No. 1 SMU Knocks Out No. 8 UCF at C-USA Women's Tennis Championship

April 21, 2006

GARLAND, Texas - Top seed and tournament host SMU defeated No. 8 UCF, 4-0, in the quarterfinals of the 2006 Conference USA Women's Tennis Championship at the Garland Tennis Center on Friday afternoon.

After winning at the No. 1 position, the No. 51 Mustangs (17-5) grabbed the doubles point when freshmen Kristen Reid and Monica Neveklovska edged UCF's junior tandem of Megan Hunter and Becky Gordon, 8-6 at No. 2.

Carrying the momentum into singles competition, Reid defeated sophomore Anna Yakimchenkova, 6-2, 6-2 at the No. 4 position. At the No. 6 position, senior Halley Rambally gave SMU the 3-0 lead with a 6-4, 6-1 victory over sophomore Kyla McNicol before freshman Natalia Bubien sealed the win by beating UCF freshman Elvira Serrot, 6-4, 6-2, at No. 2.

Despite being up a set at No. 1, No. 3 and No. 5 positions, the Golden Knights were unable to finish the matches. After winning the first set 7-6, senior Pamela Fernandez was ahead 2-1 in the second at the time the match was called.

UCF finished its inaugural season in C-USA with a 12-9 overall record.

1. Pamela Fernandez (UCF) vs. Svetlana Kouzmenko (SMU) 7-6, 2-1 DNF
2. Natalia Bubien (SMU) def. Elvira Serrot (UCF), 6-4, 6-2
3. Kenza Belbacha (UCF) vs. Georgiana Marta (SMU), 6-3 DNF
4. Kristen Reid (SMU) def. Anna Yakimchenkova (UCF), 6-2, 6-2
5. Megan Hunter (UCF) vs. Brooke Rambally (SMU), 6-5, 1-3 DNF
6. Halley Rambally (SMU) def. Kyla McNicol (UCF), 6-4, 6-1

1. Kouzmenko/Bubien (SMU) def. Fernandez/Serrot (UCF), 8-4

2. Reid/Monica Neveklovska (SMU) def. Hunter/Becky Gordon (UCF), 8-6
3. B. Rambally/H. Rambally (SMU) def. Yakimchenkova/McNicol (UCF), 7-4 DNF

Order of Finish: Singles - 4, 6, 2. Doubles - 1, 2.