FRISCO, Texas – UIW’s Gabriel Evans is the 2018 Southland Conference Men’s Tennis Player of the Year, the league announced Wednesday with its all-conference teams. All yearly awards are presented by Ready Nutrition. Player of the Year: Gabriel Evans, UIWFreshman of the Year: Kyoehei Yamanaka, Texas A&M-Corpus ChristiNewcomer of the Year: Gabriel Evans, UIWCoach of the Year: Jonas Andersson, UIW UIW’s Jonas Andersson is the Coach of the Year after leading the Cardinals to a 5-0 Southland record. In his first season at the helm, the UIW Hall of Fame inductee won the Southland regular season championship and sends his squad to the Southland Tournament in the team’s first season eligible for postseason since transitioning to Division I. Texas A&M-Corpus Christi’s Kyohei Yamanaka collects the Freshman of the Year award after winning each of his singles matches in the conference season, tallying a 4-0 record at the No. 6 flight and going 1-0 up a slot. He claimed a spot on the first team. Second-Team SinglesNo. 1 Josh Sheehy, Abilene ChristianNo. 2 Jon Sheehy, Abilene ChristianNo. 3 Niko Moceanu, Abilene ChristianNo. 4 Henry Adams, Abilene ChristianNo. 5 Ivanhoe Lissanevitch, UIWNo. 6 Caleb Dyer, UIW First-Team SinglesNo. 1 Gabriel Evans, UIWNo. 2 Francisco Bendana, UIWNo. 3 Sebastian Mortier, UIWNo. 4 Joey Vantanadilok, UIWNo. 5 Nicolas Mayr, LamarNo. 6 Kyoehei Yamanaka, Texas A&M-Corpus Christi Evans helped the Cardinals win their first Southland championship in any sport and secure the No. 1 seed in the 2018 Southland Conference Tennis Tournament in Beaumont, Texas, this weekend. The junior transfer from Laredo Community College is also the Newcomer of the Year and first-time all-conference at No. 1 singles and doubles. The hometown native of San Antonio was undefeated in league play, taking four singles wins at the top flight and a victory at the No. 2 slot in his first career Southland match on top of four doubles wins and one match left unfinished. Evans surrendered just two sets in conference play. First-Team DoublesNo. 1 G. Evans/S. Mortier, UIWNo. 2 F. Kellerman, O. Kellerman, Texas A&M-Corpus ChristiNo. 3 C. Dyer/I. Lissanevitch, UIW 2018 All-Southland Conference Men’s Tennis Teams and Individual Awards The duo of Evans and Mortier was voted first team doubles at the top slot while Texas A&M-Corpus Christi’s doubles pair of Okkie and Francois Kellerman scored a spot on the first team at No. 2. Lissanevitch and Dyer are the No. 3 doubles first team selections. Second-Team DoublesNo. 1 W. Mottet/T. Rodrigues, Texas A&M-Corpus ChristiNo. 2 F. Bendana, J. Vatanadilok, UIWNo. 3 N. Mayr/R. Stepanov, Lamar Abilene Christian received four second-team members in order from the top flight down. The brother pair of Josh and John Sheehy took the top two slots while teammates Niko Monaceau and Henry Adams obtained the latter two. UIW swept the No. 1-4 singles positions on the first team with Francisco Bendana, Sebastian Mortier and Joey Vantadilok joining Evans on the squad. Their other two singles players, Ivanhoe Lissanevitch and Caleb Dyer, are second team picks. Lamar’s Nicolas Mayr rounded out the top team with a selection at the No. 5 flight. First serve of the 2018 Southland Men’s Tennis Tournament is set for 10 a.m. CT Saturday at the Beaumont Municipal Tennis Center in Beaumont, Texas. The championship match has a 10 a.m. start for Sunday. More information can be found by visiting the tournament homepage.
1. Stade de France Situated in the north of Paris, the Stade de France is the national stadium of France. With a massive seating capacity of 80,000, it is the largest stadium in France and the fifth largest in Europe. It was officially opened in January, 1998 to host the World Cup which was scheduled later that year. It has since been the home ground of the French national football team and the French rugby union team for international competitions.Stade de France is scheduled to host the final of the Euro 2016 championship apart from four first-round group matches, one round of 16 match, and a quarter-final.Capacity: 80,0002. Stade VelodromeLocated in the city of Marseille, Stade Velodrome is a multi-purpose stadium opened in 1937. It was built to serve as a playing venue for the 1938 World Cup. With a capacity of 67,000, it is the largest club football ground in France and is also used regularly by the French rugby union team. The venue originally had a cycling as well as a running track but was completely rebuilt for the 1998 World Cup and has since then got its round-shaped stands. During Euro 2016, it will host four first-round group matches, a quarter-final, and one of the two semi-finals.Capacity: 67,0003. Parc Olympique Lyonnais Parc Olympique Lyonnais is located in the suburbs of the city of Lyon and is a newly-built stadium opened in January 2016. Built at a cost of 600 million Euros, it has a capacity of 59,186 seats, of which about 6,000 are business seats and 105 of them are lodges. Also referred to as Grand Stade OL or Stade des Lumieres, it is the home ground of the French football club Olympique Lyonnais. The stadium will host four group matches, a round of 16 match, and one of the two semi-finals in Euro 2016.advertisementCapacity: 59,1864. Stade Pierre Mauroy Located in the picturesque city of Lille in the north of France, Stade Pierre Mauroy is the home ground of football club LOSC Lille. Officially opened in 2012, it was initially named Grand Stade Lille Metropole but was later renamed Stade Pierre Mauroy in 2013 after the death of the former French Prime Minister. Equipped with a retractable roof, Stade Pierre Mauroy can also host large concerts and smaller indoor sports. During Euro 2016, it will host four group matches, a round of 16 match, and a quarter-final.Capacity: 50,0005. Parc des Princes Parc des Princes or ‘Park of the Princess’ is located in the southwest of Paris and has been the home ground of the French football club Paris Saint-Germain since 1973. Officially inaugurated in 1972, it replaced the old stadium Velodrome, which had stood in its place since 1897. One of the most modern stadiums in the country, it has regularly hosted matches of the French national team, Coupe de France finals, and it was the playing venue of several European Cup finals. It was also one of the venues of the 1998 World Cup. Parc des Princes will host four group matches and a round of 16 match in Euro 2016.Capacity: 45,000Stadium de Toulouse Built in 1937, the Stadium de Toulouse is located in central Toulouse on an island in the river Garonne. The stadium hosted group matches and knockouts during the 1938 and 1998 World Cups. During Euro 2016, the stadium will host group-stage matches and a Round of 16 clash. Capacity – 35,472Stade Bollaert-Delelis Built in 1934, Stade Bollaert-Delelis is located in the city of Lens and it used to be an oval-shaped stadium until 1970 when a new main stand was built and it lost its oval shape. The stadium was earlier known as Stade Felix-Bollaert. During Euro 2016, the stadium in Lens will see a group-stage match between England and Wales on June 16 along with other group and knockout games.Capacity – 38,223Stade de Nice Stade de Nice, more popularly known as the Allianz Riviera, is a brand new stadium which opened in 2013. It was built as a replacement for the run-down Stade du Ray stadium for the local club OGC Nice. The stadium will host three first-round group matches and one round of 16 game during the tournament. Allianz Riviera will also host some of the major pool matches of the European Championship.Capacity – 35,624Stade Geoffroy-Guichard Businessman Geoffroy Guichard donated a plot of land on which the stadium was built in 1931. It had a running track around the pitch and a grand stand of just 800 seats. It was then redeveloped in 1956 and the running track was done away with which increased the capacity of the stadium. During Euro 2016, group games between Portugal-Iceland and Czech Republic-Croatia will be played at this venue along with a Round of 16 match as well.advertisementCapacity – 41,500Stade de Bordeaux The Stade de Bordeaux is one of the brand new stadiums to be used for Euro 2016 this year. The stadium was opened just last year as a replacement for the Bodeaux’s old stadium Stade Chaban-Delmas. Apart from the group games, the stadium will the third quarter-final on July 2. The other marquee clash on this ground will be between defending champions Spain and Croatia on June 21.Capacity – 42,115