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UPDATED BRACKET: FIU Women’s Tennis Earns No. 2 Seed in Sun Belt Tournament
          Release: 04/18/2012
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***The Sun Belt Conference released an updated tournament bracket on Wednesday, April 18***

NEW ORLEANS (April 18, 2012)
- The FIU women's tennis team earned the No. 2 seed and a first-round bye in this year's Sun Belt Conference Tournament as announced by the league office today.

The Panthers will be looking to claim their sixth conference title in the last eight years. The Panthers have made the tournament finals each of the last seven years, including last season's 4-0 victory over Louisiana in Mobile, Ala. All-time the Panthers have made the finals in 11 out of the team's 13 total appearances in the SBC Championships, holding a 31-8 record since 1999.

Head Coach Melissa Applebaum-Dall'au, the reigning Sun Belt Conference Coach of the Year, enters this year's tournament with a career record of 51-35 and an 8-1 mark in the Sun Belt Tournament. Applebaum-Dall'au currently holds a 27-2 mark all-time versus Sun Belt competition.

Freshman Karyn Guttormsen leads FIU (5-14) with nine singles victories, having gone 7-3 in her last 10 matches. Second on the team in wins is fellow freshman Sarah McLean, who has victories and has won three-straight matches. On the doubles side, seniors Lisa Johnson and Christine Serendi closed out the regular season with an 8-5 record at the No. 3 position.

FIU's tournament-opening match will take place on Friday, April 20 versus the winner of Troy and UALR (April 19). The match is slated for 9:00 a.m. ET, in Denton, Texas.

The 2012 Sun Belt Conference Women's Championship is set for Thursday, April 19 through Sunday, April 22 at the Waranch Tennis Complex on the campus of the University of North Texas in Denton, Texas. Matches will be broadcast by Radio Tennis and available for listening online for free at

About FIU Athletics: FIU Athletics is home to more than 400 student-athletes in 18 different sports, and is a proud member of the Sun Belt Conference and an affiliate member of Conference USA (men's soccer). Athletic events are played in seven different venues on FIU's campuses (Modesto A. Maidique and Biscayne Bay), including U.S. Century Bank Arena and Alfonso Field at FIU Stadium.

About FIU: Florida International University is recognized as a Carnegie engaged university. Its colleges and schools offer more than 180 bachelor's, master's and doctoral programs in fields such as engineering, international relations, architecture, law and medicine. As one of South Florida's anchor institutions, FIU is Worlds Ahead in its local and global engagement, finding solutions to the most challenging problems of our time. FIU emphasizes research as a major component of its mission. It has 160,000 alumni and enrolls 48,000 students in two campuses and three centers including FIU Downtown on Brickell and the Miami Beach Urban Studios. FIU is a member of the Sun Belt Conference and has 400 student-athletes participating in 18 sports. For more information about FIU, visit

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