Leading McNeese to its first Southland title in program history, Helena Besovic was voted the Coach of the Year. The Cowgirls ended the season on an eight-match win streak in conference play, finishing the year 10-1 in Southland action. Her team earned the No. 1 seed in tournament, holding the tiebreaker over co-champion Texas A&M-Corpus Christi. Second-Team SinglesNo. 1 Lucile Pothier, Abilene Christian; Fabienne Gettwart, Sam Houston StateNo. 2 Jelena Dzinic, Texas A&M-Corpus ChristiNo. 3 Nini Memishishi, Abilene ChristianNo. 4 Louise Trigona, Texas A&M-Corpus ChristiNo. 5 Judit Castillo, Northwestern StateNo. 6 Nida Kamal, Stephen F. AustinHonorable Mention SinglesNo. 2 Polina Ivanova, Northwestern StateNo. 3 Hee-Jin Oh, Central ArkansasNo. 4 Marija Mastilovic, McNeeseNo. 5 Luisine Chobanyan, Sam Houston State First-Team SinglesNo. 1 Polina Mutel, Northwestern StateNo. 2 Sarah Jurakova, McNeeseNo. 3 Luna Dormet, Texas A&M-Corpus ChristiNo. 4 Ela Iwaniuk, Northwestern StateNo. 5 Marina Vicens Miquel, Texas A&M-Corpus ChristiNo. 6 Phonexay Chitdara, McNeese Texas A&M-Corpus Christi’s Luna Dormet was a dominant force all season at the No. 3 singles line to be named Freshman of the Year. In her first season with the Islanders, Dormet went 10-1 to earn a place on the All-Conference First Team. This is Corpus Christi’s second consecutive freshman accolade after Louise Trigona won the award in 2017. First-Team DoublesNo. 1 P. Mutel/P. Ivanova, Northwestern StateNo. 2 C. Xiang/A. Shimoguchi, Central Arkansas; D. Dahlmans/X. Yanez, Southeastern LouisianaNo. 3 Q. Ma/R. Manataweewat, Central Arkansas Eight Southland teams are represented on the all-conference teams. The Lady Demons also claimed an individual superlative in Ela Iwaniuk, who garnered the award for Newcomer of the Year. Iwaniuk recorded a 9-2 Southland season at the No. 4 singles flight and earned a spot on the first team. Second-Team DoublesNo. 1 H. Brett/S. Jurakova, McNeeseNo. 3 P. Chitdara/C. Erlandsson, McNeeseHonorable Mention DoublesNo. 1 T. Dao/A. Luethi, New OrleansNo. 2 F. Gettwart/K. Yen Whee, Sam Houston StateNo. 3 J. Dzinic/M. Maldonado, Texas A&M-Corpus Christi First serve of the 2018 Southland Women’s Tennis Tournament is set for 10 a.m. CT Friday at the Beaumont Municipal Tennis Center in Beaumont, Texas. The championship match has a 2 p.m. start for Sunday. Abilene Christian’s Lucile Pother is a second-team singles member at the top slot with teammate Nini Memishishi voted at the No. 3 line. Central Arkansas had two doubles teams voted to the first team; the pair of Chunan Xiang and Amiru Shimoguchi at the No. 2 flight and Qi Li Ma and Rada Manataweewat at the No. 3 slot. Sam Houston State’s Fabienne Gettwart is a second-team selection at the top flight in singles action. Stephen F. Austin’s Nida Kamal is the second team No. 6 flight pick. Southeastern Louisiana’s Dalina Dahlmans and Ximena Yanez were voted to first-team doubles. Northwestern State, McNeese and Texas A&M-Corpus Christi split the first team singles selections evenly. Mutel and Iwaniuk claimed spots for the Lady Demons while Sarah Jurakova and Phonexay Chitdara earned two spots for the Cowgirls at the No. 2 and No. 6 lines, respectively. Dormet and teammate Marina Vicens Miquel each scored first team picks for the Islanders. Player of the Year: Polina Mutel, Northwestern StateFreshman of the Year: Luna Dormet, Texas A&M-Corpus ChristiNewcomer of the Year: Ela Iwaniuk, Northwestern StateCoach of the Year: Helena Besovic, McNeese FRISCO, Texas – Northwestern State’s Polina Mutel is the 2018 Southland Conference Women’s Tennis Player of the Year, the league announced Wednesday with its all-conference teams. All yearly awards are presented by Ready Nutrition. 2018 All-Southland Conference Women’s Tennis Teams and Individual Awards Mutel was voted to the highest accolade following a season that saw her finish 10-1 in singles and a perfect record in doubles with teammate Polina Ivanova. The junior from Yaroslavl, Russia, helped the Lady Demons to an 8-3 record in conference play en route to clinching the No. 3 seed in the 2018 Southland Women’s Tennis Tournament. She is a first team selection for singles and doubles action. This is Northwestern State’s first Player of the Year honor since 1994 when Ljudmila Pavlov earned the award. The Lady Demons also won a second team singles selection in Judit Castillo at the No. 5 flight. The Cowgirls snagged two second team doubles spots in Jurakova and Hannah Brett at the top flight and Chitdara and Charoline Erlandsson at the bottom line. Jelena Dzinic and Trigona represent the Islanders on the singles’ second team.