MSU Roundup: Women's Soccer Cracks Top 25, Men At No. 3

Midwestern State jumped into the latest National Soccer Coaches' Association of America NCAA Division II rankings at No. 22 as released Tuesday afternoon.

The Mustangs improved to 2-0-1 with a 3-0 win over Southwest Baptist (Mo.) last Thursday at the MSU Soccer Field on the strength of goals by Kelsey Hill, Emily Saville and Lindsay Pritchard.

The Mustangs spent seven weeks in the poll last season reaching as high as No. 18 for a three-week stretch in the middle of last season.

MSU is one of four teams from the South Central Region to receive mention in the poll including No. 2 St. Edward's (4-0-0), No. 12 Abilene Christian (4-0-0) and No. 25 Central Missouri (3-1-0).

The Mustangs open Lone Star Conference play with a pair of games this weekend at the MSU Soccer Field. Midwestern takes on Angelo State Friday night 7 p.m. before facing Incarnate Word Sunday at noon.

Men's Soccer Stays Strong

Midwestern State remained at No. 3 in the latest National Soccer Coaches' Association Top 25 released Tuesday afternoon.

The Mustangs ran their regular season unbeaten streak to 36 matches with road wins over Colorado State-Pueblo (3-1) and Colorado-Colorado Springs (2-0) last week to improve to 3-0 on the season.

Midwestern has carried a national ranking for 59 of the last 60 reporting periods dating back to the 2006 season spending 39 of those weeks in the Top 10. The lone break in the stretch came when a membership dues fiasco cost the Mustangs a ranking in the Sep. 28, 2010 poll.

The Mustangs are of seven teams from the South Central/Central regions to receive mention in the poll which also includes No. 6 Fort Lewis (Colo.), No. 13 Colorado Mines, No. 14 Northeastern State (Okla.), No. 17 Regis (Colo.) and No. 22 Texas A&M International while Metro State (Colo.) is receiving votes.

Midwestern State continues a five-match road swing with a pair of games this weekend including its Lone Star Conference opener against Incarnate Word Friday night at Benson Stadium before closing the weekend at St. Edward's on Sunday.

Volleyball: White Earns Weekly Honor

Midwestern State's Hillary White garnered Lone Star Conference Defensive Player of the Week honors Tuesday when the league announced its weekly awards.

The senior from North Richland Hills notched a pair of double-doubles to help the Mustangs to a 3-0 showing last week.

The all-around performer averaged 2.31 kills and 4.31 digs per set while hitting .205 over four matches.

White notched 11 kills and 19 digs against Missouri Southern on Friday before recording 12 kills and 23 digs Saturday versus Texas Woman's University. She narrowly missed a double-double with 10 kills and nine digs in Thursday night's win over Texas A&M-Commerce.

She was one of six players to receive weekly honors from the LSC as West Texas A&M's Ashley Davis and Angelo State's Debbie Ohl earned top offensive honors, Angelo State's Shelby Wilt also garnered defensive honors and West Texas A&M's Lacy Hayes and Angelo State's Alex Woolsey were named the top setters.

Midwestern State continues LSC play Thursday night at Incarnate Word before closing the week at Texas A&M-Kingsville on Saturday.