HUNTSVILLE – Three members of the Sam Houston State tennis team have advanced to the semifinals in the respective flights after day one at the third annual Bearkat Invitational Saturday at the Kelly and Ina May McAdams Tennis Complex.
The Bearkats are competing in the four-team invitational, which is a flighted round robin competition in singles and doubles, against UTRGV, Texas State and Tyler Junior College. The event wraps up Sunday with two rounds of doubles and one round of singles competition.
Chobanyan defeated Helena Jansen of TJC 3-6, 6-2, 1-0 (4) in the opening round and junior teammate Karla De La Luz Montalvo in the semifinals 6-4, 6-4. Montalvo won her first match 6-3, 6-7 (3), 1-0 (6) against Hana Kvapolova of Texas State.
Zivkovic topped Emelie Schwarte of TJC 2-6, 6-1, 1-0 (5) in the first round and defeated Richona Lewis of Texas State 6-1, 6-4.
Montalvo will play Lewis in the third-place match.
In flight B singles, Bearkat junior Roos Gerritsen advanced to the finals with wins over Ana Platisa of UTRGV (6-2, 6-0) and Josefina Cassara of Texas State (6-2, 6-4). Gerritsen will face Ye Yue of TJC in the finals Sunday.
SHSU freshman Emma Goedkoop lost her close opening match in flight B to Cassara 6-3, 2-6, 1-0 (5) then defeated Platisa 6-3, 6-2 to reach the consolation finals where she will face Texas State’s Aylssa Zayat.
Bearkat sophomore Petra Kaszas dropped her opening match in flight B singles to Andrea Fuchs of Texas State 6-7 (4), 6-4, 1-0 (7) then lost another tight match to Zayat 3-6, 6-2, 1-0 (5) to reach the seventh-place match against Platisa.
Freshman Ryli Ruffin will play in the flight C third-place match Sunday. She defeated Alicia Thal of UTRGV 6-2, 6-3 and lost in the second round to Momoko Yoshimura of TJC 6-2, 6-3.
In flight D, junior Stevie Ybarra lost her only match to Valeria Montero of UTRGV 6-0, 6-2.
Montalvo and junior Sahaja Yamalapalli teamed to win their flight A doubles match against Sandra Putz and Katarina Sasaroga of UTRGV 6-2.
Kaszas and senior Dena Nicolaou won their flight B doubles match against Montero and Platisa 6-1.
Chobanyan and Ybarra defeated Fuchs and Renata Gonzalez 6-4, 7-5 to setup a quarterfinal match in flight C with Gerritsen and Goedkoop, who had a bye.
Ruffin and Zvikovic also are in the semifinals with a 6-2 victory over Yue and Thal.