Midwestern State senior Corbin Thomas added to his collection of postseason awards Thursday afternoon when he was named to the National Association of Basketball Coaches' All-South Central Region first-team squad.
The 6-8 forward from Chicago was also named to a Daktronics All-South Central first-teamer by the Collegiate Sports Information Directors of America earlier this month.
The All-Lone Star Conference first-team selection and Co-Newcomer of the Year notched 11 double-doubles while leading the Mustangs to their fifth conference title in the last seven seasons averaging 14.1 points and 8.4 rebounds a game.
The one-year transfer from Missouri State poured in 20 points five times this season and booked at least 10 points in 25 of 31 games including a season-best 27-point, 18-rebound effort in MSU's LSC-clinching victory over Texas A&M-Commerce on Feb. 20 at D.L. Ligon Coliseum.
Thomas' leadership helped Midwestern earn an at-large bid to participate in the NCAA Division II South Central Regionals for the fifth consecutive season.
Other NABC All-South Central Region first-team picks include Craig Foster of Cameron (Okla.), Alex Herrera of Fort Lewis (Colo.), Brandon Jefferson of Metro State (Colo.), Kevin Kotzur of St. Mary's (Texas) and Jonathan Morse of Metro State (Colo.).
The second team consists of Shamar Acuay of Newman (Kan.), Nick Fox of Dallas Baptist, Chuck Guy of Tarleton State (Texas), Kaimyn Pruitt of Adams State (Colo.) and Dionelle Rucker of Incarnate Word (Texas).
Metropolitan State's Derrick Clark garnered top coaching honors after leading the Roadrunners to an NCAA Division II Elite Eight berth for the second straight season.
The Midwestern State Mustangs were easy winners over McMurry Thursday afternoon at the MSU Tennis Center, beating the War Hawks 8-1.
No. 31 Midwestern (9-4 overall) fell only at the No. 3 doubles spot, while sweeping McMurry (7-3) in singles.
Once again, the South Central Regions top doubles team of seniors Luke Joyce and Colby Meeks led the way, winning No. 1 doubles 8-4 over Chris Breaux and Casjen Rico, then each claiming singles wins. Joyce, ranked 39th nationally, won at No. 1 over Breaux 7-5, 6-1. Meeks won at No. 2 over Felipe Cruz 6-2, 6-3.
"Another fantastic job by our seniors," said MSU coach Scott Linn. "We did a great job as a team and I'm very happy with the way we played."
The Mustangs got strong play from freshmen Kyle Davidson and Austin Crawford. The duo teamed for No. 2 doubles to beat Cruz and Dani Perez 8-3, then won their singles. Davidson took Perez at No. 3, 7-5, 6-2 and Crawford beat Christiano Mendez 6-4, 6-3.
Kacper Boborykin moved up in the lineup to No. 4 singles and beat McMurry's Preston Steblein 6-1, 6-0.
"I'm very pleased with (Boborykin)," said Linn. "He's got a lot of potential and played a very mature, very focused match."
Tomas Grejtak moved into singles at No. 6 and beat Rico 6-2, 7-5.
McMurry's lone point came when Steblein and Mendez edged Grejtak and Zack Santagate 9-7 at No. 3 doubles.
The MSU men are in action again on Friday when they face Texas-Tyler in a match at 3 p.m. The men's competition was moved from Saturday morning.
The Midwestern State women bounced back strong on Thursday, shutting out McMurry 9-0 in non-conference play at the MSU Tennis Center.
The No. 40 Mustangs (7-5) took about two-and-a half hours to down the War Hawks (4-9).
Senior Sarita Adhikary was a star for the Mustangs, moving up to the No. 1 singles spot and easily beating Lauren Renner 6-3, 6-1. She also teamed with Lauren Pineda at No. 2 doubles and rolled over Jessica Bentley and Sydney Gonzales 8-1. Pineda added a win at No. 5 singles over Brandy Curry 6-1, 6-1.
"I'm very happy the way Sarita stepped up," said MSU coach Scott Linn. "All around, great team effort and I know the women are very excited about getting back on the winning trail."
Taylor Coffman moved into the No. 2 singles spot for MSU and rolled McMurry's Sydney Gonzales 6-1, 6-2, and Fatima Clementino moved up to No. 6 to beat Miranda Townson 6-3, 6-1. The duo paired at No. 3 doubles for an 8-2 win over Townson and Salitza Abrantes.
Madeline Schorlemmer and Kayla Casey, MSU's new No. 1 doubles team, shutout McM's Renner and Curry 8-0. Casey also won at No. 3 singles over Abrantes 6-0, 6-3, while Schorlemmer was a winner at No. 5 over Bentley 6-2, 6-1.
The Mustangs continue their four-match home stand on Saturday with a pair of matches. The MSU women face Texas-Tyler at 8 a.m., then join with the MSU men to face Northwest Missouri State at 1 p.m.
Midwestern State senior Colby Meeks was named the Lone Star Conference Men's Tennis Player of the Week for his strong play over the last week.
Meeks, a senior from San Angelo, Texas/Central, led Midwestern State to a pair of wins and going 4-0 for the week himself as the Mustangs beat No. 29 Florida Southern 6-3 and No. 14 Abilene Christian 5-4. MSU is 8-4 overall, 1-1 in Lone Star Conference play.
He teamed with Luke Joyce as MSU's No. 1 doubles team to beat FSC's Emanuel Lueber/Benoit Paradis 8-5 in Lakeland last Thursday, then added a win over Paradis at No. 2 singles, 7-6 (7-3), 6-3.
On Wednesday, Meeks/Joyce beat ACU's Jason Proctor/Borja Cortes 9-8 (7-5) at No. 1 doubles before downing Proctor at No. 3 singles 0-6, 7-5, 6-3. The two points help MSU defeat Abilene Christian for the first time since May 5, 2006.
MSU continues a four-match home stand this weekend. Friday the Mustangs face Texas-Tyler at 3 p.m. and follows with Northwest Missouri State Saturday at 1 p.m., both matches at the MSU Tennis Center.
Midwestern State's Taylor Klutts has been hot as of late and has transformed that into her second Lone Star Conference Women's Golfer of the Week in the last three weeks.
The senior from Lake Kiowa, Texas/Callisburg placed third individually in leading Midwestern State to it's second tournament win of the year with a triumph in the 18-team MSU Invitational at the Wichita Falls Country Club. She fired rounds of 73 and 75 to finish with a 4-over-par 148, just two strokes off the individual tournament lead.
Klutts helped the No. 8 Mustangs to a nine stroke win over No. 12 Central Oklahoma with the two best team rounds of the tournament of 314-309 – 623.
The Mustangs play again April 1-2 in the Dallas Baptist Invitational at the Tierra Verde Golf Club in Arlington.