MSU Volleyball: Mustangs Hold Off Cameron in Five

Midwestern State reached more into a new comfort zone Tuesday night at D.L. Ligon Coliseum.
The Mustangs still adjusting to recent lineup change outlasted Cameron for a 25-21, 27-25, 18-25, 17-25, 15-11 Lone Star Conference decision to claim a fifth straight victory to improve to 11-6 overall and to 3-5 in league play.
"We were able to gain confidence over the weekend," MSU coach Venera Flores-Stafford said. "The girls have gotten comfortable with what we've done, then you start winning and things start to snow ball."
With sophomore Brandi Flores becoming more of a fixture in the lineup, the Mustangs swept its four matches at the Pitt State Regional Challenge
Flores finished the night with just five kills against Cameron, but showed her versatility with 14 digs on the back row as the Mustangs worked the plan against slow attacking Aggies.
"These are the most coachable girls I've ever coached," Flores said. "The do what we ask and they implemented our strategy to a T."
The Mustangs' defensive execution forced CU into 18 attack errors in the opening two sets before the Aggies countered to force a fifth set.
"It came down to the fifth set on who was going to push the hardest," Flores-Stafford said. "We were fortunate to come out on top."
Senior middle blocker Miranda Byrd clustered three of her team-high 16 kills around a Flores service ace to put the Mustangs up 6-1 in the deciding set.
Cameron pushed back to claw to within 13-11 but Flores combined with Caitlin Wallace for a block before putting the match away with a kill.
Senior outside hitter Hillary White notched her team-best fifth double-double of the season with 13 kills and 14 digs while Wallace added 11 kills and three blocks and Stewart had 10 kills.
Senior libero Kiara Jordan led back row effort with 33 digs.
Adrienne Lawson (18 kills, 13 digs) and Malyssa Acton (19 kills, three blocks) paced Cameron which fell to 10-6 and 4-4.
Midwestern continues its three-match home stand Thursday night when the Mustangs play host to Abilene Christian at D.L. Ligon Coliseum. First serve is set for 7 p.m.

Two Mustangs Honored in LSC Weekly Awards

Midwestern State's Kiara Jordan garnered Lone Star Conference Defensive Player of the Week for the second straight week Tuesday when the league announced its weekly awards.
The senior from Gilmer became the second MSU player to amass 1,600 digs while helping the Mustangs to a 4-0 showing at the Pitt State Regional Challenge last weekend.
Jordan averaged 5.64 digs per set including a 24-dig effort in a four-set victory over St. Mary's and had 23 digs in a sweep of Missouri Southern.
Jordan tops the LSC and NCAA II South Central Region and is fourth in the nation averaging 5.93 digs per set.

And Midwestern State's Kristan Aduddell earned Lone Star Conference Setter of the Week accolades Tuesday afternoon when the league announced its weekly awards.
The freshman from The Colony's solid play helped the Mustangs to a perfect 4-0 showing at the Pitt State Regional Challenge last weekend.
Aduddell averaged 6.36 assists per set out of MSU's 6-2 system with a steady .385 set percentage while quarterbacking the Mustangs to a .219 team kill rate.
She notched her third double-double by matching a season high with 27 assists and added 11 digs in a four-set win over Northwest Missouri on Friday.
Aduddell also turned up the pressure at the service line accounting for 10 aces in tourney play including four against St. Mary's and three more versus Northwest Missouri.