The MSU men's and women's tennis teams are just two days away from playing in the Lone Star Conference Championships in Southlake Texas. The women's team has a bye in the first round. The men are likely to face the conference leading Cameron Aggies in the first round.
The Midwestern state men's tennis team has won ten of their last 11 matches. Their lone loss coming to a Cameron squad that the mustangs will likely face in the first round of the conference championships. But Luke Joyce says his team learned a lot from that loss, "with our close losses it showed the one or two changes that we can make. We've learned from that. Especially our match against Cameron. If we do have a rematch, we've learned a lot from our loss to them."
Joyce's doubles partner Colby Meeks has been a big part of MSU's success this season, "we're right there with every team. I think every loss that we've had in conference play this semester has been a nail biter. It can really go either way, we just have to have guys step up."
Head coach Scott Linn says he thinks the men's team is yet to plays it's best tennis, and with wins against 10 ranked opponents this season, that's saying something. He says his team is ready for Cameron. "we've played Cameron four times in the last two years and we've won two and they've won two. We feel like it comes down to who's ready to play that day. The teams are similar to what they were last year on both sides and i know we did not play well that day when we played them at Cameron."
The MSU women's team earned a first round bye in the conference championship thanks to their 4-and-1 regular season conference record.
Freshman Madeline Schorlemmer says it helps to know you're opponent, "it helps to know who we're going to play first round, so having a bye helps us prepare for the team that we're going to play."
Taylor Coffman is the lone sophomore on the MSU roster and was part of last years team that finished the year 8-and-13, with a first round exit in the conference championships against Tarleton State. "last season we didn't play our best tennis and this year we have a lot of freshman that help contribute to the team. It's really exciting to go out and just play tennis and not worry about the outcome because i have trust that all of the girls are going to get their job's done."
Coach Lynn says one of the great things about both the men and women's team is the support the provide each other in tough matches. "there's been times where both teams have been in battles and there have been matches on both sides of the facility and once one team is done they come over and support the other team. This year's been a lot of fun as a head coach of both teams to see them get behind each other and support each other."
And with both the men and the women playing some of their best tennis, that support could continue deep into post season play.
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