WICHITA FALLS, TX - Junior Ramon Toyos picked up a pair of wins against Southeastern Oklahoma State, but the 24th-ranked Savage Storm dealt No. 11 Midwestern State a 6-3 defeat Monday evening at the MSU Tennis Center.
Southeastern Oklahoma State handed the Mustangs their fourth loss in the last five matches while improving to 13-2 on the season. Midwestern State fell to 13-8 on the year.
The Savage Storm took two of three doubles matches and claimed three straight-set wins in singles play en route to the clincher with 45th-ranked Max Fil posting a 6-4, 7-5 victory over No. 44 Kyle Davidson at the No. 1 position.
The duo of Petar Popovic and Mislav Colak helped the Savage Storm take a 2-1 advantage following a 9-7 victory over Chris Norrie and Daniel Gallivoda at No. 3 doubles. The 19th-ranked tandem of Davidson and Toyos put Midwestern State ahead 1-0 with an 8-4 win on court one before the Savage Storm answered with an 8-4 win of their own at No. 2.
SEOSU increased its lead to 4-1 after Jack Gibbens defeated Dillon Pineda, 6-3, 6-3, at the No. 4 position and Alberto Blesa handed Norrie a 6-3, 6-2 defeat at No. 3 singles.
Toyos ended the SEOSU win streak at No. 2 with a 6-1, 6-4 decision over Netanel Alcabas to cut the MSU deficit to 4-2.
Following Fil's clincher, Colak earned a super tiebreaker win over Benjamin Neander on court five with a 4-6, 6-3, 10-8 result before Dylan Hall concluded the match for the Mustangs with a 6-4, 5-7, 6-2 win over Tiago Ferreira at No. 6 singles.
Midwestern State battles No. 12 Cameron in a matchup of the top two teams in the South Central Region Wednesday at the MSU Tennis Center. First serve is scheduled for 2 p.m.
No. 24 Southeastern Oklahoma State 6, No. 11 Midwestern State 3
Apr. 18, 2016 at Wichita Falls, Texas (MSU Tennis Center)
1. No. 45 Max Fil (SEOSU) def. No. 44 Kyle Davidson (MSU) 6-4, 7-5
2. Ramon Toyos (MSU) def. Netanel Alcabas (SEOSU) 6-1, 6-4
3. Alberto Blesa (SEOSU) def. Chris Norrie (MSU) 6-3, 6-2
4. Jack Gibbens (SEOSU) def. Dillon Pineda (MSU) 6-3, 6-3
5. Mislav Colak (SEOSU) def. Benjamin Neander (MSU) 4-6, 6-3, 10-8
6. Dylan Hall (MSU) def. Tiago Ferreira (SEOSU) 6-4, 5-7, 6-2
1. No. 19 Kyle Davidson/Ramon Toyos (MSU) def. Tiago Ferreira/Max Fil (SEOSU) 8-4
2. Netanel Alcabas/Alberto Blesa (SEOSU) def. Zack Santagate/Dillon Pineda (MSU) 8-4
3. Petar Popovic/Mislav Colak (SEOSU) def. Chris Norrie/Daniel Gallivoda (MSU) 9-7
Southeastern Oklahoma State 13-2; National ranking #24; Regional ranking #3
Midwestern State 13-8; National ranking #11; Regional ranking #1
Order of finish: Doubles (1,2,3); Singles (4,3,2,1,5,6)
The 20th-ranked Midwestern State women's tennis team closed out Lone Star Conference action with a dominant 8-1 win over Texas A&M-Kingsville Monday afternoon at the MSU Tennis Center.
Senior Lindsay Nochowicz clinched the win for Midwestern State (16-7) with a 6-1, 6-0 victory at No. 5 singles to help the Mustangs finish 2-1 in their LSC slate this season.
The Mustangs swept through doubles play with senior Maddie Schorlemmer and junior Abby Whitecoasting to an 8-0 victory on court three to put Midwestern on the board first.
The 23rd-ranked duo of Nochowicz and freshman Eirini Kontaki rallied from a 6-1 deficit for a 9-7 triumph at No. 1 doubles before freshman Greta Lazzarotto improved to a team-best 21-2 record, teaming up with sophomore Amy Clifton to earn an 8-5 win on court two for the doubles sweep.
Schorlemmer, ranked 27th in the national singles rankings, cruised to a 6-1, 6-1 win over Mariaxi Herrera at No. 1 to lead up to Nochowicz's clincher. White extended the MSU lead to 6-0 with a 6-1, 6-0 win at No. 6, moving to a 15-3 mark on the season to lead the Mustangs.
Texas A&M-Kingsville (5-15) earned its lone point of the afternoon by retirement with Clifton leading 6-3 before concluding the match.
Kontaki and Lazzarotto brought the Mustangs home with a pair of straight-set wins as Kontaki posted a 6-3, 6-2 victory at No. 2 while Lazzarotto recorded a 6-4, 6-2 win at No. 3 singles.
Midwestern State next hosts Arkansas-Fort Smith for Senior Day Friday at 10 a.m. at the MSU Tennis Center. The Mustangs will recognize seniors Maddie Schorlemmer, Lauren Pineda and Lindsay Nochowicz prior to the match.
No. 20 Midwestern State 8, Texas A&M-Kingsville 1
Apr. 18, 2016 at Wichita Falls, Texas (MSU Tennis Center)
1. No. 27 Maddie Schorlemmer (MSU) def. Mariaxi Herrera (TAMUK) 6-1, 6-1
2. Eirini Kontaki (MSU) def. Marija Dimitrovska (TAMUK) 6-3, 6-2
3. Greta Lazzarotto (MSU) def. Nadia Grlj (TAMUK) 6-4, 6-2
4. Paula Saenz (TAMUK) def. Amy Clifton (MSU) 3-6, retired
5. Lindsay Nochowicz (MSU) def. Erika Larrea (TAMUK) 6-1, 6-0
6. Abby White (MSU) def. Madi Gomez (TAMUK) 6-1, 6-0
1. No. 23 Eirini Kontaki/Lindsay Nochowicz (MSU) def. Nadia Grlj/Paula Saenz (TAMUK) 9-7
2. Amy Clifton/Greta Lazzarotto (MSU) def. Mariaxi Herrera/Erika Larrea (TAMUK) 8-5
3. Maddie Schorlemmer/Abby White (MSU) def. Marija Dimitrovska/Madi Gomez (TAMUK) 8-0
Texas A&M-Kingsville 5-15; Regional ranking #10
Midwestern State 16-7; National ranking #20; Regional ranking #3
Order of finish: Doubles (3,1,2); Singles (1,5,6,4,2,3)
Buoyed by brilliant back nine performances from May Chimsuti and Kellie Martin, Midwestern State remains in contention for not only the Lone Star Conference Championship but to also earn a berth as the league's automatic qualifier to NCAA postseason season play.
The duo recorded even-par scores over the final nine holes to keep the Mustangs within striking distance of the top of the team leader board with a 22-over total of 306 on the par-71, 5,862-yard La Paloma Course at the Tascosa Golf Club.
No. 6-ranked Tarleton State, which fired a 14-over team total of 298, retains a single stroke lead over 30th-ranked West Texas A&M on the Lady Buffs' home course.
The tournament which was originally scheduled for Frisco Lakes Golf Club required a change of venues due to heavy rain.
Chimsuti used consecutive birdies on the 15th and 16th holes to counteract back-to-back bogeys on the previous two holes to finish with a 4-over 75. The freshman from Muang, Thailand is tied for fifth on the individual leader board four strokes off of the pace of West Texas A&M's Whitlee Woods, who carded an even-par 71.
Martin closed with her only birdie of the day to card a 6-over 77 which matched the scores of junior teammates Sierra Campbell and Hayley Dambold. The trio is tied for 12th.
Sophomore Sarah Moore posted a 12-over 83 to tie for 26th.
Tarleton State closed with a flash over the final four holes fueled by matching eagles by Isabell Jimenez Perea and Casey Wild as the TexAnns gained five strokes to take a one stroke lead over West Texas A&M.
The Lady Buffs three players in the first five on the individual leader board with Woods going even, Glory Jangthongsiri at 2-ver and Alexandria Massie at 4-over.
The Lone Star Conference Championship closes with a final round on Tuesday.
The winner is the league's automatic qualifier for NCAA Division II West Region Championship from May 2-4 at the Brookside Country Club in Stockton, Calif.
Midwestern State's semifinal matchup with West Texas A&M came down to a tiebreaker Monday afternoon in the Lone Star Conference Championship played at the Par-71, 6,805-yard La Paloma Course at the Tascosa Golf Club.
The Mustangs survived with a +8 stroke differential as MSU's five combined for a 32-over total of 387 to edge out the Buffs, who finished with a 40-over total of 395.
Midwestern State advances to take on Cameron in Tuesday's title match of the LSC Championships as the Aggies rolled to a 5-0 win over Texas A&M-Commerce the other semifinal.
The Mustangs claimed wins at the top and bottom of the order as senior Ian Gallagher held an 11-stroke edge on WT's Word Hudson on the No. 5 bag, while junior Thomas Smith won by two strokes over WT's Ethan Peterson at the No. 1 bag.
West Texas A&M took a four-stroke victory at No. 4 as Carson Greathouse (+7) defeated MSU junior Luke Thomas (+11), while WT's Ben Hogan (+8) edged junior Colton Dorion (+9) by a single shot at No. 3.
MSU junior Jared Baker and West Texas A&M's Angel Aguirre played to a draw at the No. 2 bag both delivering 3-over 74s.
Cameron delivered at least 2-stroke at every spot in the order with individual tournament leader Daniel Nielsen leading the way with a 1-over 72.
Nielsen's holds a one-stroke edge over Gallagher and CU teammates Zander Winston and Cullen Stahl.
The individual champion will be decided by the 36-hole totals resulting from match play.
Cameron claimed the LSC team title a year ago taking a tiebreaker over Midwestern State.
Heavy rain forced a change of venue for the 2016 Lone Star Conference Championship. The tournament was originally scheduled for the Frisco Lakes Golf Club.