Southern Methodist Athletics
OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. — No. 27 SMU picked up another solid road win on Sunday when it downed No. 57 Oklahoma State 4-1 in Oklahoma City.
“I am very happy with our performance today,” said head coach Lauren Longbotham Meisner. “Once again we faced some travel and weather adversity and the girls could have come up with any excuse for not wanting to play today. But, they practiced hard this week and came in focused and ready to win.”
Play was tight early on in doubles as the Mustangs faced some hurdles at the outset. The No. 2 doubles team of Edyta Cieplucha and Heather Steinbauer, who played some of their best doubles of the season last weekend, found themselves down 4-1 early to the OSU team of C.C. Sardinha and Malika Rose.
The SMU pair soon regrouped and rallied to even the match at 5-all, but then were down again 7-6 and facing a loss in the match and a possible loss of the doubles point. However, the duo won the next three games to claim the 9-7 win to secure the doubles point for SMU.
In the other doubles play, SMU’s No. 3 team of Ashley Turpin and Shahzoda Hatamova improved to 4-2 this spring with their win against Sarah Meghoufel and Sasha Belova, 8-6. The duo jumped out to an early 5-2 lead and never looked back.
SMU’s top team of Marta Lesniak and Aleksandra Malyarchikova fought hard as well, but fell to OSU’s Kanyapat Narattana and Nataliya Shatkovskaya, 8-5.
The Mustangs kept the momentum from doubles going in singles play and made quick work of the Cowgirls.
Lesniak, the nation’s No. 2 ranked player, improved to 5-1 this spring and 22-4 overall with her easy 6-0, 6-1 win against Belova at the top singles line. Steinbauer also kept up her impressive run at No. 3 as she downed Meghoufel in straight sets 6-3, 6-3. The junior transfer is now 4-1 on the season in dual match play at the third singles spot.
Lesniak’s doubles partner, Malyarchikova clinched the Mustang victory with a 6-1, 7-5 win against Shatkovskaya at the No. 4 spot. With the win, she improves to 5-0 on the spring.
In other singles action, both Cieplucha and Hatamova were leading in their respective matches but did not finish as play was stopped once SMU reached four points, while Turpin fell at No. 6 to Rose 6-2, 6-2.
The victory moved Meisner into second place on the all-time career coaching wins list with 87 victories, and now trails only Owen McHaney, who won 94 matches from 1982-87 (94-80). The sixth-year head coach still holds the all-time SMU record for winning percentage at .783 (87-24).