HUNTSVILLE – With the fall season coming to a close, the Sam Houston State tennis team is set to host the 2nd Annual Bearkat Invitational on Nov. 3-4 at the Kelly and Ina May McAdams Tennis Complex for its final event of the fall.
The four-team invitational is set to begin at 9 a.m. on Saturday, Nov. 3 and will conclude the following day with a 9 a.m. start. The field for the invitational includes host Sam Houston, Texas A&M-Corpus Christi, UTRGV and UIW.
Dates: Nov. 3-4
Time: 9 a.m.
Location: Kelly and Ina May McAdams Tennis Complex
Format: Flighted round robin competition in singles and doubles
Participants: Sam Houston
Texas A&M-Corpus Christi
The Bearkats made a strong run at the ITA Regional Tournament, held at the campus of Texas A&M, where Lusine Chobanyan, Karla De La Luz Montalvo and Sahaja Yamalapalli all ground out tough victories.
Despite dropping her first singles match, Chobanyan bounced back and fought hard for a second-place finish in the consolation bracket. She ran away with 2-0 wins in her first three matches and ground out a tough 2-1 win over Texas State’s Rishona Lewis to advance to the semifinals. Chobanyan advanced to the consolation championship round but dropped two sets (6-2, 6-4) to finish second.
After receiving a first-round bye, De La Luz Montalvo and Yamalapalli picked up a 6-4 doubles win over UIW’s Victoria Kareh and Brandelyn Fulgenzi. The pair fought valiantly in their next match but fell 6-4 to Rice’s Victoria Smirnova and Anna Botwell, who went on to finish second overall.
Robert Hubbard Quotables
"I'm looking forward to some strong competition in our last tournament of the fall before heading into the offseason. It should give me a clearer picture of where our team will start when the spring season kicks off in January."
"I want to give a special thanks to Aramark, Pita Pit and University Hotel for their contribution to our tournament. They have helped to make this an event one of the more desirable tournaments to play in during the fall season."
The 2nd Annual Bearkat Invitational is set to begin at 9 a.m. on Saturday, Nov. 3 at the Kelly and Ina May McAdams Tennis Complex. For all the latest information on the Sam Houston State tennis team, visit gobearkats.com or follow @BearkatsWTEN on Twitter.