Senior Kacper Boborykin set the tone while junior Kyle Davidson flashed the finishing skill to carry 14th-ranked Midwestern State to a 6-3 win over No. 19 Northwest Missouri State Wednesday afternoon at the MSU Tennis Center.
"KB came out with good energy and showed positive leadership," MSU coach Scott Linn said. "Kyle just refused to lose today. He remained focused even after giving up four match points then took advantage of his opponent's weaknesses to get separation in the third set."
The Mustangs, who improved to 10-4 on the season while extending their home course winning streak to 23 matches, received another lift.
"The men's soccer team really gave us a lift with 30 minutes of really good tennis," Linn said. "That gave us a great home court advantage and really seemed to rattle a few of their guys."
Boborykin dominated the opening set over 34th-ranked Romain Boissinot 6-0, but ended up earning a hard-fought win by splitting the final two sets in tiebreakers at the No. 1 singles position.
That came just after Davidson clinched the victory with 6-1, 6-7, 6-3 win over 43rd-ranked Mauro Tete at No. 2.
Midwestern took a 2-1 lead out of doubles powered by a win by Boborykin and Davidson over Boissinot and Tete 8-2 at No. 2 doubles while junior Zack Santagate and sophomore Chris Norrie combined for an 8-6 victory over Fin Glowick and Josef Altman at No. 3.
It was Santagate and Norrie's first doubles pairing together.
Sophomore Ramon Toyos pushed the MSU lead to 3-1 by taking a 6-4, 6-1 win over Alvaro Riveros at No. 3 singles before Norrie put the Mustangs within one of clinching with a 6-4, 6-2 victory over Altman at the No. 4 spot.
The loss snapped a three-match winning streak for the Bearcats, who fell to 8-5 on the season.
Midwestern State takes on Division I Nicholls State (La.) Friday morning in San Antonio before playing Division III power Trinity (Texas) in the afternoon.
No. 14-ranked Midwestern State continued its mastery over non-ranked Division II squads Wednesday afternoon at the MSU Tennis Center.
The Mustangs rolled to their 25th straight win over unranked Division II teams with an 8-1 over Northwest Missouri State to improve to 7-5 on the season.
MSU is now 40-2 against such competition since Scott Linn took over the program prior to the 2011 season.
The loss snapped a four-game winning streak for the Bearcats, who fell to 7-4 on the season.
Midwestern improved 3-0 at home this season with aggregate match score of 26-1 which also includes sweeps of Central Oklahoma and East Central (Okla.).
The Mustangs swept through doubles play with wins by Kayla Casey and Taylor Coffman at No. 1, Lauren Pineda and Lindsay Nochowicz at No. 2 and Madeline Schorlemmer and Paige Boykin at No. 3.
MSU clinched the win with quick victories by Madeline Schorlemmer 6-0, 6-2 over Margaux Jaquet at No. 3 and by Courtney Anderson 6-2, 6-1 over Vilune Sestokaite at No. 4.
Coffman improved to 7-2 in singles play with a 7-4, 6-4 win over Lorena Rivas-Jarolim at No. 2, while Boykin rolled to 9-3 on the season beating Stephanie Mannix 6-1, 6-0 at No. 5.
Nochowicz upped her campaign record to 8-3 with a 6-4, 6-1 victory over Marianne Hull at No. 6.
Northwest Missouri's Camila Quesada earned a hard-fought 6-4, 6-7, 10-4 win over MSU's Kayla Casey at the No. 1 position to avert the shutout.