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MSU Tennis Splits Matches against Southwest Baptist

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Boborykin, Liston Lead Men over #47 Southwest Baptist, 6-3

No. 18 Midwestern State broke out of a three-match skid by rolling to a 6-3 win over 47th-ranked Southwest Baptist (Mo.) Wednesday afternoon at the MSU Tennis Center.

The Mustangs improved to 8-5 on the season while running their home court winning streak to 10 matches.

Kacper Boborykin, who jumped ahead 16 spots to No. 30 in the ITA national Division II singles rankings earlier in the day, highlighted the effort by claiming a straight set win (6-2, 6-3) over No. 46-ranked Kristof Kanai at the No. 1 singles position where Boborykin improved to 10-2 this season.

The 6-1 junior from Neunkirchen, Germany also teamed with Kyle Davidson to claim an 8-3 win over SBU's Chris Blodig and Daniel Cardona at No. 2 doubles.

The Mustangs also earned an 8-1 win at the No. 3 doubles as Jarrod Liston and Zack Santagate upended Guido Margiotta and Yannick Doering.

SBU's 19th-ranked doubles' team of Kinai and Omar El Kheshan upset MSU's 8th-ranked duo of Tomas Grejtak and Ramon Toyos 8-2 at No. 1 as the Mustangs took a 2-1 lead into singles' play.

Toyos pulled the Mustangs to within a single win of the clincher taking a 6-2, 6-0 victory over Blodig at No. 3 singles, but the Bearcats rallied to take split set wins at the Nos. 2 and 4 as El Kheshan outlasted Davidson 6-4, 2-6, 6-3 and Cardona edged Christopher Norrie 3-6, 6-2, 6-2.

Junior Jarrod Liston clinched the victory with a 6-1, 6-4 victory over Margiotta at No. 5, while Grejtak closed out Doering 6-3, 6-4 at the No. 6 position.

Midwestern State plays host to Colorado Mesa Thursday afternoon at the MSU Tennis Center. First serve is set for 2 p.m.

Southwest Baptist fell to 7-5.

Mustang Women Edged by #27 SBU, 5-4

No. 27-ranked Southwest Baptist (Mo.) used a strong performance in singles to edge No. 18 Midwestern State 5-4 Wednesday afternoon at the MSU Tennis Center.

The loss snapped the Mustangs' nine-match winning streak on their home courts as MSU has dropped three of its last four -- all against nationally ranked competition -- to fall to 9-3 on the season.

Midwestern, which last lost to Abilene Christian at home on March 20, 2013, welcomes Colorado Mesa to the MSU Tennis Center Thursday afternoon. First serve is set for 2 p.m.

The Mustangs took a 2-1 lead out of doubles with Lauren Pineda and Sydney Briner combining for an 8-4 win over Mehak Singh and Lani Tuemmers at No. 2 while Courtney Anderson and Amy Clifton rolled to an 8-2 victory over Andjela Panovski and Paula Carvajaleno at No. 2.

The Bearcats' ninth-ranked duo of Fanni Varga and Christina Zentai took an 8-4 decision over MSU's No. 20-ranked tandem of Kayla Casey and Taylor Coffman at No. 1.

The teams swapped wins as the first two singles' matches came off the courts as Midwestern's Anderson defeated Tuemmers 6-4, 6-3 at No. 4 and SBU's Zentai took a 6-4, 6-2 decision at No. 3.

Southwest Baptist edged ahead for a 4-3 lead by outlasting the Mustangs in split sets at the top two positions.

Varga, the No. 4-ranked singles player in Division II rallied for wins in the final two sets 6-2, 6-3 after Clifton claimed the first in a tiebreaker (7-4) before Singh outlasted Casey 6-3, 4-6, 7-5.

Midwestern's Paige Boykin improved her season record to 6-1 to even match at 4-all claiming a 6-1, 6-3 decision over Carvajaleno at No. 6, but Panovski clinched the match for SBU by taking a 6-4, 6-4 win over Pineda at the No. 5 position.

Midwestern State dropped to 9-3 on the season, while the Bearcats won their fifth straight to improve to 10-2.