EDINBURG The University of Texas-Pan American Broncs men's tennis team announced Tuesday that they will play 17 matches leading up to the 2012 Southland Conference Tournament, including six at home, starting on Saturday, Jan. 21 at 12:00 p.m. at Southern Methodist University.

The Broncs then return home to face Midwestern State on Friday, February 3 at 4:00 p.m. at the Orville Cox Tennis Center before hitting the road for ten-straight matches against Laredo Community College, Prairie View A&M, Bethany College, St. Mary's, Southland Conference opponents Nicholls State and the University of Texas at San Antonio, Portland, Florida A&M, Louisiana-Lafayette and New Orleans.

"We're looking forward to testing out the team and seeing how the new guys will fare with the competition," Broncs head coach Paul Goode said.

The Broncs kick off a stretch of five-straight home matches to close the regular season when they host the University of Maryland Baltimore County on Friday, March 23 at 10:00 a.m. The Broncs also host Laredo Community and three Southland Conference opponents, Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi (TAMUCC), the University of Texas at Arlington and Lamar. TAMUCC, who won the Southland Conference Championship in 2011, was ranked 70th in the final collegetennisonline.com poll last season.

"It can't hurt [to have five-straight home matches at the end of the season]. That's when we'll be playing our best tennis, down the stretch. We're looking forward to having some home matches to the fans can come out and see us play," Goode said.

The top four teams in the Southland Conference advance to the conference tournament, which takes place April 27 and 28 on the campus of Stephen F. Austin.

The Southland Conference champion will take part in the NCAA Tournament starting May 11.

Complete Schedule (home matches in bold)

Date Opponent Time

Jan. 21 at Southern Methodist University 12:00 p.m.

Feb. 3 Midwestern State 4:00 p.m.

Feb. 5 at Laredo Community College 2:00 p.m.

Feb. 9 at Prairie View A&M 2:00 p.m.

Feb. 10 vs. Bethany College (@ PVA&M) 10:00 a.m.

Feb. 11 at St. Mary's University 12:00 p.m.

Feb. 24 at Nicholls State University 2:00 p.m.

Mar. 2 at University of Texas at San Antonio 2:00 p.m.

Mar. 3 vs. Portland (@ UTSA) TBD

Mar. 9 vs. Florida A&M (@ Louisiana-Lafayette) 9:00 a.m.

Mar. 9 at Louisiana-Lafayette 2:00 p.m.

Mar. 11 at New Orleans 12:00 p.m.

Mar. 23 University of Maryland Baltimore County 10:00 a.m.

Apr. 1 Laredo Community College 2:00 p.m.

Apr. 3 Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi 2:00 p.m.

Apr. 9 University of Texas at Arlington 11:00 a.m.

Apr. 15 Lamar University 10:00 a.m.

Apr. 27 Southland Conference Tournament Semifinals (Hosted by Stephen F. Austin)

Apr. 28 Southland Conference Tournament Finals (Hosted by Stephen F. Austin)

May 11 NCAA Regionals

May 12 NCAA Regionals

May 13 NCAA Regionals

May 18 NCAA Championships