Sunday, March 11 • Huntsville, Texas • 3:30 p.m.
McAdams Tennis Center
Sam Houston (6-3, 1-1) vs. Abilene Christian (7-5, 1-1)
HUNTSVILLE – The Sam Houston women’s team welcomes the beginning of 2018 daylight savings time by playing host to Abilene Christian University Sunday at 3:30 p.m. Site for the contest is the McAdams Tennis Center on the SHSU campus.
The duel is the third Southland Conference match for each squad. The pair are tied for fifth place in the league standings after both split during the opening weekend of the SLC schedule. Sam Houston lost 4-3 to Northwestern State and defeated Stephen F. Austin 5-2 on the road last Friday and Sunday, respectively. ACU opened with a 5-2 win at Nicholls and a 4-3 loss to Central Arkansas.
The ACU women stand 7-5 for the season. The Wildcats posted non-league victories over Oral Roberts, Dallas Baptist, UTEP, New Mexico State, New Mexico and Midwestern. Abilene Christian finished tied for second place in last year’s league standings but did not participate in the Southland post-season tournament. This spring, however, the Wildcats are eligible for post-season play for the first time since moving up to the NCAA Division I level five years ago.
“Abilene Christian has an outstanding history of quality tennis,” Bearkat head coach Rob Hubbard said. “This is going to be a tough match. We had a good win at Stephen F. Austin last Sunday, but there are still a lot of areas where we need to improve to be ready for this test.”
Sam Houston senior Carey Casey and sophomore Lusine Chobanyan each have lost only once in singles in dual match play. Casey stands 8-1 at number four singles while Chobanyan owns a 7-1 mark playing in the number six position.
Senior Fabienne Gettwart and freshman Sahaja Yamalapalli both stand 6-3 in singles action. Gettwart plays in the number one spot while Yamalapalli is number three for the Kats. Seniors Khee Yen Wee and Mila Milanovic play at numbers two and five, respectively, and are contributors in the doubles as well. Freshman Roos Gerritsen, a mid-term addition to the lineup, continues to produce in doubles.
A victory Sunday helps the SHSU-ACU winner keep pace with the three teams still unbeaten in Southland action. Northwestern State holds down first place with a 3-0 record after a 4-3 win at McNeese Friday. Central Arkansas and two-time defending league champion Texas A&M-Kingsville are 1-0. Other Southland Conference women’s tennis action Sunday sees Stephen F. Austin travel to McNeese State and Northwestern State playing at Nicholls.
Next action following Sunday’s match-up with ACU will be a road trip to South Texas to face Incarnate Word in San Antonio and Texas A&M-Corpus Christi the weekend of March 16-18.
ALL-TIME SERIES WITH ABILENE CHRISTIAN
Sam Houston won its first tennis encounter with Abilene Christian when both were members of the NCAA Division II Lone Star Conference in 1983. Since then, the two have played 20 times with the Wildcats winning each match. ACU upped their edge over the Kats to 20-1 with a 4-1 victory in Abilene last year.