ABOUT THE BEARKATS
The Bearkats are set to play Rice on Sunday after facing the Cougars. Their last match was a 7-0 sweep against Prairie View A&M on Saturday. Sam Houston State holds a 2-0 record. The Bearkats star player this season is sophomore Sahaja Yamalapalli Polina Mutel, who holds a 2-0 record in singles this spring season.
ABOUT THE CARDINALS
Incarnate Word is set to open its spring season this weekend, playing Louisiana on Saturday prior to facing Houston on Sunday. The Cardinals finished the 2018 season with an overall record of 5-18.
Junior Phonexay Chitdara and freshman Sophie Gerits started off doubles strong for the Cougars with a 6-2 win over Isidora Zivkovic and Roos Gerritsen. The Belgian duo improved their undefeated record to 2-0 in doubles this season.
Freshmen Elena Tairyan and Jovana Vukovic clinched the doubles point over Ema Barkovic and
Petra Kaszas, 6-3, followed by Ndindi Ndunda and Mimi Kendall-Woseley’s win at Flight 1, 6-4.
With Houston leading 1-0 going into singles, the Cougars continued their winning ways. Stephanie Belovukovic raced to a 6-0, 6-1 win over Petra Kaszas to start singles. Minutes after, Kendall-Woseley topped Ema Barkovic, 6-2, 6-3.
After Vukovic dropped the first match for the Cougars at court 4, Ndunda clinched the match at court 1 defeating Sahaja Yamalapalli, 6-1, 7-5. Chitdara followed in a hard-fought match, beating Lusine Chobanyan 6-0, 6-4.
Gerits battled Isidora Zivkovic in three sets, eventually dropping the match at court 3 in a heartbreaking 6-0, 2-6, 1-6.
The Houston Women’s Tennis team improve to a 3-0 record at the Barbara Wallace Winston Tennis Facility, defeating Incarnate Word, 6-1.
The Cougars had a hot start in doubles play, rolling through the Cardinals at Courts 2 and 3. Sophie Gerits and Phonexay Chitdaracontinued their undefeated streak, beating Jelena Dordan and Alejandra Landaluce, 6-1.
Elena Tairyan and Jovana Vukovic followed, clinching the doubles point with a 6-2 win over Alejandra Tamayo and Taylor Parkinson after Ndindi Ndunda and Mimi Kendall-Woseley dropped their match at Flight 1, 3-6.
The Cougars carried their energy into singles, starting at Court 6, where Stephanie Belovukovic claimed the first win over Taylor Parkinson, 6-0, 6-1. The freshman from Australia dropped only two games in the past two matches this week.
Tairyan followed, topping Tamayo in a quick matchup, 6-1, 6-1. Ndunda then defeated Dordan in a 6-3, 6-0 face-off on Court 1, clinching for the Cougars for the second time this week.
Quickly after, Chitdara was able to find the fifth win of the day, defeating Landaluce 6-1, 6-1. Her Belgian teammate and doubles partner, Gerits, battled Kareh on Court 3, eventually defeating her 6-0, 6-4. The match against the Cardinals ended after Kendall-Woseley dropped her match at Court 2 against Brandelyn Fulgenzi, 5-7, 3-6.