WICHITA FALLS, TX (KAUZ) - #15 Mustang tennis routs #43 Dallas Baptist, 9-0
Midwestern State flexed its depth in a decisive 9-0 sweep over No. 43 Dallas Baptist to push its winning streak to seven matches Tuesday afternoon at the MSU Tennis Center.
The 15th-ranked Mustangs improved to 13-3 overall and 6-1 against South Central Region competition, remaining perfect at home with a 7-0 record in their third sweep of the season. Dallas Baptist fell to 14-5 on the season, suffering its third sweep of the year.
Midwestern State established its dominance early with the duo of Daria Panferova and Eirini Kontaki earning an 8-3 victory over Liz Slaughter and Mikayla Rinker at No. 2 doubles for a 1-0 MSU lead.
On court one, Maddy Coffman and Bianca Duff continued to improve on their program-best start following an 8-2 crushing of the region's sixth-ranked duo of Ana Marija Banic and Lacey Sprinkel to move to 16-0 on the season.
Greta Lazzarotto and Ashley Ramirez rallied from a deficit at No. 3 doubles to record a 9-7 victory over Bianca Tijerina and Skylar McDonald for the pair's seventh-straight win to improve to 14-2 overall.
The Mustangs continued to roll in singles play, earning straight-set victories on five courts in the sweep.
Kontaki returned to her winning ways at No. 2 singles with a 6-0, 6-4 triumph over Sprinkel before Ramirez tallied the clincher with a 6-3, 6-1 rout of Tijerina for her sixth-straight win on court six.
At No. 3 singles, Duff pushed the MSU lead to 6-0 with a 6-1, 6-2 decision over Rinker. Coffman followed by snapping McDonald's 11-match win streak and improving to a team-best 13-3 overall with her ninth-straight win after a 6-3, 6-2 victory.
Panferova rallied from a first set deficit before posting a 6-4, 6-4 win over Banic on court one. Lazzarotto closed out the match for the Mustangs, handing Slaughter a 6-3, 6-7, 12-10 defeat for her seventh win in a row at No. 5.
Midwestern State continues its homestand Friday with a doubleheader against Collin College (Texas) and Seward County (Kan.) beginning at 11 a.m. at the MSU Tennis Center.
#15 Midwestern State women vs #43 Dallas Baptist
1. Daria Panferova (MSU) def. Ana Marija Banic (DBU) 6-4, 6-4
2. Eirini Kontaki (MSU) def. Lacey Sprinkel (DBU) 6-0, 6-4
3. Bianca Duff (MSU) def. Mikayla Rinker (DBU) 6-1, 6-2
4. Maddy Coffman (MSU) def. Skylar McDonald (DBU) 6-3, 6-2
5. Greta Lazzarotto (MSU) def. Liz Slaughter (DBU) 6-3, 6-7, 12-10
6. Ashley Ramirez (MSU) def. Bianca Tijerina (DBU) 6-3, 6-1
1. Maddy Coffman/Bianca Duff (MSU) def. Ana Marija Banic/Lacey Sprinkel (DBU) 8-2
2. Daria Panferova/Eirini Kontaki (MSU) def. Liz Slaughter/Mikayla Rinker (DBU) 8-3
3. Greta Lazzarotto/Ashley Ramirez (MSU) def. Bianca Tijerina/Skylar McDonald (DBU) 9-7
Dallas Baptist 14-5; National ranking #43; Regional ranking #5
Midwestern State 13-3; National ranking #15; Regional ranking #2
Order of finish: Doubles (2,1,3); Singles (2,6,3,4,1,5)
Juniors Trip Hobson and Dominick Haskins fired even-par 72s Tuesday to lead Midwestern State to a sixth-place showing at the Dallas Baptist Patriot Classic played at the par-72, 7,023-yard Hackberry Creek Country Club.
The Mustangs closed tournament play with a team total of 877 (+13) carding rounds of 288, 294 and 295.
Hobson, a transfer from Tyler JC, closed tournament play with back-to-back, even-par 72s delivering team countable scores in each round. He finished strong with birdies on two of his last three holes to finish the day with four on his way to tie for 15th with a 2-over, 54-hole total of 218.
Haskins also notched par-or-better tallies in two of three rounds including a 2-under 70 in the opening round. The transfer from Midland College logged three birdies in the third round for an even-par 72 to finish tied for 25th with a 4-over total of 220.
Senior Jared Baker closed out another stellar effort narrowly missing out on a fifth consecutive Top 10 finish taking 11th after carding rounds of 70, 72 and 74 for an even-par total of 216. The Holliday High product posted a tournament-best 14 birdies ranking among leaders in Par-3 (Even) and Par-4 (+2) scoring.
Fellow senior Thomas Smith posted team countable scores in two rounds logging tallies of 75, 74 and 77 to tie for 55th with a 10-over total of 226, while sophomore Clayton Meyers turned in three team countable rounds posting a 74, 76 and 77 to tie for 57th with an 11-over 227.
The Mustangs dominated the longer holes as Smith (-9), Meyers (-8), Haskins (-7) and Hobson (-6) combined to shoot 30-under on the course's five Par-5s.
The top two NAIA programs topped the team leader board as Texas Wesleyan won the tournament with a 15-under 849 followed by Oklahoma City (858/-6), Central Oklahoma (871/+7), Texas A&M-Commerce (873/+9), Dallas Baptist (874/+10) and MSU.
Texas Wesleyan's David Ravetto claimed top individual medalist honors shooting scores of 70, 71 and 70 for a 5-under total of 211 to edge Dallas Baptist's Chase Brincat by a single stroke.
Midwestern State closes regular season play next week in the Lions Classic hosted at the Hardscrabble Country Club in Fort Smith, Ark.
Junior Sarah Moore fired a final round 76 to lead Midwestern State to a seventh-place showing at the West Texas A&M Desert Invitational Tuesday at the par-72, 5,949-yard course at The Lodge at Ventana Canyon.
The Mustangs closed on a high note to move up two spots firing team scores of 321 and 317 for a 62-over 638.
"We're kinda struggling right now, but we have three weeks to get things right," MSU coach Jeff Ray said. "We'll take a break and get ready for conference. The key is to get everyone going at the same time."
The Mustangs compete in the Lone Star Conference Championships on April 24-25 at the Frisco Lakes Golf Club.
Moore notched her best finish of the spring carding rounds of 80 and 76 for a 12-over total of 156 to tie for 18th. The Burkburnett High product logged three of her four birdies of tournament play in the final round while finishing 1-under in Par-3 scoring to lead all competitors.
"Sarah had a great day," Ray said. "She did a great job of relying on her short game and getting the job done. Her short game was just incredible today."
Senior Sierra Campbell carded a 79 for the second consecutive round to finish tied for 26th with a 14-over total of 158.
"Sierra isn't hitting the ball very well but she is battling and giving us a good golf score," Ray said.
Freshmen Cheleen Cousins (82-80) and Alexis Read (81-82) placed tied for 39th and 44th, respectively, while senior Hayley Dambold logged scores of 81 and 85 to tie for 52nd.
St. Mary's (Texas) claimed the team title firing rounds of 297 and 310 for a 31-over total of 607 to finish five strokes ahead of Dallas Baptist.
StMU sophomore Paige Weiss topped the individual leader board firing scores of 71 and 73 for an even-par 144 to win by six strokes over Dallas Baptist's Hanna Harrison.