MSU Roundup: Football Schedule Announced

Midwestern State announced its 10-game schedule which includes a third consecutive appearance in the Lone Star Football Festival at Cowboys Stadium, six Lone Star Conference contests, five home games a pair of games in the LSC/GSC First and Ten Challenge.
The two-time defending LSC champion Mustangs open the season against rival Tarleton State in the Third Annual Lone Star Football Festival in Arlington. The Mustangs and Texans kickoff at 4 p.m. on Saturday, Sep. 14 at 4 p.m.
Midwestern won in its previous two trips to Cowboys Stadium claiming wins over Texas A&M-Commerce by scores of 63-17 in 2011 and 65-14 in 2012.
The Mustangs had won two consecutive games over Tarleton State before falling to the Texans 20-17 in the season opener. MSU went on to win its final nine games of the regular season to advance to the NCAA Division II postseason for the second straight year before bowing out at Indianapolis (Ind.).
Midwestern then heads to West Georgia for one of the longest road trips in program history on Sat., Sep. 21. The kickoff off time is yet to be set at University Stadium in Carrollton, Ga. The Mustangs defeated UWG in the final game of the 2012 season by a 35-17 margin.
MSU continues on the road the following week taking on Texas A&M-Commerce. It will be the Mustangs' first appearance at A&M-C Memorial Stadium since falling 27-25 in 2005. Midwestern has won six of its last seven against the Lions dating back to the 2001 season.
The Mustangs end the season by playing five of their last seven games at Memorial Stadium beginning with Oct. 5th showdown with LSC rival Texas A&M-Kingsville. Midwestern has won seven of the last eight against the Javelinas and remain the only team with a winning record against TAMUK with more than 10 games played in a series at 8-6.
MSU resumes its series with McMurry the following week at Memorial Stadium for the first time since taking a 20-14 win at the end of the 1994 campaign in Abilene. The Mustangs lead the series against the Division II reclassifying Warhawks by a 10-9-1 count.
Midwestern welcomes 2012 postseason qualifier West Alabama to town for a third consecutive game on Oct. 19. The Mustangs outscored the Tigers 28-3 in the second half to roll to a 42-27 victory in Livingston, Ala.
MSU returns to LSC play on Oct. 26 at Angelo State. The Mustangs edged the Rams 35-28 last season in Wichita Falls, but have won nine of the last 11 games against ASU dating back to the 2002 season.
Midwestern welcomes the Oaks of Menlo College to Memorial Stadium on Nov. 2. The NAIA program out of Atherton, Calif. in the Silicon Valley posted a 4-6 mark last season.
The Mustangs wrap up the road portion of the regular season at Eastern New Mexico on Nov. 9. MSU has claimed wins in each of its last 11 games against the Greyhounds.
Midwestern closes the regular season with an LSC showdown with rival West Texas A&M on Nov. 16 at Memorial Stadium. The Mustangs have won three of the last four meetings with the Buffs including the last two played on their home turf.
Midwestern State has posted winning ledgers in each of the last 13 seasons -- a feat no other Lone Star Conference team can claim. The Mustangs claimed conference titles in 2009, 2011 and 2012 while advancing to the postseason in 2004, 2006, 2009, 2010, 2011 and 2012.

2013 MSU Football Schedule

Date       Opponent                             Location                   Time
9/14       Tarleton State                      Arlington                   4 p.m.
9/21       at West Georgia                   Carrollton, Ga.              TBA
9/28       at Texas A&M-Commerce     Commerce                 6 p.m.
10/5       Texas A&M-Kingsville            Memorial Stadium     7 p.m.
10/12     McMurry                                Memorial Stadium     7 p.m.
10/19     West Alabama                      Memorial Stadium     8 p.m.
10/26     at Angelo State                    San Angelo               6 p.m.
11/2       Menlo College (Calif.)           Memorial Stadium     1 p.m.
11/9       at Eastern New Mexico        Portales, N.M.           2 p.m.
11/16     West Texas A&M                  Memorial Stadium     1 p.m.

M. Tennis: Joyce Honored with National ITA Ashe Award

Midwestern State University senior Luke Joyce was presented with one of the Intercollegiate Tennis Association's top honors on Tuesday evening, the Arthur Ashe, Jr. Award for Leadership and Sportsmanship.
Joyce, ranked 43rd nationally in singles and half of the 14th ranked doubles duo in Division II, was selected from the eight regional award winners.
The senior from Johannesburg, South Africa was cited for "being a leader by example through his patience, commitment and passion for the Midwestern State men's tennis program."
Joyce, a three-time All-Lone Star Conference singles player and two-time All-LSC doubles performer, helped lead the Mustangs to their first appearance in the NCAA Tournament since 2007.  MSU then advanced to their first Sweet 16 since 2006 with a 5-3 win over Western New Mexico at the MSU Tennis Center last week.
The 2013 MSU Marie Morgan Award winning senior has been active in the community by working with the Boys and Girls Club of Wichita Falls.  He also has participated in the university's Great Day of Service, an initiative in which students volunteer their time at local charities and organizations.
He's has also earned spots on the Provost's Honor Roll and the Tri Beta Biology Honor Society.
Joyce leads the No. 17 Mustangs against No. 37 Southwest Baptist in the round of 16 on Wednesday at Noon Texas time.

M. Golf: Mustangs in Strong Position Heading to Final Round

Midwestern State once again turned in a team score of 1-over-par 289, but slipped a spot after two rounds of the NCAA Division II South Central/West Super Regional in DuPont, Wash.
MSU's 2-over total of 578 for two rounds has them tied with Cal State-Stanislaus, 13 shots behind leader Cal State-Monterey Bay at 11-under 565, with Western Washington second at 7-under 569, while Grand Canyon (Ariz.) and Colorado-Colorado Springs are tied for third at 5-under 571.  Chico State (Calif.) is in the all-important fifth position at 4-under 572, and Hawaii-Hilo finished strong to move into sixth at 1-over 577.
MSU is currently six strokes out of fifth.
The Mustangs posted a trio of even-par 72 from senior Antonio Herran, junior Jeremy LeGuen and sophomore Derek Oland, while freshman Santiago Gomez added a 1-over 73 on the par 72, 7073-yard Home Course.  Freshman Ian Gallagher added a 74.
The top five teams from this super regional and the top two individuals not a part of the those teams advance to the NCAA Division II Championships at the Hershey Country Club in Hershey, Pa., May 20-24.
Gomez fell from a tie for second to a five-way tie for sixth after two rounds with his 4-under total of 140.  The lead was taken over by Colorado-Colorado Springs' Kevin Witte who fired a 5-under 67 in the second round to stand at 8-under 136, a stroke ahead of Dallas Baptist's Kyle Beard  and Hawaii-Hilo's Dalen Yamauchi who are second at 7-under 137.
In all, nine golfers are within four strokes of the lead heading into the final round.
The final round of the tournament is Wednesday, with Midwestern State starting at 2:50 Texas time as the final groups off the 10th tee.

W. Golf: Klutts Finishes Strong at NCAA II West Regional

Midwestern State senior Taylor Klutts saved her best round for last as she shot a 1-over-par 72 in the final round of the NCAA Division II West Regional.
Klutts final 54-hole tally of 234 earned her ninth overall, but fell just short of qualifying as an individual for the NCAA Division II Championships next week.
The senior from Lake Kiowa, Texas/Callisburg toured the par 71, 6,000-yard Tiara Rado Golf Club in Grand Junction, Colo. on Tuesday with the best score for a round at the tournament at 72.
"Taylor was great today," said MSU coach Jeff Ray.  "This course is hard on the short game, but she had it figured out.  She played her short game well and made some putts.  It was very impressive."
Klutts finished her round, then had to wait more than two hours before learning she just missed.
When Tarleton State's Jessica Pickwick birdied the 18th hole to finish a stroke ahead of Klutts at 233, it guaranteed that the MSU senior would be one spot away from advancing as one of the three individuals from the West Regional.
The Mustangs as a team played their best round of the three-day tournament, posting a 314, but it wasn't enough to move MSU from seventh place.
MSU sophomore Brenna Moore started the day in eighth, but couldn't get her game back together after a pair of lightning delays that totaled more than two hours during the morning round.
"Brenna was doing well before the delay, but just didn't get back into it when we got back on the course," Ray said.
She posted consecutive double-bogies after the delay that led to her downfall.  She posted an 84 and finished 23rd at 241.
Seniors Lindsay Burkhart and Lauren Romines shot their best rounds of the tournament, each recording an 8-over 79.  Burkhart finished 26th at 242, while Romines was 43rd at 250.
Senior Kendra Whittley added an 86 for a 256 to round out the MSU scoring.
St. Edward's won regional with the best team round of the tournament, posting a 303 for a 932 total, with Grand Canyon (Ariz.) second with a 306 and a 943 total.
However the third place spot, and final advancing position was knotted as Tarleton State and Dallas Baptist ended at 950.  The TexAnns advanced on the NCAA's non-playoff tiebreaker of total scores of all players 1,200 to 1,206.
The individual race finished in a tie between Charlotte Jaengkit of Grand Canyon and Spencer Heller of Sonoma State (Calif.) who both finished at 17-over 230.  Because no advancement to the national tournament or an award was at stake, the tie was allowed to stand.  St. Edward's Haley Haught and Colorado State-Pueblo's Hee-Leina Kim tied for third at 18-over 231.  Dallas Baptist's Mercedes Rios was the final individual qualifier after tying for fifth at 219, two strokes ahead of Klutts.