MSU Roundup: Football Down to #25

Midwestern State slipped to No. 25 in the latest American Football Coaches' Association Division II rankings released Monday afternoon.

The Mustangs battled back from a 17-point fourth quarter deficit before falling to Tarleton State 27-24 in the season opener Saturday in the Lone Star Football Festival at AT&T Stadium.

MSU hits the road to face an unbeaten West Georgia squad Saturday night at University Stadium in Carrollton, Ga. The game will be carried live locally on KFDX TV-3 and ESPN 95.5. Kickoff is set for 6:30 p.m.

The Wolves are coming off of a 31-7 home win over Miles (Ala.) last weekend are receiving votes in this week's poll.

MSU is one of 12 teams from a stacked Super Region Four to receive mention in the poll joining No. 4 West Texas A&M, No. 5 Colorado State-Pueblo, No. 10 Grand Valley State (Mich.), No. 12 Indianapolis (Ind.) and No. 21 Chadron State (Neb.).

Tarleton State (Texas), Michigan Tech, Texas A&M-Kingsville, Colorado Mines, Saginaw Valley State (Mich.) and Ohio Dominican are all receiving votes.

MSU has received votes in 86 of the last 87 polls dating back to the 2006 season including a current of 25 consecutive periods in the Top 25.

Women's Golf Tied for 4th After 1st Round

Midwestern State freshman Sierra Campbell fired a 1-over par 73 to sit in a third place tie individually and help the Mustangs to a fourth place tie as a team after the opening round of the Angelo State's Concho River Classic.

Campbell's 1-over led Midwestern to a first round 307 at the par-72, 5,852 yard Bentwood Country Club.

The Mustangs are eight strokes off the lead after round one, tied with Tarleton State.  Cameron leads at 299, with St. Edward's next at 300 and Newman (Kan.) at 301.

Campbell is six strokes off the lead of West Texas A&M's Glory Jangthongsiri who scorched the San Angelo course with a 5-under 67.  St. Ed's Marissa Bransburg is in second at even-par 72, while Campbell is in a four-way tie for the third spot.

"Sierra was amazing in her first round ever as a college player," said MSU coach Jeff Ray.  "I was very impressed. She was never in trouble during the round and was very much in control."

MSU junior Brenna Moore posted a 4-over 76 to sit in 16th after the first round, while freshman Hayley Dambold is in 18th with a 5-over 77.

Freshman Kellie Martin tallied an 81, while sophomore Kynze Mann added an 86 for the team.  Freshman Madison Smith, playing as an individual only, recorded an 82 in first round play.

"I am so proud of the way these girls played today," said Ray.  "With three freshmen I wasn't sure what to expect and I am very pleased with the team's play.  I feel we have a good chance to improve in the second round."

The tournament concludes with a single round on Tuesday.

Men's Golf: Oland Shines in Tough Start at Amarillo

Midwestern State junior Derek Oland fired a 2-under 70 to sit ninth after one round of the Ryan Palmer Foundation Invitational hosted by West Texas A&M.

The junior was the bright spot for the Mustangs on a day that saw scores go low.

Midwestern State posted a 299 as a team to place 15th in the 16 team field, 22 strokes behind the first place tie of Wayland Baptist and Oklahoma Christian at -11 under 277. MSU is one stroke in front of Adams State (Colo.) that totaled 300.

Oland is five strokes out of the lead in a field that has 17 players within five strokes of the top after one full round.

Colorado State-Pueblo's Matt Porter and Wayland Baptist's Anders Ellingsberg both fired 7-under 65s on the par 72, 6,538 yard Tascosa Country Club course. Johnny Ellis of Oklahoma Christian is in third, two back at 5-under 67.

"We struggled on a perfect day to score," said MSU assistant coach Chester Butts. "Derek had a good round."

The Mustangs got a pair of 4-over 76s from Jared Baker and Brandon Banks, while Julio Gonzales added a 5-over 77 and Jeremy LeGuen a 6-over 78.

Playing as an individual, MSU's Ian Gallagher carded a 3-under 75 for the opening round.

The tournament, which was supposed to feature two rounds of play on Monday, was suspended by thunderstorms after 12 holes of play in round two. That round will be completed on Tuesday morning with the final round to follow.

Volleyball Opens LSC Play at Home vs #15 WT

Midwestern State opens Lone Star Conference play Tuesday night against 15th-ranked West Texas A&M at D.L. Ligon Coliseum.

The match is the first event streamed live and free of charge at MustangsTV on courtesy of Stretch Internet. First serve is set for 7 p.m.

The Mustangs (7-1) are off to their best start since 2008 after taking three of our matches at the Heartland/Lone Star Conference Crossover last weekend in Lubbock.

MSU is paced by senior middle blocker Caitlin Wallace, who leads the LSC in hitting percentage at .420 and tops the team with 3.11 kills per set while posting double figure kills in five of her last six matches.

Sophomore outside hitter Marissa Olivares (2.43 kills) and senior outside hitter Beatriz Villalba (2.26 kills) give the Mustangs a pair of solid options on the outside as the team also boasts the league's top hitting percentage at .234.

Freshman Sarah Rosinke (6.54 assists, 2.39 digs) splits setting chores with senior all-around player Marija Jovanovic (1.89 kills, 4.57 assists, 2.79 digs), while junior middle blocker Kaitlyn Molloy leads the defensive effort ranking among LSC leaders with 0.96 blocks and 3.68 digs per set.

West Texas A&M (6-3) dropped three of four matches last weekend at the highly competitive Colorado Premiere in Denver. The Buffs fell to No. 1 Tampa, No. 21 Regis and Florida Southern while taking a five-set win over Adams State.

The Lady Buffs boast one of the top net games in NCAA Division II averaging just under three blocks per set led by senior Laura Iwuchukwu (1.74 blocks), sophomore Lexi Davis (1.03 blocks) and senior Ashley Davis (1.00 blocks).

WT boasts a team attack percentage of .210 paced by senior Halie Harton (2.97 kills), senior Lee Golden (2.30 kills), junior Lauren Bevan (2.26 kills) and Iwuchukwu (2.06 kills).