Sunday, Feb. 25 • Texas State • 11 a.m.
McAdams Tennis Center
Sam Houston (5-2) vs. Texas State (0-6)
HUNTSVILLE -- One week before Southland Conference action begins, the Sam Houston women’s tennis team has its final non-league tune-up opportunity this weekend. The Bearkats will play host to Texas State Sunday at 11 a.m. at the McAdams Tennis Center. The contest is a make-up for a previous rain-out Feb. 11. The UTA match in Arlington set for Saturday afternoon has been postponed to a date yet to be determined.
Sam Houston brings a 5-2 record into the weekend’s action. The team’s main focus this week has been improving their doubles play. The Bearkats own a four-match winning streak that includes victories over UTSA, Louisiana Tech, New Mexico State and UT-Rio Grande Valley.
“To have a chance to win over Sunday we have to play better doubles,” head coach Rob Hubbard said. “With a six-game single set for the doubles point, you must come out and be aggressive from the first point. Playing at a high level in doubles is the biggest thing for us going forward.”
The Bearkats have won the doubles point in four of their five victories this season. Last year, Sam Houston won the doubles point in seven of its nine wins.
Texas State is a former Southland Conference competitors with whom the Bearkats have a long history. Sam Houston and the Bobcats have faced off in 32 matches.
Bearkat players have been in the running for Southland Conference “Player of the Week” honors throughout the young 2018 season. Sophomore Lusine Chobanyan won the honor on January 19. Seniors Fabienne Gettwart and Carrie Casey and freshman Sahaja Yamalapalli all have earned honorable mention status in the weekly voting.
Chobanyan sports a 6-0 record in dual match singles while Casey is 6-1. Gettwart, Yamalapalli and senior Mila Milanovic each have recorded four singles wins. Senior Khee Yen Wee showed she is returning to form after an illness and injury as she posted an impressive singles victory in last Sunday’s 4-3 win over UT-Rio Grande Valley.
Casey and Milanovic partner as Sam Houston’s number one doubles. Gettwart and Wee played at the number two position. Two freshman, Yamalapalli and Roos Gerritson pair at number three doubles.
The Bearkats will begin Southland Conference action with a road swing to Natchitoches, La., and Nacogdoches, Texas. Friday March 2 the Kats take on Northwestern State at 2:30 p.m. Sunday March 4 the SHSU women face off with Stephen F. Austin State.
SHSU vs. TEXAS STATE SERIES RECORD
The Bearkats and the Bobcats have been playing women’s tennis since 1982. Texas State leads the series with a 26-6 mark. Sam Houston won the pair’s last meeting, handing Texas State a 4-3 loss to eliminate the Bobcats in the first round of the conference tournament in Nacogdoches in 2012. That loss came in Texas State’s final match as a Southland member.