After going through the LSC regular season unbeaten, the 18th ranked Mustangs easily completed the clean sweep with a 5-0 victory over 28th ranked Tarleton State Saturday morning in the Lone Star Conference Tournament championship match.
The Mustangs win their first-ever LSC Tournament with the title, after grabbing their first championship with the regular season sweep.
MSU, now 22-3, won its 13th straight match. Tarleton fell to 13-7 with the loss.
"We really came out to play today," said MSU Coach Scott Linn. "I am so proud of these ladies. We weren't blowing them away, it was a team effort without a doubt."
The doubles belonged to the Mustangs, but it wasn't easy. Down at both No. 1 and No. 3, MSU came back to win and sweep the doubles.
In the battle of nationally-ranked tandems at No. 1, 20th ranked Kayla Casey/Taylor Coffman of MSU pull out an 8-5 win over 22nd ranked Ivana Zecevic/Luiza Adas.
Courtney Anderson/Paige Boykin came back at No. 3 to beat Silvia Nieva/Melanie Barnes 8-5, while Amy Clifton/Lauren Pineda led throughout in winning No. 2 over Alicia Perez/Makenzie Mitchell 8-5.
In singles, the Mustangs inched closer to the conference title when Boykin wasted little time in collecting a win at No. 6 with a 6-0, 6-1 victory against Ellie Stevens.
Then Coffman clinched the championship by erasing Adas 6-1, 6-0 at No. 3.
"Coffman came out very strong in singles," said Linn. "It was great to see her clinch it."
MSU was also ahead on three of the other four courts when the match was stopped.
Anderson was up at No. 4 over Marina Rull 6-1, 5-1 when play ended, while Pineda held a 6-3 lead on Nieva at No. 5.
Casey, ranked 33rd nationally, held a 6-3, 1-0 lead on 41st ranked Zecevic at No. 2. Clifton, playing No. 1, trailed Perez 4-6, 0-4 when the match was called.
"I have been very blessed to work with a great group of ladies," Linn added about the team that was the first in MSU history to win the LSC. "We have a great group of folks that have helped us make it possible as well."
Midwestern, who has been the top ranked team in the South Central region in all three rankings this season, now awaits Tuesday night's NCAA Division II Tournament Selection Show to learn of their next opponent.
"This team is not done," Linn stated. "I've seen some fire and belief in this squad that I haven't seen before. I'm excited about what's ahead."
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