SHSU tennis shutouts NCTC in season opener
Published: Monday, February 3, 2014
Updated: Monday, February 3, 2014 23:02
Sam Houston State’s tennis team shutout North Central Texas College 7-0 Wednesday at the McAdams Tennis Center in its first regular season match.
SHSU swept across the board in doubles before splitting up to win each of their respective singles match.
“We kept playing our game and avoided playing their game,” Battye said.
“We just made sure to trust in our game and relax and that’s what brought us through,” Mortimore said.
Sam Houston continued to dominate in the singles matches.
Playing in the top spot, Battye’s experience and intelligence of the game was the key to the match en route to a 6-1, 6-0 victory.
In the number two spot, Mortimore’s consistency from her doubles comeback led to several long rallies with her opponent, but - in the end - it was Mortimore’s strong backhand that helped her pull off a 6-1, 6-0 victory.
Stevenson, Petaia and Martinez, playing in the three, four and five spots respectively, each won in straight sets.
In the closest and most exciting singles match of the day, Costa used a powerful forehand to beat her opponent 6-4, 6-4 and help Sam Houston complete the sweep on NCTC.
“Their intensity and focus when they were on the courts was exceptional,” head coach Jim Giachino said. “They were very nervous coming out, but once it started they calmed down and played really good tennis.”
The Bearkats match against McMurray on Sunday was rained out.
SHSU returns to action Friday at 10 a.m. as they play host to Southland Conference opponent Oral Roberts.