WICHITA FALLS, TX - The 12th-ranked Midwestern State men's tennis team's four-match winning streak came to a halt Thursday as the Mustangs dropped a 7-0 decision to NCAA Division I Dartmouth at the SMU Tennis Complex.
Dartmouth, ranked 35th in the Division I team rankings, claimed two of three doubles matches before collecting five straight-set singles wins en route to a sweep over the Mustangs.
Junior Chris Norrie and freshman Radu Popa recorded the lone win for Midwestern State (6-2) on the day with a 6-3 victory over Max Fliegner and Max Schmidt at No. 3 doubles. However, Dartmouth (11-4) earned a 6-3 win on court one and a 6-1 victory at No. 2 to take the doubles point and a 1-0 lead heading into singles play.
Norrie forced a deciding third set at No. 5 singles after the Big Green took a 6-0 lead with straight-set wins across the board. Norrie pulled out a 7-6 (2) win in the second set before coming up just short with a 6-4 loss in the third to Roko Glasnovic.
Midwestern State next hosts No. 28 Western New Mexico in an 11 a.m. Friday matchup at the MSU Tennis Center.
Following an 8-0 weekly record to help No. 22 Midwestern State stretch its win streak to six matches, senior Lauren Pineda repeated as the Lone Star Conference Women's Tennis Player of the Week, league officials announced Thursday afternoon.
Pineda became the seventh Mustang in program history to reach 100 career wins Sunday following a pair of wins in a Midwestern State sweep over Colorado Mesa. The Allen native pushed her career mark to 102-37 following MSU's 6-3 upset win Wednesday over No. 10 Southwest Baptist, helping the Mustangs earn their first win over a top-10 program since 2007.
Pineda recorded four straight-set wins in singles play on the week as the Mustangs also tallied sweeps over NJCAA No. 9 New Mexico Military Institute and Texas-Permian Basin. Pineda went 3-0 at the No. 4 position and earned a win on court three. She also teamed up with sophomore Amy Clifton for a 4-0 mark at No. 2 doubles. Pineda is now 7-0 in dual play in singles and 8-0 in doubles with Clifton this season.
Midwestern State returns to action Friday at 11 a.m. with a matchup against Western New Mexico at the MSU Tennis Center.
Midwestern State's Sierra Campbell earned Lone Star Conference Golfer of the Week honors after leading the Mustangs to their third team tournament win of the season at the MSU Invitational.
The senior from Rio Rancho, N.M. racked up a tournament-best 25 pars while finishing off five birdies to claim her third top-three finish of the season.
Campbell carded rounds of 71 and 78 to finish as runner-up with a five-over total of 149 at the par-72, 5,843-yard course at the Wichita Falls Country Club.
She also claimed third-place showings last fall in the West Texas A&M Invitational and the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference South Invitational No. 2.
Campbell leads the team with a 75.43 stroke average this season with three par-or-better rounds.
Midwestern State competes in the Rogers State Hillcat Classic next week at the Hillcrest Country Club in Bartlesville, Okla.
Midwestern State's Chance Craig earned LSC Golfer of the Week accolades helping the Mustangs to an eighth-place showing at the Rattler Invitational.
The freshman from Llano enjoyed his first collegiate Top 10 individual finish by carding scores of 70, 70 and 76 for an even-par total of 216 at the par-72, 7,121-yard course at the Republic of Texas Golf Course.
Craig finished sixth in a very strong field as Henderson State's Mauricio Lira and Indian Hill CC's Jackson Bugdalski tied for top medalist honors with a three-round, 11-under total of 205.
Craig fired his three low rounds of the season in his third tournament appearance after carding matching scores of 80 to open the spring slate last month at the San Antonio Shootout.
Six different players have tallied under-par scores this season for the Mustangs.
MSU next competes in the St. Edward's Invitational played at the Onion Creek Country Club in Austin from March 28-29.