Aleksandra Malyarchikova Named C-USA Athlete Of The Week #PonyUp

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April 9, 2013

IRVING, Texas (SMU/C-USA) - SMU's Aleksandra Malyarchikova was named this week's Conference USA Tennis Athletes of the Week. She went 4-0 on the week, all against ranked opponents. Malyarchikova, No. 77 in the ITA rankings, earned her second career weekly award.

Malyarchikova, a senior from Minsk, Belarus, defeated four ranked opponents on the week. In singles, she defeated No. 75 Olivia Smith of TCU 6-4, 6-4, then upended No. 72 Daminique Harmath of No. 26 Rice 6-2, 6-2. In doubles, Malyarchikova and Vaszilisza Bulgakova started with an 8-6 victory over No. 47 Millie Nichols and Smith of No. 35 TCU. They followed that with an 8-6 triumph against No. 17 Natalie Beazant and Harmath of Rice. Malyarchikova (21-6) is now 5-3 against ranked opponents this year. The Mustang duo improved to 8-6 on the season and 2-3 against ranked foes.

Malyarchikova and fellow senior, No. 119 Edyta Cieplucha, play their final home match on Wednesday as the Mustangs host UTA at Northwood Country Club at 4 p.m. Both will finish in the top 10 at SMU for career singles and doubles victories.