WICHITA FALLS, TX - Midwestern State made its first appearance in the South Central Region rankings for the 2016 season Wednesday afternoon as the Mustangs came in at No. 10 in this week's poll released by the NCAA Division II Softball Committee.
Midwestern State makes its return to the Lone Star Conference Tournament this weekend after missing out on the postseason in 2015. The Mustangs clinched a spot in the LSC Tournament with a sweep of Texas A&M-Kingsville Friday before taking three of four games against the Javelinas to claim the series. MSU closed out the regular season with a 29-27 record and a 25-23 mark against regional competition.
The sixth-seeded Mustangs begin LSC Tournament action Friday at 11 a.m. as they face off against No. 3 Cameron at West Texas A&M's Schaeffer Park in Canyon.
No. 1 West Texas A&M tops the South Central Regional rankings with a 50-2 record on the season. No. 9 St. Mary's (39-9), Texas Woman's (31-21), No. 20 Colorado Mesa (36-9) Texas A&M-Commerce (36-16), Angelo State (35-20), Cameron (31-20), Lubbock Christian (39-12), Metro State (30-16) and MSU (29-27) round out the top 10 in the regional poll.
A total of eight teams from the South Central Region will advance to the NCAA Tournament with three automatic bids coming from the Lone Star, Heartland and Rocky Mountain Athletic Conferences along with five at large selections.
The NCAA Selection Show is scheduled for Monday, May 2 at 9 a.m. (CT) with the 64-team field being announced on NCAA.com.
In the final regional poll leading up to next week's NCAA Selection Show, Midwestern State topped the South Central Regional rankings released by the NCAA Division II Men's Tennis Committee Wednesday afternoon.
The Mustangs wrapped up the regular season with a 15-8 overall record and 10-1 mark against South Central Region foes in 2016. Midwestern has compiled an 11-4 record against NCAA Division II opponents with six wins over nationally-ranked programs this season. The 48-team NCAA Tournament field is set to be announced Tuesday, May 3 at 7 p.m. (CT) on NCAA.com.
The Mustangs took over the No. 1 spot in the South Central Region this week after defeating previous-No. 1 Cameron, 6-3, last Wednesday at the MSU Tennis Center. The Aggies dropped to second in this week's rankings and are followed by St. Mary's (Texas), Western New Mexico and Colorado Mesa.
Western New Mexico is the lone team in the region to earn an automatic bid into the NCAA Tournament, having punched its ticket by winning the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference Tournament last weekend in Pueblo, Colo. The remaining top three teams in the region will join WNMU in this year's regional tournament.
Midwestern is currently in position to host a South Central Region match with regional tournaments set to take place May 7-10 at select campus sites across the country. The top two teams from each of the eight regions will advance to the NCAA Championships, scheduled for May 18-21 at the Gates Tennis Center in Denver, Colo.
The Midwestern State men's tennis team fell three spots to 14th in the Oracle/ITA Division II Men's Team Rankings, released by the Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) Wednesday afternoon.
Midwestern State has appeared in the top 15 in all four national polls released by the ITA this season, dropping from a program-high No. 11 ranking achieved last month. The Mustangs carry a 15-8 record into the NCAA postseason with the regional tournaments set to take place May 7-10 at select campus sites across the country. Midwestern is 11-4 against Division II foes with six wins over nationally-ranked teams this season.
Senior Kyle Davidson made his third appearance in the national singles rankings, climbing four spots to No. 40 with a 10-9 dual record and three wins over nationally-ranked opponents while playing at the top position for the Mustangs. Junior Ramon Toyos returned to the rankings this month at 47th, sporting a 13-8 dual mark with three wins over regionally-ranked foes playing at No. 2 singles this season. The duo of Davidson and Toyos also stayed in the top-25 doubles rankings at No. 22, carrying a 14-7 season record with a pair of wins over nationally-ranked teams.
The Midwestern State women's tennis team remained at No. 3 for the second-straight week in the South Central Regional rankings released by the NCAA Division II Women's Tennis Committee Wednesday afternoon.
Midwestern State closed out the regular season with a 17-8 overall record with three wins over nationally-ranked programs. The Mustangs enter the postseason with a 12-4 record against NCAA Division II opponents and a 12-3 mark versus in-region competition.
St. Mary's remained atop the regional poll for the third-straight week with a perfect 12-0 record against regional foes this season. Cameron (17-2) came in second while St. Edward's (10-4), Newman (11-6) and Tarleton State (9-5) rounded out the regional rankings behind MSU.
Western New Mexico is the lone team in the region to earn an automatic bid into the NCAA Tournament, having punched its ticket by winning the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference Tournament last weekend in Pueblo, Colo. The remaining top three teams in the region will join WNMU in this year's regional tournament, set for May 7-10 at select campus sites across the country. The top two teams from each of the eight regions will advance to the NCAA Championships, scheduled for May 18-21 at the Gates Tennis Center in Denver, Colo.
Midwestern State hosts the 2016 Lone Star Conference Championships Friday and Saturday at the MSU Tennis Center. The No. 2 seed Mustangs open up the tournament against No. 3 Tarleton State Friday at 10 a.m. in the LSC semifinals.
The Midwestern State women's tennis team continued their climb up the Oracle/ITA Division II Women's Team rankings Wednesday afternoon, earning a season-best No. 17 ranking by the Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA).
Midwestern State jumped up three spots from its previous No. 20 ranking last month after closing out the regular season with a 17-8 record with three wins over nationally-ranked teams. The Mustangs enter this weekend's Lone Star Conference Championship as the No. 2 seed and will face Tarleton State in the LSC semifinals Friday at 10 a.m. at the MSU Tennis Center. The winner will face either top-seeded Cameron or No. 4 Texas A&M-Kingsville in the LSC Championship match Saturday at 10 a.m.
Senior Maddie Schorlemmer made her third-straight appearance in the national singles rankings, coming in at No. 33 with a current season record of 14-8 playing at No. 1 for the Mustangs. Schorlemmer has totaled six wins over regionally-ranked opponents to rank second in the South Central Region.
Midwestern State is currently ranked third in the region by both the ITA and the NCAA, sitting behind No. 12 St. Mary's (Texas) and No. 15 Cameron (Okla.) in both polls.
Following the LSC Championship, the Mustangs will learn their postseason fate Tuesday, May 3 at 7:30 p.m. (CT) when the NCAA Selection Show reveals the 48-team tournament field online at NCAA.com.
Midwestern State coach Jeff Ray announced the signing of two junior college standouts to National Letters of Intent Wednesday morning.
Midland College's Dominick Haskins and Trip Hobson of Tyler Junior college are set to join the Mustangs for the 2016-17 academic year.
"Trip and Dominick have been very successful at their respective junior colleges," Ray said. "They have tournament experience at the national level. With the experience they have coming in, both will make an immediate impact for our team. I am excited they are headed to Midwestern."
Haskins has enjoyed tremendous success the past two seasons at Midland College.
The Chaps, who finished 16th at NJCAA nationals last season, have won all six tournaments this spring claiming a district title and a berth in next month's NJCAA nationals.
Midland boasts the top scoring average in NJCAA with Haskins 19th nationally with a 72.35 stroke average with 89 birdies and seven eagles in 26 tournament rounds this season.
"Dominick has the ability to go low," Ray said. "Over the last two years, he has several rounds of 67 and under."
Haskins also possesses the familiar name of his grandfather Don Haskins, played collegiate basketball and baseball before starting a legendary, hall of fame coaching career at Texas Western -- later known as UTEP.
His uncle is former PGA tour-player Steve Haskins, who played golf at New Mexico State with Dominick's father -- Brent. Cousin Cameron Haskins is a senior baseball player also at NMSU.
As a former junior Golden Gloves champion, Dominick was a two-time all-district selection during his prep career at Coronado High in El Paso.
Hobson also is a member of a successful program at Tyler Junior College where he helped the Apaches to a Region XIV and District 2 title earlier this month.
The Crockett, Texas native boasts a 74.04 stroke average with six par-or-better rounds and three rounds in the 60s to earn a national NJCAA rating of 24th this season.
Hobson fired rounds of 69 and 71 for a 4-under total of 140 to claim top individual honors at the Mary Hardin-Baylor Fall Invitational last fall and finished in the top 10 in five of his 10 tournaments in 2015-16.
"Trip has been a very steady player for two years at Tyler," Ray said. "He has consistently shot 69-75 in tournaments. Both of these guys are great workers who love to play the game."
Midwestern State qualified for its seventh straight and eighth overall NCAA postseason appearance this season.
The Mustangs open NCAA Division II Super Region play from May 2-4 at the New Mexico State Golf Course in Las Cruces.
Midwestern State's Taylor Coffman earned honors from the Lone Star Conference Wednesday as the league announced the 2015-16 Sports Information Student Academic Award winners.
The Houston native and four-year standout on the women's tennis team carries a 3.36 grade-point average in mass communications.
"Taylor's time management skills are exceptional," MSU Assistant Athletic Director Trey Reed said. "She balanced an athletic communications internship with assistant tennis coaching during the fall then continued to help on game days even during the tennis season. Her work is exceptional, but she is even better person. She is a great representative for MSU."
Coffman played a role in enhancing video streaming efforts and developing Web site features in the sports information office, while playing a leadership role in guiding the Mustangs to a national ranking on the tennis courts.
She enjoyed a stellar playing career helping MSU to three consecutive NCAA II Sweet 16 appearances reaching the national quarterfinals in 2015.
Coffman carried ITA national doubles rankings in 2014 and 2015 and was the ITA's South Central Region's Most Improved Senior of the Year in 2015.
The two-time first-team All-LSC doubles performer (2014, 2015) gained All-LSC honorable mention in singles in 2013.
Coffman was an ITA Scholar Athlete in 2014 and 2015 and recognized on the LSC Commissioner's Honor Roll three times.
Other Sports Information Student Academic awardees include Cameron's Krista Pylant and Kat Evans as well as Tessie Ledesma and Ashleigh Smith of Texas A&M-Kingsville.