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Women’s tennis ends regular season with wins

The Mustangs ended their season on a two-game winning streak with a 5-2 victory over Louisiana-Lafayette on Sunday morning at the Turpin Tennis Stadium.

The Mustangs closed out regular season play 10-9 after defeating Arkansas State last weekend before leading to their final win.

Prior to the Mustangs’ win over Arkansas State, SMU was on a seven-game losing streak. Before falling into the seven-game rut, SMU opened its season on a 6-0 run with the help of its only nationally ranked doubles team.

The No. 41 doubles team in the country, SMU’s Natalia Bubien and Pavi Francis, took the No. 1 win in the first and second slots in an 8-3 match to open Sunday’s game. With another win on the season, the pair improved to 14-4 overall, and lengthened their streak to seven consecutive wins.

Teammates Nicole Briceno and Kristen Reid picked up the No. 2 spot with a close but successful 9-7 match over their opponents.

“I’m really proud of the way we played doubles,” said head coach Lauren Longbotham-Mesiner in a press release. “I think it could be a breakthrough match for us.”

Lindsay Norman and Sarah Acosta struggled in their matches, as both fell to their opponents in two straight sets. Norman’s loss came first, evening the overall score to 1-1.

SMU continued to struggle with another two-set loss from Acosta, but Reid was able to pick up the slack and defeat her opponent to even the score back out to 2-2.

The Mustangs continued to struggle in singles, as Francis dropped her first set. In the next two sets, Francis came back to win 6-1 and 6-2, putting the Mustangs back in the lead, 3-2. No. 88 Bubien faced the same fate, losing her first set but capturing her second two matches to give the Mustangs a more comfortable lead.

Briceno sealed SMU’s winning season with a final victory before leaving the court.

Louisiana-Lafayette fell to 12-6 on the season, but still have one match remaining before competing at the Sun Bet Conference Championship.

“This was a great way to finish the regular season, with a win on our home courts,” said Longbotham-Mesiner. “Today’s win shows this team’s fight and how the girls stick together to the end.”

SMU will have next weekend off before leaving for Houston for the Conference USA Women’s Tennis Championships.

“This win will give us the momentum we need going into the conference championships,” said Longbotham-Mesiner. “It’s a strong finish to the season and will serve as a real confidence builder.”

The championships will be held at the University of Houston on April 18-20.

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