MSU Tennis: #11 Men Down Rival #12 Cameron

WICHITA FALLS, TX - Senior Kyle Davidson rallied from a first set defeat to earn a 2-6, 6-2, 6-1 win at No. 1 singles to clinch the match and lift the 11th-ranked Midwestern State men's tennis team to a 6-3 victory over No. 12 Cameron Wednesday afternoon at the MSU Tennis Center.

In a matchup of the top two teams in the South Central Region, Midwestern State (14-8) earned wins in two of three doubles matches before a pair of straight-set wins led up to Davidson's clincher to take down the region's No. 1 team and avenge a 5-3 loss to the Aggies in the 2015 NCAA South Central Region Championship.

The duo of senior Zack Santagate and freshman Dillon Pineda put the Mustangs ahead 1-0 following an 8-5 win at No. 2 doubles. However, Cameron (15-5) answered right back as Felipe Oyarzun and Mateo Velasco upset the 19th-ranked pair of Davidson and junior Ramon Toyos on court one, 8-5.

Junior Chris Norrie and freshman Benjamin Neanderpropelled the Mustangs back in front after coming away with a 9-8 (3) win at No. 3 doubles for a 2-1 MSU advantage.

Toyos and Pineda quickly added to the MSU lead with wins at No. 2 and 4 singles, respectively. Toyos picked up a 6-2, 6-2 win over Vinicius Santos before Pineda made it a 4-1 contest with a 6-2, 6-4 victory over Oyarzun.

Just moments before Davidson's win over Dennis Merdan, Bruno Babic collected a 7-5, 6-2 win for the Aggies at No. 6 singles over freshman Dylan Hall.

Neander stretched the Mustangs lead to 6-2 with a super tiebreaker win on court five, 4-6, 7-5, 10-8, before Joao Fazendeiro closed out the match with a 7-6, 6-4 win over Norrie at No. 3 for the 6-3 final.

Midwestern State concludes the regular season Friday at 2 p.m. with a match against Arkansas-Fort Smith at the MSU Tennis Center. Prior to the match, the Mustangs will honor seniors Kyle Davidson and Zack Santagate as they play their final regular season home matches.

No. 11 Midwestern State 6, No. 12 Cameron 3
Apr. 20, 2016 at Wichita Falls, Texas (MSU Tennis Center)

Singles Competition
1. No. 44 Kyle Davidson (MSU) def. Dennis Merdan (CU) 2-6, 6-2, 6-1
2. Ramon Toyos (MSU) def. Vinicius Santos (CU) 6-2, 6-2
3. Joao Fazendeiro (CU) def. Chris Norrie (MSU) 7-6, 6-4
4. Dillon Pineda (MSU) def. Felipe Oyarzun (CU) 6-2, 6-4
5. Benjamin Neander (MSU) def. Mateo Velasco (CU) 4-6, 7-5, 10-8
6. Bruno Babic (CU) def. Dylan Hall (MSU) 7-5, 6-2

Doubles Competition
1. Felipe Oyarzun/Mateo Velasco (CU) def. No. 19 Kyle Davidson/Ramon Toyos (MSU) 8-5
2. Dillon Pineda/Zack Santagate (MSU) def. Bruno Babic/Vinicius Santos (CU) 8-5
3. Chris Norrie/Benjamin Neander (MSU) def. Dennis Merdan/Joao Fazendeiro (CU) 9-8 (7-3)

Match Notes:
Cameron 15-5; National ranking #12; Regional ranking #1
Midwestern State 14-8; National ranking #11; Regional ranking #2
Order of finish: Doubles (2,1,3); Singles (2,4,6,1,5,3)

Mustangs Stay #2 in Regional Rankings

The Midwestern State men's tennis team stayed put at No. 2 in this week's South Central Regional rankings released by the NCAA Division II Men's Tennis Committee Wednesday afternoon.

Midwestern State is 14-8 on the season with a 10-4 mark against NCAA Division II opponents. The Mustangs sport a 9-1 in-region mark with the lone setback to No. 24 Southeastern Oklahoma State earlier this week. MSU's 6-3 loss to the Savage Storm and its 6-3 win over No. 12 Cameron Wednesday is not reflected in this week's regional rankings.

Cameron topped the South Central Region for the second-straight week with a 12-2 in-region record while St. Mary's (9-4), Western New Mexico (10-4) and St. Edward's (5-5) rounded out the top five.

The top four teams in the region will qualify for the NCAA Regional Tournament, which will take place May 7-10 at select campus sites. The top two teams from the South Central Region will move on to the NCAA championship site, which will be held at the Gates Tennis Center in Denver, Colo., May 18-21.

Midwestern State wraps up the regular season Friday with a 2 p.m. match against Arkansas-Fort Smith at the MSU Tennis Center. Prior to the match, the Mustangs will honor seniors Kyle Davidson and Zack Santagate.

Women Climb to #3 in Regional Rankings

The Midwestern State women's tennis team jumped one spot to No. 3 in this week's South Central Regional rankings released by the NCAA Division II Women's Tennis Committee Wednesday afternoon.

Midwestern State moved ahead of St. Edward's in this week's rankings after defeating the Hilltoppers, 5-4, Friday in Austin. The Mustangs carry a 16-7 record on the season and are 12-4 against Division II opponents and 11-2 versus in-region competition. MSU's 8-1 win over Texas A&M-Kingsville Monday afternoon was not counted in this week's regional rankings.

St. Mary's remained atop the regional poll with a perfect 11-0 record against regional foes this season. Cameron (14-2) came in second while St. Edward's (10-3), Newman (10-5) and Tarleton State (9-4) rounded out the regional rankings behind MSU.

The top four teams in the region will qualify for the NCAA Regional Tournament, which will take place May 7-10 at select campus sites. The top two teams from the South Central Region will move on to the NCAA championship site, which will be held at the Gates Tennis Center in Denver, Colo., May 18-21.

Midwestern State closes out the regular season this weekend, hosting Arkansas-Fort Smith for Senior Day Friday at 10 a.m. before traveling to Oklahoma for a noon match Saturday against No. 16 Northeastern State in Tahlequah.

Schorlemmer Earns Another LSC Weekly Honor

Midwestern State senior Maddie Schorlemmer was tabbed the Lone Star Conference Women's Tennis Player of the Week, league officials announced Wednesday afternoon. The weekly honor is the third for Schorlemmer this season and fourth of her career. 

Schorlemmer posted a perfect 4-0 record on the week to lead No. 20 Midwestern State to a pair of wins over No. 41 St. Edward's and Texas A&M-Kingsville. The Argyle native recorded straight-set wins at No. 1 singles while teaming up with junior Abby White for two dominant victories at No. 3 doubles.

Schorlemmer helped the Mustangs to a 5-4 road win Friday over St. Edward's with a 6-0, 6-3 victory over Anjali Sampath. She then followed with a 6-1, 6-1 triumph over Texas A&M-Kingsville's Mariaxi Herrera in an 8-1 win for the Mustangs Monday at the MSU Tennis Center. Schorlemmer is currently ranked 27th in the nation in singles while coming in at No. 2 in the South Central Region with a 13-7 record.

In doubles play, Schorlemmer and White posted an 8-2 over the Hilltoppers while earning an 8-0 victory over TAMUK, clinching her second-straight 20-win season in doubles play while moving to 20-3 on the year.

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