MSU Roundup: Tennis, Cross-Country

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.

MSU Men Fall to #19 Cameron

The Midwestern State Mustangs found that the revenge factor was powerful for the Cameron Aggies on Friday as the third seeded Aggies knocked off the second-seeded Mustangs 5-3 in the Lone Star Conference semifinals at the Oklahoma City Tennis Center.
Cameron, who came into the match ranked 19th nationally, remembered the stinging 6-3 upset that the 31st ranked Mustangs handed them just 10 days ago. And the close match played accordingly.
Where the Mustangs grabbed two of three doubles points in the first meeting, Cameron reversed the tables to take two of the three in the LSC semis. All three points were decided at the limit or in a tiebreaker.
MSU got it's only doubles win at No. 2 where Luke Joyce was paired with Mario Urban to defeat CU's Thomas Peixoto and Patrick Eicher 9-7.
But the Aggies took the early match lead by winning 9-8 tiebreakers at Nos. 1 & 3. Santiago Romero and Nicolas Clerc beat the No. 1 team of Vjekoslav Stipanic and Bo Zaputovic 7-1 in the tie break. Then the Aggies No. 3 team Duje Janic and Jeff Sasser took Chad Meeks and Jarrod Liston 7-3 in their tiebreak.
Clerc and Janic extended the Aggie lead with wins at No. 4 and No. 5, with Clerc beating Zaputovic 6-1, 6-3 and Janic downing Tiago Villarinho 6-4, 7-6 with a 7-5 tiebreaker.
But the Mustangs hung in with three set victories at Nos. 2 and 6. Urband beat Peixoto 4-6, 6-1, 6-0, while Rory deBoer downed Eicher 6-4, 3-6, 6-3 at No. 6.
The deciding match came at the top, where the Aggies Romero beat Stipanic. The No. 1s split sets, each winning 6-3, before Romero handed Stipanic a 6-2 loss in the deciding set.
The No. 3 contest between Joyce and CU's Manuel Barroetavena was pulled from the court after the Aggies clinched the win.
The Aggies (17-7) advance to face top-seeded Abilene Christian on Saturday morning at 9:30.
The Mustangs (14-6) wait until next week to learn if they will be selected for the NCAA Tournament.

MSU Cross-Country Places 3rd in Track Meet

Midwestern State completed its unofficial outdoor track season by taking third place in the 4x1600-meter relay in the Kansas Relays Friday night at Memorial Stadium.

The quartet including senior Sydnee Cole and a trio of freshmen in Janel Campbell, Ashley Flores and Cara Mack combined for a time of 21:38.31 to finish behind Wichita State (20:18.14) and Kansas (21:04.89).

"I'm not sure what more we need to do to prove we belong on the 400-meter oval," MSU coach Koby Styles said. "After competing so hard last night, it was great to come out for a fun competitive run. This isn't an event that is run in very many places."

The even concluded a strong show by Midwestern State in Lawrence.

Cole claimed gold in the 10,000-meter run Thursday night with a time of 36:58.06, while Flores broke the 18-minute barrier in the 5,000-meter run with a time of 17:52.68 to finish sixth.

The talented group of harriers will now begin preparation for a fourth straight Lone Star Conference Cross Country championship next fall.

Campbell, Flores and Mack join juniors Brissia Montalvo and Lindsey Pate and sophomores Melody Caldwell and Heather Owens as MSU returns seven for the fall season.