April 21, 2005
SLC Tournament Brackets
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SAN ANTONIO - For the first time since 2000 the Lamar men's and women's tennis teams will be playing in the Southland Conference Tournament, set to begin on Friday morning at 9:30 a.m. on the campus of Texas-San Antonio.
The Cardinals (9-12, 2-4 SLC) enter play as the No. 5 seed and the Lady Cardinals (14-10, 6-4 SLC) carry the No. 4 seed into their first-round match. The Lamar men will face fourth-seeded rival Southeastern Louisiana at 9:30 a.m. in the UTSA Tennis Center, while the LU women take on fifth-seeded Sam Houston State at 11:30 a.m.
The LU men have made regular trips to the six-team postseason tournament, but this weekend's appearance will be the first for the Lady Cardinals since a berth in the 2000 tourney. It will be the first time in head coach David Wong's five-year tenure that both teams have qualified for the tournament in the same season.
The women's unit is led by sophomore Andrea Martinez, who posted a team-best 18-6 singles record and a 21-2 doubles record with teammate Tara Shelander. She and Shelander earned first team all-SLC honors at their No. 1 doubles spot, while Martinez also hauled in second team all-conference at the No. 1 singles position. It is her second consecutive year to earn a spot on the all-SLC second team.
Lamar's men enter play in search of their first SLC championship since 1976. Last season, the Cardinals fell to Texas-Pan American, 4-2, in the first round of the 2004 SLC tournament in Arlington.
The Cardinals are led by senior Ignacio Melus with an 11-9 singles record at the No. 3. He and teammate Dean Clower also carry an 11-6 doubles record at the No. 1 spot. Fellow seniors Emilio Kirby and Juan Pablo Alatorre lead LU with a 12-6 doubles record at the No. 2. The duo recently earned second team all-SLC accolades after posting a 5-1 doubles record during league play.
Should the Lamar squads advance past Friday's first round, each would then play the No. 1 seeds who received a first-round bye. The men's team would face Texas A&M-Corpus Christi at 9:30 a.m. on Saturday, while the Lady Cards would take on Texas-Arlington at 11:30 a.m.