After capturing its third Lone Star Conference title to earn an automatic postseason bid, Midwestern State was seeded second in the South Central Region by the NCAA Division II Women's Tennis Selection Committee Tuesday where it will play host to No. 3 seed Dallas Baptist in the opening round of the NCAA Tournament.
The Mustangs will make their fifth-straight and 17th overall appearance in the postseason field in their 20th season as a NCAA Division II member. Midwestern State has advanced to the round of 16 five times including three-straight trips from 2013-15 that included the school's first Elite Eight showing in 2015.
Midwestern State put together one of its best regular seasons in program history with a 21-4 record to tie for the fifth-most wins in its history with seven victories over nationally-ranked teams. On Mar. 22, the Mustangs achieved their fourth-highest ranking at No. 15. MSU enters the postseason having won 15 of its last 16 matches and 13 consecutive against Division II programs.
The Mustangs and Dallas Baptist square off Monday at 3 p.m. at the MSU Tennis Center. MSU will host its fourth NCAA Tournament match, going 3-0 in matches played at home from 2013-15. Dallas Baptist earned one of the region's two at-large bids into the NCAA Tournament after posting a 15-6 record to qualify for its first postseason appearance. The two teams last met on Apr. 4 in Wichita Falls with MSU handing the Lady Patriots a 9-0 defeat.
On the other side of the bracket, Heartland Conference champion and top-seeded St. Mary's (Texas) will host No. 4 Tarleton State with the winner of that match joining the MSU-Dallas Baptist winner in the round of 16, May 10-13, at the Sanlando Park Tennis Center in Altamonte Springs, Fla.
Midwestern State is set to make its 15th NCAA Tournament appearance Saturday as the Mustangs were awarded an at-large postseason bid and will face off against rival Cameron in the opening round.
Midwestern State comes in as the No. 3 seed and will meet the No. 2 seed Aggies Saturday at 11 a.m. at the Streich-Henry Tennis Complex in Lawton, Okla.
MSU and Cameron will square off for the third time this season with the Aggies recording a 6-3 victory in Lawton on Apr. 11 while earning a 5-4 win in the Lone Star Conference title match in Arlington last Saturday.
Saturday's matchup will be the eighth postseason meeting between the two teams with the Mustangs holding a 5-2 advantage.
In 2017, the 21st-ranked Mustangs compiled a 14-10 record with nine wins over nationally-ranked teams to earn their fifth-straight NCAA bid.
In the other South Central Region matchup, Heartland Conference champion St. Mary's (Texas) plays host to Western New Mexico with the two regional winners advancing to the round of 16 at the Sanlando Park Tennis Center, May 9-12, in Altamonte Springs, Fla.
Midwestern State has advanced to the nationals site seven times in program history with national quarterfinal appearances in 2006, 2013, 2014 and 2016.