Netters win first conference match

The Bearkat tennis team was in action this weekend, picking up a win to add to its record. SHSU currently posts a 1-3 record in the Southland Conference.

The squad defeated Nicholls State 6-1 in its home match Saturday morning at the McAdams Tennis Center. SHSU seemed to roll through the match with ease, winning two of the three doubles contests to gain the first point of the match.

Mounia Hassib and Tara Shelander defeated the NSU No. 1 team 8-2,

Erika Rudich and Jennifer Pechal won the No. 2 contest 8-0.

Shaneen Ludwig and Shanna Elias dropped their No. 3 match 8-5.

The singles matches also went rather smoothly, with the Bearkats losing only the No. 4 singles match.

The girls went on to play Tarelton State University later in the afternoon, though the match would not go as well as the first. The girls dropped the doubles point, winning only the number one doubles spot.

In singles, Mounia Hassib defeated Rosa Diaz-Guzman 5-7, 6-1, 6-1, and

Shaneen Ludwig beat Corey Seward 3-6, 7-5, 1-0. However, these would be the only two wins for the Kats, and Tarelton would go on to win the match 5-2.

Play continued on Sunday morning against Southeastern Louisiana.

The Bearkats lost 5-2. In doubles play the girls won the No. 1 match, but SLU came out with victories at the No. 2 and No. 3 spot to take the opening point.

Then in singles, Shelander pulled out a 6-4, 6-4 win at the one spot, and Hassib did the same at the two spot defeating Southeastern’s Yessica Rizelia 6-1, 6-2.

The team has a busy week ahead of them.

On Wednesday, the team members are scheduled to face the University of Houston in Houston at 2 p.m. On Friday, the team will travel to College Station to face the Aggies at noon.

The Bearkats will resume conference play on Saturday in Natchitoches, La., playing Northwestern State University.

On Sunday, they are scheduled to head to Monroe for a contest with the University of Louisiana – Monroe.

This weekend will put the Bearkats just past the halfway point of conference play, and give the girls a better idea of where they stand, and what it will take to get to the conference tournament.

However, the squad has yet to face Southwest Texas and their biggest rival, Stephen F. Austin.

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