MSU: Volleyball, W. Soccer Fall Friday

Mustangs Fall to A&M-Commerce, 1-0

Texas A&M-Commerce came away with a goal off of a corner kick in the first half to provide the difference in a 1-0 win over Midwestern State Friday night at the MSU Soccer Field.
"(Texas A&M-Commerce) is a really good team and they played a good game tonight," MSU coach Jeff Trimble said. "We had our opportunities, but were just unable to score."
The Mustangs statistically dominated the run of play controlling a 21-9 edge in shots forcing A&M-C freshman goalkeeper Callie Ballard to make 12 saves to notch her fifth shutout of the season.
The Lions used their direct style of play to earn four corner kick chances in the opening half, but it a strange bounce of the ball led to the only score of the game in the 24th minute.
Freshman Savannah Henderson used the brisk north wind (20-25 mph) to drive a ball into the center of the box. The ball hit in the middle of a mass players near the middle of the 3-yard box and bounded off of the back of Callie Annett and into the goal to give the Lions a 1-0 lead.
Midwestern State pelted the goal with 15 shots to the Lions' three in the second half, but no save proved overly difficult for Ballard.
"I was really proud of the how we played," Trimble said. "We were very composed and played very well."
Senior goalkeeper Kallie Essary made six saves including a diving stop of on a one-timer by Henderson five minutes into the second half.
"Kallie kept us in the game and really did some good things in the second half," Trimble said.
The loss snapped a five-match unbeaten streak for the Mustangs, who fell to 8-4-1 on the season and to 3-2-1 in LSC play, while Texas A&M-Commerce moved to 8-3-1 and 3-2-1.
Midwestern State plays host to Texas Woman's Sunday afternoon at the MSU Soccer Field. Kickoff is set for 1 p.m.

Volleyball Starts Strong, Falls at #9 WT

Midwestern State blitzed No. 9 West Texas A&M with a decisive opening set victory before the Lady Buffs rallied to take a 17-25, 25-15, 25-15, 25-11 Lone Star Conference Friday night at the WTAMU Fieldhouse.
The loss snapped a three-match winning streak for MSU which fell to 10-8 on the season and to 2-7 in Lone Star Conference play.
The Mustangs complete the road swing Saturday afternoon at Eastern New Mexico (3 p.m.) before returning home to face Dallas Baptist Tuesday night at D.L. Ligon Coliseum.
MSU came out firing on all cylinders as senior Beatriz Villalba and sophomore Nicole Marzik blasted four kills each as the Mustangs hit a robust .500 as a team with 17 kills and two errors in 30 attack to take a 25-17 decision.
West Texas A&M turned up the defensive intensity for the remainder of the match frustrating the Mustangs into a .000 team hitting percentage over the final three frames with 22 kills and 22 errors.
WT outside hitter Halie Harton erupted for a match-high 20 kills and 15 digs while middle blocker Laura Iwuchukwu put down 11 kills of her own to pace the Lady Buffs, who finished with a .248 team hitting percentage.
Marzik paced the Mustangs' balanced attack with nine kills, while senior Marija Jovanovic added eight kills and four blocks. Villalba closed the match with seven kills, while senior middle blocker Caitlin Wallace notched six kills and four total blocks.
Junior libero Casey Fletcher paced the back row effort with 18 digs.