Midwestern State tennis returns to play for the fall semester as it hosts the MSU Invitational this weekend at both the MSU and the Weeks Park tennis centers.
The action features flighted brackets in singles and double play for both men and women.
MSU, Cameron, Texas-Permian Basin, Dallas Baptist and Tyler Junior College will be represented in men's and women's play. Joining the group for men's action is SMU, while Texas A&M-Kingsville and North Central Texas College will play on the women's side.
"We'll have most of our top players competing in this tournament," said MSU Coach Scott Lynn. "This is a great tune-up for the ITA Small College Regionals we host next weekend."
Play begins at 8 a.m. on both Friday and Saturday, and will continue through the day.
All of the men's action will be played at the MSU Tennis Center, while all of the women's matches will be played at Weeks Park.
Midwestern State faces its first true test of the season Saturday at the Missouri Southern Stampede.
"This meet is always a good indicator because all of our school's 5K records are from this race," MSU coach Koby Styles said. "Competing against schools like Arkansas, Missouri Southern and Southwest Baptist will definitely show us where we stand."
The Mustangs placed five in the top six to easily win the season opening MSU/Strohman Dental Stampede last Saturday at the former Hawk Ridge Golf Course while will also serve as host for the 2014 Lone Star Conference Championship.
MSU placed fourth in the field of 18 the last time it competed in the meet eventually placing seventh in the South Central Regional in 2012. The Mustangs finished as runner-up in both meets in 2010 after placing eighth in 2009, fifth in 2008 and 30th in 2007.
Former LSC Runner of the Year Sydnee Cole set the program 5K mark finishing the loop in 18:08.35, but Styles believes the mark will be in play this weekend.
"This is a very fast track," he said. "I think we'll see the record fall."
Senior Gabby Ruiz owns the outdoor track record time of 17:45.22 set last season and also set the indoor mark of 18:00.76 earlier in the spring.
Fellow senior Michelle Krezonoski also owns faster times at 5,000 meters pacing times of 17:50.79 and 18:00.15 last spring.
Joining the duo on the 11-person travel squad are seniors Danielle Chavarria, Kim Krezonoski, Emma Ramirez, Cara Mack and Lucia Trejo, juniors Ana Lopez, Brittany Adams and Maira Salinas as well as freshman Angela Dees.
The rest of the field is made up of Allen County CC, Baker (Kan.), Bethel (Kan.), College of the Ozarks (Ark.), Columbia College, Cottey College, Cowley CC, Evangel (Mo.), Friends (Kan.), Hendrix (Ark.), Kansas Wesleyan, McMurry (Texas), Neosho CC, Northwestern Oklahoma, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma Wesleyan, Rogers State (Okla.), Southwestern (Kan.), St. Gregory's (Okla.), St. Louis College of Pharmacy, Central Oklahoma, St. Mary of the Plains (S.D.), Westminster College and William Woods (Mo.).
Midwestern State takes a swing at life as part of its non-championship fall slate.
The Mustangs will compete in three doubleheaders from Oct. 4-10 at Mustangs Park. Donations will be taken at the gate all three events.
MSU plays host to Paris JC to Strike Out Lymphoma on Saturday, Oct. 4 at 5 p.m. The proceeds will be donated to the Texas Oncology Center.
Midwestern takes on Weatherford College on Wednesday, Oct. 8 at 5 p.m. to Save Second Base. All donations will be contributed to the National Breast Cancer Foundation.
The Mustangs will attempt to Beat Cancer with a Bat against Navarro College on Saturday, Oct. 10 at 5 p.m. The proceeds are earmarked for the American Cancer Society.