WICHITA FALLS, TX (KAUZ) - Midwestern State freshman Bianca Duff captured Lone Star Conference Women's Tennis Player of the Week accolades after leading the Mustangs to a 2-1 start to the season last week.
The Geelong, Australia native posted a 5-1 record in her first collegiate matches with a perfect 3-0 mark at No. 2 doubles with partner Maddy Coffman to help the 21st-ranked Mustangs to wins over regionally-ranked Central Oklahoma and Nebraska-Kearney.
In singles, Duff earned a pair of straight-set wins at the No. 3 position including a victory over Nebraska-Kearney's Amanda Alvarez, the Central Region's ninth-ranked player. Duff, ranked 19th in the ITA national rankings, suffered her lone defeat of the week with a three-set loss to St. Mary's sixth-ranked Ally Maciel, 6-3, 2-6, 6-3, in a rematch of the 2016 ITA South Central Region singles final.
Midwestern State continues its 2017 slate this weekend in Missouri with matches against Northwest Missouri State and No. 11 Southwest Baptist (Mo.) in Bolivar.
Midwestern State senior Ramon Toyos was tabbed the Lone Star Conference Men's Tennis Player of the Week after an undefeated week leading the 15th-ranked Mustangs to wins over two top-25 teams.
The 5th-ranked Toyos crept closer to becoming the next Mustang to reach 100 career dual wins, collecting his 99th victory in a 3-6, 6-2, 6-2 win over Jose Antelo at No. 1 singles to clinch MSU's 6-3 win over No. 23 St. Mary's.
The Torrelavega, Spain native also earned another win over a regionally-ranked player in Nebraska-Kearney's Georges Wakim, 3-6, 6-2, 10-4, at the top spot to lead the Mustangs to a 7-2 victory over the 21st-ranked Lopers.
In doubles, Toyos teamed up with Dylan Hall at the top position for a pair of victories including a 9-7 win over the South Central Region's fourth-ranked tandem of Adam Dockery and Jeremiah Gonzalez from St. Mary's for a 4-0 weekend.
The Mustangs are 2-1 on the season and face No. 12 Northwest Missouri State and No. 19 Southwest Baptist (Mo.) this weekend in Bolivar, Mo.
Senior Ramon Toyos became the 11th Midwestern State men's tennis player to reach 100 career dual wins Friday afternoon following a 6-2, 6-0 victory over Northwest Missouri State's No. 38 Romain Boissinot during MSU's 6-3 defeat to the 12th-ranked Bearcats at the John A. Bryant Tennis Center.
Toyos became the third player to reach 100 wins for the third-straight season, following former teammates Kacper Boborykin and Kyle Davidson who both reached the plateau during their senior seasons in 2015 and 2016, respectively. The Torrelavega, Spain native moved his career win total to 52-20 in singles play and 48-26 in doubles.
Toyos is joined by Jason Peters (1998-2001), Michael Mills (1999-2002), Brett Emerson (2004-07), Zac Dillard (2005-08), Ryan Gillen (1999-2000, 02-03), Davidson (2013-16), Brian Holcomb (1997-2000), Victor Vidal (2001-04), Boborykin (2012-15) and Charles van Swelm (2005-07) in the 100-win club.
Northwest Missouri State (2-0) carried the momentum early in the match, sweeping doubles play to take an early 3-0 advantage on the 15th-ranked Mustangs.
The Bearcats added wins at the bottom of the lineup with Aymeric Autones defeating Dylan Hall, 6-1, 6-2, at No. 5 singles and Fin Glowick posting a 6-4, 6-1 victory over Joshua Sundaram on court six.
NWMSU also added a win at No. 2 with 42nd-ranked Sergi Fontcuberta tallying a 7-5, 6-3 victory over Vasudev Vijayaraman.
In addition to Toyos' victory at the top position, Midwestern State (2-2) earned wins in the middle of the lineup with Angel Palacios taking down the Central Region's 11th-ranked player in Mauro Tete, 6-2, 4-6, 6-2, on court three and Chris Norrie collecting a 6-4, 7-5 decision over Josef Altmann at No. 4 singles.
The Mustangs continue play tomorrow at noon with a match against No. 19 Southwest Baptist (Mo.) at the John A. Bryant Tennis Center.
No. 21 Midwestern State rolled to an 8-1 win over Northwest Missouri State Friday afternoon at the John A. Bryant Tennis Center.
The Mustangs (3-1) started the day by claiming all three doubles points behind an 8-0 win at No. 1 by juniors Amy Clifton and Daria Panferova over Lorena Rivas Jarolim and Luiza Souza.
Midwestern State then coasted through singles with straight-set wins in five of the six singles matches.
Panferova earned a 6-0, 6-1 win over Rivas Jarolim at the top singles position while freshman and 19th-ranked Bianca Duff picked up a victory at No. 3 with a 7-5, 6-0 result over Aniek Kolen. Sophomore Eirini Kontaki added to the Mustangs win total with a 6-1, 6-0 win over Irene Nunez on court four.
Sophomores Maddy Coffman and Greta Lazzarotto stretched the MSU lead at the bottom of the lineup with Coffman recording a 6-3, 6-0 win over Luiza Souza at No. 5 and Lazzarotto tallying a 6-1, 6-3 victory over Margaux Jacques at No. 6 singles.
The Central Region's 17th-ranked Tania Tercel claimed the No. 2 singles spot with a 6-4, 3-6, 10-7 win over Amy Clifton for Northwest Missouri State's (0-1) lone point of the afternoon.
The Mustangs are back on the court Saturday at noon as they take on No. 11 Southwest Baptist (Mo.) at the John A. Bryant Tennis Center.