SAN ANTONIO – After dropping the doubles point, the Sam Houston women’s tennis team bounced back to win all six singles in a 6-1 Southland Conference dual match victory over Incarnate Word at the Clarence Mabry Tennis Center Saturday afternoon.
The result upped the Bearkats’ season record to 8-3, marking only the third time in Sam Houston’s NCAA Division I history the tennis team has won eight of its first 11 matches. The Kats are now 4-1 in Southland Conference action, the program’s best league start since 2010.
Sophomore Lusine Chobanyan picked up the Bearkats' first singles point and her ninth singles victory of the season with a 6-2 6-0 performance at number six versus Alejandra Tamayo. Freshman Sahaja Yamalapalli remained unbeaten in conference action with a 6-0 6-4 win against Sara Djurdjevic at number three. Senior Mila Milanovic earned the third singles point by defeating Alejandra Tamayo 7-6 6-0 in the number five match.
Senior Fabienne Gettwart produced the match-winner with a 7-5 6-4 defeat of Matea Zemunik in the number one singles. Fellow seniors Khee Yen Wee and Carrie Casey completed the singles sweep with scores of 6-4 0-6 7-6 versus Jeiena Dordan and 4-6 7-5 1-0 (5) against Rachel Sadig, respectively.
Casey and Milanovic paired for Sam Houston’s only win in doubles. Yamalapalli and Wee came within a few points of picking up the doubles point, falling at the number three position 7-4 in a tiebraker. The victory at UIW marked the third time this year the SHSU women have dropped the doubles point but come back to win the match in singles.
The Bearkats now head south to the Gulf Coast to take on two-time defending Southland Conference champion Texas A&M-Corpus Christi in a 2 p.m. match Sunday.
Tennis Match Result
Sam Houston State 6, UIW 1
3/17/2018 at San Antonio, Texas
(Clarence Mabry Tennis Center)
1. Matea Zemunik/Victoria Kareh (UIW-W) def. Fabienne Gettwart/Roos Gerritsen (SHSU) 6-2
2. Carrie Casey/Mila Milanovic (SHSU) def. Sara Djurdjevic/Rachel Sadiq (UIW-W) 6-3
3. Jelena Dordan/Alejandra Tamayo (UIW-W) def. Sahaja Yamalapalli/Khee Yen Wee (SHSU) 7-6 (7-4)
- 1. Fabienne Gettwart (SHSU) def. Matea Zemunik (UIW-W) 7-5, 6-4
2. Khee Yen Wee (SHSU) def. Jelena Dordan (UIW-W) 6-4, 0-6, 7-6
3. Sahaja Yamalapalli (SHSU) def. Sara Djurdjevic (UIW-W) 6-0, 6-4
- 4. Carrie Casey (SHSU) def. def. Rachel Sadiq (UIW-W) 4-6, 7-5, 10-5
5. Mila Milanovic (SHSU) def. Alejandra Tamayo (UIW-W) 7-6 (7-4), 6-0
6. Lusine Chobanyan (SHSU) def. Maria Batchinsky (UIW-W) 6-2, 6-0