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MSU Roundup: Tennis & Softball Honors

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W. Tennis: Casey Leads MSU Contingent on All-LSC Team

Midwestern State's Kayla Casey headlined a pack of five Mustangs named to the All-Lone Star Conference squad released Thursday morning.

The junior from Franklin earned first-team honors in singles and doubles for the second consecutive season while leading MSU to a second-straight league championship.

Casey was joined on the first team by doubles partner Taylor Coffman and junior Madeline Schorlemmer in singles.

Casey and Coffman boast a 13-6 mark playing at the No. 1 position and are currently ranked 25th nationally. The duo finished last season ranked 20th.

Schorlemmer claimed 11 wins playing out of the No. 3 position for the Mustangs making a return from an injury which cost her the majority of the 2014 campaign. The Argyle product earned All-LSC honorable mention as a freshman in 2013.

Junior Lindsay Nochowicz shared top newcomer status with Texas A&M-Kingsville's Erika Larrea.

Nochowicz also earned honorable mention on the doubles side with junior Lauren Pineda as the duo posted a 14-6 mark at the No. 2 spot. Pineda earned All-LSC first-team mention in doubles in 2013 and 2014.

Coffman gained honorable mention in singles for the second consecutive while posting an 11-6 mark at the No. 2 position.

Sophomore Courtney Anderson posted an impressive 15-1 mark playing at the No. 4 line with her lone loss coming at No. 7-ranked West Florida.

Cameron's Paula Gutierrez was named LSC Player of the Year finishing with a 14-6 mark at the No. 1 position for the Aggies, while Tarleton State's Luiza Adas and Erika Richarme earned Sportsmanship Player and Freshman of the Year honors, respectively.

Autumn Williams was tabbed coach of the year after leading Texas A&M-Kingsville to a 13-11 record and a No. 50 national rating.

No. 14-ranked Midwestern State battles St. Edward's in the South Central Region 2 finals Monday afternoon at the MSU Tennis Center. First serve is set for 2 p.m.

The Mustangs are in search of their third consecutive NCAA II Sweet Sixteen berth.

Mustang Women Remain 14th in ITA Rankings

Midwestern State remained at No. 14 in the latest Division II Women's National Rankings released Wednesday afternoon by the Intercollegiate Tennis Association.

The Mustangs (16-6) claimed their second consecutive Lone Star Conference Postseason title claiming 5-0 wins over Tarleton State and Cameron last week in Lawton.

The two-time defender LSC regular season champions have won their last 10 matches against NCAA Division II competition dating back to a 5-2 loss to then-No. 3 Saint Leo (Fla.) on March 19. The Mustangs' lone loss since came 4-3 to Division I Texas State.

MSU's doubles tandem of senior Taylor Coffman and junior Kayla Casey obtained a national ranking of No. 25. Coffman and Casey boast a 13-6 mark play at the No. 1 position for the Mustangs this season.

The duo, which finished with a No. 20 ranking last season, has posted a 33-13 mark as MSU's top doubles team over the last two seasons.

Midwestern State plays host to St. Edward's (Texas) in the South Central Region 2 finals Monday afternoon at the MSU Tennis Center. First serve is set for 2 p.m.

The winner earns a berth in the in the NCAA Division II Championships set for May 13-16 at the Surprise (Ariz.) Tennis and Raquet Complex.

Men's Tennis Up to #12 in ITA Rankings

Midwestern State moved up two spots to No. 12 in the latest Division II Men's National Rankings released Wednesday afternoon by the Intercollegiate Tennis Association.

The Mustangs (16-5) ride a six-match winning streak into the postseason and play host to the South Central Region 1 championship Friday and Saturday at the MSU Tennis Center.

Cameron and Newman (Kan.) battle in the first round Saturday afternoon at 2 p.m. The winner moves on to face Midwestern Sunday for a berth in the NCAA Division II Championships set for May 13-16 at the Surprise (Ariz.) Tennis and Racquet Club. First serve is set for 2 p.m.

Senior Kacper Boborykin and junior Kyle Davidson continue to carry national singles rankings at Nos. 30 and 32, respectively.

Boborykin is 14-7 this season at the No. 1 position with a 2-2 mark against nationally ranked opposition and is 5-4 against regionally ranked opponents, while Davidson is 15-5 at the No. 2 spot. Davidson is 2-0 against nationally ranked opponents and 6-2 against regionally ranked foes.

Midwestern State is searching for its unprecedented third consecutive Sweet Sixteen showing. The Mustangs advanced to the national quarterfinals in each of the last two seasons.

Softball: Three Mustangs Earn All-LSC Honors

Three Midwestern State players earned postseason honors from the Lone Star Conference as released Thursday night at the tournament banquet.

Senior Kelley Schaefer earned third-team accolades while juniors Katelyn Vinson and Haley Howerton garnered second-team accolades.

Schaefer, a Waco native, is a four-time All-LSC honoree earning third-team honors as a freshman, first time accolades as a sophomore and was a second-team performer in 2014.

The third baseman, who was a Daktronics and NFCA first-team All American in 2013, hit .366 with eight doubles, 10 homers and 39 RBIs this season and graduates as MSU's all time leader with 199 career RBIs. Schaefer ranks third on MSU's all-time home runs list with 41.

She closed the season on a 10-game hitting streak with a .485 average (16-for-33) with two doubles, six homers and 17 RBIs.

Vinson, a first-team all-league pick in her previous two seasons, ranked third in the LSC with 13 homers during league play while hitting .341 with 35 RBIs which were comparable numbers to first-team DP selections Paige Daino of Cameron (.284, 8 HR, 21 RBIs in LSC play) and West Texas A&M freshman Allie Smith (.483, 6 HR, 42 RBIs).

Vinson closed the season hitting .327 with six doubles, 18 homers and 49 RBIs. She heads into her senior season with 53 career homers which is 26 shy of the NCAA Division II all-time mark.

Howerton also earned second-team accolades after gaining third-team mention in each of the last two campaigns.

The Lewisville native hit a career-best and team-high .371 with three doubles, three triples, two homers and 23 RBIs this season. She was also successful on 18 stolen base attempts.

Howerton collected multiple hits in 12 of her last 16 games this season.

Midwestern State finished the season with a 24-24 record.

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