ABILENE – Ema Barkovic won her fourth consecutive singles match, but that was all Sam Houston State could get in dropping a 4-1 decision to Abilene Christian on Sunday at the indoor courts of the Teague Events Center.
The match was moved indoors due to weather as the temperature in Abilene never surpassed 54 degrees. The Wildcats, who have won eight of their last nine dual matches, took the doubles point to stake themselves to a quick 1-0 lead as Sarah Adams and Lucile Pothier provided the clinching point with a 6-2 win over Fabienne Gettwart and Khee Yen Wee.
Barkovic knotted the match at a point apiece in finishing her match first, snapping Whitney Williams’ eight-match win streak on the No. 2 line in comeback fashion. She dropped the opening set 6-0 before rallying to take each of the next two sets by 6-1 and 6-0 margins to win her fourth singles match in a row.
But Pothier put ACU back in front with a (6-3, 6-3) win over Wee at No. 3 play and Erin Walker was able to outlast Gettwart for a (6-4, 4-6, 6-4) victory in the No. 1 slot that put ACU just a point away from clinching.
Adams then provided that point at No. 4 singles, coming back from a 4-1 deficit in the second set to finish off Carrie Casey (6-4, 6-4) for her eighth win in her last 10 starts.
It will be a busy week for the Bearkats this week as they host three matches in a span of just five days beginning Wednesday when they take on Cleveland State in the final non-conference match of the season. That match will take place at 1:00 p.m. at the Walden Tennis Center in Conroe.
Sam Houston then jumps back into Southland play when it hosts Incarnate Word and Texas A&M-Corpus Christi on Friday and Sunday at the McAdams Tennis Center.