Women's Tennis

No. 51 SMU Falls In C-USA Semifinals Against No. 20 Rice

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April 20, 2013

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HOUSTON (SMU) --- The No. 51 SMU women's tennis team fell 4-1 against No. 20 Rice in the semifinals of the Conference USA Championship on Saturday. Yana Erkeeva earned the lone point for the Mustangs (14-10).

"We put up a fight today, but Rice was too tough," said head coach Kati Gyulai. "We played with the lead in doubles and won five first sets, but this is not a one set contest. Congratulations to Rice!"

The Mustangs fell behind early as Rice took the doubles point. At No. 3 doubles, Edyta Cieplucha and Elena Fayner won 8-6. Cieplucha now has 72 career doubles victories which is seventh at SMU.

In singles, the Mustangs won the first set in five of six matchups. At No. 6, Yana Erkeeva capitalized on here first set win by sweeping Solomiya Zinko 6-3, 6-4.

Two of the matchups were left unfinished, including the top singles contest. No. 74 Aleksandra Malyarchikova was tied 2-2 in the this set against No. 43 Natalie Beazant of RICE. The first two sets had gone to tiebreakers wite Beazant talking the first 7-6 (7-0) and Malyarchikova getting the second 7-6 (9-7).

The NCAA team selections are April 30 and the individual selections on May 1.

Tennis Match Results
SMU vs Rice
Apr 20, 2013 at Houston, Texas

#20 Rice 4, #51 SMU 1

Singles competition
1. #43 Natalie Beazant (RICE) vs. #74 Aleks Malyarchikova (SMU) 7-6 (7-0), 6-7 (7-9), 2-2, unfinished
2. #70 Dominique Harmath (RICE) def. Edyta Cieplucha (SMU) 5-7, 6-2, 6-3
3. Liat Zimmermann (RICE) def. Vaszilisza Bulgakova (SMU) 3-6, 6-3, 6-2
4. Katie Gater (RICE) vs. Elena Fayner (SMU) 6-7 (3-7), 6-2, 2-4, unfinished
5. Kimberly Anicete (RICE) def. Hristina Dishkova (SMU) 3-6, 6-2, 6-2
6. Yana Erkeeva (SMU) def. Solomiya Zinko (RICE) 6-3, 6-4

Doubles competition
1. #20 Natalie Beazant/Dominique Harmath (RICE) def. #66 Vaszilisza Bulgakova/Aleks Malyarchikova (SMU) 8-4
2. Katie Gater/Liat Zimmermann (RICE) def. Hristina Dishkova/Holly Verner (SMU) 9-8 (0-3)
3. Edyta Cieplucha/Elena Fayner (SMU) def. Solomiya Zinko/Daniela Trigo (RICE) 8-6

Match Notes:
SMU 14-10; National ranking #51
Rice 18-4; National ranking #20
Order of finish: Doubles (13,2); Singles (6,3,5,2)



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