MSU Tennis Roundup: March 7

MSU Tennis Roundup: March 7
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Mustangs avenge 2016 NCAA quarterfinal loss with 7-2 win over No. 20 Ferris State 

WICHITA FALLS, TX (KAUZ) - In a rematch of the 2016 NCAA Division II Quarterfinal, 15th-ranked Midwestern State turned the tables on No. 20 Ferris State this time around as the Mustangs avenged a season-ending loss from a year ago with a 7-2 rout of the Bulldogs Tuesday at the MSU Tennis Center.

With the win, the Mustangs (4-3) recorded their third victory over a top-25 team this season and earned the school's first-ever win over Ferris State in nine tries (men's tennis 1-3, volleyball 0-2, women's tennis 0-2, football 0-1).

The Mustangs posted three 8-4 victories in doubles play to carry the momentum early in the match.

Freshman Angel Palacios continued his strong play in singles with his sixth-straight victory following a 6-1, 2-6, 6-2 win over the Midwest Region's No. 11 Vasil Surduk on court two to stretch the MSU lead to 4-0. Palacios improved to 6-1 on the season and remains undefeated against Division II competition with four wins over regionally-ranked opponents.

At No. 3 singles, junior Vasudev Vijayaraman recorded the clincher for MSU with a 6-4, 6-4 win over Steward Sell.

The Mustangs continued their rout with sophomore Dylan Hall earning a 7-6 (6), 6-2 victory over Nur Adim Ramdani Iswan at No. 4 singles before 5th-ranked Ramon Toyos posted a 6-3, 4-6, 10-4 win over No. 21 Till von Winning on court one for his second win over a nationally-ranked player this season. The senior also moved into ninth on the all-time wins list with his 103rd career dual victory, passing former teammate Kacper Boborykin (2012-15).

Ferris State (6-1) claimed two wins at No. 5 and 6 singles to conclude the match for a 7-2 final.

Midwestern State begins a four-match road stretch over spring break with matches against No. 5 Valdosta State (Ga.) and Abraham Baldwin (Ga.) in Valdosta and No. 9 West Florida and No. 11 Georgia College in Pensacola, Fla., Mar. 15-18.

Mustangs open up LSC play with 9-0 rout of Tarleton State

Midwestern State began Lone Star Conference play in dominant fashion Tuesday with a 9-0 sweep of No. 43 Tarleton State at the MSU Tennis Center.

Midwestern State (5-1) earned its second-straight win over a nationally-ranked opponent while pushing its win streak to nine matches against the TexAnns (6-3).

Juniors Amy Clifton and Daria Panferova highlighted the Mustangs in doubles play, erasing an early deficit to take down Tarleton State's 10th-ranked team in the region of Elena Preadca and Luiza Ferraro-Adas on court one, 8-4. The tandem of freshman Bianca Duff and sophomore Maddy Coffman improved to 6-0 on the season at No. 2 while sophomore Greta Lazzarotto and freshman Ashley Ramirez also remained perfect at 6-0 at No. 3 doubles.

The Mustangs earned straight-set victories on five of six courts in singles. Sophomore Eirini Kontaki began with a 6-0, 6-1 win over Tori Simmons at No. 4 before the 19th-ranked Duff cruised to a 6-0, 6-0 defeat of Preadca on court three for the clincher.

Panferova and Clifton came away with straight-set wins at the top of the lineup while Coffman rallied from a first set defeat to earn a 2-6, 6-0, 11-9 victory over the region's No. 9 Ashleigh Eldward at No. 5. Lazzarotto concluded the sweep with a 6-4, 7-5 win over Ferraro-Adas on court six.

Midwestern State recorded just its second 9-0 sweep of rival Tarleton in program history, last doing so on Feb. 8, 2003 in Wichita Falls. The sweep was the fourth against the TexAnns with 5-0 victories coming at the LSC Tournament in 2014 and 2015.

Midwestern State begins a four-match road swing over spring break next week with matches against No. 14 Valdosta State (Ga.) and Abraham Baldwin (Ga.) in Valdosta while facing No. 7 West Florida and No. 19 Georgia College in Pensacola, Fla., Mar. 15-18.

Knox leads Mustangs to road doubleheader sweep

Senior Erin Knox tied a single-game school record with five hits to lead six Mustangs with multiple-hit performances in Midwestern State's doubleheader sweep of Oklahoma Panhandle State Tuesday afternoon at Aggie Softball Field.

Amanda Thomas tied a career-high three hits with two runs scored and two RBI to lead Midwestern State to a 9-1 victory over Oklahoma Panhandle State in game one of Tuesday's doubleheader.

Midwestern State (11-13) built an early 2-0 lead with a pair of runs in the second inning. Hannah Springs drove in the first run of the game with a single to right center before Thomas delivered an RBI single to center for a 2-0 MSU advantage.

Oklahoma Panhandle State (9-12) went on the board in the fifth inning on an RBI double to right center for Madison Heathington for a 2-1 game.

The Mustangs plated seven runs in the final two innings, scoring four runs in the sixth on three OPSU errors. Springs reached base on an error by the first baseman to bring in two MSU runs after Taylor Mordecai had reached on an error and Taylor Bermudes walked. A bases loaded walk for Knox brought in the third run of the frame for a 5-1 score before a sacrifice fly to center for Carli Woolsey capped off the inning for a 6-1 advantage.

MSU added three more runs in the seventh on three hits and two OPSU errors with a Thomas single driving in the first run of the inning. Springs came around to score on the second error of the inning before a groundout to second by Misty Muniz extended the lead to 9-1.

Knox tied a school record five hits in a 5-for-5 outing while collecting a win in the circle to lead Midwestern State to a come-from-behind 12-10 victory in game two.

Knox became just the fourth Mustang in school history to record five hits in a single game and the first since Katy Vandewater finished with five against Southern Arkansas on Feb. 3, 2014. Kelly Schaefer (twice in 2013) and Megan Chartier (2011) also accomplished the feat while wearing the Maroon and Gold.

Midwestern State's (12-13) 20 hits were one shy of setting the record of 21 recorded against Southern Arkansas back in Feb. 2014.

After Oklahoma Panhandle State (9-13) posted six runs on seven hits in the second, the Mustangs responded with a six-run third to take a 9-7 lead. Muniz and Thomas delivered RBI singles for MSU before Bermudes blasted her second career grand slam to highlight the comeback.

The Mustangs grabbed a 2-0 lead in the first with Erin and Kelsey Knox driving in runs for MSU while Lauren Lindgren added a run for the Mustangs in the second with an RBI single to center for a 3-1 lead.

In the fourth, a double to left by Kelcee Thompson stretched the MSU advantage to 10-7 while a two-run home run by Woolsey in the fifth capped off the scoring for the Mustangs.

Midwestern State returns to Lone Star Conference play Friday and Saturday with a three-game series against Texas A&M-Commerce at John Cain Family Softball Field in Commerce. The series gets underway Friday with a 6 p.m. game before a doubleheader Saturday beginning at 1 p.m.

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