Head Coach Kati Gyulai
Feb. 26, 2014
DALLAS (SMU) -- SMU is set to host Sam Houston State and UTEP on Sat. March 1 at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. in the Mustangs’ first doubleheader of the season. Both matches will be played at the Northwood Country Club in Dallas. SMU will look to snap its current losing skid on Saturday before hosting its second American Athletic Conference match of the season when Temple comes to Dallas on Thursday, March 6 at 4 p.m. That will also be played at the Northwood Country Club in Dallas.
Strength of Schedule:
SMU will play nine total teams that are ranked in the ITA. The Mustangs have also already played matches against No. 18 Texas Tech, No. 60 LSU, No. 26 Tulsa and No. 31 Memphis. Next for SMU is in two weeks when the Mustangs travel to Florida to take on No. 65 USF on March 12. That match is a part of a three match road trip for the Mustangs as they compete in three matches in three days beginning with Penn State on March 11 in Tampa and capping the trip off at AAC foe UCF on March 13 in Orlando.
The Week That Was:
SMU competed once last week in its fifth match this season against a ranked opponent. The Mustangs fell to No. 41 TCU in a close match, 4-3. Freshman Anna Kate Anderson led the Ponies as she notched her second straight win in the No. 6 singles position as she defeated TCU senior Tatum Nowlin in straight sets, 6-2, 6-4 improving her overall record to 8-10 this season.
Scouting the Bearkats:
Sam Houston State is 3-1 this season and has defeated Tarleton State (5-2), Oral Roberts (5-2) and North Central Texas (7-0). The Bearkats are led by senior Kayla Stevenson and freshman Isabella Costa who have each posted solid 3-1 marks this spring.
SMU and Sam Houston State last met a season ago on Feb. 17, 2013 when the Mustangs defeated the Bearkats, 5-2. In that match, the Mustangs took the doubles point and then won in straight sets at the top four singles positions to secure the dual match victory. Now sophomores Hristina Dishkova and Yana Erkeeva won at the No. 3 (6-1, 6-1) and No. 4 (6-4, 6-1) singles matches in that match.
Scouting the Miners:
UTEP is 5-6 this season and has posted a 4-1 record at home but just a 1-2 mark on the road this spring. The Miners are led by junior Davina Meza and senior Rebeca Calvillo who have each posted 14-9 and 13-9 overall marks this season respectively.
SMU and UTEP last met a season ago on April 18, 2013 when the Mustangs defeated the Miners, 4-0 in the quarterfinals of the Conference USA tournament. In that match, the Mustangs earned straight set victories at No. 1, No. 2, No. 3 and No. 5 singles to secure the dual match victory. Now sophomores and No. 108 ranked Vaszilisza Bulgakova and Hristina Dishkova earned victories in the No. 3 (6-2, 6-3) and No. 5 (6-3, 6-1) positions for the Ponies.
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 three ranked teams including No. 30 Houston, No. 43 Memphis and No. 65 South Florida.
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.