HUNTSVILLE -- Brooke Mills and Peta Taylor teamed for an 8-1 victory to secure the doubles point then won their singles matches at number three and four for the decisive points as Sam Houston State defeated Nicholls State 6-1 Saturday in a Southland Conference women's tennis match at the McAdams Tennis Courts.
The victory upped Sam Houston's season record to 11-3 and the Bearkats' Southland mark to 8-1 and sets up a showdown for first place in the SLC Saturday morning when SHSU plays host to defending league champion Southeastern Louisiana. The Lions are undefeated (8-0) in Southland action after a victory over Stephen F. Austin in Nacogdoches Friday. The match will begin at the McAdams Center at 10 a.m.
Sam Houston State swept all three doubles pro sets and won five of the six singles with Irina Sotnikova, Lata Assudanie, and Ashley Longoria winning at one, two, and six singles, respectively.
"This was a nice, solid victory for the girls," SHSU head coach Jim Giachino said. "I was happy to see that the team didn't take Nicholls State lightly or get caught looking ahead to Saturday's match. It's going to be a great match Saturday with Southeastern Louisiana between two solid teams. It's all going to come down to which team has the ability to execute under pressure."
Karlijn Sissingh accounted for Nicholls' lone point, defeating Patricia Manzur 6-3 6-3 at number five singles. Sotnikova had to win 10-4 in a 10-point tiebreaker after splitting sets with Celine Stenger at number one. The pair played the tiebreaker rather than a third set since the match was already clinched.
Taylor's 6-2 6-3 victory over Sanja Stanojcic at number four singles was the match clincher.
Sam Houston State University 6, Nicholls St 1
4/6/2007 at Huntsville, TX
1. Lata Assudani/Irina Sotnikova (SHSU) def. Karlijn Sissingh/Celine Stenger (NIC) 8-1
2. Brooke Mills/Peta Taylor (SHSU) def. Sara Henesch/Adeline Vallet (NIC) 8-1
3. Lauren Janak/Emma McDougall (SHSU) def. Nicole September/Sanja Stanojcic (NIC) 8-4
1. Irina Sotnikova (SHSU) def. Celine Stenger (NIC) 6-2, 4-6, 1-0 (10-4)
2. Lata Assudani (SHSU) def. Sara Henesch (NIC) 6-3, 6-0
3. Brooke Mills (SHSU) def. Adeline Vallet (NIC) 6-1, 6-2
4. Peta Taylor (SHSU) def. Sanja Stanojcic (NIC) 6-2, 6-3
5. Karlijn Sissingh (NIC) def. Patricia Manzur (SHSU) 6-3, 6-3
6. Ashley Longoria (SHSU) def. Nicole September (NIC) 6-3, 6-0
Nicholls St 5-7 SLC 2-4
Sam Houston State University 11-3 SLC 8-1