SAN ANTONIO (April 24, 2012) -- The Our Lady of the Lake University women's tennis team departed this afternoon for Oklahoma City where they will compete in the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) Regional Conference Tournament that begins on April 26.
The tournament will determine which teams will qualify for the NAIA National Tennis Championship Tournament that takes place in mid-May. A total of seven women's teams will be competing.
Adrienne Rodriguez, Associate Athletic Director/Director of Campus Recreation, led the OLLU community in a special send-off this afternoon in front of the University's athletic facilities. Jacqueline Walter, program coordinator in the OLLU University Ministry office, then led a prayer for the team members as Jeffrey Huber, ACDP, student minister, blessed each athlete with holy water.
Head Coach Sal Castillo thanked the community for the ceremony and recognized the hard work and dedication that his student-athletes have shown throughout the season.
The Saints are scheduled to play at noon on Thursday against Oklahoma Baptist University. Other teams competing include Lewis and Clark State University, John Brown University, the University of the Southwest and the host team, Southern Nazarene University.
The NAIA Champions of Character program aims to instill five core values in NAIA athletes, coaches: respect, responsibility, integrity, servant leadership, and sportsmanship. Our Lady of the Lake University shares and supports these values and strives to promote the Champions of Character program by working with students, coaches through our Champions of Character educational program. For more information on the Champions of Character program, click on the logo below: www.championsofcharacter.org.