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SMU team bounces back on California road trip

The No. 27 SMU women’s tennis team was unable to upset No. 7 Baylor on March 25, but was able to pick up two victories on the road this past weekend in California against Fresno State and Saint Mary’s.
 

The Mustangs’ loss to Baylor snapped a five-match winning streak that dated back to the beginning of March. The Bears struck first, claiming the doubles point with victories in No. 2 and No. 3 doubles. With the doubles point decided, No. 1 doubles was left unfinished.
 

Play then continued into the singles matches and the first singles match to conclude was No. 1 singles, pitting No. 29 Marta Lesniak against No. 5 Lenka Broosova. The conclusion, however, was an unfamiliar sight for the Mustangs. Lesniak, who had been undefeated in singles coming into the match, was shot down by Broosova in just two sets 6-2, 6-1.
 

Senior Pavi Francis was also defeated in No. 6 singles match by Karolina Filipiak 6-3, 6-2, giving Baylor another point. The deciding point came in the No. 2 singles match when No. 18 Nina Secerbegovic defeated freshman Katerina Vankova, 6-3, 6-1,.
 

With the match guaranteed to go to Baylor, the other three singles matches were called off early, despite the Mustangs being ahead in No. 4 and No. 5 singles. No. 3 singles, featuring No. 97 Aleksandra Malyarchikova against Taylor Ormond, was close to going into the tiebreaker when the match was called.
 

The Mustangs had little time to rest, as they had to fly out to California the next day in preparation for their matches. However, the Mustangs came out gunning and captured the doubles point for both matches.
 

Lesniak, under the pressure of her first lost this season the previous Thursday, picked up her second loss against Fresno State’s Renata Kucerkova 7-6, 3-6, 10-7. However, the other Mustangs picked up the slack and rebounded from their loss against Baylor by beating Fresno State, 6-1.
 

The match against Saint Mary’s went even better for SMU, as the Mustangs swept all seven points from the Gaels. Lesniak rebounded from her two losses by battering her opponent, Alex Poorta 6-2, 3-0 before Poorta was forced to retire. Saint Mary’s did not go down without a fight though, as three of the matches went into a tiebreaker before the Mustangs pulled off the sweep.

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