Mustangs fall to top-seeded Cameron in LSC title match

WICHITA FALLS, TX - The Midwestern State women's tennis team's run at a third-straight Lone Star Conference Championship fell short Saturday afternoon as the Mustangs stumbled to top-seeded Cameron in the title match at the MSU Tennis Center, 5-2.

The Aggies captured their first LSC Championship in program history, rallying from a 2-1 deficit with four straight-set wins in singles play to claim the title and improve to 21-3 on the season.

Midwestern State fell to 18-9 overall and awaits selection into the NCAA Tournament with the selection show airing Tuesday at 7:30 p.m. (CT) on NCAA.com.

The top four teams from the South Central Region advance to the NCAA Tournament with St. Mary's (Texas) and Western New Mexico receiving automatic bids into the postseason by winning their respective conference tournaments. Cameron and Midwestern look to take the two at-large bids for the region as the LSC does not receive an automatic berth.

Midwestern carried the momentum heading into singles play after sophomore Amy Clifton and freshmanGreta Lazzarotto earned a thrilling 8-6 victory over Paula Gutierrez and Angie Torres at No. 2 doubles for a 2-1 MSU advantage.

At No. 3 doubles, senior Maddie Schorlemmer and junior Abby White coasted to an 8-2 win over Samantha Wood and Mathilde Thibaudat to put the Mustangs ahead early. With the victory, Schorlemmer moved into sixth on the MSU all-time wins list after pushing her career dual record to 112-39 (.742).

The Aggies came away with one point in doubles with the 15th-ranked duo of Alina Gorina and Zhenia Shviadok defeating senior Lindsay Nochowicz and freshman Eirini Kontaki on court one, 8-2.

Cameron came out swinging in singles action, taking first sets on all six courts to switch the momentum to the No. 1 seed. Gorina evened the match at 2-2 with a 6-2, 6-0 win over Kontaki at No. 2 singles before Torres propelled the Aggies into the lead with a 6-4, 6-1 victory over Clifton at No. 4.

Thibaudat followed with a 7-5, 6-1 win over White on court six before Shviadok recorded the clincher just moments later with a 6-2, 7-6 (0) decision over Lazzarotto at No. 3 singles for the 5-2 final.

No. 15 Cameron 5, No. 17 Midwestern State 2
Apr. 30, 2016 at Wichita Falls, Texas (MSU Tennis Center)

Singles Competition
1. No. 33 Maddie Schorlemmer (MSU) vs. No. 18 Paula Gutierrez (CU) 4-6, 2-3, unfinished
2. Alina Gorina (CU) def. Eirini Kontaki (MSU) 6-2, 6-0
3. Zhenia Shviadok (CU) def. Greta Lazzarotto (MSU) 6-2, 7-6 (7-0)
4. Angie Torres (CU) def. Amy Clifton (MSU) 6-4, 6-1
5. Lindsay Nochowicz (MSU) vs. Samantha Wood (CU) 4-6, 1-4, unfinished
6. Mathilde Thibaudat (CU) def. Abby White (MSU) 7-5, 6-1

Doubles Competition
1. No. 15 Alina Gorina/Zhenia Shviadok (CU) def. Eirini Kontaki/Lindsay Nochowicz (MSU) 8-2
2. Amy Clifton/Greta Lazzarotto (MSU) def. Paula Gutierrez/Angie Torres (CU) 8-6
3. Maddie Schorlemmer/Abby White (MSU) def. Mathilde Thibaudat/Samantha Wood (CU) 8-2
 
Match Notes:
Cameron 21-3; National ranking #15; Regional ranking #2
Midwestern State 18-9; National ranking #17; Regional ranking #3
Order of finish: Doubles (3,1,2); Singles (2,4,6,3)
Lone Star Conference Championship

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