Mustang Women Advance to LSC Title Match
The Midwestern State Mustangs advanced to Saturday's Lone Star Conference Championship Match with Friday evening's 5-2 victory over Tarleton State in the LSC Semifinals.
The 30th ranked and second-seeded Mustangs (17-7) used the bottom of the singles lineup to take the victory over the sixth-seeded TexAnns (8-9) at the Oklahoma City Tennis Center.
The Mustangs opened with a 2-1 advantage after doubles. The top duo of Rozike van Rensburg and Alex Odell-Michels downed Alicia Perez and Mariana Freitas 8-3. The No. 3 team of Linsdey Holcomb and Ashley Huse delivered an 8-1 triumph over TSU's Silvia Nieva and Kayla Deathrage.
Then in singles it was Leah Roberts joining Holcomb and Huse to sweep the four-through-six positions and the match.
"Leah Roberts did a great job today," said MSU Coach Scott Linn. "We really needed to win at No. 4 singles and she came through. She got to some tough balls. She's a competitor."
Roberts ripped Melanie Barnes 6-2, 6-0 at No. 4, while Holcomb blasted Nieva 6-1, 6-1. Huse ended the match with a 6-1, 6-1 win at No. 6 against Deathrage.
The TexAnns only singles win was at No. 3 where Freitas beat Abbie Lewis 6-2, 6-1.
The Nos. 1 and 2 singles were pulled off the court with the Mustangs victory.
"I'm so proud of the way we played today," said Linn. "They are warriors. They've overcome a lot this season, and at the end of the day they wanted to win and they did."
The Mustangs setup the 1-2 showdown against top-seeded Abilene Christian. ACU handled fourth-seeded Cameron 5-0 in the other semifinal.
The LSC Championship Match is set for Saturday morning at 9:30.
Mustang Women Roll to 6-1 First-Round Win
The Midwestern State Mustangs advanced to the Lone Star Conference semifinals Friday morning with a 6-1 victory over Incarnate Word at the Oklahoma City Tennis Center.
The second-seeded Mustangs (15-7) advance to meet sixth-seeded Tarleton State at 3:30 Friday afternoon. The TexAnns defeated third-seeded Central Oklahoma 5-4 in quarterfinal play.
MSU was led at the top of the lineup by All-Lone Star Conference performers Rozike van Rensburg and Alex Odell-Michels. The 37th ranked doubles pair ripped the UIW No. 1 team of Audrey Hernandez and Maggae Doney 8-3.
Odell-Michels took out Brianda Navarro 6-0, 6-2 at No. 2 singles, however it wasn't so easy at No. 1. Van Rensburg went the distance with Hernandez, winning 1-6, 6-0, 6-2 to claim the match as well.
The Mustangs also got a doubles win from the No. 2 team of Leah Roberts and Abbie Lewis with an 8-4 triumph over Casey Bulls and Alex Adams.
Lewis then beat Bulls 6-2, 1-6, 6-2 at No. 3, while Roberts downed Adams 6-3, 6-1 at No. 4.
UIW got its only point when Navarro and Lorena Robolledo beat Lindsey Holcomb and Ashley Huse at No. 3 doubles 8-3.
The match was halted with two singles competitions on the court.
In other quarterfinal action, top-seeded Abilene Christian defeated eighth-seeded Southeastern Oklahoma State 5-0 and fourth-seeded Cameron beat fifth-seeded Northeastern State 5-3. ACU and Cameron meet on Friday afternoon as well.