Midwestern State totaled five All-Lone Star Conference honors Thursday afternoon with Angel Palacios, Dillon Pineda and head coach Scott Linn also earning individual awards announced by the league office.
Angel Palacios garnered LSC Freshman of the Year accolades while also being named All-LSC Singles and All-LSC Honorable Mention Doubles. Senior Ramon Toyos joined Palacios on the All-LSC Singles Team and earned All-LSC Doubles honors with sophomore Dillon Pineda, who was recognized as the LSC Sportsmanship Player of the Year.
Also collecting LSC recognition was sophomore Dylan Hall with honorable mention singles and doubles nods. A two-time LSC Women's Tennis Coach of the Year, Linn swept the LSC Coach of the Year honors this season with his first career LSC men's coaching accolade after leading the Mustangs to a season-high No. 15 national ranking and 14-10 record as LSC runners-up.
A native of Piedras Negras, Mexico, Palacios became the fifth Mustang to capture LSC Freshman of the Year accolades following Michael Turner (1999), Gene Ligeon (2003), Vjekoslav Stipanic (2008) and Kyle Davidson (2013). Palacios compiled a 13-10 singles record at No. 2 with seven wins over regionally-ranked players, twice earning LSC Player of the Week honors this season.
One of the winningest players to come through the program, Toyos went 12-8 at the No. 1 singles position in his final season with 10 wins over regionally-ranked foes while adding a pair of wins over nationally-ranked players, ranking as high as fifth in the country this season. In doubles, Toyos and Pineda went 11-5 at the top spot with a 6-2 record over the region's top-10 duos while adding three wins over nationally-ranked tandems. The pair enters the postseason ranked 13th in the country.
Hall added a 12-10 record playing in the middle of the singles lineup for the Mustangs this season while teaming up with Palacios for a 9-7 mark at No. 2 doubles.
Cameron's Vinicius Santos was tabbed LSC Player of the Year while Western New Mexico's Zachary Grabovic earned LSC Newcomer of the Year honors. The all-conference program recognized 15 student-athletes, with a player from each of the four LSC teams. The head coaches at each LSC member institution vote upon the all-conference honors.
No. 3 seed Midwestern State faces off against second-seeded Cameron in the opening round of the NCAA Tournament Saturday at 11 a.m. at the Streich-Henry Tennis Complex in Lawton, Okla. The winner moves on to the round of 16 at the Sanlando Park Tennis Center in Altamonte Springs, Fla., May 9-12.
Midwestern State collected five Lone Star Conference postseason honors Thursday afternoon, highlighted by Bianca Duff collecting LSC Freshman of the Year honors and Scott Linn being named LSC Coach of the Year.
Midwestern State placed three players on the All-LSC Singles Team with Duff, junior Daria Panferova and sophomore Eirini Kontaki earning spots on the team while sophomore Maddy Coffman, Duff, Panferova and Kontaki were All-LSC Doubles selections.
Duff became the third player in program history to garner LSC Freshman of the Year accolades, following teammates Amy Clifton (2014) and Kontaki (2016). The Geelong, Australia native was the lone freshman to be named All-LSC Singles after racking up 40 dual wins in her first campaign with the Mustangs, twice being named LSC Player of the Week. Duff posted a 17-6 record playing No. 3 singles while joining Coffman for a 23-2 doubles record at No. 1. In singles, Duff claimed all 17 of her wins in straight sets with three victories over regionally-ranked players.
Duff and Coffman posted a program-best 19-0 start in doubles play, climbing to the No. 1 position midway through the season with a win over the 12th-ranked doubles tandem in the country. Coffman led the Mustangs in wins this season with the Dallas Baptist transfer adding 19 singles wins to her resume while teaming up with Duff to form a dynamic duo for the Mustangs at the top doubles line.
A transfer from Northeastern State, Panferova went 14-8 playing at the top singles position in her first season at MSU with six wins over regionally-ranked opponents. The Moscow, Russia native also went 19-6 in doubles play including a 10-2 mark with Kontaki at No. 2.
Kontaki collected back-to-back All-LSC honors after also earning first team accolades in her freshman season. A native of Ialysos, Rhodes, Greece, Kontaki posted a 17-7 mark for the Mustangs playing No. 2 singles with four victories over regionally-ranked foes this season.
Linn took home his second LSC Women's Tennis Coach of the Year honor, earning the accolade in 2014 after leading the Mustangs to their first LSC title. The seventh-year head coach has led the 15th-ranked Mustangs to one of their best seasons in program history, tying for the fifth-most wins in a season with a 21-4 record while capturing their third LSC title last weekend. The Mustangs have also earned two of their five top-15 national rankings this season.
Cameron's Paula Gutierrez garnered LSC Player of the Year honors for the third-straight year while Texas A&M-Kingsville's Lisa Carvajal was named Newcomer of the Year and Tarleton State's Ashleigh Elward was tabbed the Sportsmanship Player of the Year.
The all-conference program recognized 16 student-athletes, with a player from five of the six LSC teams. The head coaches at each LSC member institution vote upon the all-conference honors.
Midwestern State opens up NCAA Tournament play Monday at 3 p.m. as the second-seeded Mustangs play host to No. 3 seed Dallas Baptist at the MSU Tennis Center with the winner advancing to the round of 16 at the Sanlando Park Tennis Center in Altamonte Springs, Fla., May 10-13.