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MSU Notes: Year-End Awards for Soccer, Volleyball

Mens Soccer: Spence Repeats as LSC Defender of the Year

Midwestern State's Ryan Spence headlined a pack of six players to earn All-Lone Star Conference honors Wednesday afternoon when league officials unveiled annual postseason honors.
 
Spence garnered the league's defensive player of the year honors for the second consecutive season leading a group of four first-team and two second-team selections for the Mustangs.
 
MSU's Doug Elder took league coach of the year honors for the eighth time since 2002 while Incarnate Word's Callum Riley was named offensive player of the year and West Texas A&M's Conrad Grouldbourne and Eastern New Mexico's Matt Malak were named freshmen of the year to round out the special awards.
 
Spence directed a back line which limited the opposition to a 0.52 goals against average while posting 11 shutouts which ranks second in all of NCAA Division II.
 
The Decatur, Texas native earned Daktronics first-team and NSCAA third-team All-America honors following his junior season of 2010 after claiming Daktronics second-team All-America accolades in 2009.
 
Spence was joined on the first team by forwards Chris Dwyer and David Freeland and midfielder Nathan Fitzgerald.
 
Dwyer, a senior from South Kirkby, England, leads the team with eight goals and five assists, while Freeland, a junior from Odessa, is second on the squad with seven goals and four assists.
 
Fitzgerald, a senior from Wichita Falls, has tallied two goals and five assists after earning Daktronics first-team All-America honors last season.
 
Senior defender Kelly Gill and senior midfielder Dean Lovegrove garnered second-team honors.
 
Midwestern State opens the NCAA Division II postseason Thursday night against No. 9 Incarnate Word at Benson Stadium. Kickoff is set for 7:30 p.m.

Gill Dwyer Named to LSC All-Academic Team

Midwestern State's Kelly Gill and Chris Dwyer were named to the Lone Star Conference All-Academic Wednesday afternoon when the league announced its annual postseason awards.
 
Gill, who was named to the Commissioner's Honor Roll last season, boasts a 3.75 grade-point average as a general business major.
 
The Wichita Falls Rider High product has started 39 matches over the past two seasons at center back while helping MSU to a 0.52 goals against average. The Mustangs have posted 11 clean sheets in 2011 which rates second in NCAA Division II.
 
Gill played a key role in leading the Mustangs to unbeaten regular season and to their second trip to the Final Four in 2010.
 
Dwyer, who also was named to the Commissioner's Honor Roll in 2010, has a 3.30 grade-point average as an accounting major.
 
The senior forward leads the Mustangs with eight goals and five assists this season while appearing in 14 matches.
 
Dwyer was named to the President's Honor Roll in the spring of 2010 at Western Texas College before transferring to MSU.
 
Incarnate Word goalkeeper Chris Fidler earned Academic Player of the Year honors joining teammate Michael Langford, West Texas A&M's John Cox, Manuel Montes, Abel Olivas and Lukas Garcia and Eastern New Mexico's Andy Wilkinson, Michael Stewart and Luiz Buosi.
 
The All-Academic team is chosen by the league's sports information directors, who select the players on the basis of both athletic and academic achievement.
 
To be eligible for LSC academic honors, student-athletes must have played in at least 50 percent of teams' contests, reached sophomore athletic and academic standing, completed at least one full academic year at the nominating institution and have at least a 3.30 cumulative grade-point average based on the 4.0 system for her entire collegiate career.
 
League officials, however, prohibit the release of individual student-athlete's grade-point averages.

Freeland, Spence Named LSC Players of the Week

Midwestern State's David Freeland and Ryan Spence garnered Lone Star Conference Player of the Week honors Wednesday afternoon when the league announced weekly honors.
 
Freeland gained top offensive honors for the second consecutive week after tallying two goals and an assist to power No. 4 Midwestern State to positive results over Eastern New Mexico and West Texas A&M last weekend at the MSU Soccer Field.
 
The junior striker from Odessa scored on a cross from Chris Dwyer in the 47th minute as the Mustangs drew first blood Friday night against the Greyhounds.
 
Freeland notched the game winner in the 23rd minute Sunday before assisting on the put away goal in a 2-0 win over the Buffaloes to up his season totals to seven goals and four assists.
 
Spence was named defensive player of the week for the second time this season.
 
The senior All American from Decatur keyed MSU's defensive efforts that limited the opposition to a total of 21 shots in two matches which notching the team's 11th clean sheet of the campaign - a total that ranks second in NCAA Division II.
 
The Mustangs limited the LSC champion Greyhounds to nine shots, while WT managed just 12.
 
Midwestern State battles Incarnate Word in NCAA Division II postseason opener Thursday night at Benson Stadium in San Antonio. Kickoff is set for 7:30 p.m.
 
With a win, the Mustangs could claim their seventh regional title in the last 10 seasons.

Volleyball: Jordan Takes LSC Libero of the Year

Midwestern State's Kiara Jordan garnered Lone Star Conference Libero of the Year honors for the second consecutive season while joining a pair of teammates to earn postseason honors when league official revealed postseason awards late Wednesday night.
 
The senior from Gilmer enjoyed an historic senior campaign piling up a school record 670 digs while ranking sixth in NCAA Division II with a 6.04 digs per set average.
 
Jordan twice notched a conference individual best 40 digs in 2011 while finishing with 20-or-more digs on 14 occasions.
 
The three-time LSC Defensive Player of the Week also earned first-team all-league honors for the first time in her stellar career. She was named to the second-team as a junior despite earning top libero acclaim.
 
Senior middle blocker Miranda Byrd joined Jordan on the first team after leading the LSC with a .313 attack percentage.
 
The Atlanta, Texas put down 2.78 kills per set to lead the Mustangs this season and became the sixth player in school history to amass 1,000 career kills.
 
A breakout sophomore campaign netted middle blocker Caitlin Wallace All-LSC honorable mention.
 
The Amarillo native rates second on the squad with 2.53 kills per set while ranking amongst league leaders with a .298 kill percentage.
 
Wallace leads the Mustangs with 0.81 blocks per set.
 
Midwestern State takes on No. 18 Angelo State Thursday afternoon in the opening round of the Lone Star Conference Championship at West Texas A&M Event Center in Canyon. First service is set for 2:30 p.m.

White Earns LSC All-Academic Honors

Midwestern State's Hillary White was named to the Lone Star Conference All-Academic Team late Wednesday night when the revealed its annual postseason awards.
 
White, an outside hitter from North Richland Hills, boasts a 3.89 grade-point average as an English major.
 
The senior all-around performer is three-year starter and four-year letter winner for the Mustangs helping the team to four consecutive LSC Championship postseason appearances.
 
White ranks ninth on the school's all-time digs list at 1,310 while averaging 2.24 kills and 3.53 digs per set this season. She also gained LSC All-Academic honors in 2010 and was twice named to the LSC Commissioner's Honor Roll during her stellar career.
 
Abilene Christian's Jennie Hutt garnered LSC Academic Player of the Year honors. Hutt is a two-time All-LSC second-team performer who earned CoSIDA Academic All-District 6 third-team acclaim last season.
 
Also named to the all-academic team were: Tarleton State's Tiana Bond, Abilene Christian's Kalynne Allen, Kelsey Edwards, Caley Johnson and Neely Borger, West Texas A&M's Erin Dougherty, Incarnate Word's Sarah Cardenas and Danielle Suarez, Texas A&M-Kingsville Ali Insell and Texas A&M-Commerce's Rachel Robertson.
 
The All-Academic team is chosen by the league's sports information directors, who select the players on the basis of both athletic and academic achievement.
 
To be eligible for LSC academic honors, student-athletes must have played in at least 50 percent of teams' contests, reached sophomore athletic and academic standing, completed at least one full academic year at the nominating institution and have at least a 3.30 cumulative grade-point average based on the 4.0 system for her entire collegiate career.
 
League officials, however, prohibit the release of individual student-athlete's grade-point averages.

Cross Country Claims Highest Ranking in Program History

Midwestern State claimed its highest ranking in program history reaching No. 10 in the latest United States Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches' Association Top 25 released Wednesday afternoon.
 
Powered by four all-region performers, the Mustangs captured their first South Central Region championship last Saturday at the Hawk Ridge Golf Course.
 
Senior Brissia Montalvo claimed a third-place finish while sophomores Ashley Flores and Janel Campbell and freshman Michelle Krezonoski claimed honors finishing 20th, 21st and 25th, respectively.
 
The Mustangs will make their third trip to the NCAA Division II Championships on Nov. 19 at Plantes Ferry Athletic Complex in Spokane, Wash. MSU finished 17th in Louisville, Ky. last season and placed 15th in Slippery Rock, Pa. following the 2008 season.
 
MSU is one of three teams from the South Central Region remaining in the poll which also includes No. 13 Pittsburg State (Kan.) and No. 20 Northwest Missouri. Regional foes Harding (Ark.), Missouri Southern and Truman State all dropped out of the poll.
 
Midwestern State opened the season at No. 12 then slipped a spot to 13th on Sep. 21 before returning to No. 12 for each of the last five releases in 2011.
 
The Mustangs are led by two-time South Central Region Coach of the Year Koby Styles, who is in his fifth season at the helm.

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