HUNTSVILLE – For the second weekend in a row, the Sam Houston women’s tennis posted a convincing victory over an opponent who has dominated the Bearkats in recent years.
Giving up only two games in the decisive wins for the doubles points, then rolling to four straight-set singles victories, Sam Houston handed Louisiana Tech a 5-2 dual match loss Friday afternoon at the McAdams Tennis Center. The last Bearkat victory over the Bulldogs came in 2002. Last Saturday, Sam Houston defeated UTSA for the first time since 2010.
“This was a pretty big win for us,” senior Carrie Casey said. “I remember playing them last year and we only won one match. We weren’t even in it. But we have a new team this year and we seem a lot stronger. We’re very happy about getting this win.”
Casey and senior Mila Milanovic combined for a 6-1 victory at number two doubles and freshmen Rosalie Gerritsen and Sahaja Yamalapalli also posted a 6-1 win at number three to earn a quick doubles point to open play. Casey, Milanovic, Yamalapalli and senior Fabienne Gettwart each won their singles matches in straight sets to secure Sam Houston’s second consecutive dual match victory and up the Bearkats’ season mark to 3-2.
“Everyone played really well,” Yamalapalli said. “Every match we were attacking from the first point. We have been working really hard. It was a good win.”
Gettwart was the first Bearkat to finish off her singles opponent, defeating Claudia Oravcova 6-1 6-2. Yamalapalli picked up the third team point with a 6-0 6-3 victory over Andre Perez-Lopez. Casey’s 6-3 6-2 result against Sonia Chen was the match clincher. Milanovich added a 6-4 6-2 result over Paulina Cota.
Louisiana Tech’s points came from a 7-5 6-2 win by Nadja Manjon over Khee Yen Wee and a 6-2 6-4 result by Karla De La Luz versus Gerritsen.
“I’m really pleased with everything start to finish,” head coach Rob Hubbard said of his Sam Houston squad. “With the doubles, we changed our warm-up routines so that we could be a little warmer coming into doubles. It seemed to help because we all came out of the gate quickly and put a lot of pressure on Louisiana Tech right away. Then the girls came out in their singles and were warriors.”
Sam Houston was scheduled to play host to Texas State in a non-conference dual match at the McAdams Center Sunday but, due to inclement weather in the forecast, the match has been postponed to Sunday, Feb. 25 .
Tennis Match Results
Feb 09, 2018 at Humtsville, Texas (McAdams Tennis Center)
Sam Houston 5, Louisiana Tech 2
1. Paulina Cota/Andrea Perez-Lopez (TECH) vs. Fabienne Gettwart/Khee Yen Wee (SHSU) 3-3 unfinished
2. Carrie Casey/Mila Milanovic (SHSU) def. Sonia Chen/Nadja Manjon (TECH) 6-1
3. Rosalie Gerritsen/Sahaja Yamalapalli (SHSU) def. Karla De La Luz/Claudia Oravcova (TECH) 6-1
1. Fabienne Gettwart (SHSU) def. Claudia Oravcova (TECH) 6-1, 6-2
2. Nadja Manjon (TECH) def. Khee Yen Wee (SHSU) 7-5, 6-2
3. Sahaja Yamalapalli (SHSU) def. Andrea Perez-Lopez (TECH) 6-0, 6-3
4. Carrie Casey (SHSU) def. Sonia Chen (TECH) 6-3, 6-2
5. Karla De La Luz (TECH) def. Rosalie Gerritsen (SHSU) 6-2, 6-4
6. Mila Milanovic (SHSU) def. Paulina Cota (TECH) 6-4, 6-2
Match Notes: Louisiana Tech 1-2 Sam Houston 3-2
Order of finish: Doubles (2,3); Singles (1,5,3,6,4,2) T-2:18 A-57