Northwestern State is the No. 3 seed and will take on No. 6 Abilene Christian in the morning session while the Islanders will contest No. 7-seed New Orleans. In the afternoon, No. 4 Sam Houston State will compete against No. 5 Central Arkansas while No. 8 UIW get its shot at the top-seeded Cowgirls. McNeese and Texas A&M-Corpus Christi shared the regular season championship. The Cowgirls seek their first tournament title while the Islanders look to capture their third consecutive championship. In their regular season battle, McNeese bested Corpus Christi 5-2 in Lake Charles, La., and will be the No. 1 seed in the tournament. No. 2 Texas A&M-Corpus Christi Islanders (10-1 SLC)Head coach Steve Moore leads his Islanders squad to its 10th straight appearance at the Southland Tournament. Texas A&M-Corpus Christi is trying to become the first team to three-peat since Southeastern Louisiana did so in 2005-07. The Islanders only loss of the season came to the No. 1 seed, McNeese. The 2018 Southland Conference Freshman of the Year, Luna Dormet, went 10-1 at the No. 3 line and was one of two Islanders on the All-Conference First Team. Marina Vicens Miquel was voted the first team singles player at the No. 5 flight. Corpus Christi won the regular season meeting over New Orleans, 5-2. Semifinals are slated for Saturday at 2 p.m. with the championship scheduled for 2 p.m. Sunday. No. 5 Central Arkansas (7-4 SLC)Clinching a berth in its’ sixth-consecutive season, the returning tournament-runner up enters Beaumont looking to bounce back from a 7-0 sweep against Texas A&M-Corpus Christi to close out the regular season. The Sugar Bears earned two First-Team doubles pair in the duo of Amiru Shimoguchi and Chunan Xiang and with the pair of QiLi Ma and Rada Manataweewat. The latter tandem is the winningest doubles team in program history. No. 3 Northwestern State (8-3 SLC)Fueled by the 2018 Southland Conference Player of the Year, Polina Mutel, Patric DuBois and the Lady Demons search for their first Southland Tournament championship since 2015. This is the sixth consecutive tournament appearance for Northwestern State. Mutel tallied a 10-1 record at No. 1 singles to receive first team honors and also posted the same record in No. 1 doubles with partner Polina Ivanova. The pair won first team honors. The Lady Demons head into Beaumont trying to snap a two-match losing stretch, falling 4-3 to Central Arkansas and Texas A&M-Corpus Christi to close the season. Abilene Christian claimed victory 4-3 in the teams’ match March 30, handing NSU its first conference loss this year. No. 7 New Orleans (4-7 SLC)New Orleans returns to the Southland Tournament hoping to make back-to-back semifinal appearances after topping McNeese 4-3 last season. The Privateers match up with the two-time defending tournament champion, Texas A&M-Corpus Christi. UNO picked up points from Trang Dao and Mar Gendra at line one and six, respectively, in the regular season against the Islanders. BEAUMONT, TEXAS – The 2018 Southland Conference Women’s Tennis Tournament begins Friday at 10 a.m. CT. at the Beaumont Tennis Municipal Center in Beaumont, Texas, hosted by Lamar University. No. 4 Sam Houston State (8-3 SLC)Head coach Rob Hubbard takes Sam Houston State to its second-consecutive Southland Tournament in as many years at the helm. With a 9-2 record at the top flight in singles, Fabienne Gettwart earned an All-Conference Second Team recognition. Sam Houston won six of its final seven outings. The team’s 13 overall victories is the most single season victories in program history. The Bearkats overcame a 1-0 deficit after dropping the doubles point to defeat Central Arkansas 4-3 on March 24. No. 8 UIW (3-8 SLC)UIW makes its first appearance in the Southland Conference Tournament in its first season eligible for postseason play since transitioning to Division I. The Cardinals won the tiebreaker to claim the final spot in the tournament thanks to a win over Lamar in the regular season. UIW ended the regular season with a 4-3 loss to Stephen F. Austin. No. 1 McNeese Cowgirls (10-1 SLC)Heading into the tournament winning the Southland regular season championship, the Cowgirls look now to clinch their ticket to the NCAA Tournament. Sarah Jurakova and Phonexay Chitdara each claimed First Team All-Conference selections at the No. 2 and No. 5 flight, respectively. They also made noise in doubles play with Charoline Erlandsson and Hannah Brett taking a second team spot. McNeese’s lone loss of the league season came at home against Northwestern State in a 4-3 defeat. Since then the Cowgirls have pieced together eight straight Southland victories. In the regular season, McNeese swept UIW 7-0 and did not give up a set. No. 6 Abilene Christian (7-4 SLC)In its first season eligible for the Southland postseason since transitioning to Division I, Abilene Christian makes its conference tournament debut. The Wildcats’ Lucile Pothier went 9-2 in the conference season to earn a Second Team All-Conference award along with Nini Memishishi who tallied a 6-1 record at the No. 3 line. ACU tied for fifth in the league standings with Central Arkansas but loss the tiebreaker to UCA, falling 4-3 earlier this season.