CMU men’s tennis team gets bid to regionals
Colorado Mesa’s men’s tennis team is joining the women in the NCAA Division II tournament this year.
This is the first time since 2010 both teams qualified in the same season.
The men (13-9) are going for the fourth time under coach Dan MacDonald. They received the No. 5 seed in the South Central Region, announced Tuesday, and will play No. 4 seed St. Edward’s (14-7) in the first round on Saturday in Wichita Falls, Texas. The winner plays top seed Midwestern State (14-4) on Sunday.
“The men were rewarded for a big win over Cameron (Okla.),” CMU coach Dan MacDonald said. “The tough regional schedule paid off for us.”
No. 2 seed Cameron (12-4) hosts No. 3 Western New Mexico (11-5) on Sunday.
The Colorado Mesa women are going for the fifth time under MacDonald and first since 2012, when the Mavericks won the Central Region title to advance to nationals.
Colorado Mesa (16-8) received the automatic qualifier spot for winning the RMAC tournament. The Mavericks are the No. 4 seed and play top seed Midwestern State (21-3) on Saturday in Wichita Falls.
“It was kind of a surprise since we were picked second in the RMAC,” MacDonald said of the women’s finish. “The girls are working hard on doubles. It’s a great accomplishment for Shannen (McNamara) and Kaylee (Davis) to go two out of three years. There’s good depth and team chemistry on both teams.”
The regional champion qualifies for nationals. The Mustangs defeated Mesa 9-0 a year.
No. 3 seed Cameron plays No. 2 seed St. Mary’s on Sunday.
Makayla Kovac was selected the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference player of the year and Jessica Severinsen received the RMAC co-pitcher of the year honor.
Both players made the all-conference first team.
Kovac led the RMAC in batting (.490), slugging percentage (1.000), hits (76), runs scored (57) and RBI (63). The sophomore shortstop had a 21-game hitting streak during the season.
Severinsen shared the pitcher of the year award with Metro State’s Aubree Maul.
Severinsen led the RMAC in ERA (2.94). The senior was 13-11 with 104 strikeouts in 143 innings pitched.
Maul was 11-8 with a 3.48 ERA while limiting opponents to a .250 batting average.
Mesa freshman Sarah Phillis and sophomore Megan Brown made the second team.
Phillis hit .437 usually in the five hole behind Severinsen. Brown hit .329.
Colorado Mesa’s Haley Kroll was selected the RMAC freshman of the year.
The freshman attacker was second on the Mavericks with 34 goals and 44 points.
Mesa junior defender Lauren Elliott made the first team. Kroll, sophomore midfielder Ashley Eickhoff, sophomore defender Megan Lynch and junior defender Maddie Spor made the second team. Senior attacker Allie Henderson made the third team.
Liester baseball POW
Jordan Liester has been on a tear lately, and his 10-for-16 performance last week earned him RMAC player of the week honors.
The senior first baseman/designated hitter from Monument hit .625 in the four-game series against Regis last weekend with 10 RBI. He also scored 10 runs and hit one double, one triple and three home runs. He had an on-base percentage of .700 against the Rangers.
The Mavericks (28-6) wrap up the regular season Friday and Saturday at Colorado School of Mines. Colorado Mesa needs one victory in the four-game series to clinch the RMAC title.