The Texas A&M - Corpus Christi women's tennis team will try to avenge an earlier loss when they take on the Northwestern State Lady Demons on Friday morning in the first round of the Southland Conference Women's Tennis Championships. The tournament is being held in San Antonio at the UTSA Tennis Center on Friday through Sunday.
The Islanders are 12-5 overall and finished with a program-best 7-4 mark in the Southland Conference to finish as the No. 6 seed in the tournament. The Lady Demons are 16-5 after completing a 9-2 schedule in league matches.
"We're looking forward to the chance to compete tomorrow," said Director of Tennis Steve Moore. "This team has worked extremely hard and I think we have a lot of confidence in each other.
"They've earned that confidence through their hard work and I expect they will play very well because of that."
In the meeting between the two teams earlier in the year, Texas A&M - Corpus Christi came up just short in a 4-3 loss to NSU. The Lady Demons took the doubles point while the teams split the singles matches at 3-3 with the Islanders taking the No. 1, No. 2 and No. 5 matches.
"We have a lot of respect for Northwestern State, their team and their coaches," said Moore. "We know this will be a very competitive match."
The two teams will square off in the first match of the tournament at 9 a.m. on Friday morning. The two teams have never met in the conference tourney.
"We simply have to execute what we talk about all the time," said Moore. "That is to focus only on what we can control, do it one point at a time while not being concerned with outcome or result and just maxing out what we can control.
"If we do that we will be fine."
The winner of the match will move on to a 1 p.m. contest on Saturday against the winner of the Lamar vs. Sam Houston matchup.
Admission to all matches is free to the public. Fans can visit www.Southland.org at the conclusion of each day for updated brackets and matchups.