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LAKE CHARLES, La. – After clinching a spot in the Southland Conference Tournament Friday, the Sam Houston State women’s tennis team dropped its final regular-season dual match to McNeese 5-2 Sunday at the Nancy Hank Tennis Center.

In No. 1 singles action, sophomore Sahaja Yamalapalli defeated Giovanna Fioretti 6-0, 6-1, and junior Lusine Chobanyan took down Sofia San Jose Moreno 6-3, 6-4 in the No. 4 match.

Sophomore Karla De La Luz Montalvo and freshman Petra Kaszas teamed up to defeat San Jose Moreno and Dalia Ahmed in No. 3 doubles.

Yamalapalli (10-1 in SLC) now stands as only the second Bearkat to post 10 Southland Conference dual match wins in a year. Irina Sotnikova was 10-0 in 2009 and 10-1 in 2007.

Sahaja (23-8) and Chobanyan (24-11) join Sotnikova as the only Bearkats to post 20 or more singles wins (fall tournaments and dual matches) overall twice during their careers. Yamalapalli was 22-4 last year while Chobanyan was 25-4. Sotnikova went 27-1 as a senior in 2009 and 23-5 in 2006. 

Chobanyan (49-15) now ranks 12th in career singles wins and Yamalapalli (45-12) ranks 15th. The pair are the only two in the top 15 career standings who have only played two seasons.

The Bearkats 13-7 record this year and 14-6 record give the program its best record during two consecutive seasons, topping the previous best two-year mark of 24-13 (12-8 in 2006 and 12-5 in 2007).

Sam Houston State will compete at the Southland Conference Tournament April 26-28 in Corpus Christi.