The 2016-17 season was filled with highlights and headlines for the Sam Houston State Bearkats. Awards were won, records were broken and five Southland Conference titles made their way back to Huntsville.
With the upcoming 2017-18 athletic season nearing its start, Bearkat Athletics will take a look back at the 2016-17 season throughout the summer months, highlighting the best of the past year.
Continue to keep tabs on GoBearkats.com and follow @BearkatSports on Twitter to catch the top stories of 2016-17 as they are unveiled.
BEAUMONT – It was a resurgent 2017 season for Bearkat Women's Tennis under new head coach Rob Hubbard, but no win caught the attention of the Southland Conference more than a win in early April at Lamar.
The Kats had started off SLC play strong and found themselves at the .500 mark when they headed to Beaumont for an April 1 meeting with the Cardinals, who were leading the league at the time, having won eight matches in a row.
But Sam Houston put an end to that streak with a convincing 5-2 win, taking the doubles point before cinching the match with wins in each of the first three singles matches to finish.
“These girls just continue to amaze me,” Hubbard said following the match. “To go on the road and get this win against the first-place team in the conference just demonstrates the resolve each of them have.”
The clinching point came from the Bearkats' No. 1 player, Fabienne Gettwart, who handed eventual SLC Player of the Year Katya Lapayeva her lone singles loss of the league season in straight sets. Lapayeva entered the match with a 14-2 singles record on the season, but had no answer for Gettwart who took the first set 6-4 before holding on for a 7-6 win in the second set to secure the match.
Best of 2016-17 in Bearkat Athletics Schedule
No. 20 – Softball Sweeps HBU To Clinch SLC Tournament Berth
No. 19 – Football Clinches Southland Conference Title
No. 18 – Baseball Opens SLC Play With 13 Straight Wins
No. 17 – Men's Golf Takes Second At Warrior Princeville Makai Invitational
No. 16 – Briscoe Throws 7 TD As Kats Blast ‘Jacks In Battle Of The Piney Woods
No. 15 – Gettwart Leads Women's Tennis To Win At First-Place Lamar
No. 14 – July 3
No. 13 – July 5
No. 12 – July 7
No. 11 – July 10
No. 10 – July 12
No. 9 – July 14
No. 8 – July 17
No. 7 – July 19
No. 6 – July 21
No. 5 – July 24
No. 4 – July 26
No. 3 – July 28
No. 2 – July 31
No. 1 – Aug. 2