No. 48 SMU Wins 5-2 At Santa Clara; Malyarchikova Upsets No. 32 Le at No. 1 Singles
March 14, 2013
SANTA CLARA, Calif. (SMU) --- The No. 48 SMU women's tennis team earned a hard-fought 5-2 win at Santa Clara on Wednesday. The Mustangs (9-5) won the doubles point with a pair of 9-8 victories before taking clinching the match with a pair of three-set wins in singles.
"We showed incredible toughness today when it really mattered," said head coach Kati Gyulai. "Santa Clara came out strong and took early leads in the matches. We competed and problem-solved well. Great win! We are pleased with the outcome."
The Mustangs won the doubles point in nail-biting fashion. The two wins were 9-8 at No. 1 and No. 3 doubles. Vaszilisza Bulgakova and Aleksandra Malyarchikova won at No. 1 while Edyta Cieplucha and Yana Erkeeva scored the victory at No. 3.
In singles, Malyarchikova scored the biggest upset for SMU; defeating No. 32 Katie Le 6-2, 7-6 at the No. 1 spot. In the No. 2 match, No. 111 Cieplucha took a 6-2, 6-4 win for SMU. The Mustangs also got points with three-set triumphs at No. 3 and No. 5 singles. Bulgakova earned a 6-3, 4-6, 6-2 advantage at No. 3 singles and Hristina Dishkova won 4-6, 6-4, 6-2 at No. 5
The Mustangs host Columbia next Thursday at 4 p.m.
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