WICHITA FALLS, TX - Mustangs fall to Western New Mexico in Saturday actio
Western New Mexico hit .338 to record a 3-0 win (25-21, 25-12, 25-21) over Midwestern State in the first-ever Lone Star Conference meeting between the two teams Saturday afternoon at Drag's Court.
Western New Mexico (10-4, 2-1 LSC) posted a .407 hitting percentage in the opening set to jump out to a 1-0 lead in the match. WNMU claimed an early six-point lead on Midwestern State (7-6, 3-2 LSC) before the Mustangs pulled back within one to force a WNMU timeout. The Mustangs answered every WNMU run before the home team posted three of the final four points of the set to take a 25-21 win.
WNMU committed just one hitting error in the second set, hitting .556 with 11 kills for a 25-12 victory over MSU. An 8-1 run to break a 4-4 tie set the stage for Western New Mexico before keeping distance from Midwestern the remainder of the set.
Meghan Bettis and Aerielle Edwards combined for nine of MSU's 12 kills in the third frame but 10 hitting errors prevented the Mustangs from forcing a fourth set in a 25-21 loss. A 10-4 WNMU run to begin the set kept the momentum on the home side until a 4-0 spurt midway through the set evened it up at 15 apiece. However, WNMU was able to pull away down the stretch thanks to a 6-2 run to record the sweep.
Senior Ramon Toyos and sophomore Dillon Pineda remained in contention for titles at the ITA Men's South Central Regional Saturday with the pair advancing to the doubles final and Toyos moving on to the singles semifinals at the MSU Tennis Center.
In singles action, Toyos coasted into the semis with a pair of 6-0, 6-2 wins, defeating Metro State's Josh Graetz in the round of 16 and sophomore teammate Dylan Hall in the quarterfinals. Hall advanced following an upset 7-5, 6-3 win over the seventh seed, Vladimir Gnilozubov, of Western New Mexico in the round of 16. Toyos will face Newman's No. 5 seed Eduardo Santos, the 2015 South Central Region champion, tomorrow at 8 a.m.
In the bottom half of the singles main draw, senior Chris Norrie suffered a 7-5, 5-7, 7-6 (10) defeat to No. 11 seed Joey Tscherne of Metro State. Junior Vasudev Vijayaraman also fell in the round of 16 with a 6-2, 6-2 loss to the No. 4 seed Vinicius Santos of Cameron.
The fifth-seeded pair of Toyos and Pineda pulled off a 9-7 triumph over Cameron's top-seeded doubles team of Felipe Oyarzun and Mateo Velasco to advance to Sunday's championship match. The duo also earned an 8-1 win over the No. 4 team of Jean-Laurent Pageault and Liam Fraboulet of Western New Mexico in the quarterfinals.
The team of Hall and freshman Angel Palacios advanced to the doubles semifinals before falling to WNMU's second-seeded Tristan Da Lio and Gnilozubov, 8-6. The pair posted an 8-5 win over Colorado State-Pueblo's duo of Wade and Mould in a quarterfinal matchup to begin the day.
Singles semifinals begin the day at 8 a.m. tomorrow at the MSU Tennis Center while the championship match is slated for noon. The doubles finals will begin once singles play has ended. In the case of weather, the tournament will move indoors to the Wichita Falls Country Club.