The Texas A&M-Corpus Christi women's tennis team will look to keep improving on the best season in team history when they play Texas State in the first round of the Southland Conference Tennis Tournament. The Islanders and Bobcats face each other beginning at 9:30 AM at the HEB Tennis Center on Friday morning.

"These girls worked exceptionally hard all year," said Director of Tennis Steve Moore. "Texas State is a team that we have a lot of respect for and is very well coached so we need to be ready to compete every point with no exceptions."

The Islanders finished as the No. 6 seed in the tournament, their highest ever since joining the Southland Conference. The Bobcats finished as the No. 3 seed during the season.

The match between the two teams during the regular season was a 5-2 loss for the Islanders. In that match, Doris Kuselj and LeAnne Mascall won their singles matches while the Islanders top player, Mirna Cicak, sat out with an injury. They will be looking for a more favorable result with the team back at full strength.

"These girls have earned the right to be confident through all their hard work and they have earned the right to play well," said Moore. "They worked exceptionally hard and they have great team chemistry.

"I expect a real battle."

The winner of the match will play the winner of the No. 2 UT Arlington vs. No. 7 Southeastern Louisiana. The two teams will face each other on Saturday at 9:30 AM for the right to play in the tournament finals on Sunday at 12 PM.