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Softball: Mustangs 7th in Initial South Central Rankings

Midwestern State opens at No. 7 in this season's first edition of the South Central Region rankings released Wednesday afternoon by the NCAA Division II Softball Committee.

MSU moved to 20-18 after losing three of four games last weekend at Texas A&M-Commerce .

The Mustangs are part of a strong contingent from the Lone Star Conference occupying six of the 10 spots in the rankings.

West Texas A&M (37-6) leads the way followed by St. Mary's (Texas) (34-7), Angelo State (28-11-1), Metropolitan State (Colo.) (30-10), Cameron (27-12), Regis (Colo.) (25-13), MSU, Texas Woman's (20-18-2), Colorado Mesa (29-16) and Tarleton State (22-18).

The top eight teams advance to the 2015 NCAA Division II South Central Regional which will be played in two four-team, double elimination tournament at campus sites from May 7-9.

If the postseason started today, West Texas A&M would host Metro State, Cameron and Texas Woman's in one regional while Angelo State, Regis and Midwestern State would travel to St. Mary's in the second regional.

The advancing teams battle in a best-of-3 super regional at the site of the highest remaining seed on May 15-16 for the right to play in the 2015 NCAA Division II Softball Championships to be held from May 21-25 at ASA Hall of Fame Stadium in Oklahoma City.

The NCAA Division II postseason field is set for release on Monday, May 4 at 9 a.m. via selection show on NCAA.com.

Softball Game Thursday Canceled

Due to a chance of rain and thunderstorms Thursday night in the North Texas area, Midwestern State's scheduled game with No. 6-ranked St. Mary's (Texas) has been canceled.

The game, originally slated for 7 p.m. at Mustangs Park, will not be made up.

Midwestern takes on Cameron in a four-game Lone Star Conference series Friday (5 and 7 p.m.) and Saturday (Noon and 2 p.m.) at Mustangs Park.

The Mustangs will celebrate Senior Day with festivities prior to the noon game on Saturday.

MSU closes its regular season slate with a non-conference doubleheader against Central Oklahoma on Tuesday. First pitches are set for 4 and 6 p.m. at Mustangs Park.

W. Tennis Defeats Cameron, Clinches LSC Championship

Midwestern State clinched its second straight Lone Star Conference championship in dominating style rolling to a 7-2 win over Cameron Wednesday afternoon t the Streich-Henry Family Tennis Complex.

The Mustangs close the regular season against Dallas Baptist in a Senior Day matchup Friday afternoon at the MSU Tennis Center. First serve is set for 1 p.m.

Pizza and drinks will be provided for fans following the conclusion of doubles' play.

MSU opens LSC Postseason Tournament play Friday, April 24 in Lawton with semifinal matchup at 10 a.m. at the Streich-Henry Family Tennis Complex.

Midwestern jumped out to a commanding 3-0 lead with a doubles' sweep of the Aggies as senior Taylor Coffman and junior Kayla Casey rolled to an 8-2 win over Paula Gutierrez and Angie Torres at No. 1, while junior Maddie Schorlemmer and sophomore Paige Boykin blanked Eugenia Sanchez and Dejana Veljic 8-0 at No. 3.

Junior Lauren Pineda and Lindsay Nochowicz outlasted Samantha Wood and Magdalena Kovinic 11-9 in a tiebreaker at the No. 2 position.

"We did an excellent job starting matches today," MSU coach Scott Linn said. "We did a great job carrying over momentum. It was a solid effort. We didn't give them anything at 4,5 and 6. Down low, if you have that kind of consistency, you will be tough."

The Mustangs, once again, displayed their depth with three crushing victories at the bottom of the order.

Sophomore Courtney Anderson won her 10th-straight dual 6-0, 6-0 over Kovinic at No. 4 to improve to a stellar 35-4 in career singles' play.

Boykin won for the ninth time in 10 tries and also didn't give up a game in a 6-0, 6-0 win over Sanchez at No. 5 to improve to 30-8 in overall duals this season including singles and doubles matches.

Freshman Carrie Casey turned in second straight superb performance winning 6-0, 6-1 over Veljic at the No. 6 spot to improve to 5-1 in singles play this season.

Coffman outlasted Torres, who came in carrying the region's No. 8 ranking, at the No. 2 spot 6-1, 5-7, 10-5 for her 40th career singles victory.

"Taylor rebounded from a tough loss yesterday to win a tight match today," Linn said. "Cameron was able to fight back and take a couple of matches so that says a lot about their toughness."

Gutierrez took a 6-3, 6-0 decision over MSU's Kayla Casey at the No. 1 position, while Wood defeated Schorlemmer 6-4, 7-5 at No. 3.

Cameron fell to 12-7 on the season and 1-2 in league play.

W. Tennis Remains 2nd in Regional Rankings

Midwestern State remained at No. 2 in the latest South Central Region rankings released Wednesday afternoon by the NCAA Division II Tennis Championship Committee.

The Mustangs claimed their seventh consecutive win over Division II competition with an 8-1 win over Tarleton State Tuesday afternoon at the MSU Tennis Center. Midwestern is 11-4 against D2 foes this season.

Of MSU's six losses, four have come to highly touted Division II squads and the other two came against NCAA Division I opposition in SMU and Texas State.

The Mustangs dropped results to South Central Region No. 1 St. Mary's (Texas), the No. 2 team in the Central Region in Southwest Baptist (Mo.) as well as the Nos. 2 and 4 teams in the tough South Region in West Florida and Saint Leo.

MSU also owns victories over two No. 1s in Drury out of the Midwest Region and Northeastern State out of the Central Region.

Four teams, including automatic bids from the Heartland and Rocky Mountain Athletic Conferences advance to regional play beginning May 2 at campus sites.

The committee will announce the postseason tournament field on Tuesday, April 28.

The Mustangs advanced to the Round of 16 in each of the last two seasons reaching postseason play in four of the last five seasons.

The 2015 NCAA Division II Tennis Championships are set for Surprise Tennis & Racquet Complex in Surprise, Ariz. from May 13-16.

M. Tennis Remains Atop Regional Ranking

Midwestern State remained atop the South Central Region rankings released Wednesday afternoon by the NCAA Division II Tennis Championship Committee.

The Mustangs, who are unbeaten in region play, have reeled off five consecutive wins by a 41-4 composite score since taking a narrow 4-3 loss to Division I Nicholls State (La.) on March 27 to improve to 15-5 on the season.

MSU boasts a 10-2 overall mark against Division II competition which includes losses to West Florida and Saint Leo (Fla.) which are ranked second and third, respectively in the always tough South Region.

The Mustangs own wins over five regionally ranked teams including Drury (Mo.) (No. 1 in Midwest), Ouachita Baptist (Ark.) (No. 1 in Central), Northwest Missouri State (No. 3 in Central), Southwest Baptist (Mo.) (No. 5 in Central) and Georgia College (No. 4 in Southeast).

Five teams, including automatic bids from the Heartland and Rocky Mountain Athletic Conferences advance to regional play beginning May 2 at campus sites.

The committee will announce the postseason tournament field on Tuesday, April 28.

The Mustangs advanced to the Elite Eight in each of the last two seasons and have reached the NCAA postseason 12 times in program history.

The 2015 NCAA Division II Tennis Championships are set for Surprise Tennis & Racquet Complex in Surprise, Ariz. from May 13-16.

Schedule Changes for MSU Tennis

Midwestern State's scheduled men's and women's tennis doubleheader set for Friday night with Cowley County College has been canceled.

The Mustangs still face Dallas Baptist earlier Friday afternoon for Senior Day.

MSU honors Taylor Coffman on the women's side and Kacper Boborykin and Tomas Grejtak on the men's side prior to the match. The trio of seniors played a key role in MSU's runs to the NCAA Division II national tournament over he last four years.

First serve is set for 1 p.m.             

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