WICHITA, Kansas (SMU)-SMU women's tennis (21-2) improved their formidable win-streak to double digits on Friday, March 27 at the Genesis Health Club by earning their tenth consecutive win (4-1) against No. 59 Nevada (3-7) in stormy Wichita, Kansas where an inch and half of sleet on the ground moved Via Christi Collegiate Classic match play indoors.
Undaunted, the Mustangs started off on a high note, sweeping doubles competition with No. 43 freshmen pair Marta Lesniak and Aleksandra Malyarchikova downing (8-2) Caroline Bailly and Maria Mizyuk, and No. 60 duo senior Natalia Bubien and junior Pavi Francis defeating (8-6) Florence De Vrye and Lais Ogata at the number two spot. Recording their 12th straight win, junior Nicole Briceno and senior Kseniia Tokarieva routed (8-5) Aodhnait Lombard and Caroline Stevens.
At the top of the line-up in singles, No. 57 Lesniak posted a quick win (6-2, 6-2) over Bailly, while Malyarchikova matched up with Mizyuk at the third spot, fighting through a second set tiebreaker to remain undefeated (9-0) on the season. Also recording a victory, Briceno picked up a 6-3 win in the first set against Stevens, then emerged victorious with the match win for the Mustangs after a 7-6 skirmish in the second.
The Mustangs are scheduled to play Lousiville (8-7) on Saturday at 2:00 p.m. at the Wichita Country Club for their second match of the Via Christi Collegiate Classic.
Tennis Match Results
SMU vs Nevada
3/27/2009 at Wichita, Kansas
#24 SMU 4, #59 Nevada 1
1. Marta Lesniak (SMU) def. Caroline Bailly (NEVADA) 6-2, 6-2
2. Florence De Vrye (NEVADA) def. Natalia Bubien (SMU) 7-5, 6-2
3. Aleks Malyarschikova (SMU) def. Maria Mizyuk (NEVADA) 6-3, 7-5
4. Lais Ogata (NEVADA) vs. Pavi Francis (SMU) 1-6, 6-4, 1-4, unfinished
5. Nicole Briceno (SMU) def. Caroline Stevens (NEVADA) 6-3, 7-6
6. Aodhnait Lombard (NEVADA) vs. Kseniia Tokarieva (SMU) 6-7, unfinished
1. Marta Lesniak/Aleks Malyarschikova (SMU) def. Caroline Bailly/Maria Mizyuk (NEVADA) 8-2
2. Natalia Bubien/Pavi Francis (SMU) def. Florence De Vrye/Lais Ogata (NEVADA) 8-6
3. Nicole Briceno/Kseniia Tokarieva (SMU) def. Aodhnait Lombard/Caroline Stevens (NEVADA) 8-5
SMU 21-2; National ranking #24
Nevada 3-7; National ranking #59