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Southland Conference Men’s Tennis Tournament Begins Saturday

first_imgFour teams fight for the tournament championship with UIW heading into the tournament as the No. 1 seed following its first tournament championship. The Cardinals will contest defending tournament champion, No. 4 Lamar. Texas A&M-Corpus Christi enters the tournament as the No. 2 seed, facing No. 3-seeded Abilene Christian. No. 3 Abilene Christian (3-2 SLC)Abilene Christian makes its Southland postseason debut since completing the transition to Division I. The Wildcats earned second-teams singles picks at the No. 1-4 lines: Josh Sheehy, Jon Sheehy, Niko Moceanu and Henry Adams winning selections. Head Coach Hutton Jones looks to push past a two-match losing streak to end the season, playing the top two teams in the conference to end the year. The championship is scheduled for 10 a.m. Sunday. No. 4 Lamar (2-3 SLC)Lamar has made the tournament championship the past four years, squaring off against the Islanders in each of those contests. The Cardinals have won the championship back-to-back years to claim the automatic qualifier to the NCAA Tournament. Head Coach Scott Shankles team might have a little more cut out for them this year. LU fell 5-2 to UIW when the two teams met on April 7. That match put Lamar on a three-game winless streak before the Cardinals snapped that with a 7-0 win over Nicholls to end the regular season and clinch a berth in the 2018 tournament. No. 2 Texas A&M-Corpus Christi Islanders (4-1 SLC)Texas A&M-Corpus Christi seeks its sixth consecutive tournament final and first championship since 2015 when the team claimed the championship in Beaumont. Southland Freshman of the Year and a first-team selection at the No. 6 line, Kyoehei Yamanaka, leads the Islanders. Corpus Christi picked up second-team doubles selections at the No. 1 line, William Mottet and Thomas Rodrigues, and a first-team selection from the brother pair of Francois and Okkie Kellerman. In the regular season, the Islanders bested the Wildcats 6-1. BEAUMONT, TEXAS – The 2018 Southland Conference Men’s Tennis Tournament begins Saturday at 10 a.m. CT. at the Beaumont Tennis Municipal Center in Beaumont, Texas, hosted by Lamar University. No. 1 UIW (5-0 SLC)UIW is powered by the Southland Conference Player and Newcomer of the Year, Gabriel Evans. The junior transfer tallied a 4-0 record at the top line in singles play and also added a win at the No. 2 line. He and his doubles partner, Sebastian Mortier, earned a first-team selection at both singles and doubles play. Each Cardinal picked up an all-conference nod in singles and doubles. Southland Coach of the Year Jonas Andersson is in his first season at the helm for UIW. The UIW Hall-of-Famer leads UIW to its Southland postseason debut since completing the transition to Division I.last_img

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