WICHITA FALLS, TX - For the seventh time in program history, Midwestern State men's tennis is headed to the NCAA Championships following a 5-1 rout of No. 4 seed St. Edward's in the NCAA Division II South Central Region #1 Championship Saturday afternoon at the MSU Tennis Center.
The top-seeded Mustangs punched their ticket to the championship site for the third time in the last four seasons and first since 2014 when they also defeated the Hilltoppers, 5-4, in the regional championship in Wichita Falls.
Junior Chris Norrie clinched the match for Midwestern, earning a 6-3, 6-3 triumph over Felix Bake at No. 3 singles to propel the Mustangs to the victory.
Midwestern State improved to 16-8 on the season and will face the Central Region #2 winner between No. 19 Southeastern Oklahoma State and No. 20 Nebraska-Kearney in the NCAA Sweet 16 on Wednesday, May 18 at 3 p.m. (CT) at the Gates Tennis Center in Denver, Colo. The Savage Storm and Lopers will battle for the Central Region title Monday in Kearney.
St. Edward's ended the season at 11-14 after making its eight-straight NCAA Tournament appearance.
After the 22nd-ranked duo of senior Kyle Davidson and junior Ramon Toyos came away with a thrilling 9-8 (5) victory at No. 1 doubles, Davidson kept the momentum leaning towards the Maroon and Gold in singles play. Davidson, ranked 40th in the national rankings, claimed his fourth win over a nationally-ranked opponent this season with a 6-1, 6-3 win over No. 41 Ricardo Pineda at the No. 1 position to push the MSU advantage to 3-1.
Freshman Dylan Hall followed Davidson with a 7-5, 6-3 victory over Mateus de Col on court six to set up Norrie's clincher.
The Mustangs jumped ahead early in Saturday's match with senior Zack Santagate and freshman Dillon Pineda posting an 8-3 victory over Bake and Maximo Agoglia at No. 2 doubles for a 1-0 MSU lead.
The Hilltoppers earned their lone point of the afternoon with de Col and Jared Fellows collecting an 8-5 win over Norrie and freshman Benjamin Neander on court three.
Midwestern State will travel to the Mile High City for the second time this season in its seventh trip to the championship site, also making Sweet 16 appearances in 1999, 2001, 2005, 2006, 2013 and 2014 with Elite Eight showings in 2006, 2013 and 2014.
No. 14 Midwestern State 5, No. 28 St. Edward's 1
May 7, 2016 at Wichita Falls, Texas (MSU Tennis Center)
1. No. 40 Kyle Davidson (MSU) def. No. 41 Ricardo Pineda (SEU) 6-1, 6-3
2. No. 47 Ramon Toyos (MSU) vs. Charlie Shin (SEU) 3-6, 6-2, 3-0, unfinished
3. Chris Norrie (MSU) def. Felix Bake (SEU) 6-3, 6-3
4. Dillon Pineda (MSU) vs. Maximo Agoglia (SEU) 6-7 (5-7), 5-2, unfinished
5. Benjamin Neander (MSU) vs. Logan Buignet (SEU) 6-4, 2-1, unfinished
6. Dylan Hall (MSU) def. Mateus de Col (SEU) 7-5, 6-3
1. No. 22 Kyle Davidson/Ramon Toyos (MSU) def. No. 23 Ricardo Pineda/Charlie Shin (SEU) 9-8 (7-5)
2. Zack Santagate/Dillon Pineda (MSU) def. Felix Bake/Maximo Agoglia (SEU) 8-3
3. Jared Fellows/Mateus de Col (SEU) def. Chris Norrie/Benjamin Neander (MSU) 8-5
St. Edward's 11-14; National ranking #28; Regional ranking #4
Midwestern State 16-8; National ranking #14; Regional ranking #1
Order of finish: Doubles (2,3,1); Singles (1,6,3)
NCAA II South Central Region #1 Championship
Lightning delay began at 2:54 p.m. and lasted for 41 minutes
Midwestern State junior Tia Streeter hit the medal stand taking bronze in the 800-meter finals Saturday night in the Lone Star Conference Outdoor Track & Field Championships at Memorial Stadium.
The Buena Park, Calif. native bettered her preliminary time by more than a second to clock a 2:18.03 placing behind Eastern New Mexico's Klaudia Szych (2:13.00) and West Texas A&M's Nikolina Hrelec (2:15.74).
Streeter became the first MSU runner to medal in the 800-meter run, while junior Jasmine Stokes added points for the Mustangs with a sixth-place finish pacing a 2:25.25.
Streeter and Stokes were also member of MSU's 4x400-meter relay along with freshman Bridget Reillyand sophomore April Pena. The quartet set a program record with a time of 4:03.09 nudging out Eastern New Mexico (4:04.50) for sixth place to gain three final points.
MSU netted three more points in the 5,000-meter run as senior Kim Krezonoski (18:40.68) and juniorLeticia Shaban (18:43.67) finished seventh and eighth, respectively.
Freshmen Bridget Reilly (18:53.72) and Sara Smith (19:12.73) closed 9th and 11th followed by teammates Brandi Hobson (20:08.32/18th), Brittany Adams (20:15.38/19th) and Sharon Kimutai (20:29.74/20th).
Reilly carried a lead deep into the race by stumbled on the track with a mile to go.
Junior Ana Lopez paced the MSU contingent in the 1,500-meter run finishing 10th with a time of 5:02.18 ahead of freshman Michelle Rieves (5:09.75/12th), senior Maira Salinas (5:17.17/15th), sophomoreAngela Dees (5:17.33/16th), freshman Gladys Rutto (5:34.32/17th) and freshman Miriam Diaz(6:10.18/18th).
The Mustangs, who finished with 21 total points, carried over six points from Friday with Shaban gaining three by finishing sixth in the 10,000-meter run while freshman Stefanie Blaine and senior Maira Salinasplace seventh and eighth, respectably, in the 3,000-meter steeplechase to add three more.
The point total was the second highest for the Mustangs in five seasons of competing in the LSC Outdoor Championships. MSU scored 41 in 2014.