Middle Tennessee falls short to SMU, 4-3

William and Nagayama win third straight

April 3, 2014 · @MTAthletics

DALLAS - Middle Tennessee women's tennis picked up three singles victories, but it wasn't enough as SMU held on for a 4-3 win at the Northwood Country Club on Thursday.

The Blue Raiders (9-7) were unable to overcome losing all three doubles contests, as SMU improved to 7-11 on the season.

The Mustangs swept all doubles points with the top tandem of Vaszilisza Bulgakova/Dasha Sharapova upending MT's Tiffany William/Nayara Moraes, 8-7. On the second court, Holly Verner and Hristina Dishkova knocked off Irina Constantinide and Jesse Grace, 8-6. Middle Tennessee's Flavia Nagayama and Sarah Sediri fell 8-5 to Yana Erkeeva and Anna Kate Anderson.

In singles play, William collected her 13th singles victory this spring and third straight with a 6-2, 6-0 victory over Bulgakova on the top singles court. Sharapova gave SMU their second point with a 5-7, 6-3, 6-1 three-set win over Grace. Moraes collected her 64th career win, knocking off Dishkova (7-5, 6-2).

On the fourth court, Erkeeva outlasted the sophomore Constantinide, 7-5, 6-1. The senior Nagayama also collected her third straight win with a three-set victory over SMU's Anderson (6-3, 3-6, 6-3). The Mustangs clinched the game-winning fourth point as Macie Elliott defeated Sediri (6-1, 6-1).

Middle Tennessee looks to regroup against UT Arlington on Friday. The Mavericks and Blue Raiders square off at 2 p.m.

SMU 4, Middle Tennessee 3

Singles competition

1. Tiffany William (MT) def. Vaszilisza Bulgakova (SMU) 6-2, 6-0
2. Dasha Sharapova (SMU) def. Jesse Grace (MT) 5-7, 6-3, 6-1
3. Nayara Moraes (MT) def. Hristina Dishkova (SMU) 7-5, 6-2
4. Yana Erkeeva (SMU) def. Irina Constantinide (MT) 7-5, 6-1
5. Flavia Nagayama (MT) def. Anna Kate Anderson (SMU) 6-3, 3-6, 6-3
6. Macie Elliott (SMU) def. Sarah Sediri (MT) 6-1, 6-1

Doubles competition

1. Vaszilisza Bulgakova/Dasha Sharapova (SMU) def. Tiffany William/Nayara Moraes (MT) 8-7
2. Holly Verner/Hristina Dishkova (SMU) def. Irina Constantinide/Jesse Grace (MT) 8-6
3. Yana Erkeeva/Anna Kate Anderson (SMU) def. Sarah Sediri/Flavia Nagayama (MT) 8-5

Match Notes:

Middle Tennessee 9-8
SMU 7-11
T-3:30 A-26

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