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Midwestern State's Greta Lazzarotto and UT Permian Basin's Raul Stevens were named Women's and Men's Academic Players of the Year again, respectively, to highlight the Lone Star Conference tennis academic awards announced Thursday by league officials.

Lazzarotto, who claimed top honors for the third consecutive year, and Stevens, who was distinguished for the second straight year, earned Academic Player of the Year acclaim for their success on the court and in the classroom.

Lazzarotto led the women's team that also included Angelo State's Zoe Gubbels; Cameron's Melany Opolz and Sarah Frendo; Tarleton State's Neetika Sud; and Texas A&M-Kingsville's Julia Rauer.

matt crossSilver City, N.M – Director of Athletics Scott Noble announced (today) the hiring of Matt Cross. Cross will take over the Men’s Basketball program after the promotion of previous head coach Matt Enriquez earlier this year.

The Mustang men finished 5-20 overall this season, 2-16 in Lone Star Conference play.

Matt Cross comes to Silver City after spending two season with the Pilots of LSU – Shreveport as the Head Women’s Basketball Coach. While with the Pilots, Cross accumulated a 46-15 record, including an undefeated 15-0 record at home in his first season.

On the road for the final road series of the season, the Western New Mexico Softball team faced off with the Pioneers of Texas Woman's Friday at Pioneer Field.

After a tough series against Angelo State the weekend prior, the Mustangs came together Friday to put another win in their column, and end the season on a high note.

The NCAA announced the fields for the 2019 Men's Golf Regional Tournaments. WNMU was selected as an at large team for the combined South-Central & West region tournament to be held May 9-11 at the Ledges Golf Club in St. George UT.

Three conference champions received automatic bids: Oklahoma Christian representing the Heartland Conference; Colorado School of Mines from the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference; Midwestern State from the Lone Star Conference.

Western's women's golf team just couldn't seem to find the rhythm during the final round of play in the Lone Star Conference Championships, falling from 7th to 8th place. #8 West Texas A&M fired a tournament best 6 under par to overtake first day leader, #30 Texas A&M Commerce for the title.

Shelby Turner recorded another top 10 finish for Western with a 2 over par 73 in the final round, that left her tied for 10th place individually. Brenda Dominguez had entered the day in the top 20 but an 8 over par 79 dropped her back to a tie for 26th.

 WNMU men's golf entered the final day of play in the Lone Star Championships tied for first with Midwestern State. The #26 ranked Mustangs couldn't withstand the onslaught from #23 ranked MSU that saw 4 of their 5 players shoot under par. Western's Gonzalo Pan de Soraluce was able to outpace Midwestern's Garrett Leek to take the individual title.

Western New Mexico men's golf faded slightly at the conclusion of day 1 but strong performances by the top players landed the Mustangs in a tie for the lead with Midwestern State at the Lone Star Conference Championships in Abilene TX. Gonzalo Pan De Soraluce fired a tournament best 5 under par to lead the field after 2 rounds of play.

WNMU women's golf completed the first day of play landing in 7th place. #30 Texas A&M Commerce leads a field that features 4 of the top ranked teams in the nation. #8 West Texas A&M is 2 strokes back entering the final day of competition.

Western was paced by Shelby Turner's 4 over par 75 followed by Brenda Dominguez 1 stroke back. The Mustang's top 2 players finished behind Commerce's Paige-Lee Garris tournament leading 2 under par 69.

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