SAN ANTONIO – Sophomore Sahaja Yamalapalli remains undefeated in league play at the number one singles position after chalking up the match-clinching victory to lead Sam Houston to a 4-3 win over the University of the Incarnate Word Sunday afternoon at the Mabry Tennis Center.
Yamalapalli defeated Jelena Dordan 6-4 6-4 to up her Southland Conference singles mark to 4-0. She stands 16-7 for the year, having won her last six dual match singles contests in a row. The Bearkats now stand 8-4 for the season and 3-1 in league play. Sam Houston ranks fourth in the standings behind Abilene Christian, Central Arkansas and Northwestern State (all 3-0). ACU edged Sam Houston 4-3 Friday in Abilene. UIW dropped to 3-7 for the season and 0-3 in Southland play.
With the match even at 1-1 after UIW took the doubles point but defaulted in the number six singles, Lusine Chobanyan and Karla De La Luz Montalvo picked up a pair of straight set wins to put the Kats up 3-1. Chobanyan blanked Alejandra Landaluce 6-0, 6-0 while De La Luz Montalvo beat Sara Djurdjevic 7-5, 6-0.
Alejandra Tamayo gave the Cardinals their second team point with a 6-2 7-6 (7-5) win over Roos Gerritsen at number five before Yamalapalli picked up the match winning victory. Victoria Karek closed out the day with a 10-6 super tiebreaker win over Isidora Zivkovic at number two singles after the pair split sets with the contest already clinched for the Kats.
Sam Houston will return home to play host to Stephen F. Austin at the McAdams Tennis Center on campus in Huntsville Saturday at 1 p.m.
Tennis Match Results
Sam Houston 4, UIW 3
Mar 11, 2019 at San Antonio, Texas
Mabry Tennis Center
1. Brandelyn Fulgenzi/Victoria Kareh (UIW) def. Lusine Chobanyan/Roos Gerritsen (SHSU) 6-2
2. Jelena Dordan/Sara Djurdjevic (UIW) def. Sahaja Yamalapalli/Isidora Zivkovic (SHSU) 7-6 (7-5)
3. K DeLaLuz Montalvo/Petra Kaszas (SHSU) def. Alejandra Landaluce/Alejandra Tamayo (UIW) 6-0
1. Sahaja Yamalapalli (SHSU) def. Jelena Dordan (UIW) 6-4, 6-4
2. Victoria Kareh (UIW) def. Isidora Zivkovic (SHSU) 2-6, 6-3, 1-0 (10-6)
3. K DeLaLuz Montalvo (SHSU) def. Sara Djurdjevic (UIW) 7-5, 6-0
4. Lusine Chobanyan (SHSU) def. Alejandra Landaluce (UIW) 6-0, 6-0
5. Alejandra Tamayo (UIW) def. Roos Gerritsen (SHSU) 6-2, 7-6 (7-5)
6. Petra Kaszas (SHSU) def. No player (UIW), by default
SOUTHLAND CONFERENCE WEEKEND SCORES:
Friday, March 8
Abilene Christian 4, Sam Houston 3
A&M-Corpus Christi 5, McNeese 2
Central Arkansas 4, New Orleans 3
Stephen F. Austin 4, UIW 3
Lamar at Northwestern State, postponed rain
Sunday, March 10
Sam Houston 4, UIW 3
Abilene Christian 7, Stephen F. Austin 0
Central Arkansas 7, Nicholls 0
Lamar 4, McNeese 3
A&M-Corpus Christi at Southeastern Louisiana, postponed rain