MSU Tennis: Top-Ten St. Leo Sweeps Mustangs

MSU Tennis: Top-Ten St. Leo Sweeps Mustangs

Men: #8 Lions Beat #15 Mustangs 8-1

Midwestern State's Tomas Grejtak and Ramon Toyos gave the Mustangs their lone highlight Friday morning in an 8-1 loss to No. 8 St. Leo (Fla.) at the Ralph "Skeeter" Carson Tennis Complex in Pensacola, Florida.

The duo defeated Egor Panyushkin and Netanel Alcabas 8-3 at the No. 2 doubles position to improve to 8-1 on the season as a tandem.

The Mustangs complete their spring break trip with losses against two of three nationally ranked squad to fall to 9-4 on the season.

Grejtak and Toyos gave MSU the early 1-0 lead, but St. Leo's Guillaume Vanelven and Fons Verberne evened the match shortly after beating Kacper Boborykin and Chris Norrie 8-3 at the doubles position.

The Lions surged ahead 2-1 after Alex Theiler and Bruno Sisti edged MSU's Kyle Davidson and Zack Santagate at the No. 1 spot.

St. Leo's used three straight-set victories in singles to clinch the win as Jacobo Gonzalez-Tarrio beat Keegan Sullivan 6-1, 6-1 at No. 5, Vanelven defeated Norrie 6-0, 6-3 at No. 4 and Panyushkin won over Davidson 6-4, 6-3.

Toyos extended Alcabas into a third set before falling 6-2, 1-6, 6-1, while MSU's Boborykin couldn't ride early momentum at the No. 1 spot succumbing to Theiler 2-6, 6-0, 6-3.

Midwestern State freshman Matt Tyer battled Verberne into a tiebreaker in the opening set at No. 6 before losing 7-6 (8-6), 6-3.

The Mustangs return action on Wednesday facing Northwest Missouri State at the MSU Tennis Center. First serve is set for 1 p.m.

Women: #3 St. Leo Dominates #18 Mustangs, 5-2

No. 18 Midwestern State took a 5-2 setback against yet another nationally ranked opponent Friday morning at the Ralph "Skeeter" Carson Tennis Complex in Pensacola.

No. 3-ranked Saint Leo improved to 11-3 on the season by taking two of three doubles matches then put the match on ice by taking three of the four completed singles matchups.

Midwestern dropped to 6-5 on the season while moving to 2-4 against nationally-ranked opponents. Each of the Mustangs' nine matches against Division II teams have come against regionally ranked opposition and MSU faced Division I SMU and Incarnate Word in the others.

The Mustangs take on Northwest Missouri State, the No. 3-ranked team in the Central Region, Wednesday afternoon at the MSU Tennis Center. First serve is set for 1 p.m.

Senior Taylor Coffman teamed with junior Kayla Casey for Midwestern's lone doubles win, an 8-5 decision over Anastasia Wagner and Pauline Helgesson at the No. 1 spot.

Sophomore Paige Boykin claimed the lone singles victory for MSU routing Katherine Zaatini 6-2, 6-2 at No. 6 to improve to 8-3 in singles play this season.