HUNTSVILLE, TEXAS – Without dropping a single set, Sam Houston handed Stephen F. Austin a 7-0 dual match defeat in Southland Conference action Saturday afternoon at the McAdams Tennis Center.

The Bearkats upped their season record to 9-4 and now stand 4-1 three weeks into the conference schedule. SFA dropped to 4-6 for the year and 2-3 in the Southland. The victory marked the third year in a row for the Kats to defeat the Lumberjacks in the women’s tennis version of the “Battle of the Piney Woods” rivalry.

The victory also extended Sam Houston’s school record home winning streak to 14 matches. The Kats went 9-0 in Huntsville last year (the first perfect home record in program history) and have five consecutive home wins this season.

Bearkat number one singles player Sahaja Yamalapalli extended her singles winning streak to seven matches. She now stands undefeated 5-0 in Southland Conference action. Isidora Zivkovic, Karla De La Luz Montalvo, Lusine Chobanyan, Roos Gerritsen and Petra Kaszas also added straight set wins at the number two through six positions.

Sam Houston won its first doubles point in Southland Conference action with Chobanyan and Gerritsen teaming for a victory at the number one position and Yamalapalli and Zivkovic earning a win at number two. De La Luz Montalvo and Kaszas were leading 4-3 at number three when the doubles point was clinched.

Next action for the Bearkats will be a non-conference contest versus UTEP Monday at 2:30 p.m. at Walden Tennis Club in Montgomery.

Tennis Match Results
Mar 16, 2019 at Huntsville, Texas (McAdams Center)

Sam Houston 7, Stephen F Austin 0

Doubles competition
1. Lusine Chobanyan/Roos Gerritsen (SHSU) def. Gabi Guilarte/Kaja Ljubic (SFA) 6-4
2. Sahaja Yamalapalli/Isidora Zivkovic (SHSU) def. Nida Kamal/Kyndall Misak (SFA) 6-2
3. K DeLaLuz Montalvo/Petra Kaszas (SHSU) vs. Amelia Cerdan/Vera Carvalho (SFA) 4-3, unfinished

Singles competition
1. Sahaja Yamalapalli (SHSU) def. Gabi Guilarte (SFA) 6-2, 6-2
 2. Isidora Zivkovic (SHSU) def. Vera Carvalho (SFA) 6-2, 6-2
3. K DeLaLuz Montalvo (SHSU) def. Kaja Ljubic (SFA) 6-3, 6-0
4. Lusine Chobanyan (SHSU) def. Armelle Cerdan (SFA) 6-2, 6-2
5. Roos Gerritsen (SHSU) def. Nida Kamal (SFA) 6-3, 7-6 (7-2)
 6. Petra Kaszas (SHSU) def. Kyndall Misak (SFA) 7-6 (7-2), 6-2

Match Notes: Stephen F Austin 4-6, 2-3 Sam Houston 9-4, 4-1 Order of finish: Doubles (2,1); Singles (1,2,3,4,5,6)


SATURDAY'S SOUTHLAND CONFERENCE RESULTS

Sam Houston 7, Stephen F. Austin 0

Abilene Christian 6, UIW 1

A&M-Corpus Christi 5, Lamar 2

Northwestern State 4, Central Arkansas 3

McNeese 6, Southeastern Louisiana 1

New Orleans at Nicholls, postponed rain