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MSU Men's Tennis Falls to #1 West Florida

The 17th ranked Midwestern State Mustangs saw their season end quickly on Thursday night as unbeaten and No. 1 ranked West Florida stopped them with a 5-0 loss in the quarterfinals of the NCAA Division II Tennis Championships.

The Mustangs fell to 19-7 and had a six-match winning streak end, while the Argos extended their record to a perfect 27-0.

"We fought hard," said MSU Coach Scott Linn. "We just let them win too many points against us today."

West Florida continued their dominance of teams in the match, as the Argos have lost only 19 points on the season, by quickly taking a 3-0 lead in doubles.

The Mustangs best opportunity to grab a point from UWF in the match was at No. 2 doubles, where Kacper Boborykin and Kyle Davidson extended the Argo's duo of Alex Peyrot/Felipe Frattini to the edge before falling 8-6.

"That's two of our top guys (Boborykin/Davidson) and we were able to gain some momentum on them," Linn said. "We just couldn't keep it."

Jarrod Liston/Zack Santagate battled at No. 3 against Domenico Sano/Elio Latella before the Argo pair won 8-4.

The nationally ranked doubles match at No. 1 was taken by third-ranked Bruno Savi/Tony Rajaobelina 8-1 against MSU's 11th ranked Tomas Grejtak/Ramon Toyos.

West Florida, needing only two points to advance to the semifinals, cashed in quickly on the singles courts.

UWF's Kenny Brasil beat Liston 6-0, 6-0 at No. 4, before 13th ranked Rajaobelina handed 43rd ranked Davidson a 6-1, 6-2 loss at No. 2.

The Mustangs were down a set in the remaining positions when the match was called.

At No. 1, top ranked Savi was leading MSU's 27th ranked Boborykin 6-2, 2-1, while Frattini held a 6-3, 2-1 lead on Chris Norrie at No. 5.

MSU had two second set leads when play ended. Toyos was up 1-0 after falling behind 11th ranked Peyrot 6-3 at No. 3, and Grejtak was up 1-0 at No. 6 after dropping a 6-2 set to Latella.

"We pressed too much and made too many unforced errors," Linn added. "It was a disappointment, but one day doesn't define you."

The teams once again had to endure a weather delay before getting to the courts, as the Mustangs and Argos started some six-and-a half hours after their designated starting time.

The Mustangs played a strong schedule in getting to the Elite Eight, playing five of the seven other teams in the national quarterfinals this season.

"Our guys did a really good job in getting here," Linn said. "We had no seniors on this team and four new starters when the season began, and we were the top team in the region and didn't lose a match in the region. It was a good season."
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