The clinching point came at the top-flight singles matchup between Freshman of the Year Chunxi Xin of the Bears and Player of the Year Sahaja Yamalapalli of the Bearkats, with Xin blanking Yamalapalli 6-0 in the decisive third set. CORPUS CHRISTI, TEXAS – In just its second appearance in the Southland Conference Women’s Tennis Championship Match, Central Arkansas took home its first league tournament title with a 4-2 win over Sam Houston State on Saturday at the Thomas J. Henry Tennis Center. The Bears rode that momentum into singles play with QiLi Ma and Marli Van Heerden earning straight-set triumphs to put UCA on top 3-1. Sam Houston State attempted to make things interesting with Petra Kaszas bouncing back from a 6-1 loss in set one to win sets two and three by a score of 6-2, but Xin’s victory iced it at 4-2. For the sixth-consecutive match, Central Arkansas secured the doubles point with the second and third lines picking up 6-4 and 6-0 wins, respectively. BOX SCORE
According to competition rules proposed by SJAK, each publication will enter a maximum of 10 participants. The tournament is open to all journalists from sports, business, political and feature desks, with an emphasis on gender representation.Following each event, podium finishers will be awarded prizes. Additionally, top performers in each event will earn points for their respective publications. At the end of the tournament, the points will be tallied to decide the overall winner.The event is set to mark the end of the calendar year and celebrate the media’s contribution to sport in Kenya. It is hoped that the event and future events like it will help develop and foster collaboration and cooperation in the industry.Betting firm Betway has boosted the SJAK sponsored event to a tune of Sh850,000.‘Sports Journalists have done a tremendous job in their responsibility to tell the story, not only those that touched on our brand but many that have gone to shape the narrative of what sports represents in our country,’’ said the Betway Country Manager for Kenya, Leon Kiptum.“I thank Betway for coming on board, this is a sign that they appreciate sports journalists and what they do. We look forward to having a great and fun day. We are hopeful we will have more engagements with Betway,” said SJAK President, Chris Mbaisi.0Shares0000(Visited 27 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Betway Country Manager Leon Kiptum (L) signs a cheque to SJAK president Chris Mbaisi during the Launch of the 2019 SJAK Sports day at a hotel in Nairobi on December 9,2019. PHOTO-SJAKNAIROBI, Kenya, Dec 9- The annual one-day Sports Journalists Association of Kenya (SJAK) inter-media tournament is set for this weekend and will see journalists from sixteen of the largest publications in Kenya compete across five events.The various media houses will compete in athletics, five-a-side football, tug of war, as well as egg and sack races.