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MSU Football to Open Season Saturday

Midwestern State Football finally kicks off their season Saturday night.

They'll be starting on the road again this year, heading up to Rolla, Mo. to face Missouri S&T at 6:30 p.m.

MSU will be breaking in new quarterback Brandon Kelsey this weekend.

He got two starts late last season after Zack Eskridge went down with a shoulder injury, but this will be his first full season as starting quarterback.

This week Newschannel 6 Sports' Barry Wong met with the Mustangs to get a look at how this season is shaping up!

Byrd Leads Mustangs to Fourth Straight Win

Midwestern State's Miranda Byrd delivered one of the biggest matches of her career to lift the Mustangs to their fourth-straight win in a 25-15, 23-25, 32-30, 25-18 decision over Missouri Southern Friday night in the DBU Invitational at Burg Center.
The senior middle blocker paced the Mustangs with 14 kills while posting a career-best seven blocks as the Mustangs improved to 6-1 on the season.
"That's what a senior is supposed to do," MSU coach Venera Flores-Stafford said. "This has been a long stretch. I'm proud the girls have stepped up the way they have. We just need to step up and keep it going."
Midwestern completes its three matches in three days stretch Saturday afternoon against Texas Woman's University in a Lone Star Conference contest at D.L. Ligon Coliseum. First serve is slated for 2 p.m.
The Mustangs fought off a pair of set points in the decisive third set and rallied to win four of the final five points in the set after staving off potential Missouri Southern clinchers at 26-25 and 29-28.
"It was just a matter of maintaining composure and staying aggressive," Flores-Stafford said. "We've really grown from last season and now we're playing to win the point. It's maturity that is kicking in."
The closely contested set features 17 ties and nine lead changes as the Mustangs put off the final Lions' set point with a kill by junior Shelbi Stewart to knot the game at 29-all.
MSU then put up back-to-back blocks with as Stewart and Byrd teamed to block Missouri Southern's Katie Politte to give the Mustangs their fifth set point.
Politte, who finished with 15 kills, put down another winner before Byrd's solo block set up the Lions' 10th attack error of the set to give MSU a 32-30 edge.
The Mustangs claimed convincing wins in the first and fourth sets on their to a solid .256 team attack percentage while limiting Missouri Southern to a .164 hitting night.
Sophomore middle blocker Caitlin Wallace and senior outside hitter Hillary White joined Byrd in double figure kills with 13 and 11, respectively, while MSU's setting duo of Kimberly Jeffrey (28 assists) and Kristan Aduddell (20 assists) combined for 48 assists.
Senior libero Kiara Jordan paced the Mustangs' back row efforts with a season-high 28 digs, while White completed her first double-double of the season with 19 digs.
Sophomore Claire Webster and freshman Katie Bertling added to the Byrd's big night at the net with three blocks each.
Casey Ball paced the Missouri Southern attack with a match-high 16 kills while Politte and Rachel Olinyk added 15 and 12 kills, respectively.
The Lions dipped to 1-5 on the season.

#3 Mustangs Blow Past CSU-Pueblo, 3-1

No. 3 Midwestern State spotted Colorado State-Pueblo an early lead in the Mustangs first road test of the 2011 season Friday night at Rawlings Complex.
After adjusting the length of the turf and the thin mountain air, the Mustangs rallied for a pair of goals in a 60-second stretch and hung on to claim a 3-1 result to extend their regular season unbeaten streak to 35 matches.
"It wasn't our best performance, but we were able to respond," MSU coach Doug Elder said. "We were a little bigger and had a little more experience. It was a good win. This team is tough at home."
The Thunderwolves (0-2-1) struck first when Jonny Sawyer launched a laser shot to the upper part of the net to give CSU-P a 1-0 lead in the 23rd minute.
"The grass was really high due to the drought," Elder said. "We didn't adjust to that really well at first and I don't our guys realized the impact of playing at altitude until they got out there and started sucking wind."
The Mustangs were able to adjust quickly as junior defender Fernando Garza worked the ball up the right side in the 27th minute to senior Casey Hibbs who headed a nice serve into the box. Senior All American Nathan Fitzgerald finished the play by flicking the equalizer past CSU-P goalkeeper Jacob Blum.
A minute later, another All-American - senior Ryan Spence - staked Midwestern to the lead by heading in a long throw-in from Dean Lovegrove to put MSU up 2-1.
The Mustangs put the match away in the 69th minute when Chris Dwyer chipped a Sam Broadbent through ball past the Thunderwolves keeper for a 3-1 lead.
Senior goalkeeper Michael Wood was credited with five saves and weathered a statistical barrage of 15 Colorado State-Pueblo shots.
"It was ugly game," Elder said. "They put pressure on us and Woody came out and did his job."
Midwestern State returns to action Sunday afternoon at Colorado-Colorado Springs. Kickoff is set for noon from Mountain Lion Stadium.