Tulsa 7, Sam Houston 0 -- Box Score
Middle Tennessee State 6, Sam Houston 1 -- Box Score
TULSA, Okla. – The Sam Houston State Bearkats continued the tough part of their slate over the weekend, dropping a pair of matches at Tulsa and to Middle Tennessee State at the Michael D. Case Tennis Center.
Playing on their home court, the Golden Hurricane, who entered the weekend receiving votes in the NCAA national rankings, looked strong in a 7-0 victory on Saturday. The Kats then had an early match on Sunday where Carrie Casey picked up a straight-set singles win, but that was the only victory the Kats would nab as Middle Tennessee State walked away with a 6-1 victory.
"We competed hard both days with a lot of close matches against two very good teams," head coach Rob Hubbard said. "We just need to develop a little more consistency and focus to close out the close ones. Believing in ourselves will go a long way toward accomplishing that."
Tulsa never trailed in five of its six singles matches as freshman Martina Okalova claimed the first singles point for the Hurricane for a 2-0 lead. She had straight set 6-0 shutouts over Casey for her win at the No. 4 position.
At No. 5, Martha Matoula jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the first set and went on for a 6-1 win, while claiming a 6-0 victory in the second set over Mila Milanovic.
The Hurricane clinched the team victory when Marcelina Cichon defeated Caitlyn Mitchell (6-2, 6-1) at the No. 6 slot to put Tulsa ahead 4-0.
No. 1 Ksenia Laskutova trailed in her first set by a 2-1 score before taking a 4-3 lead over Fabienne Gettwart. She lost the next two points, but won the final three points for a 7-5 victory in the first set. She cruised in the second set for a 6-1 win to put the Hurricane ahead 5-0.
Rongrong Leenabanchong put the Hurricane ahead 6-0 with her 6-3, 6-0 victory at the No. 2 position over Ema Barkovic.
Mahitha Dadireddy went to three sets with Khee Yen Wee, at the No. 3 position, taking the first set 6-1, then dropping set two 4-6, before winning a tiebreaker for the third set at 12-10, thus clinching the 7-0 shutout for the Hurricane.
In doubles action, Tulsa’s No. 3 team of Cichon/Dedireddy clamed the first win with a 6-1 victory, while the No. 1 doubles pair of Laskutova/Okalova held off the Sam Houston pair of Gettwart/Wee for a 6-4 win to give the Hurricane a 1-0 lead.
On Sunday the Blue Raiders jumped out in front 1-0 with a win at the doubles point. Holly Horsfall and Luisa Zirilli picked up a win over Wee and Casey, 6-2, at No. 2 play while Costanza Magazzini and Lidia Burrows took a 6-1 win over Barkovic and Diane Friedrichs.
In singles play Casey earned her third singles win of the season by rolling past Zirilli in straight sets (6-4, 6-4) for the Kats lone point in the match. Milanovic nearly earned another point at No. 5 singles, taking the first set from Marta Peris Herrero before dropping the tiebreaker in each of the following to sets.
Zehnder picked up a point for the Blue Raiders with a win (6-4, 6-3) over Gettwart at No. 1 play, and Magazzini earned a point over Barkovic at No. 2 singles. Barkovic pushed the first set to a tiebreak before surrendering 7-6 and 6-3 in the second.
Burrows took down Wee (6-3, 6-3) in the No. 3 spot and Sarah Sedri earned the No. 6 point with a (6-3, 7-5) win over Friedrichs.
Sam Houston will now travel to Edinburg for a match at UT Rio Grande Valley on Feb. 25 before returning home to open up conference play against Stephen F. Austin on March 2.