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MSU Roundup: Tennis to Host Regional Matches

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Mustang Men Earn #1 Seed in South Central Regional

After almost two weeks of waiting, the Midwestern State Mustangs found out when their next match will take place.
 
The 18th ranked Mustangs (17-6) were awarded the top seed in the South Central Region by the NCAA Division II Men's Tennis Committee on Tuesday night.
 
The Mustangs will host South Central Regional 1 on Saturday and Sunday at the MSU Tennis Center.
 
Saturday's match features fourth seeded St. Edward's (Texas) (14-7), the champion of the Heartland Conference against fifth seeded Colorado Mesa (13-9), the runnerup of the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference at 2 p.m.
 
MSU plays the winner of that match on Sunday at 2 p.m.
 
The Mustangs defeated both St. Ed's and Colorado Mesa this season.  MSU dropped SEU 7-1 to open the season on Feb. 14 in Austin, and beat CMU 8-1 on March 27 at the MSU Tennis Center.
 
Midwestern State is making its second consecutive and 12th overall appearance in the NCAA Tournament.  The Mustangs won their regional last season and advanced to the national quarterfinals.
 
South Central Regional 2 features second seeded Cameron hosting third seeded Western New Mexico, the RMAC Champion.
 
The winners of both regionals advance to the national round of 16 at Sanlando Park in Altamonte Springs, Fla., a suburb of Orlando.

Mustang Women Will Host Regional, Too!

The Lone Star Conference Champion Midwestern State Mustangs were named the top seed from the South Central Region when the NCAA Division II Women's Tennis Committee announced their tournament selections on Tuesday night.
 
The 18th ranked Mustangs (22-3) will host Colorado Mesa (17-8), the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference Champion in the South Central Region 1 match on Saturday at the MSU Tennis Center.  First serve is 9 a.m.
 
Midwestern defeated CMU 9-0 on March 27 at the MSU Tennis Center.
 
The Mustangs are making their second straight appearance and third in the last four years in the NCAA Tournament.  MSU won its regional last season and advanced to the Sweet 16.
 
The other South Central Region match has second seed St. Mary's (Texas) hosting Cameron.
 
The winners of both regional matches advance to the national round of 16 at Sanlando Park in Altamonte Springs, Fla., a suburb of Orlando.

MSU Softball Sweeps LSC Weekly Honors

Midwestern State's Katy Vandewater and Katlyn Holmes garnered Lone Star Conference Player of the Week honors Tuesday when league officials announced weekly award winners.
 
Vandewater, who earned top hitting honors, erupted to hit .889 (8-of-9) with three doubles and three homers while driving in 12 runs to lead the Mustangs to a sweep of Tarleton State last weekend at Mustangs Park.
 
The junior transfer from Weatherford College was 3-for-3 with a pair of doubles and a three-run homer as MSU rallied from a 5-1 deficit to run-rule the TexAnns 13-5 in the opener on Friday.
 
Vandewater stayed hot in the second game lining a bases loaded, bases clearing double to the left-field gap and added an RBI-single to center field to go 2-for-3 with 4 RBIs in a 12-0 whitewashing.
 
She capped the series with her first multiple homer game of the season sending a three-run shot over the left-field fence in the fourth inning and a solo blast down the left-field line in the sixth to finish the game 3-for-3 with five RBIs.
 
Vandewater upped her season average to .363 with 13 homers and a team leading 50 RBIs.
 
Holmes earned top pitching honors after weaving the fifth perfect game in MSU program history while helping the Mustangs to a 12-0 win in five innings over TSU Friday night.
 
The freshman from Gunter induced nine groundouts and five fly outs with one strikeout to become just the third MSU pitcher to deliver a perfecto.
 
Holmes followed the effort with another solid performance limiting the TexAnns to one run on seven hits with four strikeouts in a complete game win on Saturday.
 
Midwestern State opens Lone Star Conference Postseason Tournament play Friday afternoon against Cameron. First pitch is set for 1:30 p.m. at Schaeffer Park in Canyon.
 
With a win, the Mustangs move on play host West Texas A&M in the semifinal round Friday night. First pitch is slated for 6:30 p.m.
 
The tournament final follows Saturday afternoon at 2 p.m.