Four Bearkats Earn All-Shouthland Conference Honors

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Irina Sotnikova, Lata Assudani, Brooke Mills, and Peta Taylor all have
earned All-Southland Conference honors in women's tennis after leading Sam Houston State to its best Southland league record and finish in the Bearkats' 20 years in the league.

Sotnikova, a sophomore from Riga, Latvia, and Assudani, a senior from
Nagpur, India, were selected as first team All-Southland at number one
doubles. The pair compiled a 10-1 record at number one doubles in Southland Conference action in 2007. For the season, counting both dual matches and tournament play, Sotnikova and Assudani stand 21-6.

Sotnikova also was a second team selection at number one singles, going 10-1 in Southland play and 19-7 for the season in singles. Sotnikova becomes only the third Bearkat women's tennis player to earn All-Southland honors in both singles and doubles.

Brooke Mills, a senior from College Station, and Peta Taylor, sophomore from Ardross, Australia, were named second team All-Southland at number two doubles. The pair went 9-2 in Southland action and 12-4 for the season in dual match play.

The All-Southland Conference women's tennis team is selected by vote of the league's head tennis coaches and sports information directors.

Sam Houston State finished as runner-up in the Southland this season with a 9-2 league mark. The team's previous high finish was third and the previous high conference victory total was six.

The Bearkats are the number two seed in the Southland Conference women's tennis tournament in San Antonio. The Bearkats have a first round bye and will not play until the semifinals on Saturday when they meet the winner of Friday's match between Texas-Arlington and Texas-San Antonio.

First Team All-SLC Women's Tennis Team:


No. 1 - Emilija Arnaudovska, Southeastern La.
No. 2 - Daniela Novakova, Texas-Arlington
No. 3 - Breda Kovax, Southeastern La.
No. 4 - Jana Simurkova, Southeastern La.
No. 5 - Bonnie Phillips, Southeastern La.
No. 6 - Alejandra Gulido, Texas State-San Marcos

First Team Doubles:

No. 1 - Irina Sotnikova/Lata Assodani, Sam Houston State
No. 2 - Emilija Arnaudovska/Iva Velkovska, Southeastern La.
No. 3 - Marissa Brown/Sofya Lifanova, Texas-Arlington

Second Team All-SLC Women's Tennis Team:

No. 1 - Irina Sotnikova, Sam Houston State
No. 2 - Iva Velkovska, Southeastern La.
No. 3 - Simri Von Rooyen, Texas-Arlington
No. 4 - Sofya Lifanova, Texas-Arlington
No. 5 - Daniela Posada, Northwestern State
No. 6 - Nina Knavs, Southeastern La.

Second Team Doubles:

No. 1 - Monika Peciulianyte/Simri Van Rooyen, Texas-Arlington
No. 2 - Brooke Mills, Petra Taylor, Sam Houston State
No. 3 - Aleksandra Coric, Jana Simurkova, Southeastern La.