SMU Hosts Louisiana Tech In Regular Season Finale
April 11, 2014
DALLAS (SMU) -- SMU has won eight of its last 11 matches including three straight and will look to add to that on Saturday as the Mustangs host Louisiana Tech at 12 p.m. in the Ponies’ final regular season match. The match will be played at the Northwood Country Club in Dallas. SMU begins postseason play at the inaugural American Athletic Conference tournament on April 17 in Tampa, Fla.
The Week That Was:
SMU competed three times this past week as the Mustangs posted an unblemished 3-0 record with wins over Middle Tennessee (4-3), Texas State (7-0) and UTSA (4-2). In the match against Middle Tennessee, SMU 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. Against UTSA, SMU took the opening doubles point and then won at the No. 3, 4 and 6 singles positions to earn the victory. The Mustangs defeated Texas State by sweeping all matches earning the 7-0 win.
Individually, the Mustangs were led by freshman Macie Elliott (14-16) as she posted an unblemished 3-0 mark in singles last week and a 2-0 record in doubles as she paired with classmate Anna Kate Anderson in each match. Elliott defeated Sarah Sediri from Middle Tennessee in straight sets, 6-1, 6-1, Texas State sophomore Katy Collins in straight sets, 6-4, 6-1 and UTSA junior Irene Gonzalez, 7-5, 6-3, with all three wins coming at the No. 6 singles position. In doubles, sophomore Vaszilisza Bulgakova and freshman Dasha Sharapova (15-4) earned three victories as the tandem has now won four straight matches. The Mustang duo won all their matches at the No. 1 doubles position and now boast an outstanding 10-3 mark in that spot.
Scouting the Bulldogs:
Louisiana Tech is 14-5 and has posted a solid 8-4 mark on the road and a 3-1 record in Conference USA. Individually, freshman Jazmin Britos has posted an outstanding 13-2 overall record this spring with a solid 8-1 mark at the No. 4 position. In addition to Britos, sophomore Manoela Chiacchio is 13-2 overall while classmate Joanna Nalborska is 10-3 overall and 8-1 at the No. 2 singles position. Melanie Urvoy (10-5) is the lone senior on the Bulldogs roster.
Series History & Previous Meeting:
SMU is 3-0 all-time against Louisiana Tech and previously met on March 29, 2004, when the Mustangs defeated the Bulldogs, 6-0, in Dallas.
Fountain of Youth:
SMU has no seniors on its roster as seven of the Mustangs eight student-athletes are freshmen or sophomores. The Ponies are led by sophomore Yana Erkeeva and freshman Dasha Sharapova, who lead their respective classes as they have posted overall records of 18-9 and 17-10, respectively. Erkeeva has played the majority of her matches at the No. 4 position while Sharapova has played most of her matches at the No. 3 spot.
Who Hasn’t Been There:
SMU has had four student-athletes combine for a solid 13-7 mark at the No. 3 singles position which is good for a .650 win percentage. Freshman Dasha Sharapova has led the way for the Mustangs in that spot with an outstanding mark of 8-3.
Two for One:
SMU sports a 12-5 overall record in the No. 1 doubles position. The Mustangs are led by sophomore Vaszilisza Bulgakova and freshman Dasha Sharapova as the tandem has recorded an outstanding mark of 10-3 at that position. Overall, that Mustang duo has recorded an overall record of 15-4.
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. 27 Houston, No. 38 Memphis, No. 40 USF and No. 55 Louisville.
A Temporary Home:
SMU will play its final home match 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.