The Midwestern State women have a change to avenge a regular season loss with their selection Tuesday evening to the NCAA Division II Tennis Championships.
The Lone Star Conference runners-up Mustangs (17-8) are the number three seed in the tournament and will travel to second-seeded Cameron (13-7) for the South Central #1 Regional match next Tuesday at 10 a.m.. The Mustangs will make their 12th appearance in the NCAA Tournament and their second consecutive appearance in the match at the Streich-Henry Tennis Complex.
The winner advances to the NCAA Division II National Tournament at Sanlando Park in Altamonte Springs, Fla., for a Sweet 16 matchup with the winner of the Central #2 region matchup that pits Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference runners-up Winona State (Minn.) (17-8) and Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference champion Mesa State (Colo.) (20-8).
"We're so excited," said MSU Coach Scott Linn. "We've got a nice situation where we win one match and advance to the round of 16."
The Aggies beat the Mustangs 5-4 on April 12 in Lawton.
"That match came down to a couple of three-setters on the singles side," Linn said. "We didn't feel that we played well in doubles and set ourselves up for that."
The NCAA also announced the South Central #2 regional, a three-team affair, that will be hosted by Abilene Christian on Monday and Tuesday. On Monday, fourth-seed Tarleton State meets fifth-seed Southwest Baptist (Mo.), with the winner taking on top-seed Abilene Christian on Tuesday. The winner of this regional advances to the Sweet 16 as well.
Men's Tennis denied bid to NCAA tournament
The Midwestern State men had its hopes to continue their season with a return to the NCAA Championships dashed when the NCAA Tennis committee announced the 2011 championship field.
The Mustangs (14-6) were knocked off in the Lone Star Conference semifinals by Cameron who earned the third seed in the men's draw to take on second-seeded Abilene Christian next week in the South Central #2 region match.
The South Central #1 regional match puts fourth-seeded Northwest Missouri State (19-4) at top-seeded St. Edward's (12-8) next week.
"We play in a good region," said MSU Coach Scott Linn. "The South Central regions got four teams that are ranked top 20 in the country that got in ahead of us. We went 1-and-4 against all four of them, so in reality if we're number five in the region the results proved that."