MSU Roundup: Volleyball, Soccer Post Victories

Mustangs Roll in MSU/Hampton Inn-vitational

Midwestern State flexed its defensive muscle to stifle No. 20 Truman (Mo.) and Nova Southeastern (Fla.) in 3-0 sweeps to take its first two matches at the MSU/Hampton Inn-vitational Friday afternoon at D.L. Ligon Coliseum.
"We played really well," MSU coach Venera Flores-Stafford said. "We definitely saw improvement from last year. We were able to keep it together and hold our composure when we were challenged late in sets."
The Mustangs finished off each set in a flourish against Truman to claim 25-21, 25-23 and 25-21 set wins while holding the nationally-ranked Bulldogs to a .118 team attack percentage.
Meanwhile, the Mustangs committed a total of six errors over the final two sets of the match to close with a .252 attack rate led by sophomore middle Caitlin Wallace, who notched 10 kills without error with three total blocks.
Senior libero Kiara Jordan posted 17 digs to lead the Mustangs' back row efforts, while seniors Hillary White and Miranda Byrd joined freshman Katie Bertling with seven kills each.
"Our defense was spectacular," Flores-Stafford said. "It really held us in games. The longer you keep the ball up, the better chance you have of putting the ball away on the other side."
MSU used its defensive pressure to force Nova Southeastern into 23 attack errors and a negative attack percentage while cruising to a 25-14, 25-16, 25-17 win in the second match of the day.
Jordan once again led the way with 25 digs, while Byrd and junior Shelbi Stewart contributed four total blocks.
Stewart also led the way on the offensive end with nine kills, while White tallied eight as the Mustangs combined to hit .240 on the day as a team.
"Our setters did a great job of spreading the offense," Flores-Stafford said. "It was an all-around team effort and really a great team performance."
Midwestern closes invitational play with games against No. 5 Washburn (Kan.) and Texas A&M International Saturday afternoon at Ligon Coliseum. First serves are set for 12:30 and 3 p.m.

M. Soccer: #3 Midwestern Smashes Central Baptist, 7-0

No. 3 Midwestern State needed little time to dispatch NAIA Central Baptist to turn its home unbeaten string to 34 matches with a 7-0 win Friday night at the MSU Soccer Field.
"We always come out firing on all cylinders the first match in front of the home fans," MSU coach Doug Elder said. "We weren't really tested defensively, but it was a good performance because we have some serious tests ahead."
The Mustangs hit the road for a five-game stretch starting at Colorado State-Pueblo and Colorado-Colorado Springs next weekend before opening Lone Star Conference play against Incarnate Word in San Antonio on Sep. 16.
But the Mustangs used swift ball movement to hit Central Baptist with a barrage of tallies in the first half as sophomore transfer Chase Robertson scored on his substitution run onto the pitch in the 24th minute off of a serve from Sam Broadbent.
Then Broadbent got in on the scoring in his right off of a combination of passes through Robertson and Sam Bartek to put the Mustangs up 2-0 in the 27th minute.
Broadbent would remain active in the 35th minute on another one-two combination buried by Michael Ramirez to give MSU a commanding 3-0 halftime advantage.
"When we played one and two touches, we played well," Elder said. "When we didn't we didn't do as well. Obviously, I wasn't displeased with the attack because we scored goals."
The goals continued to come in the second half. Casey Hibbs, Zach Funk, B.A. Catney and Ryan Spence put the goal in the back of the net as seven different MSU players entered the scoring column.
Senior goalkeeper Michael Wood stopped one shot and redshirt-freshman Noah Fazekas made two saves to complete the shutout. MSU outshot Central Baptist 27-5.
Central Baptist fell to 1-2 on the season.

W. Soccer: Mustangs Score Early; Hold On for Win

The Midwestern State Mustangs collected it's fifth season opening victory in the last six year with a 2-1 triumph over Truman State (Mo.) Friday afternoon at the Nebraska-Omaha Soccer Field.
The Mustangs (1-0) never trailed in the game to the Bulldogs (0-1), the team that knocked them out of the NCAA Division II Tournament a season ago.
"We are very happy with the win," said MSU Soccer Coach Jeff Trimble. "We played well, but Truman really took it to us. This was a big regional win and we survived it."
Senior All-South Central Region forwards Kelsey Hill and Lindsay Pritchard combined for the game-winner in the game's 32nd minute. Pritchard, the senior from Whitehouse, started a run downfield and delivered an over-the-top pass to Hill who buried it past Truman keeper Jayne Grisham.
"Those two do such a great job together," said Trimble. "Lindsay made an excellent pass and Kelsey finished it off."
The Mustangs didn't take long to record the season's first goal to open the scoring.
In the fifth minute of the contest, Truman had the ball in the box in the defensive end when the Dogs misplayed a clearing pass. Emily Saville, a sophomore midfielder from North Crowley making her first start for MSU, claimed possession of the loose ball and connected to give Mustangs a 1-0 lead.
"Emily was right there when they miscleared it," added Trimble. "Then she finished it well. It was a great goal."
The Bulldogs evened the score eight minutes later when the Mustangs were whistled for a foul in the box. Jaclyn Schumann converted the penalty kick to tie the game at 1-1.
But all of the scoring was done in the first half. The second half was a defensive struggle.
"Our back line did a great job," Trimble said. "Hanna Staley, Callie Briseno, Heidi Avila and Megan Barnhart cleared the ball out well. They were our most consistent unit."
"And then (goal keeper) Mallory (Whitworth) was Mallory," he added. "She controlled the line." Whitworth was credited with two saves against the Bulldogs.
The Mustangs have a day off before meeting host Nebraska-Omaha on Sunday afternoon at 1:00. UNO is in its first year of transition to Division I after moving up this past spring when it dropped football and it's national championship wrestling programs.