SHSU Stands No. 8 In Final ITA Southwest Regional Women's Tennis Rankings

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HUNTSVILLE -- For the first time in Sam Houston State's 20 years of NCAA Division I women's tennis, the Bearkats have cracked the top 10 in the final Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) Southwest Region rankings.

With a 12-5 season mark and a Southland Conference runner-up finish, the
Bearkats stand No. 8 in the final 2007 ITA Southwest rankings.

Baylor is the top ranked team in the Southwest. The Bears earned a No. 13
national ranking after advancing to the NCAA round of 16 for the third
consective season.

Rounding out the Southwest Region top 10 are Texas A&M, Texas, LSU, TCU,
SMU, Southeastern Louisiana, Sam Houston, Rice, and Texas-Arlington.

Texas Tech, Louisiana-Lafayette, Houston, Texas-El Paso, and Lamar are
ranked 11 through 15th in the Southwest.

"This is a terrific honor for both the girls and the program," Sam Houston
head tennis coach Jim Giachino said. "Every player on the team worked so
hard this season and to see that hard work rewarded in this fashion is
indeed gratifying. This team went into the season believing they could
compete with the best. That's the kind of attitude you have to have to

Sam Houston State's runner-up finish in the Southland with a 9-2 league
record in 2007 represented the tennis program's highest finish as an SLC
member.The 12 dual match victories tied as an NCAA Division I season best
for SHSU.

Individually, Sam Houston's number one player Irina Sotnikova, a sophomore
from Riga, Latvia, was ranked No. 23 in the Southwest Region singles

Sotnikova paired with senior Lata Assudani of Nagpur, India, for a No. 12
regional doubles rankings.

Sotnikova and Assudani thus are only the third and fourth Bearkat women's
tennis players to earn ITA regional rankings and stand as the first two Kats
to earn ITA regional ranking in back-to-back years.

Vladka Uhlirova was No. 4 in the 1999 ITA Southwest Region rankings and No.
15 in doubles with Robyn Bassett.

Sotnikova compiled a 19-8 overall singles record and was 13-4 in dual match
play at number one singles. She was an All-Southland Conference selection in
both singles and doubles.

Assudani and Sotnikova combined for a 21-6 overall record in doubles and
were 13-3 at number one doubles in dual match play. The pair were named
first team All-Southland Conference in doubles.

2007 ITA Southwest Region Team Rankings
1. Baylor
2. Texas A&M
3. Texas
4. LSU
5. TCU
6. SMU
7. Southeastern Louisiana
8. Sam Houston State
9. Rice
10. Texas-Arlington
11. Texas Tech
12. Louisiana-Lafayette
13. Houston
14. UTEP
15. Lamar

2007 ITA Southwest Region Singles Rankings
1. Megan Falcon, LSU
2. Zuzana Zemenova, Baylor
3. Vanja Corovic, Texas
4. Anna Lubinsky, Texas A&M
5. Ana Cetnik, TCU
6. Zuzana Cerna, Baylor
7. Lenka Broosova, Baylor
8. Anna Sydorska, TCU
9. Emilija Arnaudovska, Southeastern Louisiana
10. Nina Munch-Soegaard, TCU
11. Courtney Zauft, Texas
12. Elze Potgieter, Texas A&M
13. Tammy Day, Louisiana-Lafayette
14. Samantha van-der-Drift, Texas Tech
15. Sarah Foster, Texas A&M
16. Stephanie Davidson, Texas
17. Mykala Hedberg, LSU
18. Daniela Novakova, Texas-Arlington
19. Janet Durham, Texas Tech
20. Anna Blagodarova, Texas A&M
21. Julie Chao, Rice
22. Klara Zrustova, Baylor
23. Irina Sotnikova, Sam Houston State
24. Hannah Robinson, LSU
25. Kewa Nichols, TCU
26. Nicki Mechem, Texas A&M
27. Petra Dizdar, Texas
28. Natalia Bubien, SMU
29. Jennifer Chay, SMU
30. Pavi Francis, SMU

2007 ITA Southwest Region Doubles Rankings
1. Cetnik/Sydorska, TCU
2. Falcon/Robinson, LSU
3. Clifford/Foster, Texas A&M
4. Broosova/Zrustova, Baylor
5. Hedberg/Falcon, LSU
6. Lubinsky/Mechem, Texas A&M
7. Broosova/Cerna, Baylor
8. Mihaylova/Zemenova, Baylor
9. Bubien/Rietsch, SMU
10. Corovic/Milic, Texas
11. Durham/van der Drift, Texas Tech
12. Assudani/Sotnikova, Sam Houston State
13. Day/Meijer, Louisiana-Lafayette
14. Arnaudovska/Velkovska, Southeastern Louisiana
15. Hedberg/Spencer, LSU