Freshman Anna Kate Anderson
Feb. 13, 2014
TULSA, Okla. (SMU) -- No. 75 SMU is set to travel to No. 26 Tulsa for its first road match of the season on Sat. Feb. 15 at 9 a.m. SMU then returns home on Sunday (Feb. 16, 12 p.m.) and Monday (Feb. 17, 3 p.m.) for matches against Miami (OH) and No. 31 ranked and American Athletic Conference foe Memphis. That match will be the first league match of the season for both teams. Each home match will be played at the Northwood Country Club in Dallas. SMU will look to snap its four match losing skid over the holiday weekend. Following this weekend, SMU travels to Fort Worth on Friday Feb. 1 as the Mustangs will take on No. 40 TCU at 3 p.m.
Bulgakova In The Rankings:
SMU sophomore Vaszilisza Bulgakova is now ranked 108th nationally in singles. Bulgakova has posted a 9-3 overall mark this season and notched a victory over Texas Tech junior and then No. 98 Kenna Kilgo last fall. In addition, Bulgakova has yet to drop a match this spring as she has posted a 2-0 record at the No. 1 singles position.
SMU Ranked 75th in the ITA:
SMU finished last season ranked 51st in the ITA national rankings and begin this spring ranked 52nd following a highly competitive and successful fall season. Following a 1-4 mark this spring, the Mustangs have three matches in three days beginning on Friday giving SMU a chance to get back to .500. Two of the Mustangs three opponents (No. 26 Tulsa, No. 31 Memphis) this weekend is ranked in the ITA.
Strength of Schedule:
SMU will play eight total teams that are ranked in the ITA. The Mustangs have also already played matches against No. 18 Texas Tech and No. 60 LSU. Next for SMU are matches this weekend against current No. 26 Tulsa and No. 31 Memphis.
This Week In SMU Tennis:
SMU opened this week’s action on Wednesday with a close, 4-3 loss to Texas A&M Corpus Christi in Dallas. Sophomores Hristina Dishkova (12-7), Yana Erkeeva (10-4) and freshman Dasha Sharapova (8-6) notched singles victories in defeat.
Scouting the Golden Hurricane:
No. 26 Tulsa is 6-1 this season with four victories over ranked opponents. Its lone loss came to then No. 31 Yale at home. The Golden Hurricane is led by T-No. 69 ranked senior Samantha Vickers (16-6) who has posted a 5-2 mark in the No. 1 singles position and T-No. 94 ranked freshman Yelena Neches (10-4).
SMU and Tulsa last met a season ago on March 8, 2013 when the Mustangs defeated the then ranked No. 22 Golden Hurricane, 4-3. In that match, SMU won all four of their points in singles, taking No. 2 through No. 5. Now sophomores Vaszilisza Bulgakova and Hristina Dishkova each won in straight sets.
Scouting the Redhawks:
Miami (OH) is 4-1 this season with three victories over regional opponents. Its lone loss came to No. 36 Indiana on the road in Bloomington, Ind. The Redhawks are led by freshman Andréa Badileanu (14-6) who has posted a 4-1 mark in the No. 2 singles position and senior Christiana Raymond (13-9).
Sunday marks the second ever meeting between SMU and Miami (OH). The two schools met for the first time in the 2000-01 season when Mustangs swept the Redhawks, 7-0 in Oxford, Ohio.
Scouting the Tigers:
No. 31 Memphis is 4-2 this season with a victory over then No. 39 ranked VCU to open its season. Its two losses came to two ranked opponents including then ranked No. 3 North Carolina and No. 28 Oklahoma. The Tigers are led by T-No. 99 ranked senior Stefanie Mikesz (12-4) who has posted a 4-2 mark in the No. 1 singles position. In doubles, Memphis has two doubles pairs ranked including junior Alyssa Hibberd sophomore Caroline Wegner (14-7) at No. 38 and Mikesz and Wegner (2-0) at No. 40.
SMU and Memphis last met on April 23, 2010 in the quarterfinals of the Conference USA tournament. The No. 1 seeded Mustangs swept the Tigers, 4-0 to advance to the semifinals of the tournament.
Start of an Era:
Joining the American Athletic Conference for its inaugural season, the SMU women’s tennis team is competing in its fourth conference since the program’s inception in 1972. The American consists of 10 teams during its first season, highlighted by four ranked teams including No. 31 Memphis, No. 59 South Florida, No. 63 Louisville and No. 75 SMU.
A Temporary Home:
SMU will play its home matches at the Northwood Club Tennis Courts while the new SMU men’s and women’s tennis complex is being built. The address for the Northwood Club is 6524 Alpha Rd. Dallas, TX 75240. Below are directions from the Loyd All-Sports Center on SMU’s campus to Northwood.