October 26, 2011 at 3:21 AM CDT - Updated June 25 at 6:44 PM
VOLLEYBALL: #12 West Texas A&M too much for Mustangs
West Texas A&M's Stormi Lancaster and Ashley Davis slammed down 11 kills each to lead the 12th-ranked Lady Buffs to a 25-22, 25-10, 25-12 over Midwestern State in Lone Star Conference action Tuesday night at D.L. Ligon Coliseum.
The Mustangs, who fell to 15-10 overall and to 7-9 in league play, take on Dallas Baptist for Senior Night at home Thursday. First serve is set for 7 p.m.
Playing without senior leader Miranda Byrd, MSU was unable to sustain a presence at the net as the Mustangs managed a single block on by a combination of Caitlin Wallace and Shelbi Stewart in the third set.
That wasn't nearly enough to hold back a Lady Buff attack which posted an opponent season best .370 team attack percentage.
Meanwhile WT junior Erin Daugherty proved to be a beast at the net with nine kills and nine blocks.
The Lady Buffs totaled 11 blocks to force the Mustangs into a negative team attack percentage over the final two sets of the match and a season low .060 team kill rate.
Senior outside hitter Hillary White put down a nine kills and had four digs, while junior outside hitter Shelbi Stewart added seven dills and three digs.
Senior libero Kiara Jordan paced back row efforts with 18 digs.
West Texas A&M improved to 25-2 on the season and to 15-1 in LSC play.
Byrd, Jordan named LSC Players of the Week
Midwestern State's Miranda Byrd and Kiara Jordan garnered Lone Star Conference Player of the Week honors Tuesday afternoon when the league announced its weekly awards.
Byrd notched her 1,000th career kill to earn top offensive honors for the first time this season.
The 6-1 middle blocker from Atlanta, Texas averaged 3.75 kills per set with a .389 hitting percentage to lead the Mustangs to a 3-0 showing last week with wins over Eastern New Mexico, Incarnate Word and Texas A&M-Kingsville.
Byrd pounded 16 kills with a single error to hit .517 in MSU's 3-1 win over Eastern New Mexico then posted a season-high 19 kills in a five-set victory over Incarnate Word.
She closed the week with 10 kills with one error Saturday against Texas A&M-Kingsville.
Jordan gained defensive player of the week laurels for the fourth time this season while averaging 6.92 digs per set.
The senior from Gilmer notched her second 40-dig performance of the season in Thursday night's win over Incarnate Word to highlight week in which she had 25 digs against Eastern New Mexico and 18 versus Texas A&M-Kingsville.
Jordan tops the LSC in digs per set and ranks third in NCAA Division II.
CROSS COUNTRY: Styles named LSC Coach of the Year for fourth time
Midwestern State's Koby Styles gained Lone Star Conference Coach of the Year honors Tuesday afternoon when the league announced its annual postseason awards.
Styles led the Mustangs to their fourth consecutive conference title Saturday morning at Red Arroyo Park after the program had managed a previous best of a seventh-place showing prior to his arrival at MSU.
Midwestern placed four members on the All-LSC squad including individual champion Brissia Montalvo, sophomores Ashley Flores and Janel Campbell and freshman Michelle Krezonoski.
West Texas A&M's Elizabeth Beltran was named newcomer of the year, while Incarnate Word's Amanda Bishop garnered top freshman honors.
The Mustangs play host to the NCAA Division II South Central Regional on Saturday, Nov. 5 at the former Hawk Ridge Golf Course on Loop 11 in Wichita Falls.
Midwestern State continues reign at top of USTFCCCA regional rankings
Midwestern State continues its hold to the top ranking in the latest United States Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches' Association South Central Region rankings released Tuesday morning.
The Mustangs cruised to a fourth consecutive Lone Star Conference championship Saturday morning at Red Arroyo Park in San Angelo.
Midwestern State placed four runners on the all-conference squad including individual champion Brissia Montalvo, sophomore Ashley Flores, sophomore Janel Campbell and freshman Michelle Krezonoski.
The Mustangs held firm to its lead over Great American Conference champion Harding (Ark.) at No. 2. The Bison are trailed by a quartet from the Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletic Association in No. 3 Pittsburg State (Kan.), No. 4 Missouri Southern, No. 5 Truman State (Mo.) and No. 6 Southwest Baptist (Mo.).
West Texas A&M, East Central (Okla.), Northwest Missouri and Dallas Baptist (Texas) round out the rankings at Nos. 7-10, respectively.
Midwestern State plays host to the NCAA Division II South Central Regional Championships at the former Hawk Ridge Golf Course on Saturday, Nov. 5.
The top two team finishers advance to the NCAA Division Championships set for Nov. 19, 2011 at Plantes Ferry Athletic Complex in Spokane, Wash.
MEN'S SOCCER: Mustangs jump forward six spots to No. 7 in the NSCAA Division II Poll
Midwestern State moved ahead six spots to No. 7 in the latest National Soccer Coaches' Association of American Division II Poll released Tuesday afternoon.
The Mustangs extended their home field unbeaten streak to 39 matches by claiming a dominating 3-0 win over then-No. 4 Incarnate Word last Friday before playing St. Edward's (Texas) to a scoreless draw Sunday afternoon.
Midwestern State (10-3-1) face a tough regional challenge with a match against Northeastern State Friday afternoon in Tahlequah, Okla. Kickoff is set for 7 p.m.
The Mustangs have carried a national ranking for each of the last 63 reporting periods in each it was eligible to receive mention dating back to the 2006 season.
Midwestern is one of seven teams from the rugged South Central/Central regions receiving mention in the poll joining No. 3 Fort Lewis (Colo.), No. 12 Incarnate Word, No. 18 Metro State (Colo.), No. 19 Texas A&M International and No. 22 Regis (Colo.) while Colorado Mines is receiving votes.