Trailing 5-2 in the top flight Friday to open the Southland season, Mutel rallied to a 7-5 victory to take the first set over Sam Houston State’s Fabienne Gettwart before winning the match with a 6-4 second set win. This gave Northwestern State the fourth point on the day to clinch the win in the league opener. She had already picked up a doubles win at the No. 1 slot with teammate Polina Ivanova, 6-0. In Saturday’s match against Lamar, the duo earned a 6-2 win over the Cardinals’ Jasmin Buchta and Natalia Molina. The senior from Yaroslavl, Russia, went on to defeat Buchta 6-2, 6-4 in singles to claim a perfect weekend.Honorable Mention: Sarah Jurakova, McNeese; Stephanie Barnett, NichollsSouthland 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. FRISCO, Texas – Northwestern State’s Polina Mutel is the Southland Conference Player of the Week, the league announced Tuesday. Southland Conference Players of the Week are presented by UniversalCoin.com. Women’s Tennis Player of the Week – Polina Mutel, Northwestern State – Sr. – Yaroslavl, Russia In the opening weekend of Southland Conference action, Mutel led the Lady Demons (6-5, 2-0 SLC) to a 2-0 start with a 4-3 win against Sam Houston State (5-3, 1-1 SLC) and a 7-0 sweep of Lamar (2-6, 1-1 SLC). NSU hits the road this weekend for a Saturday contest at McNeese (6-1, 2-0 SLC) beginning at 1 p.m. before taking on Nicholls (6-3, 0-1 SLC) at 11 a.m. on Sunday.