Midwestern State blistered its way to its most efficient offensive performance of the season on its way to a 21-25, 25-15, 25-22, 25-13 win over Northwestern Oklahoma State Thursday night at Percefull Fieldhouse in Alva.
The Mustangs improved to 14-11 on the season and return to Lone Star Conference play Saturday afternoon against Cameron at D.L. Ligon Coliseum. First serve is set for 2 p.m.
Senior Marija Jovanovic returned to setter position posting 42 assists while directing the Mustangs to a season-best .305 team attack percentage, but remained a solid attack option as well with nine kills.
The senior from Subotica, Serbia spread the attack well as senior outside hitter Beatriz Villalba paced the Mustangs with 11 kills with just three miscues in 26 attacks for a .308 kill rate.
Junior middle blocker Kaitlyn Molloy completed a double-double with 10 kills and 14 digs, the trio of Caitlin Wallace (8 kills, 0 errors), Sarah Garfield (8 kills, 1 error) and Michelle Blount (7 kills, 1 error) combined for 23 kills and just two errors.
MSU rallied from a first-set loss to blister the ball at a .370 clip with one error to gain momentum in the second set, and then rolled out to 21-9 advantage in the third set.
Northwestern Oklahoma rallied to pull within three at 20-17 before Garfield broke the run with kill then combined with Molloy for a block to help the Mustangs claim a 2-1 set lead.
Midwestern closed out the match by forcing six NWOSU attack errors in the fourth set while clubbing 11 kills with just three errors in the final set.
Blount led a solid effort at the net as she was in on six of the Mustangs' 11 total team blocks while Wallace and Garfield added five total blocks and Jovanovic added four.
Asia Pipkin led Northwestern Oklahoma with 14 kills as the Rangers fell to 5-22 on the season.