MSU Roundup: Golf, Tennis, Cross-Country

#31 MSU Men Beat #33 UIW

The Midwestern State Mustangs picked up a big Lone Star Conference victory Thursday afternoon, beating Incarnate Word 6-3.
The No. 31 Mustangs (12-3, 3-1) improved to 6-1 at the MSU Tennis Center in their final regular season match of the year. The No. 33 Cardinals (6-8, 1-2) suffered their second conference loss of the season.
The Mustangs opened up taking two of the three doubles points, both with 9-7 wins. Vjekoslav Stipanic and Luke Joyce picked up their 12th win of the year with a triumph over Leury Arias and Chris Lawson at No.1, while Mario Urban and Rory de Boer got their second win together at No. 3 against Carlos Olvera and Aiden DeLeon.
Then the Mustangs put it away by claiming the middle singles play.
Seniors Stipanic and Bo Zaputovic didn't take long to win at Nos. 2 and 4. Stipanic handed Lawson a 6-2, 6-2 beating, while Zaputovic beat David Ballenger 6-4, 6-3.
The match was decided when Joyce beat Olvera at No. 3 in three sets 2-6, 6-3, 6-1. The Mustangs added insurance as senior Tiago Vilahrino beat Nicholas Mikulcic 6-2, 3-6, 10-8.
"We had a solid match against a conference competitor," said MSU Coach Scott Linn. "We've got to defend our home court against a team like UIW and I'm proud they stepped up to the challenge."
MSU visits Oklahoma Christian in non-conference play at 2 p.m. on Friday but is looking toward a match next Tuesday against Cameron to wrap up LSC action.

MSU Women Outlast Incarnate 5-4

It was the lone senior for Midwestern State that decided Thursday afternoon's Lone Star Conference match for the Mustangs against Incarnate Word.
Ashley Huse, a senior from Amarillo playing in her final regular season home match, won the last match on the court defeating Francesca Bassoo 7-6 (10-8), 6-1 to give the Mustangs a 5-4 win over the Cardinals.
"I am proud of the way we fought it out today," said MSU Coach Scott Linn. "We willed our way to some points today."
The 30th ranked Mustangs (14-4, 6-1) struggled through doubles play against 43rd-ranked UIW (7-8, 1-4), winning just one point at No. 2 when Abbie Lewis and Leah Roberts beat Alex Adams and Casey Bulls 8-3.
But the Mustangs answered in singles. Lewis quickly dispatched Adams at No. 4 6-1, 6-1 and Alex Odell-Michels beat Brianda Navarro 6-4, 6-1.
The tide turned when Rozike van Rensburg battled through three sets to take the No. 1 singles point with a 6-3, 4-6, 7-6 win over Audrey Hernandez. Van Rensburg led a 5-0 lead in the third set slip away to a tiebreak at 6-6.
After losing the first two points in the tiebreaker, van Rensburg collected seven straight points to beat Hernandez and win the match.
The Mustangs don't have much time to enjoy the win, as they hit the road Friday for a non-conference match at Oklahoma Christian, with the first serve at 2 p.m.

Two Mustangs Named LSC Tennis Players of the Week

The Lone Star Conference made it a Midwestern State sweep this week for Lone Star Conference Tennis Player of the Week, as Luke Joyce was named the men's player and Alex Odell-Michels the women's player.
Odell-Michels led the Mustangs to a 2-0 showing last week, including a 6-3 win over Northeastern State – just the second win over the RiverHawks in school history. 
She teamed with Rozike van Rensburg to win doubles points against NSU and St. Mary's and also beat Northeastern's Karolina Chichon 6-1, 6-3 at No. 2 singles. She was about to win her singles point against St. Mary's when the match was pulled after MSU went up 5-0. 
She's won her last two singles points and was up in the two that were pulled after the team won. The doubles team won their last six straight and nine of their last 10 heading into Thursday's home win over UIW.
Joyce helped lead Mustangs in a 9-0 victory over St. Mary's in MSU's only match last week. 
He won both matches played, winning at No. 1 doubles with partner Vjekoslav Stipanic 8-3 over St. Mary's Marcin Marczewski and Guy Rutten. He then beat Rutten 6-2, 6-1 at No. 3 singles. 
The Joyce/Stipanic team is ranked 37th nationally in doubles, and Joyce has won four of his last five singles points.

MSU Women's Golf Slips in Regional Rankings

Midwestern State slipped a spot to No. 10 in the latest West Region rankings released Thursday afternoon by the NCAA Division II Women's Golf Committee.

The Mustangs finished fourth in the 13-team field at the Drury Lady Panther Spring Shootout last weekend in Springfield, Mo.

MSU now needs a good showing in its final two tournaments of the 2010-11 season to clinch its first regional berth in the program's second year of existence.

The Mustangs compete in the George Housewright Invitational hosted by Tarleton State next week before closing the campaign at the Lone Star Conference Championships which will be held from April 18-20 at The Republic Golf Club in San Antonio.

The top nine teams and top four individuals not associated with the advancing teams qualify for the 2011 NCAA Division II West Regional set for May 1-3 at the Tascosa Country Club in Amarillo, Texas.

Currently, the field would include Tarleton State, Grand Canyon (Ariz.), St. Edward's (Texas), Western Washington, Cal State-Monterey Bay, Central Oklahoma, Northeastern State and Sonoma State (Calif.) which hold down the top eight positions in the most recent regional rankings.

Nebraska-Omaha, MSU, Incarnate Word and West Texas A&M currently occupy the Nos. 9-12 position, respectively.

MSU's XC Takes Four Wins in Track Meet

Midwestern State may not officially have a track team, but that didn't stop the Mustangs from stacking up four wins and a meet record Thursday afternoon at the McMurry Relays.
Senior Sydnee Cole easily outpaced the field to claim the 10,000-meter run by nearly five minutes to set a meet record with a 39:21.88.
"She just really wanted to see [what] 25 laps on the track felt like," MSU coach Koby Styles said. "This will set her up for the next several weeks."
The Mustangs, who don't qualify to run in the Lone Star Conference Championships, finish an abbreviated slate with the Angelo State meet next week before closing at the Kansas Relays.
Freshman Ashley Flores improved her personal best by eight seconds in the 1,500-meter run striking gold with a time of 4:45.94 and was followed by teammates Janel Campbell (3rd/5:00.99), Lindsey Pate (5:20.48) and Melody Caldwell (5:25.01).
"Ashley was amazing," Styles said. "I felt like she had a really good shot at winning and she kept pulling and pulling away and also had a shot at the meet record but fell .2 of second short."
Flores also claimed gold in the 800-meter run with the team's season best time of 2:25.07 while Campbell logged a 2:30.27, good for seventh place to edge Caldwell, who crossed the line in 2:32.99.
The Mustangs also produced a stellar showing in the 5,000-meter run as freshman Cara Mack took gold with a 19:29.00 while sophomore Heather Owens was third with a 22:12.76.
Midwestern finished the meet seventh with a total of 54 points to place just behind LSC members West Texas A&M (65) and Texas A&M-Commerce (60).
"Anytime you can finish close to the top five and only bring seven runners to a meet, you know you've had a good day," Styles said. "I couldn't be happier with the performance today."