Friday, Jan. 26 • College Station, Texas • 4 p.m. • George P. Mitchell Center
Sam Houston State (1-0) vs. Texas A&M (2-0)
HUNTSVILLE - For only the fourth time in the last 20 years, the Sam Houston women’s tennis travels to College Station to take on Texas A&M in a non-conference dual match Friday afternoon at 4 p.m. at the George P. Mitchell Center.
The Aggie women reached the round of 16 at the NCAA Tennis Championships last May and finished No. 16 in the final 2017 Intercollegiate Tennis Association national rankings. Texas A&M is listed in the “also receiving votes” category in the ITA preseason rankings for 2018.
“This is a great opportunity to showcase our Sam Houston program,” head coach Rob Hubbard said. “To have nationally prominent teams like Texas A&M, Rice and Houston on our spring schedule is a real plus for us. The team is looking forward to the chance to test themselves against an outstanding team.”
Both squads began the 2018 spring schedule with victories last weekend. Sam Houston defeated Prairie View A&M 6-1 in Huntsville while the Aggies chalked up a pair of 7-0 wins over UT Rio Grande Valley and the Panthers.
The Bearkats’ No. 1 singles player, Fabienne Gettwart, was the runner-up in the voting for the Southland Conference women’s tennis player of the week after a straight-set victory in singles and a win in the No. 2 doubles with freshman Rosalie Gerritsen.
Seniors Carrie Casey and Mila Milanovich, along with newcomers Sahaja Yamalapalli and Lusine Chobanyon also earned straight set wins in singles. Chobanyon and Yamalapalli teamed for a victory in the number three doubles to earn the Kats the doubles point over the Panthers.
A&M’s top three singles players were part of last year’s 18-13 campaign. Domenica Gonzales, Eva Paalma and Macarena Olivares played at the number three, five and six positions for the 2017 nationally-ranked Aggies.
“Our girls did well overall in our opener last Friday,” Hubbard said. “We struggled in a couple of spots, but that’s normal for an opener. A challenging slate like our non-conference schedule this spring will help us get better for Southland Conference play next month.”
The A&M match is the first of two non-conference matches this weekend. Sunday at 1 p.m. the Bearkat women take on Houston on the road at 1 p.m. Sam Houston’s next home match at the McAdams Tennis Center is Friday, Feb. 9, at 2:30 p.m. against Louisiana Tech.
SHSU vs. TEXAS A&M SERIES RECORD
Friday’s trip to College Station marks just the eighth time for Sam Houston to play Texas A&M in the 38 seasons of women’s tennis for the Bearkats. The pair met in 1984, 1987, 1998, 2000, 2002, 2007 and 2014 with the Aggies winning in each of the seven contests.