MSU Roundup: Football Rolls, Volleyball Goes To 5

Midwestern State's Brandon Kelsey accounted for 253 yards of total offense and four touchdowns to lead the Mustangs to a 41-0 season-opening win over Missouri S&T Saturday at Allgood-Bailey Stadium.

MSU, who has won its last 11 campaign starters dating back to 2001, faces Texas A&M-Commerce as part of the Lone Star Festival next Saturday at Cowboys Stadium. Kickoff is set for noon.
"It was hoping for a little more like we always are," MSU coach Bill Maskill said. "They moved the ball more than we thought they would in the first quarter and we just weren't clicking."
The Mustangs stumbled out of the gate with just 44 yards of total yards in the first quarter, but erupted for 27 second-quarter points, spearheaded by Kelsey, who completed 13 of 20 passes for 187 yards and two TDs. while rushing for 66 yards on eight carries with two more touchdowns.
Missouri S&T accounted for 71 of their 142 yards of total offense in the first quarter and were set up on the MSU 38-yard line after Jimmy Barnhardt pounced on a Keidrick Jackson fumble with 6:11 to play in the first half.
But the Miners were unable to convert their best scoring opportunity as Will Morrison's 19-yard field goal attempt sailed wide.
Then Kelsey got the Mustangs rolling early in the second quarter when he found David Little on a 25-yard reception, then followed with a 27-yard strike to Edgard Theliar on a fade rout before capping the 5-play, 65-yard drive with a 5-yard TD run with 12:31 to play in the opening half.
"We came alive and got a couple of big plays, and the defense started getting a little better," Maskill said. "That continued through the third quarter."
Kelsey made his lone mistake of the contest, throwing an interception on the Mustangs' next possession, but the junior from Arlington engineered scoring drives on the next five MSU possessions.
"(Kelsey) had some good reads and made some good choices," Maskill said. "He ran the ball well and will continue to get better with more game experience."
Kelsey hit Little for another 22-yard strike to set up a 3-yard plunge by Lester Bush to give MSU a 14-0 lead with 5:42 to go in the half.
After the defense forced a three-and-out, Kelsey capped a quick 4-play, 52-yard drive with a 22-yard dash for his second rushing TD of the opening half giving the Mustangs a 20-0 lead.
Jackson atoned for his fumble by dashing 40 yards on his first carry of the Mustangs' next possession then burst 13 more yards to the Missouri S&T 1-yard line before plunging in for the TD two carries later to give MSU a 27-0 halftime lead.
Kelsey connected with Little for touchdown strikes of 32 and 9 yards to round out the scoring in the third quarter.
Little paced the Mustangs' receiving corps making seven catches for 110 yards and two touchdowns, while senior Edgard Theliar made four receptions for 55 yards.
Jackson paced MSU's 253-yard rushing attack netting 82 yards on nine carries while Bush added 45 yards on nine totes, Jimmy Pipkin had 32 yards on six carries and Peter Smith rushed for 22 yards on eight totes.
Senior linebacker Ty Duncan led the defense with nine tackles, including one tackle for loss and was in on a sack.
Missouri S&T dipped to 1-1 on the season.

Volleyball: Mustangs can't close deal, fall to TWU in five

Midwestern State had three chances to close out Texas Woman's University in three sets in Lone Star Conference play Saturday afternoon at D.L. Ligon Coliseum.
But the Pioneers staved off each of the match points and rode the momentum to their first win of the season by scores of 16-25, 23-25, 28-26, 25-19, 15-9 to improve to 1-5 on the season and 1-1 in league play.
The Mustangs (6-2, 2-1) appeared to be on the verge of extending a winning streak to five matches when Hillary White put down her sixth kill of the match to give MSU two match points.
But the Pioneers rallied with a Hannah Marshall kill and survived an MSU attack error to knot the score at 24-all before White delivered another kill to give the Mustangs another closing opportunity.
This time, TWU erased the chance with a Chloe' Tate kill then put the set away, then rode the strength of their outside hitting duo of Tate and Viktorija Jablonska to a five-set victory.
The duo finished with a match-high 17 kills apiece, while Tate was in on seven of TWU's 11 blocks as the Pioneers turned the tables after a very hot Midwestern State start.
The Mustangs committed just one error in a dominating first set while hitting .483 as a team, but MSU committed 35 attack errors over the remainder of the match including two sets with a .000 team kill rate.
Senior Miranda Byrd paced the Mustangs' attack with 14 kills and added four blocks, while fellow middle blocker Caitlin Wallace added 13 kills and three blocks.
Senior outside hitter Hillary White pitched her second consecutive double-double with 12 kills and a season-high 23 digs, while freshman Katie Bertling had 10 kills and 14 digs.
Senior libero Kiara Jordan led back row efforts with 28 digs.
Midwestern State hits the road for a pair of conference matches next week. The Mustangs take on Incarnate Word Thursday night in San Antonio before taking on Texas A&M-Kingsville Saturday afternoon.

Cross Country: Montalvo wins Cameron Aggie Showdown

Brissia Montalvo made her 2011 debut a smashing success by claiming top individual honors
Saturday morning at the 5K Cameron Aggie Showdown.
"We had a game plan going into the race and she executed it perfectly," MSU coach Koby Styles said. "We wanted to see what kind of negative split she could run and, in turn, that helped Melody (Caldwell) run her cross country PR."
The Mustangs settled for second place by tallying a total of 47 points to finish behind East Central (Okla.), who logged 31 points for the team title. It was the first time since the last year's Missouri Southern Stampede on Sep. 18, 2010 that MSU didn't claim the team title during a regular season meet.
"We held out our top girls to get ready for the Missouri Southern Stampede (next week)," Styles said.
MSU was without its top six finishers from last week's MSU Stampede, but didn't go without sterling individual performances.
Montalvo trailed East Central's Amber Walker by 30 seconds at the second mile, and then made up a minute the rest of the way to complete the course in 18:47.
That allowed Melody Caldwell to stay with her stride for stride over the first portion of the race as the junior finished seventh with a time of 19:37.
"Melody is so far ahead of where she was last year," Styles said. "If she can continue to get stronger and stronger throughout the year, she will be a great help in our push for nationals."
Senior Lindsay Pate finished 10th with a time of 20:02 while freshmen Erin Willeford (21:37) and Erin Dombkowski (21:41) closed out the scoring for the Mustangs by finishing 17th and 18th, respectively.
Freshman Ashley Mims took 32nd with a time of 25:35, while sophomore Cara Mack ran unattached and finished 15th with a time of 20:50.
Rogers State (Okla.) and Arkansas-Fort Smith rounded out the field with 71 and 79 points, respectively.