HUNTSVILLE – Sahaja Yamalapalli  and Lusine Chobanyan each won their individual flights and led the Sam Houston women’s tennis team through a successful home tournament to close out the fall season, Sunday afternoon at McAdams Tennis Center.

Yamalapalli was the champion of the A Flight after posting a perfect 3-0 singles record over the weekend. She came out with a dominating 6-1, 6-2 victory in the first round and set down Texas A&M-Corpus Christi’s Carolina Bulatovic 6-2 6-2 to advance to the championship match. In the finals, the SHSU sophomore topped Dominique Ibarra from UTRGV 6-4 6-2.

Carrying over her success from ITA Regionals just two weeks ago, Chobanyan was perfect through three matches en route to an individual title in the B Flight. She advanced to the finals with a pair of straight set victories where she would face teammate Karla De La Luz Montalvo.

De La Luz Montalvo posted a dominant straight set wins over UIW’s Alejandra Tamayo in the first round and Michelle Walker of UTRGV. However, it was Chobanyan who would come away the victor as she posted a 6-3 7-5 win.

Petra Kaszas fought tooth and nail in the C flight as all three of her matches came down to tiebreakers. She edged out Katarina Sasroga of UTRGV 6-4, 4-6, 1-0 (4) but dropped her next match. However, she rallied in her next match and set down UTRGV’s Ana Platisa in three sets to finish third overall in Flight C.

Picking up three individual victories, Stevie Ybarra was the top finisher in the D Flight - which followed a round-robin format. Sophomore Asni Hill had a big weekend as she won her first collegiate match as a Bearkat over UIW’s Jayci Stewart, 6-2, 6-2.

Kicking off doubles action in the A Flight, De La Luz Montalvo and Yamalapali teamed up for a 6-4 doubles win over Texas A&M-Corpus Christi’s Carolina Bulatovic and Vanessa Reinicke.

Chobanyan and Malou Goes downed UIW’s Taylor Parkinson and Jayci Stewart, 6-1 to kick off the C flight doubles. Roos Gerritsen and Isidora Zivkovic soundly defeated Sandra Putz and Alicia Thai of UTRGV, 6-2, to grab another Bearkat victory. The duos grabbed one more victory each to close out the fall season.

The conclusion of the Bearkat Invitational marks the end of the Bearkats’ fall season. The squad will return to the court on Friday, Jan. 11 for an 11 a.m. at UTRGV in Edinburg, Texas. For all the latest information on the Sam Houston State tennis team, visit gobearkats.com or follow @BearkatsWTEN on Twitter.

Sam Houston Fall Invitational Results
Huntsville, Texas – Nov. 3-4, 2018

Singles

Sahaja Yamalapalli (Flight A)
  1R - Won – Jelena Dordan, UIW 6-1 6-2
  SF – Won – Carolina Bulatovic, AMCC 6-2 6-2
  Finals – Won – Dominique Ibarra, UTRGV 6-4 6-2

Ema Barkovic (Flight A)
  1R – Lost – Carolina Bulatovic, AMCC 6-3 6-2
  Conso – Won – Jelena Dordan, UIW 6-4 7-5
  5th Place – Won – Brandelyn Fulgenzi, UIW 6-1 6-1

Isidora Zivkovic (Flight A)
  1R – Lost – Dominique Ibarra, UTRGV 7-5 6-4
  Conso – Lost – Brandelyn Fulgenzi, UIW 4-6 6-4 1-0 (6)
  7th Place – Jelena Dordan, UIW 7-6 (6) 7-5

Lusine Chobanyan (Flight B)
  1R – Won – Doris Aleksovska, UTRGV 6-3 6-0
  SF – Won – My Kageyama, AMCC 6-3 6-3
  Finals – Won – Karla De La Luz Montalvo, SHSU 6-3 7-5

Karla De La Luz Montalvo (Flight B)
  1R – Won – Alejandra Tamayo, UIW 6-2 6-3
  SF – Won – Michelle Walker, UTRGV 6-2 6-1
  Finals – Lost – Lusine Chobanyan, SHSU 6-3 7-5

Roos Gerritsen (Flight C)
  1R – Lost – Michelle Walker, UTRGV 6-0 7-6 (6)
  Conso – Won – Alejandro Tamayo, UIW 6-4 4-6 1-0 (2)
  5th Place – Won – Victoria Kareh, UIW 6-4 6-3

Petra Kaszas (Flight D)
  1R – Won – Katarina Sasaroga, UTRGV 6-4 4-6 1-0 (4)
  SF – Lost – Nethmi Waduge, UTRGV 6-7 (2) 7-5 1-0 (7)
  3rd Place – Won Ana Platisa, UTRGV 6-4 2-6 1-0 (6)

Malou Goes (Flight C)
  1R – Lost – Ana Platisa, UTRGV 6-1 6-1
  Conso – Lost – Vanessa Reinicke, AMCC 7-6 (6) 1-6 1-0 (2)
  7th Place – Won – Taylor Parkinson, UIW default

Stevie Ybarra (Flight D)
  1R – Won – Jayci Stewart, UIW 6-1 6-1
  SF – Won – Alicia Thai, UTRGV 1-6 6-4 1-0 (9)
  Finals – Won – Asni Hill, SHSU 6-2 6-2

Asni Hill (Flight D)
  1R – Lost – Alicia Thai, UTRGV 6-2 6-1
  Conso – Won – Jayci Stewart, UIW 6-2 6-2
  Finals – Lost – Stevie Ybarra, SHSU 6-2 6-2

 

DOUBLES (Round Robin)

Karla De La Luz Montalvo / Sahaja Yamala palli (Flight A)
  Won – Carolina Bulatovic / Vanessa Reinicke, AMCC 6-4
  Lost – Doris Aleksovska / Michelle Walker, UTRGV 6-3
  Lost – Brandelyn Fulgenzi / Victoria Kareh, UIW 6-3

Ema Barkovic / Petra Kaszas (Flight B)
  Lost – Camille Townsend / Marina Vicens Miquel, AMCC 6-0
  Lost – Dominique Ibarra / Katarina Sasaroga, UTRGV 6-3
  Lost – Jelena Dordan / Alejandra Tamayou, UIW 6-2

Asni Hill / Stevie Ybarra (Flight C)
  Lost – Sandra Putz, UTRGV / Alicia Thai, UTRGA 6-4
  Won – Taylor Parkinson / Jayci Stewart, UIW default

Lusine Chobanyan / Malou Goes (Flight C)
  Won – Taylor Parkinson / Jayci Stewart, UIW 6-1
  Lost – Nethmi Waduge / Ana Plastisa, UTRGV 7-5
  Won – Sandra Putz / Alicia Thai, UTRGV 6-4

Roos Gerritsen / Isidora Zivkovic (Flight C)
  Won – Sandra Putz / Alicia Thai, UTRGV 6-2
  Lost – Nethmi Waduge / Ana Plastisa, UTRGV 7-5
  Won – Nethmi Waduge / Ana Plastisa, UTRGV 6-2