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MSU Soccer, Volleyball Players Take Home Post-Season Awards

Spence Leads MSU Contingent on All-LSC Squad

Midwestern State junior defender Ryan Spence headlined six first-team All-Lone Star Conference selections Wednesday when the league announced its annual awards.
 
Spence garnered Defender of the Year honors after leading one of the nation's best defenses as the Mustangs restricted opponents to a 0.43 goals against average.
 
The junior center back from Decatur's leadership played a key role in helping the MSU to its second unbeaten season in school history as the Mustangs rolled to their fifth consecutive conference title and a trip to the NCAA Division II postseason for the fifth straight year with a 16-0-2 mark.
 
Spence garnered Daktronics second-team All-America status last season and was a first-team All-South Central Region pick.
 
Spence joins seniors Raul Herrera and Paulo Teixeira as two-time first-team All-LSC selections.
 
Herrera, who led NCAA II in goals against average in 2009, ranks fifth in the category this season at .496. The Dallas native became the school's all-time leader in shutouts and has posted seven clean sheets this season. Herrera has posted a 30-3-7 record in three seasons at MSU.
 
Teixeira tallied four goals and four assists including two game-winning scores to lead the Mustangs in the midfield.
 
Junior defender Dean Lovegrove (two goals, three assists), junior forward David Freeland (eight goals, three assists) and senior midfielder Sam Broadbent (four goals, three assists) joined the trio on the first team.
 
Junior forward Tex McCullough, senior midfielder Bryce Taylor and junior midfielder Nathan Fitzgerald were named to the second team.
 
Midwestern State opens the NCAA Division II postseason Thursday night against Truman (Mo.) at the MSU Soccer Field. Kickoff is set for 7 p.m.

Jordan Tabbed Libero of the Year, Three Mustangs on All-LSC Team

Junior Kiara Jordan headlined a trio of Midwestern State players garnering All-Lone Star Conference recognition Wednesday when the league announced its annual postseason awards.
 
Jordan garnered Libero of the Year honors, but oddly was a second-team selection while seniors Karolina Damjanovic and Lauren Bayer gained first-team honors.
 
Jordan, also a second-team All-LSC performer last season, ranked third in the league with 4.85 digs per set as she tallied 20-or-more digs in seven matches including a season 30 against Abilene Christian.
 
Damjanovic, a senior right-side hitter from Subotica, Serbia, came on strong to lead the Mustangs with 2.56 kills per set with a stellar .268 hitting percentage.
 
The southpaw notched at least 10 kills in 14 matches including five-straight at the end of the season to help MSU to its fourth consecutive LSC postseason berth.
 
Damjanovic put down a season-high 17 kills against Texas-Permian Basin on Sep. 11.
 
Bayer, a senior from San Antonio, was a key part in a Mustangs' net game which ranked 12th in NCAA Division II with 2.39 blocks per set.
 
The 5-11 middle blocker was second in the LSC with 1.18 blocks per set. She recorded five-or-more total blocks in 14 matches including a season high of nine at Texas Woman's University on Oct. 23.
 
Midwestern State opens the Lone Star Conference Championship Thursday against Tarleton State the West Texas A&M Field House in Canyon. First service is set for 5 p.m.
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