Midwestern State senior Ramon Toyos became the second Mustang in the last three seasons to capture the ITA South Central Region singles championship, defeating Western New Mexico's Liam Fraboulet Sunday afternoon at the Wichita Falls Country Club.
Toyos recorded a 6-2, 4-6, 6-3 victory over Fraboulet to advance to the ITA Oracle Cup and compete for a national title at the Surprise Tennis & Racquet Club, Oct. 13-16, in Surprise, Ariz. The Torrelavega, Spain native advanced to the regional final following a 6-2, 6-1 win over Newman's Eduardo Santos, last season's regional champ who defeated Toyos in the semifinal round in San Antonio.
Toyos joins former teammate Kyle Davidson as the two Mustangs to advance to the national championships in singles under head coach Scott Linn as Davidson claimed the regional title as a junior in 2014.
In doubles, Toyos also represented Midwestern State in the finals alongside sophomore teammate Dillon Pineda. The fifth-seeded duo upset the No. 1 and No. 4 seeded teams before falling to the second-seeded pair of Tristan Da Lio and Vladimir Gnilozubov of Western New Mexico, 8-5, in the championship match.
Freshman defender Adrianna Smith netted her first career goal to lift Midwestern State to its fifth-straight win in a 1-0 shutout win over UT Permian Basin Sunday afternoon at UTPB Turf Field.
Midwestern State (5-1-2, 2-0-0 LSC) posted its fourth-straight shutout and fifth in the last six outings as junior goalkeeper Courtney Burnettecollected two saves to keep the Falcons off the board.
In the 78th minute, Smith broke a scoreless match with a shot from 25 yards out into the far post to give the Mustangs a 1-0 advantage over UT Permian Basin (0-5-1, 0-2-0 LSC).
*Midwestern State held a 17-8 lead in shots and 8-2 edge in shots on goal
*The Mustangs also led in corner kicks with a 10-2 margin
*Junior forward Destinee Williamson led the Mustangs with four shots while matching junior midfielder Katie Huff with a team-best two shots on goal
*MSU began Lone Star Conference play at 2-0 for the first time since the 2010 season
Newman converted a second half penalty kick to record its first-ever win over No. 23 Midwestern State in a 1-0 victory for the Jets Sunday afternoon at Bishop Carroll High School.
After nearly 70 minutes of action yesterday, weather forced the teams to rule the game a no contest and restart Sunday.
In the 64th minute, Luca Anelli was fouled in the box to set up penalty kick for Newman (5-2-1, 3-0-1 HC) at the 63:46 mark. Marian Saar delivered the kick for the Jets to break a scoreless contest with a shot into the far left corner of the net.
Midwestern State (5-2-1, 3-1-0 HC) outshot Newman 13-3 with a 5-1 edge in shots on goal but the Mustangs were unable to record the equalizer with Flavio Guzman tallying the lone shot on goal for MSU in the final 30 minutes of play.
Midwestern State battled to a 17th-place showing facing one of the largest fields in program history on a difficult, hilly and muddy course Saturday morning in the University of Minnesota's Roy Griak Invitational at Les Bolstad Golf Course.
The Mustangs delivered another solid showing with a sub-minute gap time between frontrunner Bridget Reilly and true freshman Valaska Vitt at No. 5.
Reilly worked her way to finish 51st with a time of 24:34.50 in the Mustangs' first try at the championship 6K distance this season, while sophomore Sara Smith surged to the No. 2 spot placing 83rd with a time of 25:06.20.
Senior Leticia Shaban finished 105th with a time of 25:26.60 followed closely by sophomore Michelle Rieves with a time of 25:29.30.
Vitt, a freshman from Germany, notched her first collegiate team countable finish taking 113th with a time of 25:34.20 to put MSU's gap time at 59.7 seconds.
Seniors Ana Lopez (26:11.80/157th) and Brandi Hobson (26:23.20/165th) finished as spacers for the Mustangs, who totaled 460 points.
The field featured seven teams receiving votes in the latest United States Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches' Association Top 25 with No. 4-ranked University of Mary (S.D.) claiming the team title with a total 93 to edge No. 9 Minnesota-Duluth which had 95 points.
No. 17 Northern Michigan (3rd/122), Colorado-Colorado Springs (4th/149), UC-San Diego (5th/209), No. 8 Western Washington (6th/210), Pittsburg State (7th/220), Run 'N Fun (8th/261), Wisconsin-Parkside (9th/280) and Minnesota State-Moorhead (10th/310) rounded out the top 10.
U-Mary junior Alexis Zeis claimed top individual honors with a time of 22:10.20.