The Abilene Christian Wildcats won the 2011 Lone Star Conference Championship, but it wasn't without a fight as ACU picked up a 5-1 victory over the Midwestern State Mustangs Saturday at the Oklahoma City Tennis Center.
The Mustangs (17-8) took the only point off the Wildcats (21-7) in the tournament.
"I'm really proud of the way we attacked today," said MSU Coach Scott Linn. "We took it to them for two hours, but didn't have much left."
The Mustangs got their only point in the match with a win at No. 2 doubles. Abbie Lewis and Leah Roberts easily outdistanced ACU's Cassie Carve and Lauren White 8-2.
But the Wildcats got the upper hand with the battle of nationally-ranked doubles teams going their way. Jaclyn Walker and Julia Mongin, ranked 12th nationally, slipped by 11th ranked Rozike van Rensburg and Alex Odell-Michels 8-4 at No. 1.
The Cats took a 2-1 lead into singles with a win at No. 3 doubles as Hannah Kelley and Micah Hermsdorf downed the Mustangs Lindsey Holcomb and Ashley Huse 8-3.
ACU showed their strength in singles by posting three quick wins to claim the LSC title.
At No. 3, Hermsdorf beat Lewis 6-1, 6-0, with Emily Conrad stopping Huse 6-2, 6-0 at No. 2.
The match concluded with 15th ranked Walker taking the No. 2 spot over Alex Odell-Michels 6-3, 6-0.
Three other singles matches were left on the court unfinished with van Rensburg against Mongin at No. 1, Roberts battling Carver at No. 3 and Holcomb taking on Natalie Friend at No. 5.
"That was a shame because Leah Roberts had won a set and were playing in the third," Linn added.
The Mustangs now await Tuesday's announcement of the NCAA Division II Championship field.
"This is a very resilient team. They're hungry and are due," Linn continued. "We want to win a regional championship. We'll make some noise."