MSU Roundup: Volleyball Improves To 4-1

Wallace, Mustangs Put Away Zias 3-0

Midwestern State maintained its roll by rocking Eastern New Mexico 25-17, 25-21, 25-16 in its Lone Star Conference opener Tuesday night at D.L. Ligon Coliseum.

 "We're happy with the way we've been playing," MSU coach Venera Flores-Stafford said. "It's good to set the tone early in the first conference match. That's what we needed to do."
The Mustangs are off to their best start since opening the 2008 campaign with eight-straight wins with a 4-1 mark, while Eastern New Mexico dipped to 1-4.
MSU continues its busy week playing host to Texas A&M-Commerce Thursday night at D.L. Ligon Coliseum. First service is set for 5 p.m.
The Mustangs close the week playing Missouri Southern State as part of the DBU Classic in Dallas before returning to the dome to face Texas Woman's University in another league match on Saturday.
"Our goal is to make it to the regional tournament, so we have to start early to make sure we get in as many matches against the MIAA as we can," Flores-Stafford said.
Sophomore middle blocker Caitlin Wallace continued her stellar play leading the Mustangs with 10 kills with two errors in an efficient 18 attacks for a .444 kill percentage.
"She's been big," Flores-Stafford said of the reigning LSC Defensive Player of the Week. "She's played well in every one of our five matches. That's what you love to see from a sophomore."
Junior outside hitter Shelbi Stewart added eight kills and hit .400, while senior middle blocker Miranda Byrd added seven kills and hit .231.
Seniors Hillary White and Kiara Jordan who finished with 18 and 15 digs respectively, sparked a defense that frustrated the Zias into 25 errors and a .052 team attack percentage.
Byrd led MSU at the net with four total blocks, while Wallace and Stewart had two apiece.
Evelyn Escobar had eight kills to pace Eastern New Mexico.

MSU Mens Soccer Maintains #3 Ranking

Midwestern State maintained its No. 3 ranking in the latest Continental Tire/National Soccer Coaches' Association Top 25 released Tuesday afternoon.

The Mustangs have carried a national ranking for 58 of the last 59 reporting periods dating back to the 2006 season including 38 of those week in the Top 10.

The lone break in the streak came when a membership dues snafu cost the Mustangs a ranking in the Sep. 28, 2010 poll.

The Mustangs are one of eight teams from the South Central/Central Regions to receive mention in the poll which also includes No. 8 Colorado Mines, No. 11 Missouri S&T, No. 12 Regis (Colo.), No. 18 Fort Lewis (Colo.), No. 19 Truman (Mo.) and No. 24 Eastern New Mexico while Metro State (Colo.) is receiving votes.

MSU extended a pair of impressive streaks as it opened the 2011 campaign with a 7-0 win over NAIA Central Baptist (Ark.) last Friday at home.

The Mustangs improved their regular season unbeaten streak to 34 matches which dates back to the 2009 season opener at Incarnate Word while claiming their 33rd consecutive result at the MSU Soccer Field which dates back to the 2007 season finale against West Texas A&M.

Midwestern State hits the road for a pair of in-region matches against Colorado State-Pueblo and Colorado-Colorado Springs on Friday and Sunday.

MSU Women Receiving Votes in NSCAA Top 25 Poll

Midwestern State is receiving votes in the latest Continental Tire/National Soccer Coaches' Association Top 25 released Tuesday afternoon.

The Mustangs opened the season with a win over Truman (Mo.) last Friday before battling Division I Nebraska-Omaha to a scoreless draw on Sunday.

Midwestern is one of five South Central Region teams receiving mention in the poll which includes No. 4 St. Edward's (Texas), No. 8 Central Missouri and No. 24 Abilene Christian (Texas) while MSU and Missouri Southern are receiving votes.

The Mustangs take on Southwest Baptist (Mo.) in their home opener Thursday night at the MSU Soccer Field. Kickoff is set for 8 p.m.