Sophomore Yana Erkeeva
April 3, 2014
DALLAS (SMU) -- The SMU women's tennis team picked up its sixth win in its last nine matches as the Mustangs defeated Middle Tennessee in a close match, 4-3, on Thursday evening. Sophomore Yana Erkeeva (17-9) beat Blue Raider sophomore Irina Constantinide in straight sets, 7-5, 6-1, in the No. 4 singles match to clinch the dual match victory for SMU.
The Ponies took the opening doubles point after sweeping all three matches, then won at the No. 2, 4 and 6 singles positions to secure the win.
In addition to Erkeeva in singles, freshman Dasha Sharapova improved her overall record to 17-9 as she defeated Middle Tennessee junior Jesse Grace in three sets, 5-7, 6-3, 6-1. Freshman Macie Elliot (12-16) notched the victory for SMU in the No. 6 position as she downed Blue Raider freshman Sarah Sediri in straight sets, 6-1, 6-1.
In doubles, Sharapova and sophomore Vaszilisza Bulgakova (13-4) improved to 8-3 in the No. 1 doubles spot as the Mustang duo downed Middle Tennessee juniors Tiffany William and Nayara Moraes, 8-7. Junior Holly Verner and sophomore Hristina Dishkova (10-4) won the No. 2 doubles match, 8-6, while freshmen Macie Elliott and Anna Kate Anderson (1-0) beat Blue Raider senior Flavia Nagayama and Sediri, 8-5 to complete the doubles sweep for SMU.
The Mustangs are back in action tomorrow as they play host to Texas State at the Northwood Country Club in Dallas at 2 p.m.