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Mustangs add three for Fall 2014

The Midwestern State tennis program announced the signings of three outstanding players to play for the Mustangs starting in the fall of 2014.
The Midwestern State tennis program announced the signings of three outstanding players to play for the Mustangs starting in the fall of 2014.

The Mustangs announced the signings Carrie Casey and Alexis Arrieta to play for the women's team and Matthew Tyler to play for the men.

"These three will be outstanding additions to our program, both on and off the court," said MSU Coach Scott Linn.

Arietta, from Georgetown, Texas, is ranked as 15th in Texas according to TennisRecruiting.net. She is studying at the Texas Virtual Academy and is in the top 10 of her class.

"A fantastic young lady," said Linn. "She's got an excellent court presence and very mentally tough and fearless, with a passion for the game. Her up-side is tremendous as she's only played tournament tennis for a few years."

Casey, from Franklin, Texas, will be the third Casey sister to play at Midwestern State, with Carrie following Kendra and current Mustang Kayla. She holds three UIL 2A State Championships, the 2011 and 2012 Doubles crown with sister Kayla, and the 2013 Singles title.

Casey also has been named All-State in volleyball as a junior and senior, was a regional qualifier in track and field and all-district in basketball.

"I'm very excited to have the third Casey sister coming to play at MSU." Linn beamed. "She is a fantastic all-sport athlete who will bring her athleticism to the MSU Tennis Courts next Fall. What I like most about Carrie is that she wants the ball in critical situations."

Tyler, from Hewitt, Texas/Midway, is a two-time 4A Quarterfinalist in doubles and was a regional quartfinalist as a junior in singles. He's been twice named All-State in doubles, and is a three-time team captain and three-time team MVP at Midway High.

Tyler also has Texas Super Champ wins in singles and doubles with play on Team Texas in World Team Tennis.

"A fantastic young man," Linn explained. "Strong singles and doubles player, who has the ability to adjust game styles. He's got a big serve, a big forehand and can transition on the court. We look forward to Matt making an immediate impact on the program."

The Mustangs are looking forward to their play next season.

The Mustangs will begin their 2014 season soon. The both the defending NCAA Elite Eight men and NCAA Sweet 16 women officially open on Friday, Feb. 14 at St. Edward's in Austin.

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