6 on the year with the loss. TCU also improved to 29-7 all-time in matches against Houston.

TCU won the doubles point to open the match but not without a stiff test from Houston. The Cougars struck first at No. 3 doubles, but TCU’s No. 2 duo of Federica Denti and Kelsey Sundaram returned the favor with an 8-5 win over Elena Kordolaimi and Jo Garvey.

Houston put up a good fight against TCU’s No. 1 duo of Millie Nichols and Olivia Smith, but the 42nd-ranked Frogs duo was able to dismiss Charlotte Phillips and Rocio Martin Fernandez, 8-6, to take a 1-0 lead in the match.

No. 65-ranked Stefanie Tan wasted no time making it a 2-0 TCU lead with her 6-1, 6-2 win over Kordolaimi at No. 1 singles. Monika Sirilova followed with her third-straight singles win, a 6-1, 6-0 triumph over Dionne Sanders to make TCU’s lead 3-0.

No. 104 Simona Parajova clinched the Frog match win with her 6-1, 6-4 downing of Fernandez at No. 4 singles. It was the fifth-straight win for the sophomore from Zvolen, Slovakia and ran her spring mark to 10-3.

The remaining three singles matches were called to a halt after TCU clinched the win with the Nichols and Denti leading by a set at Nos. 4 and 5 singles, respectively. No. 79-ranked Smith was in a third set at No. 2 singles.

TCU returns to action Sunday when it faces Rice. First serve is set for 11 a.m. from the Owls’ Jake Hess Tennis Stadium.

UH recap
The University of Houston women’s tennis team dropped the first of two matches to ranked opponents this weekend in a 4-0 loss to No. 33 TCU on Saturday afternoon at Houston Country Club.

With the loss, Houston drops to 12-6 overall while TCU improves to 12-1 on the season.

“Although we lost the overall point, that was some of the best doubles we have played all year and definitely the most aggressively we have played,” head coach Patrick Sullivan said. “TCU is a very tough team that plays great doubles and just had a little more than we did when those top two matches were on the line.

“In the singles we looked good in a few spots and others we just didn’t quite have enough today,” Sullivan continued. “These are the kinds of matches we need as a program and though it’s a tough result, you have to play great teams in order to beat great teams. We’re fortunate to have a chance to turn right back around and play another top-ranked team in William & Mary. One of our best qualities as a team is how we rebound from losses and I’m looking forward to seeing how we respond tomorrow.”

Celia Fraser and Maja Kazimieruk led off a very competitive doubles round with an 8-4 victory over TCU’s Sirilova and Parajova at the No. 3 position, notching their 11th-straight win to improve to 13-2 together this spring.

At the time of Houston’s opening doubles win, the Cougar duo of Rocio Martin Fernandez and Charlotte Phillips were tied 6-6 with the nation’s 42nd-ranked tandem of Smith and Nichols, while Jo Garvey and Elena Kordolaimi trailed by just one (6-5) at the No. 2 position, but neither team would win another game as TCU claimed the opening point.

TCU acted quickly in singles play, posting straight-set victories at the No. 1, No. 3 and No. 6 positions to clinch the match.

After falling 6-0 in the first set to No. 79 Olivia Smith, Fraser battled back with a 6-3 win in the second set and was tied 1-1 in the third set when the match was called.

The Cougars return to action at 11 a.m., on Sunday against No. 44 William &Mary at Houston Country Club, located at 1 Potomac Drive.

MATCH RESULTS – #33 TCU 4, Houston 0
SINGLES
No. 1 – #65 Stefanie Tan (TCU) def. Elena Kordolaimi (UH), 6-1, 6-2
No. 2 – #79 Olivia Smith (TCU) vs. Celia Fraser (UH), 6-0, 3-6, 1-1, unfinished
No. 3 – #104 Simona Parajova (TCU) def. Rocio Martin Fernandez (UH), 6-1, 6-4
No. 4 – Millie Nichols (TCU) vs. Maja Kazimieruk (UH), 7-5, 3-2, unfinished
No. 5 – Federica Denti (TCU) vs. Charlotte Phillips (UH), 6-2, 3-0, unfinished
No. 6 – Monika Sirilova (TCU) def. Dionne Sanders (UH), 6-1, 6-0

DOUBLES
No. 1 – #42 Millie Nichols/Olivia Smith (TCU) def. Charlotte Phillips/Rocio Martin Fernandez (UH), 8-6
No. 2 – Federica Denti/Kelsey Sundaram (TCU) def. Elena Kordolaimi/Jo Garvey, 8-5
No. 3 – Celia Fraser/Maja Kazimieruk (UH) def. Simona Parajova/Monika Sirilova (TCU), 8-4

MATCH NOTES
TCU 12-1; National ranking #33
Houston 12-6
Order of finish: Singles (1,6,3); Doubles (3,2,1)

Rice defeats William & Mary women (Rice recap/box)

Natalie Beazant and Dominique Harmath defeated the fifth ranked doubles team in the country to highlight a doubles sweep as the 27th ranked Rice women’s tennis team opened a weekend of action against Top 50 competition with a 5-2 win over 44th ranked William and Mary at Jake Hess Tennis Stadium.

Beazant and Harmath stormed back from an early 3-0 deficit to the Tribe’s Maria Belaya and Jeltje Loomans to post their first win over a doubles team ranked in the top five and their 10th consecutive win of the season. The Owls rolled to wins in all three doubles matches, but Owls head coach Elizabeth Schmidt noted her squad had to overcome a sluggish start to take the early lead.

“We did a really nice job in doubles in shaking off some slow starts,” Schmidt said. “We were down 3-0 at 1 and 2-0 at 2, but we didn’t panic. We hung in there and kept fighting.”

Beazant kept up her torrid play in singles, winning her eighth consecutive singles match in straight sets to run her season record to 11-3. Solomiya Zinko extended the Rice lead to 3-0 with a straight set win on court six, and Harmath clinch the day with a straight set win on court two.

Kimberly Anicete provided the Owls final point, shaking off a 6-0 loss in her opening set to win 0-6, 6-3, 6-4.

“I was really proud of Kim for fighting back the way she did after losing the first set 6-0,” Schmidt said. “That can be so demoralizing and it came at a pivotal juncture in a key match. For her to fight back made a difference obviously on her court, but on the other courts as well.”

#27 Rice 5, #44 William and Mary 2

Singles competition
1. #59 Natalie Beazant (RICE) def. Maria Belaya (CWM) 6-3, 6-3
2. #105 Dominique Harmath (RICE) def. Leeza Nemchinov (CWM) 7-5, 6-2
3. Jeltje Loomans (CWM) def. Liat Zimmermann (RICE) 7-5, 4-6, 10-8
4. Anik Cepeda (CWM) def. Katie Gater (RICE) 6-3, 6-4
5. Kimberly Anicete (RICE) def. Hope Johnson (CWM) 0-6, 6-3, 6-4
6. Solomiya Zinko (RICE) def. Sydney Smith (CWM) 6-4, 6-1

Doubles competition
1. #30 Natalie Beazant/Dominique Harmath (RICE) def. #5 Maria Belaya/Jeltje Loomans (CWM) 8-4
2. Katie Gater/Liat Zimmermann (RICE) def. Anik Cepeda/Hope Johnson (CWM) 8-2
3. Daniela Trigo/Solomiya Zinko (RICE) def. Leeza Nemchinov/Sydney Smith (CWM) 8-2

Match Notes:
William and Mary 12-4; National ranking #44
Rice 12-4; National ranking #27
Order of finish: Doubles (3,1); Singles (1,6,2,4,5,3)

No. 50 SMU Women Fall 5-2 At UNLV

Mustangs Face Marshall In Las Vegas On Sunday

The No. 50 SMU women’s tennis team fell to 10-6 with a 5-2 road loss at UNLV on Saturday. The Mustangs dropped the doubles point and a pair of three-set singles matches to the Rebels.

“UNLV came after us and got the job done,” said head coach Kati Gyulai. “We had several stellar individual performances, but this is not an individual tournament. We look to be more disciplined tomorrow against Marshall.”

The Mustangs earned both points in singles, winning a pair of contests in straight sets. Elena Fayner won 7-5, 6-2 at No. 4 and Hristina Dishkova earned a 6-4, 6-3 victory at No. 5.

In doubles, Edyta Cieplucha and Yana Erkeeva got the win for SMU. The duo triumphed 8-5 in the No. 3 match.

The Mustangs face Conference USA foe Marshall in Las Vegas on Sunday.

Tennis Match Results
SMU vs UNLV
Mar 23, 2013 at Las Vegas, Nevada

UNLV 5, #50 SMU 2

Singles competition
1. #24 Aleksandra Josifoska (UNLV) def. #111 Aleks Malyarchikova (SMU) 7-5, 6-0
2. #103 Lucia Batta (UNLV) def. Edyta Cieplucha (SMU) 4-6, 6-0, 6-3
3. Nives Pavlovic (UNLV) def. Vaszilisza Bulgakova (SMU) 3-6, 6-3, 6-4
4. Elena Fayner (SMU) def. Anett Ferenczi-Bako (UNLV) 7-5, 6-2
5. Hristina Dishkova (SMU) def. Janine Erasmus (UNLV) 6-4, 6-3
6. Iren Kotseva (UNLV) def. Yana Erkeeva (SMU) 6-3, 6-3

Doubles competition
1. Lucia Batta/Nives Pavlovic (UNLV) def. Vaszilisza Bulgakova/Aleks Malyarchikova (SMU) 8-6
2. Janine Erasmus/Aleksandra Josifoska (UNLV) def. Hristina Dishkova/Holly Verner (SMU) 8-6
3. Edyta Cieplucha/Yana Erkeeva (SMU) def. Alexis Garrett/Iren Kotseva (UNLV) 8-5

Match Notes:
SMU 10-6; National ranking #50
UNLV 10-5

Aggies Win 12th Straight With 7-0 Victory at Missouri (TAMU recap/box)

COLUMBIA, Mo. – No. 3 Texas A&M won its 12th consecutive match and remained undefeated in the Southeastern Conference with a 7-0 shutout at Missouri tonight at the Green Tennis Center indoor courts.

The match concluded a grueling SEC five-match road swing for the Aggies, who improve to 14-1 overall and 7-0 in SEC matches. Missouri falls to 7-7, 1-6.

“No question the SEC schedule and competition is not for the faint of heart,” A&M second-year head coach Howard Joffe said. “Playing indoors tonight in Missouri was a tough assignment, but I was delighted with the way the Aggies embraced the challenges and competed hard.”

A&M won both doubles matches to be completed to take a 1-0 lead. A&M’s Cristina Sanchez-Quintanar and Nazari Urbina defeated Maria Christensen and Rachel Stuhlmann, 8-2, at the No. 2 line. Ninth-ranked Stefania Hristov and Cristina Stancu clinched the doubles point with an 8-4 victory over Cierra Gaytan-Leach and Alex Clark at No. 1.

No. 3 doubles went unfinished with Aggie twins Ines and Paula Deheza leading Elisha Gabb and Madison Rhyner, 6-5, when the doubles point was decided.

Sanchez-Quintanar quickly gave the Aggies a 2-0 lead at the start of singles, defeating #114th-ranked Gaytan-Leach, 6-2, 6-2, at the top of the lineup. Ines Deheza won her match at No. 4 singles by the identical score in a victory over Elisha Gabb to put A&M ahead, 3-0.

Urbina gave the Aggies a 4-0 lead, clinching the winning point with a 6-4, 6-0 victory over Christensen at No. 3 singles. Hristov kept the Tigers scoreless and put A&M ahead, 5-0, after defeating Rhyner, 6-4, 6-0 at the No. 6 line.

Stancu then came out on top in a marathon match at No. 2, where the junior defeated Stuhlman, 7-6 (6), 4-6, 7-6 (12), and Wen Sun completed the shutout with a 6-3, 4-6, 1-0 (6) victory over Clark at No. 5.

“In singles, Sanchez likely played the best, but everyone did a good job,” Joffe added. “I’m very excited and fortunate to be coaching this team.”

The Aggies aim to tie the school record for consecutive wins when they return to the friendly confines of the George P. Mitchell Tennis Center on Friday, March 29 to take on No. 28 Tennessee. A&M is 6-0 in home matches this season.

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No. 3 Texas A&M 7, Missouri 0
March 22, 2013
Green Tennis Center (Indoors)
Columbia, Mo.

Singles
1. #6 Cristina Sanchez-Quintanar (TAMU) def. #114 Cierra Gaytan-Leach (MU), 6-2, 6-2
2. #62 Cristina Stancu (TAMU) def. Rachel Stuhlmann (MU), 7-6 (8-6), 4-6, 7-6 (14-12)
3. #43 Nazari Urbina (TAMU) def. Maria Christensen (MU), 6-4, 6-0
4. Ines Deheza (TAMU) def. Elisha Gabb (MU), 6-2, 6-2
5. Wen Sun (TAMU) def. Alex Clark (MU), 6-3, 4-6, 1-0 (10-6)
6. Stefania Hristov (TAMU) def. Madison Rhyner (MU), 6-4, 6-0

Doubles (Texas A&M wins the point)
1. #9 Hristov/Stancu (TAMU) vs. Gaytan-Leach/Clark (MU) 8-4
2. Sanchez-Quintanar/Urbina (TAMU) def. #8 Christensen/Stuhlmann (MU), 8-2
3. I. Deheza/Paula Deheza (TAMU) def. Gabb/ Rhyner (MU) vs. #80 Ines Deheza/Paula Deheza (TAMU) 5-6, unfinished

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

Team records
Texas A&M: 14-1, 7-0 SEC
Missouri: 7-7, 1-6 SEC

Baylor Downs Wichita State Men, 6-1

Bears win second straight match at home.

WACO – The 29th-ranked Baylor men’s tennis team topped Wichita State, 6-1, Friday at the Hurd Tennis Center.

The victory improves the Bears’ overall record to 12-4 on the season and 9-2 at home.

“I thought some guys played well,” head coach Matt Knoll said. “Doubles was certainly great and I think after the first sets and halfway through the second sets it was a really good day. I thought we kind of lost our momentum and focus down the stretch and didn’t finish as well as we would have liked, but a lot of guys got wins and it was a good day.”

Baylor got off to another strong start in doubles competition, taking the point with an 8-3 victory on court 2, and an 8-6 win on court 1.

“We are really fortunate,” Knoll said. “We think we have four really good teams and I think you saw that today. Bobby and Woody were first off at two doubles and played a great match. We wanted to get them in there and get them a chance to play.”

The Bears continued their winning as singles action got underway. Diego Galeano was the first Baylor player to secure a victory in the No. 5 spot by a score of 6-0, 6-3.

Mate Zsiga put the Bears up 3-0 with a 6-2, 6-2 victory on court four before Tony Lupieri clinched the match winning point with a 6-0, 6-2 win over Wichita’s Tomislav Grequrovic.

“What a great start,” Knoll said. “Two 6-0 first sets. I was going to give Coach Mueller the MVP because he was coaching those two matches. It was a great start, they really set the tone. Those guys were really great today.”

Julian Lenz bested Ilija Cuic 6-2, 6-4 to put BU up 5-0, before Patrick Pradella overcame a second set defeat to claim a win over Wichita State’s Matheus Pereira 6-2, 4-6, 1-0 (10-8) in the No. 1 spot.

Attention then turned to court six for the final point of the match. Marko Krickovic got off to a fast start and won the first set, but was unable to hold on, losing by a score of 1-6, 7-6, 1-0 (10-8).

Wichita State falls to 10-4 on the season. BU leads the all-time series vs. the Shockers, 3-2.

The Bears will be back in action on Tuesday as they host No. 24 California at 1 p.m.

Wichita State vs Baylor
Mar 22, 2013 at Waco, Texas (Hurd Tennis Center)
#29 Baylor 6, Wichita State 1
1. #64 Patrick Pradella (BU) def. Matheus Pereira (WS) 6-2, 4-6, 1-0 (10-8)
2. #49 Julian Lenz (BU) def. Ilija Cuic (WS) 6-2, 6-4
3. Tony Lupieri (BU) def. Tomislav Grequrovic (WS) 6-0, 6-2
4. #98 Mate Zsiga (BU) def. Tin Ostojic (WS) 6-2, 6-2
5. Diego Galeano (BU) def. Guillermo Nicol (WS) 6-0, 6-3
6. Erick Reyes (WS) def. #97 Marko Krickovic (BU) 1-6, 7-6, 1-0 (10-8)

1. Marko Krickovic/Diego Galeano (BU) def. Matheus Pereira/Tin Ostojic (WS) 8-6
2. Roberto Maytin/Robert Verzaal (BU) def. Guillermo Nicol/Tomislav Grequrovic (WS) 8-3
3. Ilija Cuic/Erick Reyes (WS) vs. Patrick Pradella/Julian Lenz (BU) no result

Match Notes:
Wichita State 10-4
Baylor 12-4; National ranking #29
Order of finish: Doubles (2,1); Singles (5,4,3,2,1,6)

No. 10 Miami defeats No. 22 Texas, 6-1 (UT recap/box)

Longhorns get a straight-sets singles win from freshman Breaunna Addison.

AUSTIN – Texas freshman Breaunna Addison posted a straight-sets singles victory, but it was not enough Friday, as No. 10 Miami (9-3) posted a 6-1 win over No. 22 Texas(7-8, 3-0 Big 12) at UT’s Penick-Allison Tennis Center.

Miami swept the doubles session to take the doubles point and a 1-0 lead. Texas evened the match at second singles, where UT’s 52nd-ranked Addison notched a 6-3, 6-1 win over Miami’s Lina Lileikite. But, the Hurricanes claimed the ensuing decisions at sixth, third and first singles to clinch the team victory.

Miami added a win at fifth singles to take a 5-1 lead. UT’s Elizabeth Begley went to a third-set tiebreaker against Miami’s Monique Albuquerque at fourth singles, butAlbuquerque prevailed in the tiebreaker, 9-7.

Texas resumes Big 12 Conference competition on Sunday when it hosts West Virginia at noon.

No. 10 Miami 6, No. 22 Texas 1
Doubles – Order of Finish: 3, 1, 2
1 No. 48 Lina Lileikite/Stephanie Wagner (UM) def. No. 19 Breaunna Addison/Noel Scott (UT) – 8-2
2 Melissa Bolivar/Kelsey Laurente (UM) def. Elizabeth Begley/Aeriel Ellis (UT) – 8-7 (3)
3 Monique Albuquerque/Clementina Riobueno (UM) def. Lina Padegimaite/Lana Groenvynck (UT) – 8-2

Singles – Order of Finish: 2, 6, 3, 1, 5, 4
1 No. 81 Kelsey Laurente (UM) def. No. 42 Aeriel Ellis (UT) – 7-5, 6-1
2 No. 52 Breaunna Addison (UT) def. Lina Lileikite (UM) – 6-3, 6-1
3 No. 100 Stephanie Wagner (UM) def. Noel Scott (UT) – 6-3, 6-4
4 Monique Albuquerque (UM) def. Elizabeth Begley (UT) – 4-6, 6-0, 7-6 (7)
5 No. 116 Clementina Riobueno (UM) def. Lina Padegimaite (UT) – 6-2, 4-6, 1-0 (10-7)
6 Melissa Bolivar (UM) def. Lana Groenvynck (UT) – 6-3, 6-1

No. 22 St. Edward’s women win fourth straight with 6-3 victory over Southern Nazarene (SEU notes/box)

The Basics

-Score: St. Edward’s 6, Southern Nazarene 3
-Records: #22 St. Edward’s 8-3: Southern Nazarene 2-5
-Location: Austin, Texas (Strohmeyer Courts)

How It Happened
-St. Edward’s started the match with two dominating performances at the number two and three doubles spots for a 2-1 lead.
-The Hilltoppers got straight-set victories at positions four through six. At the number two position, Paige Rachel dropped the first set, but came roaring back to win in three sets for the final Hilltopper point.

St. Edward’s 6, Southern Nazarene 3
Doubles competition
1. Masha Andrianova/Marina Shiplova (SNUWT) def. Sasha Khadzhyan/Florence Boinon (SEUWT) 8-2
2. Paige Rachel/Rafaela Haegele (SEUWT) def. Deisi Bolivar/Karina Kotova (SNUWT) 8-4
3. Francesca Chahor/Katherine Sullivan (SEUWT) def. Natalia Moreno/Payton Bergman (SNUWT) 8-1

Singles competition
1. Masha Andrianova (SNUWT) def. Sasha Khadzhyan (SEUWT) 6-0, 6-2
2. Paige Rachel (SEUWT) def. Natalia Moreno (SNUWT) 3-6, 6-0, 6-4
3. Deisi Bolivar (SNUWT) def. Florence Boinon (SEUWT) 6-2, 7-6
4. Rafaela Haegele (SEUWT) def. Marina Shiplova (SNUWT) 6-2, 6-4
5. Francesca Chahor (SEUWT) def. Karina Kotova (SNUWT) 6-4, 6-1
6. Katherine Sullivan (SEUWT) def. Payton Bergman (SNUWT) 6-0, 6-0

Beyond the Box Score
-St. Edward’s now has a season-high four-match winning streak.
-Both Rafaela Hagele and Francesca Chahor have four-match winning streaks in singles action.

Courtside with Coach Niemeyer
Coach Niemeyer’s comments on today’s victory:
“Our team really reached deep to pull out the win today. We had such a long match yesterday, and to have another today and come out ahead was great.”

Up Next
St. Edward’s will be back in action Thursday when they travel to take on rival St. Mary’s. First-serve has yet to be determined in San Antonio, Texas.

No. 17 St. Edward’s men fall to No. 21 Drury (SEU notes/box)

The Basics

-Score: Drury 8, St. Edward’s 1
-Records: #17 St. Edward’s 5-6: #21 Drury 8-2
-Location: Austin, Texas (Strohmeyer Courts)

How It Happened
-St. Edward’s fell behind early, losing all three doubles matches to Drury.
-In singles play, Jacob Belanger was a late entry at the number six position. He made the most of his opportunity and took down his opponent in a superset tiebreaker.
-James Rogers got started great winning the first set, 6-4, but dropped two close sets to fall at number one.

Drury 8, St. Edward’s 1
Doubles competition
1. Roman Gonda/Lukas Kriem (DUMT) def. Pedro Bronstrup/Felix Bake (SEUMT) 8-3
2. Andy Blair/Sergio Manzanas (DUMT) def. Maximo Agoglia/James Rogers (SEUMT) 8-4
3. Jorge Nadal/Dimitri Lebedyev (DUMT) def. Jonathan Stockdale/Alexandre Bueno (SEUMT) 8-6

Singles competition
1. Andy Blair (DUMT) def. James Rogers (SEUMT) 4-6, 6-3, 6-4
2. Roman Gonda (DUMT) def. Pedro Bronstrup (SEUMT) 6-2, 6-2
3. Lukas Kriem (DUMT) def. Maximo Agoglia (SEUMT) 6-2, 6-1
4. Sergio Manzanas (DUMT) def. Felix Bake (SEUMT) 6-2, 6-2
5. Jorge Nadal (DUMT) def. Adrian Garza (SEUMT) 6-2, 6-2
6. Jacob Belanger (SEUMT) def. Sebastian Zapata (DUMT) 2-6, 6-2, 1-0

Beyond the Box Score
-The matchup at number one singles today included Rogers (No. 9 in the South Central Region) and Blair (No. 1 in the Midwest Region).

Up Next
St. Edward’s will be back in action Saturday when they travel to take on rival St. Mary’s. First-serve is set for 10 a.m. in San Antonio, Texas.

No. 50 SMU Women Top No. 61 Columbia 4-3 (SMU recap/box)

Mustangs Improve To 10-5 By Getting Third Win Over A Ranked Opponent This Season

DALLAS — The No. 50 SMU women’s tennis team edged No. 61 Columbia 4-3 on Thursday. After the Mustangs (10-5) won the doubles point, No. 111 Aleksandra Malyarchikova led off singles with an SMU win against No. 61 Nicole Bartnik.

“We played disciplined in difficult outdoor conditions,” said head coach Kati Gyulai. “Our fundamentals were good in doubles which translated to a 1-0 lead. This is a great win for us over a very good team. Great fight from both programs.”

SMU took the doubles point with wins at No. 1 and No. 3. Vaszilisza Bulgakova and Malyarchikova won 8-4 at the top spot and Edyta Cieplucha paired withYana Erkeeva for an 8-4 victory at No. 3 doubles.

In singles, Malyarchikova scored the biggest upset for SMU; defeating No. 61 Bartnik 7-5, 7-6 (8-6). Malyarchikova is now 18-4 on the season and 3-1 against ranked opponents. Bulgakova dominated at No. 3 singles, winning 6-0, 6-2. Hristina Dishkova then claimed the point for SMU at No. 5 singles with a 6-3, 6-4 triumph.

The Mustangs head to Las Vegas for a pair of matches this weekend. SMU faces UNLV on Saturday and Conference USA foe Marshall on Sunday.

Columbia vs SMU
Mar 21, 2013 at Dallas, Texas

#50 SMU 4, #61 Columbia 3

Singles competition
1. #111 Aleksandra Malyarchikova (SMU) def. #61 Nicole Bartnik (COLUMBIA) 7-5, 7-6 (8-6)
2. Bianca Sanon (COLUMBIA) def. Edyta Cieplucha (SMU) 6-1, 6-7, 6-4
3. Vaszilisza Bulgakova (SMU) def. Katarina Kovacevic (COLUMBIA) 6-0, 6-2
4. Crystal Leung (COLUMBIA) def. Elena Fayner (SMU) 6-7 (4-7), 6-1, 6-2
5. Hristina Dishkova (SMU) def. Tiana Takenaga (COLUMBIA) 6-3, 6-4
6. Ioana Alecsiu (COLUMBIA) def. Yana Erkeeva (SMU) 2-6, 7-6, 7-5

Doubles competition
1. Vaszilisza Bulgakova / Aleksandra Malyarchikova (SMU) def. Nicole Bartnik/Crystal Leung (COLUMBIA) 8-4
2. Ioana Alecsiu/Bianca Sanon (COLUMBIA) def. Hristina Dishkova / Holly Verner (SMU) 8-6
3. Edyta Cieplucha / Yana Erkeeva (SMU) def. Katarina Kovacevic/Tiana Takenaga (COLUMBIA) 8-4

Match Notes:
Columbia 6-4; National ranking #61
SMU 10-5; National ranking #50

Baylor Men Sweep Louisiana-Lafayette, 7-0 (BU recap/box)

Bears halt three-match losing streak with shutout at home.

WACO – The 29-ranked Baylor men’s tennis team claimed a 7-0 victory over Louisiana-Lafayette (10-9) at the Hurd Tennis Center on Thursday to improve to 11-4 on the season.

“We had a good match,” head coach Matt Knoll said. “I was pleased. It is evidence to me that we are getting better. I saw a lot of good things out here today.”

Baylor had a strong start in doubles play as Mate Zsiga and Tony Lupieri dominated on court one with an 8-1 victory. They were soon followed by Patrick Pradella and Julian Lenz, who bested Yates Johnson and Hunter Johnson on court three, 8-4, to clinch the doubles point for BU.

The Bears were able to sustain the momentum as singles competition got underway. No. 97 Marko Krickovic extended the Baylor lead to 2-0 as he claimed a 6-4, 6-3 victory over the Ragin’ Cajuns’ Yates Johnson in the No. 6 spot.

The 64th-ranked Pradella was next to finish with a 6-0, 6-4 win on court one over Rick de Groot. Baylor’s Tony Lupieri topped Hunter Johnson 6-2, 7-5 at the No. 4 spot to clinch the match for the Bears.

From there No. 98 Mate Zsiga disposed of Jake Wynan on court 3, 6-2, 6-2, to give the Bears a 5-0 lead. The 49th-ranked Julian Lenz continued BU’s dominance with a 6-1, 7-5 victory over Edgar Lopez at the No. 2 position.

After overcoming a first set loss on court six, Diego Galeano fought his way back to win the final point of the match 5-7, 6-0, 6-4.

“It was important for us that Diego Galeano got that win,” Knoll said. “I was proud of him for fighting and getting through it, but I thought there were a lot of good things today.”

The victory improved Baylor’s overall record with the Ragin’ Cajuns to 10-5 and upped the Bears home mark to 8-3. BU has claimed six 7-0 shutouts in 2013.

The Bears will be back in action Friday as they host the Shockers of Wichita State at 3 p.m.

“It will be a good test,” Knoll said. “They are a team that can win their league and make the NCAAs. I appreciate Wichita State for fitting us into the schedule and making the trip down here. We need another match and that’s what we will have tomorrow.”

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Louisiana-Lafayette vs Baylor Mar 21, 2013 at Waco, Texas (Hurd Tennis Center)
#29 Baylor 7, Louisiana-Lafayette 0
1. #64 Patrick Pradella (BU) def. Rick de Groot (ULL) 6-0, 6-4
2. #49 Julian Lenz (BU) def. Edgar Lopez (ULL) 6-1, 7-5
3. #98 Mate Zsiga (BU) def. Jake Wynan (ULL) 6-2, 6-2
4. Tony Lupieri (BU) def. Hunter Johnson (ULL) 6-2, 7-5
5. Diego Galeano (BU) def. Damian Farinola (ULL) 5-7, 6-0, 6-4
6. #97 Marko Krickovic (BU) def. Yates Johnson (ULL) 6-4, 6-3

1. Mate Zsiga/Tony Lupieri (BU) def. Rick de Groot/Jake Wynan (ULL) 8-1
2. Marko Krickovic/Diego Galeano (BU) vs. Jarred Wynan/Edgar Lopez (ULL) unfinished
3. Patrick Pradella/Julian Lenz (BU) def. Yates Johnson/Hunter Johnson (ULL) 8-4

Match Notes:
Louisiana-Lafayette 10-9
Baylor 11-4; National ranking #29
Order of finish: Doubles (1,3); Singles (6,1,4,3,2,5)