HUNTSVILLE - The Sam Houston State Bearkat tennis team did not disappoint over the weekend in the inaugural Sam Houston Fall Invitational as they wrapped up their fall season at the McAdams Tennis Center.

Freshman Sahaja Yamalapalli and transfer Lusinene Chobanyan both went undefeated in Saturday and Sunday's singles action while the Kats’ top six singles players won 13 of their 18 matches overall in the two-day event.

Fabienne Gettwart represented well in the No. 1 singles round-robin bracket, picking up two wins against opponents from UTRGV and Louisiana Tech before falling to UTSA’s Denisa Ibrahimovic in straight sets.

Khee Yen Wee picked up where she left off after becoming only the fourth Bearkat to reach the third round of the ITA Texas Regionals at TCU earlier in the fall, where she defeated Sarah Adams from Abilene Christian and Liz Tedford from TCU. She picked up a straight-set win (6-2,7-5) in the No. 2 singles round robin bracket against Dominique Fuster from UTRGV. Wee followed with two tough tiebreaker losses against opponents from Louisiana Tech and UTSA.


Yamalapalli continued her hot start this season for the Kats as she went undefeated in the No. 3 singles bracket, defeating her first opponent in tiebreaker fashion before defeating her next two opponents from Louisiana Tech (6-4,6-1) and UTSA (6-2,6-4) in straight sets. Yamalapalli also went 3-0 to win her flight at the Rice Invitational earlier in the fall season.

Carrie Casey represented the Bearkats in the No. 4 singles bracket dropping her first match in straight sets before rebounding quickly to win the next two matches against Louisiana Tech’s Nadia Manion (6-3,4-6,1-0(8)) and UTSA’s Kylee Kato in straight sets (7-5,6-3).

Sam Houston’s Mila Milanovich got into the winning action in her No. 5 singles bracket defeating both UTRGV’s Marine Darzya and UTSA’s Charleen Tiwari in straight sets. Milanovich fell to Louisiana Tech’s Claudia Oravcova in a match that went to tiebreakers.

Chobanyan decided she was not going to lose this weekend defeating all three opponents from UTRGV, Louisiana Tech, and UTSA in convincing straight sets.

Clarissa Escamilla and Ashni Hill represented the Bearkats in the No. 7 and No. 8 singles brackets respectively, but failed to pick up wins in any of their five combined matches.

Casey and Milanovic were Sam Houston’s doubles pair in the No. 1 doubles bracket picking up a win against UTSA’s team of Ibrahiomivc/Kato. Casey and Milanovic dropped two matches to their opponents from UTRGV and Louisiana Tech.

Gettwart and Wee also picked up a win in their No. 2 doubles bracket against UTSA’s team of Cabrera/Madronal. Gettwart and Wee eventually met their match win they faced the doubles teams from UTRGV and Louisiana Tech.

Chobanyan and Yamalapalli couldn’t match their individual success in their singles matches as they dropped all three of their matches. Escamilla and Hill couldn’t get on the winning track in the doubles bracket either dropping both of their matches. 

QUOTABLES
Hubbard on the Fall Invitational
"This event was a great way to close out our fall tournament schedule. We had a great number of individual wins against three teams that we will play again during the dual match season next spring. We hope we can play as well as with did this weekend when we meet up with Louisiana Tech, UTSA and Texas-Rio Grande Valley. "One part of this tournament that was exciting was to have the opportunity for our walk-ons to get some competitive experience. They've been working hard this fall and deserve the chance to see some action.”

 

Hubbard on the 2017 Fall Season
"We've had a good fall with some big wins in major tournaments against players from top teams (Kansas, SMU, TCU, Oklahoma, Houston, and Texas Tech). But definitely we are not a finished product. We had some opportunities to win in several of our losses this weekend but let them slip away. Playing so many top teams during are fall schedule has shown us a number of areas where we need to improve. That's a good thing.”

 

SAM HOUSTON INAUGURAL WOMEN’S TENNIS FALL INVITATIONAL
McAdams Tennis Center, Huntsville Texas, Oct. 28-29
SINGLES ROUND ROBIN
No. 1 Singles
Fabienne Gettwart, SHSU def. Lasya Patnaik, UTRGV 6-1 6-2
Angela Lorenzo, La Tech def. Denisa Ibrahimovic, UTSA 3-6 6-3 1-0 (6)
Fabienne Gettwart, SHSU def. Angela Lorenzo, Lat Tech 4-6 7-6 (4) 1-0 (6)
Lasya Patnaik, UTRGV def. Denisa Ibrahimovic, UTSA 1-6 6-3 1-0 (7)
Angela Lorenzo, La Tech def. Lasya Patnaik, UTRGV 6-3 5-7 1-0 (12)
Denisa Ibrahimovic, UTSA def. Fabienne Gettwart, SHSU 7-6 (5) 6-2

No. 2 Singles
Khee Yen Wee, SHSU def. Dominique Fuster, UTRGV 6-2 7-5
Sonia Chen, La Tech def. Ivana Ilic, UTSA 6-3 6-2
Sonia Chen, La Tech def. Khee Yen Wee, SHSU 4-6 6-1 1-0 (5)
Ivana Ilic, UTSA  def, Dominique Fuster, UTRGV 5-7 6-2 1-0 (7)
Sonia Chen, Lat Tech def. Dominique Fuster, UTRGV 6-3 6-3
Ivana Ilic, UTSA def. Khee Yen Wee, SHSU, 2-6 6-4 1-0 (9)

No. 3 Singles
Sahaja Yamalapalli, SHSU def. Anastasis Bevaeva, UTRGV 4-6 6-3 1-0 (3)
Karla De La Luz, La Tech def. Laura Cabrera, UTSA 6-1 6-0
Sahaja Yamalapalli, SHSU def. Karla De La Luz, La Tech 6-4 6-1
Laura Cabrera, UTSA def. Anastasis Bevaeva, UTRGV 6-2 3-6 1-0 (4)
Karla De La Luz, La Tech def. Anastasis Bevaeva, UTRGV 6-2 6-7 (4) 1-0 (7)
Sahaja Yamalapalli, SHSU def. Laura Cabrera, UTSA 6-2 6-4

No. 4
Singles Dominique Ibana, UTRGV def. Carrie Casey, SHSU 6-0 6-0
Nadia Manion, La Tech def.  Kylee Kato, UTSA 6-1 6-0 
Carrie Casey, SHSU def. Nadia Manion, La TEch 6-3 4-6 1-0 (8)
Dominique Ibana, UTRGV def. Kylee Kato, UTSA 6-1 6-3
Nadia Manion, La Tech def. Dominique Ibana, UTRGV 6-4 3-6 1-0 (10)
Carey Casey, SHSU def. Kylee Kato, UTSA 7-5 6-3

No. 5 Singles
Mila Milanovich, SHSU def. Marine Darzya, UTRGV 6-1 7-6 (7)
Charleen Tiwari, UTSA def. Claudia Oravcova, La Tech 6-3 6-4
Claudia Oravcova, La Tech def. Mila Milanovich, SHSU 6-2 6-7 (4) 1-0 (6)
Marine Darzyan, UTRGV def. Charleen Tiwari UTSA 6-1 6-3
Marine Darsyan, UTRGC def. Claudia Oravcova, La Tech 6-0 6-1
Mila Milanovich, SHSU def. Charleen Tiwari, UTSA 7-5 5-0 retired


No. 6 Singles
Lusine Chobanyan, SHSU def. Doris Aleksovka, UTRGV 7-5 6-3
Sonia Madronal, UTSA def. Andrea Perez, La Tech 7-5 6-2
Lusine Chobanyan, SHSU def. Andrea Perez, La Tech 6-0 6-3
Sonia Madronai, UTSA vs. Doris Aleksovka, UTRGV 6-4 6-3
Lusine Chobanyan, SHSU def. Sonia Madronai, UTSA 6-1 6-0
Andrea Perez, La Tech def. Doris Aleksovka, UTRGV  7-5 6-3

No. 7 Singles
Emma Tranberg, UTRGV def. Clarissa Escamilla, SHSU 6-0 6-0
Paulina Cota, La Tech def. Diya Menon, UTSA 6-2 6-2
Paulina Cota, La Tech def. Clarissa Escamilla, SHSU 6-0 6-1
Emma Tranberg, UTRGV def. Diya Menon, UTSA 6-3 6-0
Diya Menon, UTSA def. Clarissa Escamilla, SHSU 6-0 6-1
Paulina Cota, La Tech def. Emma Tranberg, UTRGV 6-1 6-4

No. 8 Singles
Alicia Thal, UTRGV def. Ashni Hill, SHSU 6-3 6-0
S. Boers, UTSA def. Alicia Thal, UTRGV 6-3 6-3
S. Boers, UTSA def. Ashni Hill, SHSU 6-1 6-0 

 

DOUBLE ROUND ROBIN

No. 1 Doubles
Carrie Casey / Mila Milanovic, SHSU def. Denisa Ibrahimovic / Kylee Kato, UTSA 7-5
Dominque Fuster / Lasya Patrick, UTRGV def. Nadia Manion / Claudia Oravcova, La Tech 6-0
Denisa Ibrahimovic / Kylee Kato, UTSA  def. Nadia Manion / Claudia Oravcova, La Tech 6-3
Dominque Fuster / Lasya Patrick, UTRGV def. Carrie Casey / Mila Milanovic, SHSU 6-4
Denisa Ibrahimovi / Kylee Kato, UTSA def. Dominque Fuster / Lasya Patrick, UTRGV 7-6 (5)
Nadia Manion / Claudia Oravcova, La Tech def. Carrie Casey / Mila Milanovic, SHSU 7-5

No. 2 Doubles
Fabienne Gettwart / Khee Yen Wee, SHSU def. Laura Cabrera / Sonia Madronal, UTSA 6-3
Sonia Chen / Karla De La Luz, La Tech def. Anastasia Belvaeva / Marine Darzyan, UTRGV 6-1
Sonie Chen / Karla De La Lux, La Tech def. Laura Cabrera / Sonia Madronal, UTSA 6-2
Anastasia Belvaeva / Marine Darzyan, UTRGV def. Fabienne Gettwart / Khee Yen Wee, SHSU 6-3
Anastasia Belvaeva / Marine Darzyan, UTRGV def. Laura Cabera / Sonia Madronal, UTSA 6-2
Sonia Chen / Karla De La Lux, La Tech def. Fabienne Gettwart / Khee Yen Wee, SHSU 7-5

No. 3 Doubles
Ivana Ilic / Charleen Tiwari, UTSA def. Lusine Chobanyan / Sahaja Yamalapalli, SHSU 6-2
Doris Aleksovska / Dominique Ibarra, UTRGV def. Angela Lorenzo / Andrea Perez, La Tech 6-4
Ivana Ilic / Charleen Tiwari, UTSA def. Angela Lorenzo / Andrea Perez, La Tech 7-6 (5)
Doris Aleksovska / Dominique Ibarra, UTRGV def. Lusine Chobanyan / Sahaja Yamalapalli, SHSU 6-3
Ivana Ilic / Charleen Tiwari, UTSA def. Doris Aleksovska / Dominique Ibarra, UTRGV 7-5
Angela Lorenzo / Andrea Perez, La Tech def. Lusine Chobanyan / Sahaja Yamalapalli, SHSU 6-3

No. 4 Doubles
S. Boers / Diya Menon, UTSA def. Clarissa Escamilla / Ashni Hill, SHSU 6-0
Alicia Thal / Emma Louise Tranberg, UTRGV def. Clarissa Escamill / Ashni Hill, SHSU 6-1
S. Boers / Diya Menon, UTSA def. Alicia Thal / Emma Louisia Tranberg, UTRGV