DALLAS (SMU) – SMU women’s tennis extended its win streak to four matches with a 7-0 sweep over Tulane inside the Brookshire Family Pavilion at the SMU Tennis Complex Sunday afternoon.
This was the first American Athletic Conference match of the season for the Mustangs, who improved to 4-3 on the year. The Green Wave lost its sixth straight match to fall to 4-6 on the year and 0-3 in AAC play.
SMU did not lose a set in either singles or doubles play, winning 88 out of 116 games on the day.
The duo of senior Karina Traxler and junior Tiffany Hollebeck won the first match of the day, defeating Alex Alegre and Adelaide Lavery 6-2 at No. 3 doubles. A Hollebeck ace secured the pair’s eighth straight win. They hold a team-best 9-1 doubles record, including 6-0 in dual play.
Seniors Vivienne Kulicke and Ana Perez-Lopez clinched the doubles point for SMU, beating Daniela La Fuente and Laura Fabrizi 6-3 at the No. 2 position. Kulicke had a backhand volley winner to break serve and go up 4-1, taking control of the match.
Perez-Lopez was the first Mustang off the court in singles, breezing to a 6-0, 6-2 win over Christina Sisti at No. 4 singles. Kulicke and Traxler then clinched the match for SMU, completing straight-set victories within moments of each other on Courts 2 and 5.
Reigning AAC Player of the Week Liza Buss added to the SMU lead with a 6-3, 6-0 win over Elena Muller at No. 1 singles. SMU closed out the day with wins from freshman Katherine Jakeway and senior Anzhelika Shapovalova on Courts 6 and 3, respectively.
The Mustangs head north to Kansas this week, playing at Kansas State at noon on Thursday, Feb. 21 and at Wichita State at 1 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 22.
SMU 7, Tulane 0 (Feb. 17, 2019)
1. Muller/Alvaro (Tulane) led Buss/Shapovalova (SMU) 4-3, unfinished
2. Kulicke/Perez-Lopez (SMU) def. La Fuente/Fabrizi (Tulane) 6-3
3. Traxler/Hollebeck (SMU) def. Alegre/Lavery (Tulane) 6-2
Order of Finish: 3,2
1. Liza Buss (SMU) def. Elena Muller (Tulane) 6-3, 6-0
2. Vivienne Kulicke (SMU) def. Laura Fabrizi (Tulane) 6-1, 6-3
3. Anzhelika Shapovalova (SMU) def. Daniela La Fuente (Tulane) 6-2, 7-5
4. Ana Perez-Lopez (SMU) def. Christina Sisti (Tulane) 6-0, 6-2
5. Karina Traxler (SMU) def. Adelaide Lavery (Tulane) 6-0, 6-1
6. Katherine Jakeway (SMU) def. Alex Alegre (Tulane) 6-1, 6-1
Order of Finish: 4,2,5*,1,6,3