First serve of semifinals action is set for 2 p.m. Friday with Northwestern State taking on Central Arkansas and a Lone Star State showdown between top-seed Abilene Christian and Sam Houston State. No. 1 Abilene Christian 4, No. 8 Lamar 0 (Box Score)Recording the only shutout of the day, Abilene Christian picked up the doubles point behind a pair of 6-3 wins by the duos of Sarah Adams and Nini Memishishi and Sanja Jolic and Laura Sola Grau. The Wildcats rolled to eight-straight set victories as Memishishi topped Jasmin Buchta at the first flight of singles, followed by a straight-set win by Allison Stewart, who improved to 12-0 against Southland Conference opponents this season. Sarah Adams’ 6-4, 6-3 defeat of Bianca Vitale clinched the winning point for ACU. CORPUS CHRISTI, TEXAS – All four top seeds advance to Friday’s semifinal round of the 2019 Southland Conference Women’s Tennis Tournament on Thursday at the Thomas J. Henry Center. No. 2 Northwestern State 4, No. 7 New Orleans 1 (Box Score)Setting up a semifinals matchup against Central Arkansas, the Lady Demons won their first six sets to jump out to a 3-0 lead with the doubles point and wins at No. 6 and No. 5 singles. Second Team All-Southland picks Ela Iwaniuk and Judit Castillo Gargallo dropped just six total games in their straight-set victories. After Ank Vullings handed Rhea Verma her first loss against a conference opponent to cut it to 3-1, NSU’s Patrycja Polanska topped Claudette Gilhespie 7-5, 6-2 to earn the clinching point. In the regular season, the Lady Demons defeated Central Arkansas 4-3 at home. No. 4 Sam Houston State 4, No. 5 Texas A&M-Corpus Christi 2 (Box Score)After dropping the doubles point, the Bearkats were forced to win four out of six singles matchups and did just that in order to advance to the semifinals. Karla De La Luz Montalvo, Roos Gerritsen and Southland Conference Player of the Year Sahaja Yamalapalli rattled off three-consecutive straight-set victories to take the lead for good. Islander Camille Townsend rode a big third frame to cut it to 3-2. Petra Kaszas, who was blanked 6-0 in set two, returned the favor in the final set to clinch the match-winning point. The regular-season meeting between ACU and SHSU also ended in a 4-3 score in favor of the Wildcats. No. 3 Central Arkansas 4, No. 6 McNeese 3 (Box Score)The Bears held off a late comeback effort by the Cowgirls, who tied up the match at 3-3 with wins at No. 3 and No. 6 singles by Marija Mastilovic and Carlotta Romito, respectively. Both contests were forced to go to a third-set tiebreaker with Mastilovic topping Marli Van Heerden 8-3 and Romito edging Rada Mantaweewat 8-6. UCA’s QiLi Ma secured the match-winning point with a three-set triumph over Sofia SanJose Moreno, blanking her Cowgirl opponent 6-0 in the final frame. The Bears captured the doubles point to begin the opening match as the duos of Van Heerden and Chunxi Xin and Fuka Nonoyama and Yada Vasupongchai cruised to their victories.