A&M-Corpus Christi’s Kellerman, Sam Houston’s Yamalapalli Earn Weekly Tennis Honors

first_imgFRISCO, Texas – Texas A&M-Corpus Christi’s Okkie Kellerman and Sam Houston State’s Sahaja Yamalapalli are the Southland Conference Men’s and Women’s Tennis Players of the Week, the league announced Wednesday. Southland Conference Players of the Week are presented by MidSouth Bank.Kellerman won his singles match as the Islanders fell to UTSA 4-2 last Wednesday in Corpus Christi. Texas A&M-Corpus Christi (12-5) is off this weekend before facing UTRGV at 2 p.m. CT on March 13 in Edinburg, Texas.Yamalapalli helped the Bearkats to a league-leading 2-0 start to conference play, winning all three of her matches as Sam Houston State defeated Nicholls 4-2 and edged New Orleans 4-3.The Bearkats continue league play against Lone Star State foes Abilene Christian and Incarnate Word at 1 p.m. Friday and 11 a.m. Sunday, respectively.Men’s Tennis Player of the Week – Okkie Kellerman, Texas A&M-Corpus Christi – Senior – Cape Town, South AfricaKellerman improved to 3-1 at the No. 5 position and 9-4 overall in singles play this season as he defeated UTSA’s Javier Gonzalez in straight sets (6-4, 6-2). Kellerman’s doubles match against the Roadrunners went unfinished.Honorable Mention: Axel Vila Antuna, Lamar.Women’s Tennis Player of the Week – Sahaja Yamalapalli, Sam Houston State – Sophomore – Hyderabad, IndiaIn the Bearkats’ Southland Conference opener, Yamalapalli secured a 6-2, 7-5 victory over Nicholls’ Stephanie Barnett. On Saturday, Yamalapalli recorded another straight-set win over New Orleans’ Trang Dao, blanking Dao 6-0 in the opening frame before taking set two 6-4 to extend her singles win streak to four matches.The Hyderabad, India, native teamed up with Isidora Zivkovic to claim a doubles point against the Colonels, taking down Lingfeng Gu and Mariia Kozachok 6-2. The duo’s match against New Orleans went unfinished.Honorable Mention: Salma Abdelrahim, New Orleans; Carolina Bulatovic, Texas A&M-Corpus Christi; Judit Castillo Gargallo, Northwestern State; Gabi Guilarte, Stephen F. Austin.Southland weekly award winners are nominated and voted upon by each school’s sports information director. Voting for one’s own athlete is not permitted. To earn honorable mention, a student-athlete must appear on at least 25 percent of ballots.last_img