WICHITA FALLS, TX (KAUZ) - MSU Texas junior Maddy Coffman picked up the Mustangs first Lone Star Conference Player of the Week award after a combined 6-0 record in singles and doubles. The Flower Mound native led Midwestern State to three-straight wins in the process.
Coffman improved to 7-1 in singles with a 7-6 (6), 6-1 victory late last night against Hawaii-Hilo's Devanshi Bhimjiyani to run her winning streak to seven, all at the No. 1 flight. Prior to that, the junior fought off Rollins' Fabiana Vitanza, 6-3, 2-6, 6-4, and Angelo State's Ena Ovcina, 1-6, 6-3, 7-5.
Paired with partner Ashley Ramirez, Coffman added another flurry of wins in doubles to improve to 5-1 at the No. 1 flight.
Midwestern State returns to the courts on Friday to take on No. 9 Azusa Pacific at 1 p.m. at the Darling Tennis Center in Las Vegas.
The 12th-ranked MSU Texas women's tennis team took fourth-ranked Hawaii Pacific down to the last court standing, but Midwestern State was unable to come out victorious, falling 5-4.
The Sharks grabbed a 1-0 lead quickly in doubles, but the Mustangs righted the ship, winning on the final two courts to take a 2-1 lead into singles. MSU's pair of Daria Panferova and Maddie Rowe bested Leticia Gonzalez dos Santos and Oceane Adam, 8-3, at the No. 3 line. The tandem of Bianca Duff and Greta Lazzarotto followed with an 8-5 decision against Lara Meccicio and Debora Echeverria at No. 2.
HPU regained the momentum early in singles, however, to turn the tide. Coffman's upset bid of ninth-ranked Lena Lutzier came up short, 6-2, 6-0, at No. 1 to tie the match. Sophomore Ashley Ramirez fell to 21st-ranked Adam in straight-sets, 6-3, 6-3, at No. 4 to put the Sharks ahead, 3-2. No. 20 Panferova answered with an easy 6-1, 6-1 win over Echeverria at the No. 3 line to again tie the match. Sophomore Emilija Segetlija rallied for a 6-3, 7-5 victory against Dos Santos at No. 6 to regain the lead.
Tied at four, junior Greta Lazzarotto was up a set on Heloise Le Normand. As the last match standing, the Italian was unable to make a late rally, giving the Sharks the win, 5-7, 6-4, 6-3.