MSU Roundup: September 21

Mustangs ranked 7th in Sports News Preseason Poll

Midwestern State received its highest preseason rating since joining NCAA Division II Monday afternoon ranking seventh in The Sporting News Preseason Top 10.
The Mustangs, who carried the No. 8 ranking heading into the 2013 season, return two starters and six letter winners off of last season's 22-win regional finalist squad.
Midwestern has stood as the class of Lone Star Conference basketball since joining the league in 1995. Since, the Mustangs claimed eight league titles while making 10 NCAA tournament appearances including in each of the last seven years.
MSU advanced to three consecutive Elite Eights in 2010, 2011 and 2012 while winning at least 20 games in each of the last seven seasons.
Senior guard Bretson McNeal returns to lead the Mustangs as an All-Lone Star Conference first-team performer in 2014-15. The Minneapolis native dropped in 15.9 points per game while shooting 42.3 percent from the arc.
Senior guard Hershell Grant started 17 games last season averaging 7.2 points and 4.1 rebounds per game, while senior forward Khapri Alston delivered 8.7 points and 5.2 rebounds as the Mustangs' sixth man a season ago.
Other returners for MSU include sophomore guard Devante Pullum (10 points per game), junior forward Trevor Fuller (4.0 ppg, 69.1 FG pct.) and junior guard Pat Smith.
The Mustangs also receive a jolt from two players who missed a season due to injury in senior forward DeVaughn Jones and sophomore Nick Powell.
Midwestern buoyed the lineup with a  mix of three Division I transfers in senior guard Jordan Stevens (Duquesne), junior Magnus Richards (Binghamton) and 7-footer Matt Pollard (San Jose State).
A release of the Mustangs' complete signing class is expected in the near future.
Rival Tarleton State tops the rankings followed by Augustana (S.D.), West Liberty (W. Va.), Lincoln Memorial (Tenn.), Missouri Southern, Bellarmine (Ky.), MSU, St. Cloud State (Minn.), Montevallo (Ala.) and California Baptist.
Midwestern State hosts a pair of exhibitions welcoming Louisiana State-Shreveport on Sunday, Nov. 1 at 3:30 p.m. and Huston-Tillotson (Texas) on Wednesday, Nov. 11 at 7 p.m.
The Mustangs open the regular season with Oklahoma City on Nov. 15 at D.L. Ligon Coliseum. Tipoff is set for 7 p.m.

Smith, Mustangs enjoy strong start against tough field at D2 National Preview

Midwestern State blistered its way out to 10-under par after first eight holes Monday afternoon at the D2 National Preview played at the Green Valley Ranch Golf Course.

The Mustangs couldn't quite keep the torrid pace, but still managed to enjoy a solid performance led by junior Thomas Smith.

"This is the best field we will play against all year," MSU coach Jeff Ray said. "It's even better than the national tournament. These are the best golfers in the country. We got off to a great start on a challenging course."

Smith head into Tuesday's final round tied for sixth carding rounds of 69 and 72 for a 3-under total of 141. The native of Stoke-on-Trent, England has the Mustangs eighth on the team leader board, but just six strokes out of third place with a 4-over team total of 580 (283-297).

"The guys got a little tired near the end and we left some strokes out there, no doubt," Ray said. "I am proud of the guys and the effort they gave. They battled after a great practice round on Sunday. We showed we can compete with the best programs in the country."

Smith registered nine birdies and was 2-under on Par-3 holes to lead the way for the Mustangs, but certainly had plenty of help.

Junior Colton Dorion also carded nine birdies and was 1 stroke to the red on Par-3s to finish tied for 22nd through the first 36 holes with scores of 69 and 75 for an even-par total of 144.

Junior Jared Baker proved strong on the longer holes going 4-under on the Par-5 holes on his way to scores of 72 and 75 for a 3-over total of 147, while sophomore Will Mullins fired eight birdies to tie for 49th with arounds of 73 and 75 for a 4-over total of 148.

Senior Ian Gallagher battled for scores of 78 and 80 for a total of 158.

"This is a golf course that you have to put it in the fairway to make a par. The greens are fast and you have to put the ball in the right part of the green," Ray said. "It was a great start. We are definitely looking forward to finishing with a great round tomorrow."

Chico State (Calif.) carries a 10-stroke lead into the final round of play with a 17-under total of 559, while Central Oklahoma's Eric Kline tops the individual leader board carding rounds of 69 and 67 for an 8-under total of 136.

                    D2 National Preview
Grand Valley Ranch Golf Course
Denver, Colo.
Round 1: Par 72, 6,966 yards
Round 2: Par 72, 7,095 yards
Team Leaderboard
PlaceTeamRound ScoresTotalTo Par
1Chico State (Calif.)278-281559-17
2Barry (Fla.)289-278567-9
3Nova Southeastern (Fla.)291-283574-2
California State, Monterey Bay284-290574-2
5Central Missouri291-285576E
6Lynn (Fla.)290-288578+2
7Sonoma State (Calif.)291-288579+3
8Midwestern State (Texas)283-297580+4
9Colorado Mines293-290583+7
10Colorado-Colorado Springs296-288584+8
Central Oklahoma297-287584+8
12St. Mary's (Texas)293-293586+10
13St. Edward's (Texas)296-295591+15
14Colorado Christian295-297592+16
15Tiffin (Ohio)295-299594+18
Regis (Colo.)292-302594+18
17California State, Stanislaus289-308597+21
18Colorado Mesa299-301600+24
19California State, East Bay296-306602+26
20Colorado State-Pueblo302-301603+27
Dallas Baptist (Texas)307-296603+27
22Newman (Kan.)295-309604+28
Individual Leaderboard
PlacePlayer, TeamRound ScoresTotalTo Par
1Eric Kline, Central Oklahoma69-67136-8
2Alistair Docherty, Chico State69-69138-6
3Nico Cavero, Barry70-69139-5
George Markham, Colorado Mines69-70139-5
5Matt Hutchins, Chico State72-68140-4
6Thomas Smith, Midwestern State69-72141-3
Juan Jose Guerra, Nova Southeastern71-70141-3
Fredrik Jullum, CSU-Monterey Bay69-72141-3
Mario Beltran, Barry70-71141-3
Lee Gearhart, Chico State67-74141-3
Zach Tripp, Colo.-Colo. Springs72-69141-3
Midwestern State Scorecard
8Midwestern State283-297580+4
6tThomas Smith69-72141-3
22tColton Dorion69-75144E
44tJared Baker72-75147+3
49tWill Mullins73-75148+4
101tIan Gallagher78-80158+14

Mustangs grab six titles at MSU Invitational

The Midwestern State men's and women's tennis teams wrapped up their second weekend of the fall season Friday and Saturday with the squads collecting six titles at the MSU Invitational.
Senior Lindsay Nochowicz advanced to her second-straight flight 4 championship match, this time coming out on the winning end following a 6-3, 6-2 victory over Texas-Permian Basin's Andrea Villalobos in the finals.
Nochowicz was also victorious in doubles, teaming up with fellow senior Lauren Pineda. The veteran duo cruised through pool A in the flight 4 draw before taking down a UTPB team, 8-3, to finish the weekend a perfect 4-0.
In flight 1 doubles, senior Maddie Schorlemmer and junior Abby White earned another doubles title for the Mustangs on the weekend, going 3-0 with an 8-7 win over Tyler Junior College's Tereza Klocova and Michelle Walker.
On the men's side, freshman Martijn Molenkamp and sophomore Daniel Gallivoda each went 4-0 to win their flights. Molenkamp was the victor in flight 4, rallying to take down St. Edward's Maximo Agoglia in a 1-6, 7-6, 1-0 (10-7) super tiebreaker win. In flight 9, Gallivoda recorded three straight-set victories before earning a 6-3, 1-6, 1-0 (10-6) win over Northwest Missouri State's Aymeric Autones.
In men's doubles, the junior duo of Chris Norrie and Keegan Sullivan claimed the flight 3 doubles title with a victory over Autones and Fin Glowick of Northwest Missouri State.
Norrie, seniors Kyle Davidson and Zack Santagate and freshman Benjamin Neander were singles finalists in their respective draws. In flight 2, Davidson came up just short of adding another championship for the Mustangs with an 11-9 defeat in the super tiebreaker to Tyler Junior College's Ryan Brough.
Midwestern State will next compete in the USTA/ITA South Central Regional, Sept. 25-27, at the Anne Marie Tennis Center in San Antonio for a chance to move on to the USTA/ITA National Small College Championships, which take place Oct. 15-18 in Sumter, S.C.