MSU Roundup: Volleyball, Soccer Win

Mustang Volleyball Defeats Texas A&M-Commerce

The Midwestern State Mustangs had to fight back a scrappy Texas A&M-Commerce squad Thursday afternoon, but came out with a 3-1 Lone Star Conference triumph at D.L. Ligon Coliseum.
The Mustangs (5-1, 2-0) downed the Lions (1-1, 0-1) 25-18, 25-9, 26-28, 25-18 to record their fifth victory under the Dome this season.
The Mustangs were paced by the play of sophomore Caitlin Wallace of Amarillo who collected 14 kills while smashing a .458 hitting percentage.
"That what we expect her to do," said MSU Coach Venera Flores-Stafford. "That's what she trained to do in the spring and she learned a lot. Her technique and fundamentals have gotten so much better than last year."
Senior Hillary White of North Richland Hills/Richland added 10 kills, while senior Miranda Bird of Atlanta, Texas added nine kills and three blocks with a .467 hitting percentage.
The Mustangs had little trouble in the first two sets, but struggled in the third against the Lions. A&M-C fought off three MSU match-point serves in the third set before tying the frame at 26 and getting the next two points to fall to force a fourth set.
"(A&M-Commerce) is going to push," Flores-Stafford began. "They didn't want to lose and we got comfortable and allowed them to make the errors. They came up playing well to get the set."
In the final set, the Lions held tight with MSU, trailing by one at the midway point 15-14. However, the Mustangs rallied for four straight points to take control of the set and never looked back.
A&M-Commerce got 13 kills and six blocks from middle blocker Kayla Bond of Denton to lead the Lions.
The match was the first of three in three days. The Mustangs travel to Dallas to meet Missouri Southern on a neutral floor on Friday and finish their weekend with Texas Woman's on Saturday at 2 p.m. in the Dome.

Pritchard, Mustangs Pound Southwest Baptist 3-0

Midwestern State looked to be in midseason form Thursday night in a convincing 3-0 win over Southwest Baptist (Mo.) at the MSU Soccer Field.
The Mustangs controlled possession and pieced together combinations at will by outshooting the Bearcats 34-4 including a 17-2 edge in shots on frame.
"We're happy to win early in the season especially playing the tough opponents we are," MSU coach Jeff Trimble said. "I'm proud of how hard the girls are playing."
Senior forward Kelsey Hill put MSU on top in the 15th minute when she headed in her second tally of the season off of a combination from Payton Fookes and Lindsay Pritchard from the left wing for a 1-0 lead.
Pritchard, who had a hand in each of the Mustangs' goals, served a short cross to Emily Saville who fired her second goal of the campaign past SBU keeper Megan Link to give the Mustangs a 2-0 lead in the 56th minute.
"Our forwards are doing a good job of playing off of each other and creating opportunities," Trimble said.
Pritchard, a senior from Whitehouse, kept the SBU back line busy all night as she placed seven of her team high 12 shots on frame and finally put her first goal of the season in the back of the net off of an assist from Hill in the 85th minute.
Trimble also credited the play of Maddie Fraser, who has extended her play to cover the central midfield and serve as a withdrawn forward.
"Maddie's work rate is awesome," he said after Fraser worked for seven shots against the Bearcats. "She distributes the ball very well and is playing at a high level."
The Mustangs backline of senior Heidi Avila, juniors Hanna Staley and Megan Barnhart and freshman Callie Briseno restricted the Bearcats to four total shots as junior goalkeeper Mallory Whitworth needed to make just two saves to notch her second shutout of the season.
Midwestern State kicks off Lone Star Conference play next Friday by playing host to Angelo State at the MSU Soccer Field. Kickoff is set for 7 p.m.

MSU Cross-Country: Krezonoski Named LSC Runner of the Week

Midwestern State freshman Michelle Krezonoski was named Lone Star Conference Runner of the Week Thursday when the league announced its weekly awards.

The Thunder Bay, Ontario native set a program 4K record with a time of 14:34.00 at the MSU Stampede Thursday night at the Memorial Athletic Complex .

Krezonoski paced the Mustangs to a sixth consecutive regular season team title with a near-perfect score of 16.

Midwestern State competes in the 5K Cameron Invitational Saturday morning in Lawton, Okla.