MSU Tennis Earns Wins over Seminole St.

Men Edge JuCo #2 Seminole St. 5-4

OKLAHOMA CITY, OK (KAUZ) - In the final exhibition contest of the season, Midwestern State freshman Radu Popa recorded a thrilling super tiebreaker win at No. 3 singles to clinch a 5-4 victory for the Mustangs over Seminole State College (Okla.) Thursday night at the Oklahoma City Tennis Center.

Midwestern State overcame an early 2-1 deficit following doubles play with a pair of straight-set singles wins and two super tiebreaker victories as Popa's 6-1, 6-7, 12-10 triumph over Stefan Gonzalez proved to be the deciding factor.

It was a battle from the start with Seminole State (2-1), a team ranked second in the NJCAA national rankings, as all three doubles matches came down to the wire. The Trojans earned a 9-7 decision on court two while taking an 8-6 victory at No. 3 for some early momentum. The Mustangs were able to earn a point early on as senior Kyle Davidson and junior Ramon Toyos came away with a win at the No. 1 position with an 8-6 victory over the top-ranked JUCO team of Guy Iradukunda and Ismael Mzai.

In singles play, Davidson earned his second win of the day with a 6-4, 6-1 victory over Mzai at No. 2 while freshman Benjamin Neander recorded a 7-6, 6-0 win over Marcos Guimaraes at No. 6. Freshman Dylan Hall was also victorious, defeating Innocent Tidimane on court four, 4-6, 6-3, 10-6.

The Trojans posted straight-set wins at No. 1 and 5 singles for a deadlocked match before Popa put the Mustangs on top with his win at No. 3.

Midwestern State is back in action Saturday at 1 p.m. as the Mustangs open the season at No. 42 East Central in Ada, Okla.

Midwestern State vs. Seminole State College
Feb. 4, 2016 at Oklahoma City, Okla.
(Oklahoma City Tennis Center)

No. 14 Midwestern State 5, No. 2 Seminole State College 4

Singles Competition
1. Guy Iradukunda (SSC) def. Ramon Toyos (MSU) 6-2, 7-6
2. Kyle Davidson (MSU) def. Ismael Mzai (SSC) 6-4, 6-1
3. Radu Popa (MSU) def. Stefan Gonzalez (SSC) 6-1, 6-7, 12-10
4. Dylan Hall (MSU) def. Innocent Tidimane (SSC) 4-6, 6-3, 10-6
5. Chisomo Lumeta (SSC) def. Chris Norrie (MSU) 6-4, 6-0
6. Benjamin Neander (MSU) def. Marcos Guimaraes (SSC) 7-6, 6-0

Doubles Competition
1. Davidson/Toyos (MSU) def. Iradukunda/Mzai (SSC) 8-6
2. Tidimane/Lumeta (SSC) def. Norrie/Popa (MSU) 9-7
3. Gonzalez/Anru Fourie (SSC) def. Hall/Neander (MSU) 8-6
Match Notes:
Seminole State 2-1
Exhibition match for Midwestern State

Women Beat JuCo #3 Seminole State 5-4

The Midwestern State women's team closed out exhibition play Thursday evening with a 5-4 win over Seminole State College (Okla.) at the Oklahoma City Tennis Center.

Junior Abby White came away with the clincher for Midwestern State as she recorded a 6-3, 7-6 (5) victory over Zahra Finnigan at No. 5 singles to secure the win over Seminole State (1-1), a team ranked third in the NJCAA national rankings.

In singles action, senior Lauren Pineda cruised to a 6-0, 6-2 victory over Kailey Hamilton at No. 6 while freshman Eirini Kontaki pulled out a 6-3, 3-6, 10-4 super tiebreaker win over Viktoria Seifert at the No. 3 position to round the MSU wins in singles play.

The Mustangs began the afternoon taking two of three doubles matches over the Lady Trojans. Senior Maddie Schorlemmer and freshman Greta Lazzarotto teamed up for a dominant 8-2 win over Seifert and Celine Massereau at No. 2 doubles while the duo of Pineda and sophomore Amy Clifton recorded an 8-3 victory on court three against Finnigan and Sydney Brummett to give the Mustangs an early 2-1 advantage.

Midwestern State opens the 2016 season Saturday at 1 p.m. as the Mustangs head back to the Sooner State for a matchup with East Central in Ada, Okla.

Midwestern State vs. Seminole State College
Feb. 4, 2016 at Oklahoma City, Okla.
(Oklahoma City Tennis Center)

No. 22 Midwestern State 5, No. 3 Seminole State College 4

Singles Competition
1. Luisa Varon (SSC) def. Amy Clifton (MSU) 6-7 (0), 7-5, 10-5
2. Miranda Rodriguez (SSC) def. Maddie Schorlemmer (MSU) 2-6, 6-4, 10-8
3. Eirini Kontaki (MSU) def. Viktoria Seifert (SSC) 6-3, 3-6, 10-4
4. Celine Massereau (SSC) def. Greta Lazzarotto (MSU) 2-6, 6-3, 10-5
5. Abby White (MSU) def. Zahra Finnigan (SSC) 6-3, 7-6 (5)
6. Lauren Pineda (MSU) def. Kailey Hamilton (SSC) 6-0, 6-2

Doubles Competition
1. Varon/Rodriguez (SSC) def. Kontaki/White (MSU) 8-4
2. Schorlemmer/Lazzarotto (MSU) def. Seifert/Massereau (SSC) 8-2
3. Clifton/Pineda (MSU) def. Finnigan/Sydney Brummett (SSC) 8-3
Match Notes:
Seminole State 1-1
Exhibition match for Midwestern State