SMU Women's Tennis Releases 2013-2014 Schedule
Aug. 8, 2013
DALLAS (SMU) - The SMU women's tennis team will look to build off its strong finish a season ago as it enters the new American Athletic Conference.
Head Coach Kati Gyulai is beginning her second season. Highlighting the 2013-14 schedule, SMU will compete in two different 10K Championships in the fall, and prepare for the first AAC Championships with seven matches versus nationally ranked opponents from the final International Tennis Association poll from last season.
"We have a long tradition of success at SMU, having reached the NCAA Sweet 16 five times and participated in 9 NCAA tournaments. We look to keep the tradition and to go beyond," Gyulai said.
SMU finished 2012-13 by earning 14 wins with three Mustangs receiving all-conference honors, and with a national ranking of 51st. The Mustangs will be led by sophomores Vaszilisza Bulgakova (all-conference in 2012) and Hristina Dishkova (25 wins). SMU enters this season with the No. 13 ranked recruiting class in the country.
Last year, SMU advanced to the semifinals of the Conference USA Championships after sweeping the UTEP and defeating No. 46 Tulane. The Mustangs were 7-2 at home and had four wins against nationally ranked teams.
The 2013-14 schedule features multiple tournaments during the fall beginning with the Amelia Island 10K Championships in Amelia Island, Fla., from Sept. 23-29. This is overlapped with the Colorado Invitational in Boulder, Colo., from Sept. 27-29. There are three occasions where tournaments overlap.
As these two tournaments come to a close, SMU will compete in the All-American Tennis Championships in Los Angeles, Calif., from Sept. 28-Oct. 6. And some Mustangs will play in the USTA Women's 10K Tournament in Hilton Head, S.C., from Sept. 30-Oct. 6.
Two weeks later, SMU travels to
Flushing Meadows, N.Y., will host the USTA/ITA National Indoor Intercollegiate Championships on Nov. 7-10 for some players while others will travel to San Diego, Calif., for the second San Diego State Classic Nov. 8-10, concluding the fall schedule.
Coach Gyulai said, "We are excited about our schedule for the 2013-2014 year. We added a couple of 10K tournaments, and we look to increase those events in the future. Our program at SMU is an avenue for the player to develop, and to continue playing on the WTA circuit. Playing these ITA/WTA events aid in reaching those goals."
The spring season opens with the Mustangs hosting six straight matches, beginning with Stephen F. Austin and
On Feb. 15, SMU travels to No. 29 Tulsa to take on the Golden Hurricanes, then quickly returns home for Feb. 16 and 17 matches vs.
The Mustangs finish out the month with an away match at No. 30 TCU on Feb. 21 in Fort Worth.
On March 1, SMU hosts both Sam Houston State and UTEP. Then the Mustangs play three of their next four matches against AAC opponents, including Temple at home (March 6), at USF in Tampa, Fla. (March 12), and at UCF on March 13. The non-conference match will be against No. 47 Penn State at a neutral site in Tampa on March 11.
One week later, SMU will finish up the conference match portion of its schedule when it plays host to rival Houston on March 22. The Mustangs will then travel to their final road match at UT-Arlington on March 26.
In April, SMU will host Texas State (April 4), No. 61 North Texas (April 9), Louisiana Tech (April 12) and Prairie View A&M (April 13) before traveling to the AAC Championships on April 17 in Tampa.
The Mustangs will close out the the 2013-2014 season at the NCAA Championships from May 15-26 in Athens, Georgia.
Looking at the spring matchups, Coach Gyulai said the Dallas events "allow us to play in front of our home crowd. With the construction of our astonishing new facility, we will continue drawing a large number of teams to our campus. Our multi-million dollar facility is one of the best in the nation, if not the best."