MSU Volleyball: Red River Sweep

Midwestern State converted a controversial touch call in the opening set and rode the momentum to a 29-27, 26-24, 25-19 sweep of Cameron in Lone Star Conference play Tuesday night at D.L. Ligon Coliseum.

The Mustangs have won three of the last four to improve to 7-22 on the season and to 5-14 in league play, but MSU has already been eliminated from postseason consideration.

Junior outside hitter/setter Courtney Haney's attack glanced off of a CU middle blocker's hands at the net to stave off the Aggies' second set point of the stanza.

Junior middle blocker Michelle Blount gave the Mustangs their second shot at set point which was put away by Kasey Decker to give the Mustangs a 1-0 advantage.

The Mustangs pushed away a pair of set points in the second frame on a kill by Blount and a ball handling error to set the score at 24-24.

Sophomore middle blocker Kasey Decker took care of an over pass followed by sophomore libero Casey Fletcher's second service ace of the contest to give the Mustangs a commanding 2-0 lead.

Senior outside hitter Shelbi Stewart and junior middle blocker Caitlin Wallace combined for 11 kills in the final set to secure the victory for the Mustangs.

Stewart paced the MSU attack with 14 kills while committing just a pair of errors in 30 attacks for a .400 hitting percentage. Wallace tagged on nine kills and five blocks while Beatriz Villalba joined Decker with eight kills each.

Fletcher paced back row effort with 25 digs.

Freshman outside hitter Kathryn Evans put down 17 kills to lead the Aggies, who fell to 10-21 and 4-15.

Men's Soccer Receives Votes in Final NSCAA Poll

Midwestern State is receiving votes in the National Soccer Coaches' Association Division II Poll released Tuesday afternoon.
The Mustangs missed out on the NCAA Division II postseason for the first time since 2006 when the field was selected Monday night.
No. 12 Incarnate Word travels to No. 20 Colorado Mines in the South Central Region opener Saturday in Golden. The winner advances to play No. 3 Regis (Colo.) in the regional final the following weekend at the site of the highest remaining seed of the West Region.
Midwestern State ended the season by claiming Lone Star Conference win over West Texas A&M and Eastern New Mexico to finish with a 10-2-5 record. The Mustangs have won at least 10 matches in each of the last 14 seasons, while the five draws represent a program single season high.
The Mustangs were paced offensively by sophomore Len Smith and junior VcMor Eligwe in 2012 as the combo combined for 17 of the team's 36 goals.

Men's Golf Finishes 2nd at Tribute Classic

Scoring conditions were ideal on Tuesday and the Midwestern State Mustangs took advantage of them to fire a collective 5-under-par 283 for the final round of The Classic at The Tribute in The Colony, Texas and finish second overall at 1-under 575.
MSU edged Cameron who finished third at even-par 576, but was well behind tournament winner Newman (Kan.) that won the event with a 14-under 562.
The Mustangs were led by sophomore Derek Oland who fired a 4-under 68 in the final round to tie for fourth with Cameron's Trey Lawson, a Holliday native, and Austin Weaver at 3-under 141.
Newman's Myles Miller was the tourney medalist at 10-under 134, with McMurry's Matt Porter, a Seymour native, at 9-under 135 and Newman's James Bolton at 7-under 137 in third.
"Derek drives the ball so well that he had great opportunities all day," said MSU Coach Jeff Ray.  "He gave himself great chances to score and did."
Redshirt freshman Santiago Gomez shot a 3-under 69 for the team's second-lowest round of the day.
"Santiago had a slow start, but came on strong at the end with birdies on three of the last four holes," said Ray.
Seniors Anthony Herran and Raine Copeland, along with junior Jeremy LeGuen all carded 1-over 73s in the final round.  LeGuen finished 13th at even-par 144, while Copeland was 20th at 2-over 146 and Herran and Gomez tied for 28th at 4-over 148.
But it was a score that didn't count for the Mustangs that was just as impressive.  Playing as an individual, freshman Ian Gallagher fired a 2-under 70 on Tuesday and finished tenth at 1-under 143, the highest among non-team attached players in the tournament.
"This was a great way to wrap up the fall season and keep us excited for the spring," said Ray.
The Mustangs are off until the spring when they play in the Incarnate Word Invitational in San Antonio on February 18 and 19.