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MSU Roundup: Tennis Faces Cameron for LSC Title

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#18 Mustang Women Claim LSC Title, 5-4

The 18th ranked Midwestern State Mustangs claimed the regular season Lone Star Conference title with a 5-4 win over Cameron Thursday at the MSU Tennis Center.
 
The Mustangs (18-3, 3-0) earned the top seed in next week's LSC Tournament at the Southlake Tennis Center in Southlake.  No. 49 Cameron (16-5, 2-1) is the number two seed and will play the winner of Saturday's Texas A&M-Kingsville at Tarleton State match in the tournament's first round.  MSU plays the loser.
 
The Mustangs swept all three doubles points, then held on with a pair of singles wins to claim their ninth-straight victory.
 
MSU was paced by the play of sophomore Kayla Casey, who collected wins in both singles and doubles.
 
Casey, ranked 33rd in Division II in singles, capped the win for the Mustangs with a 6-2, 6-7 (8-10), 6-2 win over Angie Torres at No. 1 singles.
 
Casey and Taylor Coffman, the nation's No. 20 doubles team, beat Paula Gutierrez/Florencia Tornero 8-5 to lead the doubles sweep.
 
MSU freshman Paige Boykin was also a two-point winner.  After teaming with Courtney Anderson to beat Magdalena Kovinic/Antonia Moberg 8-4 at No. 3 doubles, Bokyin then ripped Moberg 6-2, 6-2 at No. 5 singles for the Mustangs other singles win.
 
MSU also collected a win at No. 2 doubles as Amy Clifton/Lauren Pineda beat Angie Torres/Samantha Wood 8-4.
 
The Aggies made it a match by winning four of the singles points, three of them in three sets.
 
Wood downed Anderson 2-6, 6-1, 6-4 at No. 3, while Tornero beat Pineda 7-5, 4-6, 6-0 at No. 4 and Kovinic won at No. 6 over Sydney Briner 0-6, 6-4, 7-5.
 
Gutierrez beat Coffman 6-1, 6-1 at No. 2.
 
The Mustangs play two more regular season, non-conference matches this weekend at the MSU Tennis Center.  On Friday, MSU takes on Washburn at 1 p.m., before hosting Texas-Permian Basin Saturday at 2:30.

W. Tennis: Casey Chosen LSC Player of the Week

Midwestern State's Kayla Casey has been named the Lone Star Conference Tennis Player of the Week for her strong play over the last week.
 
Casey helped Midwestern State win its seventh and eight straight victories as the Mustangs beat No. 21 Drury and Northwest Missouri State last weekend in Springfield, Mo.
 
The sophomore from Franklin, Texas won three matches during the week and had a fourth stopped when the Mustangs won the match.  Ranked 33rd in the Division II ITA national singles rankings, Casey beat Drury's Lara Muller 7-5, 6-0 at No. 2.  Teamed with Taylor Coffman to form the 20th ranked duo nationally, the tandem beat Drury's  Muller/Stephanie Monsch 8-3 and NWMSU's Lorena Rivas/Alexis Bartek 8-2.

W. Tennis: Mustangs Top Regional Rankings Again

    Midwestern State maintained its hold on the No. 1 spot in the South Central Region rankings released Thursday by the NCAA Division II Women's Tennis Championship Committee.

The Mustangs have rolled to nine-straight wins while posting 18 wins for the first time since 2007.

Midwestern capped off a Lone Star Conference regular season title with a 5-4 win over Cameron Thursday at the MSU Tennis Center while improving to 11-0 against in-region foes.

The Mustangs are trailed by St. Mary's (8-4), Cameron (14-4), Arkansas-Fort Smith (9-4), Tarleton State (10-4) and Newman (Kan.) (13-3).
 
The top four teams advance to regional play beginning May 3 at campus sites.
 
The committee will release one more weekly ranking (April 23) before announcing the postseason tournament field on Tuesday, April 29.

The Mustangs advanced to the Round of 16 last season before bowing out to Barry (Fla.). The 2014 NCAA Division II Tennis Championships are set for Sanlando Park Tennis Center in Altamonte Springs, Fla. from May 14-17.
 
Midwestern closes the regular season with a pair of home matches this weekend at the MSU Tennis Center. The Mustangs welcome Washburn (Kan.) Friday at 1 p.m. before taking Texas-Permian Basin Saturday at 2:30 p.m.

M. Tennis: Mustangs Outlast Aggies Through Rain Delay

The 18th ranked Midwestern State Mustangs had to wait through a rain delay, and then for indoor courts to become available, before finishing off the 17th ranked Cameron Aggies 5-1 on Thursday.

The Mustangs (15-6) grabbed an early lead from doubles when the rains came, interrupting singles play with the Aggies (16-8) at the MSU Tennis Center. The teams had to wait more than three-and-a half hours between the rain delay and gaining the availability of indoor courts at the Wichita Falls Country Club.

MSU jumped out to the early 2-1 lead on the strong play at No. 1 and No. 3 doubles.

The eighth ranked doubles tandem of Tomas Grejtak/Ramon Toyos quickly beat Angelo Lencion/Felipe Oyarzun 8-2 at No. 1, and Jarrod Liston/Zack Santagate won at No. 3 over Dean Weigelt/Andres Velasco 8-4.

The Aggies' only point in the match came at No. 2 doubles as Dennis Merdan/Joao Fazendeiro edged Kacper Boborykin/Kyle Davidson 9-7.

In singles, the Mustangs held leads on all six courts when the rain interrupted play.

After going to WFCC, that has three indoor courts, the top three positions resumed the match.

In the battle at No. 1, 30th ranked Boborykin beat 41st ranked Merdan 7-5, 6-4.

Toys then won quickly at No. 3, beating Lencioni 6-4, 6-0.

The match closed when 34th ranked Davidson finished off Oyarzun 6-4, 3-6, 6-1 to win the fifth point of the long day. Davidson came back from trailing in the final game of the match down 40-0 to break Oyarzun for the win.

"It's a great win for the Mustangs," said Davidson, a sophomore from Garland. "This was a big win, and a nice one."

The Mustangs were up in matches with Liston at No. 4 and Christopher Norrie at No. 5, but both went unfinished indoors. Tomas Grejtak never got back on the court after the delay at No. 6 to go unfinished as well.

The win was the 15th straight at home for MSU, who has two more matches at the MSU Tennis Center this weekend. No. 39 Washburn visits on Friday for a 1 p.m. match, while Texas-Permian Basin closes the regular season for the Mustangs with a 2:30 match Saturday afternoon.

M. Tennis: Mustangs Still #1 in Region Ranking

Midwestern State retained its No. 1 position atop the South Central Region rankings released Thursday by the NCAA Division II Men's Tennis Championship Committee.

The Mustangs split a pair of matches against nationally ranked opposition last week, taking a narrow 5-4 loss to 12th-ranked Drury (Mo.) on Friday before rolling to a 6-3 win over No. 16 Northwest Missouri State on Saturday.

MSU has won seven of it last eight to move to 14-6 on the season, but are a perfect 8-0 against in-region opposition.

The Mustangs are trailed by Cameron (11-3), St. Edward's (10-2), Western New Mexico (9-5), Colorado Mesa (7-4), St. Mary's (Texas) (5-4) and Metro State (Colo.) (8-7).

The top five teams advance to regional play beginning May 3 at campus sites.

The committee will release one more weekly ranking (April 23) before announcing the postseason tournament field on Tuesday, April 29.

MSU has faced four of the seven other programs ranked No. 1 in their respective regions claiming a win over Northwest Missouri State (Central) while taking tight 5-4 losses to Armstrong Atlantic (Ga.) (Southeast) and Drury (Mo.) (Midwest). The West Region's top-ranked squad, Hawaii Pacific, defeated the Mustangs 9-0.

The Mustangs advanced to the Elite Eight for the second time in school history a season ago before falling to national runner-up Armstrong Atlantic (Ga.). The 2014 NCAA Division II Tennis Championships are set for Sanlando Park Tennis Center in Altamonte Springs, Fla. from May 14-17.

W. Golf: Mustangs 6th in West Super Region Rankings

Midwestern State moved ahead one spot to No. 6 in the latest West Super Region rankings released Thursday by the NCAA Division II Women's Golf Committee.

St. Edward's (Texas) remained the top team in the super region followed by Tarleton State (Texas), California Baptist, Dallas Baptist (Texas), Chico State (Calif.), MSU, Hawaii-Hilo, West Texas A&M, California State-East Bay, Newman (Kan.), Sonoma State (Calif.) and Cameron (Okla.).
 
The top nine teams and four individuals not on those teams will be selected to the participate in the NCAA Division II West Super Regional May 5-7 at the Walnut Creek Country Club in Mansfield, Texas.  The top three teams from the Super Regional and the top three individuals not on those teams advance to the NCAA Division II Championship on May 14-17 at the Rock Barn Golf and Spa in Conover, N.C.
 
The committee will announce the tournament field on Monday, April 28.
 
The Mustangs were selected to the Super Regional as a team for the first time in school history last season, finishing seventh.

Midwestern competes in the Lone Star Conference Championships on April 21-22 at the Horseshoe Bay (Texas) Resort.

M. Golf: Oland Wins Texas Amateur Qualifier

Midwestern State junior Derek Oland shot a 2-under-par 69 on Thursday to win the Texas Amateur Qualifier at the Wichita Falls Country Club.
 
The junior from McKinney qualifies for the 105th Texas Amateur to be played June 12-15 at the Brook Hollow Country Club in Dallas.  It features 144 of the top amateur players in the state.
 
In addition to Oland's 69, Bradley Ferrell of Lewisville and Corey Bounds of Carrollton shot 1-over 72 to qualify for the Texas Amateur.
 
MSU sophomore Brandon Banks of Irving also played in the event, shooting an 8-over 79.
 
Oland currently leads the Mustangs with a 71.00 scoring average and is ranked second in NCAA Division II in scoring according to Golfstat.
 
The Mustangs play in the Lone Star Conference Tournament next Monday and Tuesday at the Ram Rock Course of the Horseshoe Bay Resort in Horseshoe Bay.