As the tennis season starts to dwindle down, the men and women will travel today to Montgomery, Ala., to compete in the Gulf South Conference Tournament.
Nine different teams will compete in a tournament lasting four days, including No. 1 West Florida, No. 6 North Alabama, No. 7 Christian Brothers, No. 13 Valdosta State, No. 25 West Alabama, Delta State, Alabama-Huntsville, Shorter and Lee.
The tournament begins with the men’s team serving up No. 6 North Alabama in the quarterfinals at 9 a.m.
From there, the winner of match one, DSU or UAH, faces two-time defending champions UWF Friday. The winner of match two, UWA or CBU, will play the winner of match three in the semifinals.
The finals will take place on Saturday with the winner of match four playing the winner of match five.
The Blazers shut out UNA 9-0 last month in their only meeting this season.
The men’s team is led by freshman Francisco Yim Kim, who is ranked No. 35 in the nation for singles.
In order to win the tournament, the competitors will have to defeat UWF, who defeated both the Blazers and the Lady Blazers 5-0 this season.
The No. 15 Lady Blazers start off the tournament against UWF in the quarterfinals at 1:30 p.m. on Thursday.
After those matches, the winning teams move onto the semifinals with the winner of match one, UWF or CBU, playing the winner of match two, UWA or UAH, and the winner of match three, VSU or UWG, playing the winner of match four, UNA or DSU.
The finals will consist of the winner of match four playing the winner of match five.
VSU is bringing competition to the tournament with their doubles team Michelle Fischer and Sabrina Schmidt being ranked No. 21 in the doubles top 25.
After being defeated last season, the Lady Blazers hope to make it back to the championship match.
This story was written by Lia Armistead.