The Midwestern State Mustangs did something they haven't done since 2006 when they the 31st ranked Mustangs beat the 14th ranked Abilene Christian Wildcats 5-4 Tuesday evening at the MSU Tennis Center.
Led by the play of seniors Luke Joyce and Colby Meeks, the Mustangs (8-4, 1-1) stunned the Cats (10-10, 1-1) on the first day of spring.
As MSU's No. 1 doubles team, Joyce and Meeks gutted out a 9-8 win with a 7-5 tiebreaker over the ACU team of Jason Proctor and Borja Cortes.
Then both won their singles matches, as No. 39 ranked Joyce won at No. 1 over the Wildcats' Guilherme Gesser 7-6, 6-1, and Meeks used three sets to win at No. 3 over Proctor 0-6, 7-5, 6-3.
The Mustangs also scored with the No. 2 doubles team of freshmen Kyle Davidson and Franko Siljeg who beat Gesser and Nicklas Wingord 8-5. Siljeg added a win at No. 4 singles over Cortes 7-6, 6-2.
"It's a great win," said MSU coach Scott Linn. "We got some great senior leadership today. It's a total team effort and we got some great play from our freshmen, but our seniors stepped up."
The Midwestern State Mustangs dropped the first of a four-game homestand as the No. 3 Abilene Christian Wildcats claimed a 6-3 Lone Star Conference win.
The No. 40 Mustangs fall to 6-5 overall, 1-1 in LSC play. ACU is 13-5 overall, 3-0 in the LSC.
The Mustangs grabbed one point in doubles as the No. 2 team of Sarita Adhikary and Lauren Pineda beat Brittney Reed and Kaysie Hermsdorf 9-8 (7-4).
In singles Kayla Casey won at No. 3 over Reed 6-1, 6-2, while Madeline Schorlemmer took Nada Marijanovic 5-7, 6-2, 10-6 at No. 5.
"We're still going through some growing pains," said MSU coach Scott Linn. "We changed up the lineup a bit and need some time to adjust."
ACU collected the wins in doubles at No. 1 as ACU's 14th ranked team of Hanna Kelley and Micah Hermsdorf beat Schorlemmer and Kayla Casey 8-4, and the No. 3 team of Julia Mongin and Marijanovic defeated Taylor Coffman and Fatima Clementino 8-3.