Mustangs Finish Strong to Edge Cameron

Midwestern State closed strong to claim its first road win of the season taking a 19-25, 25-19, 25-18, 25-23 victory over Cameron Tuesday night in Lone Star Conference play at Aggie Gym.

The Mustangs improved to 4-12 on the season and 2-6 in league play while earning a positive result for the first time in seven chances on the opposition's home floor.

MSU continues on the road for three more matches this weekend facing Abilene Christian and Texas-Permian Basin Friday in Abilene before finishing the weekend at Dallas Baptist on Saturday.

Junior middle blocker Caitlin Wallace paced the attack with 14 kills with an efficient .500 hitting percentage while Michelle Blount, Shelbi Stewart and Kasey Decker added eight kills each.

But the Mustangs overcame a hot Cameron start with a defense.

The Aggies put down 16 kills and committed a single error in taking the first set before MSU rallied with great net play by Blount, who was in on six of MSU's seven team blocks. Stewart and Decker also joined in on the block party with four and three total blocks each.

The grasped momentum swinging a hot .417 with 18 kills in the second set paced by Wallace, who slammed down eight kills without an error in 10 attacks.

MSU took control of another close set in the third stanza with a five-point run by Wallace as the Aggies self-destructed with three unforced attack errors and a pair of ball handling miscues to allow the Mustangs to pull away with a 22-16 edge eventually resulting in a 2-1 advantage.

Midwestern overcame a six-point deficit late in the fourth set to clinch the victory.

Junior outside hitter Beatriz Villalba notched a season-high 22 digs to lead back row efforts while junior setter/outside hitter Courtney Haney narrowly missed a double-double with six kills, 28 set assists and nine digs.

Rebecca Green and Kathryn Evans knocked down 15 kills each to pace Cameron which fell to 6-12 and 2-6.