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Mustang Men 5th in Initial Rankings

Midwestern State is fifth in the first South Central Region Rankings released Wednesday afternoon by the NCAA Division II Men's Basketball Committee.

The Mustangs (19-6) begin the final three games of the regular season Wednesday night at Angelo State before returning home to play Texas A&M-Kingsville and Cameron.

Tarleton State (18-2) tops the rankings followed by Metropolitan State (Colo.) (20-3), Colorado Mines (19-3), Angelo State (Texas) (19-2), MSU, Colorado-Colorado Springs (17-4), Texas A&M-Commerce (16-6) and Colorado State-Pueblo (17-7).

Fort Lewis (Colo.) (15-7) and St. Edward's (12-6) round out the rankings at Nos. 9 and 10, respectively.

The South Central Region consists of the Lone Star, Rocky Mountain Athletic and Heartland conferences. The winners of the each league's postseason tournament gains an automatic bid into the postseason while five others earn at-large access.

The top eight teams from each of the eight regions advance to the postseason which begins March 14-17 at campus sites of the top-ranked team in each region.

The winners of each regional gain a berth in the Elite Eight which is set for the Ford Center in Evansville, Ind., March 25-28.

Women Open Region Rankings in Second

Midwestern State opened the first South Central Regional Rankings at No. 2 as released Wednesday afternoon by the NCAA Division II Women's Basketball Committee.

The Mustangs (18-4) begin the final three games of the regular season Wednesday night at Angelo State before returning home to face Texas A&M-Kingsville and Cameron.

Defending regional champion West Texas A&M (20-2) tops the ranking followed by MSU, Colorado Mesa (19-4), Colorado-Colorado Springs (18-5), Arkansas-Fort Smith (14-8), Cameron (13-9), Colorado State-Pueblo (13-8) and Tarleton State (12-8).

Regis (Colo.) (14-8) and Metropolitan State (Colo.) (12-9) round out the poll at Nos. 9 and 10, respectively.

The South Central Region consists of the Lone Star, Rocky Mountain Athletic and Heartland conferences. The winners of the each league's postseason tournament gains an automatic bid into the postseason while five others earn at-large access.

The top eight teams from each of the eight regions advance to the postseason which begins March 13-16 at campus sites of the top-ranked team in each region.

The winners of each regional gain a berth in the Elite Eight which is set for the Sanford Pentagon in Sioux Falls, S.D., March 24-27.

Tennis: Schorlemmer Named LSC Player of the Week

Midwestern State's Madeline Schorlemmer garnered Lone Star Conference Player of the Week honors as announced Wednesday afternoon by league officials.

The junior from Argyle enjoyed a stellar start to the 2015 campaign leading the Mustangs to a season-opening sweep of Central Oklahoma and a close loss at Division I SMU.

Schorlemmer claimed her first collegiate win at the No. 1 singles' position, rallying from a first-set loss to take a 6-7 (5), 6-4, 6-2 win over Central Oklahoma's Alina Gorina Saturday at the MSU Tennis Center.

Gorina carried a national singles' rating throughout much of the 2014 season and was ranked ninth in the Central Region coming into the season opening weekend.

Schorlemmer then swept former four-star recruit Anna Kate Anderson of SMU 6-3, 6-2 at the No. 2 position Sunday in Dallas.

Schorlemmer competed in just four singles matches in 2014 before suffering a season ending shoulder injury.

Midwestern State takes on Incarnate Word Friday before playing a double header against St. Mary's (Texas) and Texas-Permian Basin Saturday. Each of the three matches will be played in San Antonio.
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