BEAUMONT, TEXAS – It will be a Louisiana battle in Beaumont, Texas, on Sunday when the No. 3-seeded Northwestern State Lady Demons battle the top-seeded No. 1 McNeese Cowgirls at the Beaumont Tennis Municipal Center. The two will meet in the tournament final Sunday at 2 p.m. CT. No 1 McNeese 4, No. 4 Sam Houston State 2 (Box Score)In a grueling match, McNeese was able to dig up just enough on the singles side to send the Cowgirls to the tournament championship for the first time since 2004. In doubles play, the Cowgirls were able to breeze past Sam Houston, winning at lines three and one in 30 minutes. Charoline Erlandsson and Phonexay Chitdara earned the 6-2 win at the bottom line for the Cowgirls with Sarah Jurakova and Hannah Brett winning at the top flight to give McNeese the 1-0 lead into singles. The singles matches was a different story as the Bearkats put the pressure on the top-seeded team quick. Sam Houston won five of the first six singles sets, but McNeese pushed back, sending four matches to three sets. The Cowgirls went up 3-0 as Marija Mastilovic won at line four 6-2, 0-6, 6-4, and line five with Charoline Erlandsson earning a 2-6, 6-4, 6-1 match. Sam Houston brought the match within a point as Sahaja Yamalapalli won 7-5, 7-6 at the No. 2 line, and Mila Milanovic was able to hold Chitdara off from coming back down 5-1 in the third set, taking the match 6-1, 4-6, 7-5. The Bearkats’ Khee Yen Wee, pushing through a cramp that forced a medical timeout late in the third set, fell 4-6, 6-2, 6-4 at the No. 3 line against Brett. The Cowgirls squeezed out a 4-2 win over No. 4 Sam Houston State while the Lady Demons battled to the very last set to score a 4-3 victory over the two-time defending champion, No. 2 Texas A&M-Corpus Christi. No. 3 Northwestern State 4, No. 2 Texas A&M-Corpus Christi 3 (Box Score)Northwestern State is returning to the Southland Conference championship after a one-year absence, making its fifth appearance in six years. It was all down to Southland Player of the Year Polina Mutel at the No. 1 line against Texas A&M-Corpus Christi’s Hortense Boscher in the third set with the team match tied at 3-3. Mutel had taken the first set 6-3 but fell 4-6 in the second. They were the only ones who needed all three set. Mutel never let Boscher get within a point in the third, taking the set 6-3. The Lady Demons garnered the doubles point after winning at lines two and three. Corpus Christi collected three-straight singles points with Caroline Bulatovic, Luna Dormet and Louise Trigona tallying wins at lines six, three and four, respectively. Polina Ivanova defeated Jelena Dzinic at the No. 2 flight 6-4, 7-6 to bring the match within one before Judit Castillo put away her match at No. 5 in straight sets, 6-4, 6-4.
Helloworld Travel Limited results announcementHelloworld Travel Limited results announcement Year ended 30 June 2017Highlights for the year ended 30 June 2017Total Transaction Value (TTV) of $5.9 billionEarnings before interest expense, tax, depreciation and amortisation (EBITDA) of $55.2 million, an increase of $29.9 million compared with prior yearProfit before tax of $31.0 million, an increase of $27.6 million compared with prior yearBasic earnings of 18.8 cents per share compared with 1.9 cents per share in the prior yearFinal dividend declared of 8.0 cents per share, bringing our total dividends declared for FY17 to 14.0 cents per share, compared with 2.0 cents per share in the prior yearWinner of the Best Travel Agency Group (Helloworld Travel), Best Domestic Wholesaler (Sunlover Holidays) and Best International Wholesaler (Qantas Holidays and Viva Holidays) at the July 2017 AFTA National Travel Industry Awards (NTIA).Strong, positive performance in the business continues with key achievements including:EBITDA growth for all segments against prior year.Implementation of $18.6 million merger synergies and annual cost savings by 30 June 2017, outperforming previously identified $17.1 million of annualised cost savings.During FY17, Helloworld Travel Limited achieved a strong business performance, growing revenue and significantly reducing its cost base, while integrating the Helloworld Travel and AOT Group businesses.Helloworld Travel grew its TTV to $5.9 billion, achieved solid revenue growth of 8.6% to $326.4 million via TTV growth and margin improvement through the full year impact of the AOT businesses as well as better supplier and partner contracting with a focus on profitable growth.Helloworld Travel has successfully implemented a significant business turnaround with a reported EBITDA of $55.2 million, an increase of 118% or $29.9 million from prior year. The net profit after tax attributable to members was $21.5 million, an increase of 1,116% or $19.8 million from prior year. As a result, our earnings per share was 18.8 cents, which enabled us to declare a final dividend of 8.0 cents per share to our shareholders, bringing our total dividends in FY17 to 14.0 cents per share, fully franked. In FY16, Helloworld Travel declared dividends of 2.0 cents per share, which was the first dividend payment since 2013.OutlookHelloworld Travel will focus on growing revenue and margins and continually extracting efficiencies in its operations and right sizing the cost base of the Group. Helloworld Travel remains focused on delivering for shareholders, agents, partners and consumers with the objective to future proof its agents and the business through technology, training, product and profile supported by the omni‐channel strategy.The outlook for Helloworld Travel is positive. Business fundamentals are heading in the right direction in all our key segments with demand for our integrated service offering continuing to develop and grow.Helloworld Travel expects to improve its current year performance in the year ended 30 June 2018 and is well positioned for sustainable long term growth. As a result, Helloworld Travel has provided earnings guidance for FY18 that its EBITDA will be in the range of $63.0 million to $67.0 million.About Helloworld Travel Limited• Helloworld Travel Limited (ASX: HLO) is a leading Australian & New Zealand travel distribution company, comprising retail travel franchise operations, destination management services (inbound), air ticket consolidation, wholesale, corporate and online operations. This includes “Helloworld Travel”, Australia’s largest network of franchised travel agents, as well as our Corporate, Associate, Affiliate and Travel Broker networks, Qantas Holidays, Go Holidays in New Zealand, AOT Inbound, ATS Pacific, QBT, Sunlover Holidays and Insider Journeys• “Helloworld Travel” is a nationwide network of independently owned and operated retail travel agencies offering Australia and New Zealand outstanding service, and the best value, tailor-made leisure and corporate travel experiences• HLO has over 2000 staff located in Australia, New Zealand, Fiji, the USA, South East Asia, India and UK/Europe• Helloworld Travel is the proud naming rights partner of Volleyball Australia and the Helloworld Travel Volleyroos men’s and women’s national teams• Helloworld Travel is a major sponsor of Basketball Australia and the Australian Boomers• Helloworld Travel is a major sponsor of the Carlton Football Club including “Carlton IN Business“Source = helloworld