Two of the Southland Conference’s best tennis teams will face off this weekend when No. 50 Stephen F. Austin travels to San Marcos.
SFA has won 18 of its last 20 games, including those against opponents such as Louisville, Tulane and Iowa State. The two losses were against Big 12 teams Baylor and Missouri.
“I think the biggest thing (going into the game) is we won the last two matches,” Coach Tory Plunkett said. “The last match, we won all of doubles and all of singles. They know if they work hard it will benefit them this weekend.”
The tennis team posted a 2-0 mark during the weekend with victories against Nicholls State and Southeastern Louisiana, compiling a combined 13-1 score in both wins.
The team acknowledged its overall confidence was a bit shaken after suffering the first conference loss of the season against Texas A&M-Corpus Christi on the road.
The Bobcats handed Nicholls State its sixth loss in conference with the 6-1 victory, and the doubles point was earned with a sweep of the Colonels. Both the No. 1 and No. 2 groups won 8-2 and 8-3, respectively. The No. 3 pairing, consisting of Rachel Baldree and Mariana Perez, won by default because Nicholls State was a player short.
Perez won her No. 5 match in straight sets 6-1, 6-1 after not even having to attempt the match in doubles. Bérénice Van den Bergh, Perez’s doubles teammate, won her No. 6 match by default as well.
The Bobcat tennis team will be hosting this weekend to two Southland Conference foes. Bobcats will play Nicholls State on Friday and Southeastern Louisiana on Saturday.
Texas State is coming off of a weekend where they split a series of two matches against Texas A&M-Corpus Christi and Texas- San Antonio, dropping the former 3-4 and winning the latter 6-1.
“We worked on more individualized strategies (in practice),” Coach Tory Plunkett said. “We took this past weekend and worked on specific situations. We pushed them a bit harder than what they are used to. I think they responded to it well.”
The Texas State tennis team experienced its first Southland Conference defeat of the season against A&M-Corpus Christi, then redeemed itself with a victory against rival UTSA last weekend.
The game against AMCC was Texas State’s second-straight 4-3 loss after Houston won March 25 in San Marcos. The Bobcats struggled again in doubles, dropping a 4-3 contest against the Islanders. However, the women rebounded the following day to defeat UTSA 6-1.
“(AMCC) was prepared for our doubles,” Coach Tory Plunkett said. “I don’t think losing two matches in a row has much effect on our team. We have never beaten Houston in this school’s history, so a 4-3 loss isn’t as devastating.”
The No.1 pairing of Jessica Kahts, sophomore, and Melissa Hadad, junior, lost 8-5 to the Islanders’ Mirna Cicak and Doris Kuselj. Texas State’s No. 2 grouping Gabriela Rojas, junior, and Francesca Bernes, freshman, lost 8-4 to Chelsea Horan and Sandra Burges.
The Texas State women’s tennis team completed a strenuous four-match week, splitting the contests to come away with a 10-3 overall record.
The Bobcats defeated New Mexico State 6-1 Tuesday and defeated previously unbeaten in-conference Texas-Arlington 4-3 Saturday in a hard-fought battle.
“Overall, the weekend itself was exceptional,” Coach Tory Plunkett said. “Four matches in one week is tough. We beat UTA for the first time in 21 years. We beat Rice once in the match and that’s the first time that’s happened since I’ve been here.”
The victory against UTA came from a third-set tiebreaker between the Bobcats’ Francesca Bernes and the Mavericks’ Christine Foote. In the No. 6 match, Bernes dropped the first set 6-3 and won both the second 6-2 and the third 7-0.
The tennis team will try to extend its win streak into double-digit figures Thursday when it faces No. 29 Rice in Houston.
The Owls are coming off their first home loss of the season at the hands of Illinois 5-1. Just before the defeat, they beat the No. 30 South Florida Bulls.
“We are trying to catch them where they may not be prepared for us,” Coach Tory Plunkett said. “Hopefully we can use some of the fight we had (against NMS) to carry over to Rice. Hopefully doubles can start us off and get that first point going and surprise them a little bit.”
Texas State had to claw its way to a 6-1 victory over the Aggies in the first of four matches this week, but Plunkett believes spring break could have been a key reason for the lack of execution.
Texas State tennis overcame a late deficit against future Western Athletic Conference opponent New Mexico State Tuesday with a 6-1 win at the Bobcat Tennis Complex.
The victory improves the team’s record to 9-1 and extends its win streak to nine matches. Coach Tory Plunkett said she was not as impressed with her team’s performance as she was with its effort, mental toughness and ability to fight.
“I don’t think we played well but we fought hard,” she said. “Mentally we were tough, and I think that’s what won us this match. It could have very easily gone the other way and ended up 4-3. We realize 6-1 is huge and all of them were close.”
Texas State started the day by sweeping the Aggies in doubles. Jessica Kahts, sophomore, and Melissa Hadad, junior, defeated the Aggies’ Natalia Salum and Marion Sylvain 9-8 after trailing 7-6. The other two Bobcat doubles teams won 8-5 and 9-7.
Thousands of students who call Aspen Heights or Copper Beech home are going to be welcoming hundreds of new neighbors during the coming months.
The two large, newly built housing complexes, which sit on and near Mill Street, are expanding their properties and almost doubling in size. Both communities are expected to have residents moving in by August.
Aspen Heights will add 508 new beds to their existing 608, housing more than 1,000 people.
Nikki Holliday, Aspen Heights sales and marketing manager, said “[their] construction team works very hard to meet all deadlines.”
Copper Beech will add 140 units to their “phase 2” project, which will consist of one-, two- and three-bedroom townhomes.
“Construction is ahead of schedule, and the first move-in date will be coming up in May for three buildings,” Veronica Ramirez, Copper Beech manager, said.
Texas State advanced past the first round of the Southland Conference tournament for the first time since 2003 with a Tuesday victory over Sam Houston State, 74-66.
The win was largely due to a second-half 34-15 offensive run after being down by 11.
The Bearkats beat Texas State in the final game of the regular season last weekend, and Coachsaid rebounding and interior defense were key factors.
“Our Achilles heel has always been defense,” Antoine said. “We are first in scoring but last in defense. I always knew that was an area that we needed to get better in order to advance in the postseason.”
Texas State had a season low nine turnovers and out-rebounded Sam Houston 49 to 47. The Bobcats beat the Bearkats in a number of statistical categories, including points-off turnovers, second-chance points, fast-break points and bench points.