HUNTSVILLE – Sam Houston State women’s tennis head coach Rob Hubbard has announced the transfer of Lusine Chobanyan from UT Arlington, adding her to the roster for the fall of 2017.

"I am excited to announce Lusine Chobanyan as the most recent addition to our tennis program,” Hubbard said. “She brings a wealth of experience from her international junior days. Lusine's three years as a Federation Cup Team member for Armenia will translate well into the NCAA collegiate team competition played here in the United States. She has a very versatile game to go along well with her strength in character and should fit in well with the team culture created this past season,” Hubbard said.

At 6-0 tall, Chobanyan is ranked as the No. 2 female in Armenia and was the former No. 1-ranked junior in Armenia. She was the youngest ever – at age 15 – to win the Armenian Women National Championship. She is a past singles and doubles quarterfinalist in the ITF Junior Armenia Cup Championship.

"I chose Sam Houston State over my other options because of the high academic standards here and its great location,” Chobanyan said. “Coach Hubbard is also a big part of why I chose to come to Sam Houston. It is very easy to communicate with him as he displays a very positive attitude. He is very experienced as you can see from his background and I liked his view about different tennis aspects. This past year because of his help and dedication he made Sam Houston tennis grow and reach a very high level." 

Chobanyan is the second addition Hubbard has made to the roster for the 2017 season, joining Sahaja Yamalapalli who signed on to join the Bearkats in December of 2016. The Bearkats will get the fall season going on September 22 when they head to Houston to take part in the Rice Fall Invite.