MSU Volleyball Falls To Dallas Baptist

Midwestern State's roller coaster ride of a season continued with a bittersweet 25-18, 25-18, 25-22 Senior Night loss to Dallas Baptist Thursday night at D.L. Ligon Coliseum.
 
The Mustangs, who dropped to 15-11 on the season, were without half of their senior class of four as middle blocker Miranda Byrd and setter Taryn Westerman missed the match to injury.
 
But outside hitter Hillary White and libero Kiara Jordan made the most of their final match under the dome.
 
White paced the team with 10 kills and finished off her ninth double-double of the season with 11 digs, while Jordan led back line efforts with 18 digs - the last of which broke her own program single-season mark as she now has 600 for the campaign.
 
The efforts weren't enough to overcome a strong net game by the Dallas Baptist, who improves to 14-13 on the season.
 
Senior Claire Stephens paced the Patriots with five blocks as DBU closed the match with a team total of nine while limiting the Mustangs to a .068 team attack percentage.
 
Dallas Baptist put away the first two sets by comfortable margin, but the Mustangs battled back to lead as late as 21-20 on Brandi Flores' fifth kill of the night to go along with 13 digs.
 
But the Patriots rode the service game of Tyler Bradsher to win five of the final six points to close out the match.
 
Sophomore middle blocker Caitlin Wallace added seven kills and two blocks, while junior outside hitter Shelbi Stewart also put down seven kills.
 
DBU junior Christina Steinkruger led the Patriots attack with 10 kills to go along with Stephens' tally of eight, while senior libero Kaylyn Frink paced defensive efforts with 19 digs.
 
Midwestern State closes the regular season with four road matches beginning Saturday afternoon at Tarleton State.