Freshman Dasha Sharapova
March 13, 2014
DALLAS (SMU) - The SMU women's tennis team tallied its fifth win in its last six matches on Thursday as the Mustangs defeated American Athletic Conference foe UCF, 4-3 in Orlando, Fla. Yana Erkeeva led SMU as the sophomore improved her overall record to 16-7 and won her sixth match in a row after she beat Central Florida freshman Cortney Cesarini, 6-2, 6-4 in the No. 4 singles match.
"Road wins are always huge," head coach Kati Gyulai said. "To go two-for-three this week on the road is fantastic."
SMU (6-9, 2-2) took the opening doubles point and then won at the No. 2, 3 and 4 singles positions to secure the match victory over UCF (4-6, 0-2).
In addition to Erkeeva in singles, sophomore Hristina Dishkova (16-12) won at the No. 2 singles position as she beat Knight senior Courtney Griffith in straight sets, 6-3, 6-2 while freshmen Dasha Sharapova (14-9) won at the No. 3 position in straight sets (6-4, 6-2) over UCF sophomore Caroline Eberhart.
In doubles, sophomore Vaszilisza Bulgakova and Sharapova improved their overall record to an outstanding 11-3 following their 8-3 win at the No. 1 position over Knight senior Josephine Haraldson and Griffith, 8-3. Securing the doubles point for SMU was freshman Macie Elliott and Erkeeva (11-6) as the Mustang duo defeated sophomore Clare Mendell and Eberhart, 8-3 as well.
"Our fundamentals and competitiveness were very good throughout the match," Gyulai said. "This was a complete team effort and I am very proud of this young group."
SMU is back in action on March 22 at 12 p.m. CT when the Mustangs host No. 23 ranked and American Athletic Conference foe Houston at the Northwood Country Club in Dallas.