WICHITA FALLS, TX - Samantha Wood rallied from a 3-0 deficit and fended off six match points to come away with a 7-5 third set victory and carry No. 17 Cameron to a 5-4 win over No. 20 Midwestern State Tuesday evening.
After dropping a 6-4 first set, senior Lindsay Nochowicz forced a deciding third set at No. 5 singles with a 7-5 victory over Wood in the second set. The final set was moved to the Wichita Falls Country Club after rain hit the MSU Tennis Center at the conclusion of the second set. Nochowicz opened up a 3-0 advantage in the third before Wood closed the gap by winning the next two games. Wood then held off six match points at 5-3 before taking the next four games to help Cameron (14-2) snap a four-match losing skid to the Mustangs.
Midwestern State (14-6) took a 2-1 lead after doubles play with wins at Nos. 2 and 3. Senior Lauren Pineda and sophomore Amy Clifton put the Mustangs on the board with an 8-5 win on court two to even the match at 1-1 after the Aggies had earned an 8-3 victory at No. 1 doubles. Senior Maddie Schorlemmer and freshman Greta Lazzarotto then propelled the Mustangs in front with their 11th-straight win at No. 3 with an 8-3 win to improve to 18-2 on the season.
Cameron claimed a 4-2 lead midway through singles play with wins on the top three courts before juniorAbby White posted her seventh-straight victory at No. 6 with a 6-4, 6-4 result. Lazzarotto then evened the match at 4-4 with a three-set triumph at No. 4 singles with a 3-6, 6-4, 6-4 win over Angie Torres, the fifth-ranked player in the South Central Region.
Midwestern State returns to action tomorrow at 5 p.m. with a match against NCAA Division I Abilene Christian at the Eager Tennis Pavilion.
No. 17 Cameron 5, No. 20 Midwestern State 4
Apr. 12, 2016 at Wichita Falls, Texas (MSU Tennis Center)
1. No. 19 Paula Gutierrez (CU) def. No. 27 Maddie Schorlemmer (MSU) 6-0, 6-3
2. Alina Gorina (CU) def. Eirini Kontaki (MSU) 6-3, 6-4
3. Zhenia Shviadok (CU) def. Lauren Pineda (MSU) 6-1, 6-1
4. Greta Lazzarotto (MSU) def. Angie Torres (CU) 3-6, 6-4, 6-4
5. Samantha Wood (CU) def. Lindsay Nochowicz (MSU) 6-4, 5-7, 7-5
6. Abby White (MSU) def. Mathilde Thibaudat (CU) 6-4, 6-4
1. Alina Gorina/Zhenia Shviadok (CU) def. No. 23 Eirini Kontaki/Lindsay Nochowicz (MSU) 8-3
2. Lauren Pineda/Amy Clifton (MSU) def. Angie Torres/Samantha Wood (CU) 8-5
3. Maddie Schorlemmer/Greta Lazzarotto (MSU) def. Paula Gutierrez/Mathilde Thibaudat (CU) 8-3
Cameron 14-2; National ranking #17
Midwestern State 14-6; National ranking #20
Order of finish: Doubles (1,2,3); Singles (1,3,2,6,4,5)
Midwestern State worked its way out of pinch playing under less than ideal conditions early in the second round to take a fourth-place finish with a two-round total of 610 Tuesday in the Doc Housewright Invitational played at the par-72, 5,800-yard Harbor Lakes Golf Club.
"Conditions were a little tougher early this morning for the first 3-6 holes," MSU coach Jeff Ray said. "We are definitely looking forward to the conference championship next week."
Junior Kellie Martin fired a season-low round of 73 to lead the Mustangs to a 20-over par team showing finishing behind Tarleton State (586/+10), St. Mary's (Texas) (593/+17) and Newman (Kan.) (597/+21).
"Kellie had her best round of the year," Ray said. "She had consistently played well on this course in her career. She birdied her last hole by hitting a seven iron to a foot."
Martin tied for 17th with a two-round total of 152 (+8), while fellow junior teammate Sierra Campbellshook off struggles to finish with a tournament-best six birdies on her way to her sixth Top 10 finish of the season logging rounds of 71 and 75 to for a 2-over total of 146.
"Sierra really worked hard as she was not hitting the ball as well as yesterday," Ray said. "She showed how good she is mentally today. Not having your best game but still shooting 75."
Sophomore Sarah Moore and junior Hayley Dambold logged MSU's remaining team countable scores with a 79 and 80, respectably.
"Hayley and Sarah both got off to slow starts but had good back nine. Wind was blowing hard to start and first 3 holes were directly into the wind," Ray said. "After a 5 over after 5 holes start Sarah was very solid."
Moore tied for 21st with a two-round total of 154 (+10), while Dambold tied for 29th with a 158 (+14).
Freshman May Chimsuti tied for 43rd firing rounds of 78 and 85 for a total of 163.
Midwestern competes in the Lone Star Conference Championships on April 18 and 19 at the Frisco Lakes Golf Club.