Men’s Tennis Player of the Week – Carlos Paton Canal, Lamar – Jr. – Puertollano, SpainIn his first match at No. 2 doubles since the opening weekend of the spring season, Canal and teammate Joshua Sundaram took down Oral Roberts’ Marcello Moreira and Andre Russo 6-1. ORU went on to claim the doubles point, but Canal gave Lamar a 3-2 advantage by overcoming a first-set loss to defeat Barnabas Koncz. Women’s Tennis Player of the Week – Mariella Minetti, Northwestern State – Fr. – Tampere, FinalndMinetti improved to 6-2 at top-line singles play this season with a pair of victories last week. She defeated Alcorn’s Alessandra Maganuco in straight sets and, after dropping the first set to Texas State’s Rishona Israel-Lewis, claimed the final two sets by a 6-3 margin. In the first match of the doubleheader with Prairie View A&M, Canal won at second-line doubles and singles to improve to 2-1 and 4-2, respectively. He made the move to the No. 1 position in the second match in both singles and doubles, winning his doubles match 6-2 alongside Nicolas Mayr. Canal’s singles match went unfinished with him up a set and leading 4-3 in the second frame. FRISCO, Texas – Lamar’s Carlos Paton Canal and Northwestern State’s Mariella Minetti are the Southland Conference Men’s and Women’s Tennis Players of the Week, respectively, the league announced Tuesday. Southland weekly award winners are nominated and voted upon by each school’s sports information director. Voting for one’s own athlete is not permitted. To earn honorable mention, a student-athlete must appear on at least 25 percent of ballots. Teamed up with partner Patrycja Polanska, the duo handed Alcorn’s No. 1 doubles pair a 6-3 defeat on Friday and topped their Texas State counterparts 6-1, the first loss in match play by the Bobcats’ Chacadyah Israel-Lewis and Josefina Cassara. Honorable Mention: Yada Vasupongchai, Central Arkansas; Bianca Vitale, Lamar; Sahaja Yamalapalli, Sam Houston St. Minetti came out on top of all four of her matches as the Demons blanked Alcorn and Texas State 7-0 on Friday and Saturday, respectively. NSU (5-3) wraps up non-conference play with a pair of home matches versus Southern Miss at 1 p.m. Friday and UTSA at 11 a.m. Sunday. Canal went a perfect 5-0 in both singles and doubles action last week, helping the Cardinals to a 2-1 record. LU dropped a tight 4-3 decision to Oral Roberts on Valentine’s Day but rebounded by sweeping a doubleheader against Prairie View A&M with scores of 7-0 and 4-0. The Cardinals (4-7) are idle this weekend and return to action on the road against UTRGV at 11 a.m. CT on Feb. 26. Honorable Mention: Antoine Martin-Thiriat, Nicholls; Jonathan Sheehy, Abilene Christian; Kyohei Yamanaka, Texas A&M-Corpus Christi.