MSU Roundup: Volleyball Wins Opening Matches

Semer Leads Comeback in 3-2 Win Over CSU-Pueblo

Middle blocker Addison Semer put down a team-high 15 kills in her collegiate debut to lead Midwestern State to a thrilling five-set win over Colorado State-Pueblo Friday afternoon in the Hampton Inn-vitational at D.L. Ligon Coliseum.

The Bastrop High product committed just two miscues in 28 attacks to lead a group of five Mustangs in double-digit kills as sophomore Sarah Garfield had 13, Kat Molloy and Nicole Marzik had 11 each and freshman outside hitter Meghan Bettis chipped in 10.

Sophomore setter Sarah Rosinke notched a career-high 52 assists while directing the MSU attack to a .224 team attack percentage over the final two sets to lead the comeback effort.

Defensively, the Mustangs limited the Thunderwolves to a .150 team attack percentage putting up a total of 109 digs paced by libero Casey Fletcher's 36-dig effort.

Sophomore Madelyn Johnson added 21 digs while Rosinke and Marzik completed double-doubles with 14 and 17 digs, respectively.

Molloy also led the effort at the net contributing to seven of the Mustangs' 11 total team blocks.

Megan Schultz and Mariangel Perez led the CSU-Pueblo attack with 16 and 14 kills, respectively.

Midwestern State takes on Fort Lewis tonight at 7 p.m. before closing play with matches against Southwestern Oklahoma and Arkansas Tech Saturday at 11:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m.

All-Around Effort Leads MSU Past Fort Lewis 3-1

Midwestern State used a solid overall effort to subdue Fort Lewis 25-11, 22-25, 25-11, 25-20 Friday night in the Hampton Inn-vitational at D.L. Ligon Coliseum to improve to 2-0.

The Mustangs, who fought back for a five-set victory over Colorado State-Pueblo Friday morning, close out its portion of tournament Saturday against Southwestern Oklahoma State at 11:30 a.m. and Arkansas Tech at 4:30 p.m.

Senior Kat Molloy delivered an all-around effort with 12 kills and seven total blocks while freshman outside hitter Meghan Bettis paced the attack with 13 kills while committing just three errors for a .345 attack percentage.

The Mustangs hit .241 or better as a team in each of the four sets, but it was defense that allowed Midwestern to blitz the Skyhawks 25-11 in the opening set then matched the score again in the third.

Overall, Fort Lewis struggled to a .096 team hitting percentage as the Mustangs finished with 10 total team blocks, while senior libero Casey Fletcher led back row play with 29 digs. Sophomore Madelyn Johnson added 15 digs while junior Nicole Marzik notched her second double-double of the day finishing with 11 kills and 12 digs.

Sophomore setter Sarah Rosinke notched 41 set assists, while pitching in eight digs and two blocks. She directed the Mustangs to a .303 overall team hitting percentage.

Freshman right-side hitter Addison Semer added 10 kills of her own after putting down a team-high 15 earlier in the day against Colorado State-Pueblo.

Stephanie Sonka paced the Skyhawks' attack with 10 kills, while Ally Dell'Amico had 24 digs.

Fort Lewis dropped to 1-1 on the season.

Power's 2 Goals Not Enough for #12 Mustangs

No. 12-ranked Midwestern State jumped out to the early lead but was unable to hold off Fort Lewis at the Skyhawks came away with a 4-2 win Friday afternoon at Dirks Field.

For the second straight year, the Mustangs suffered a setback to the Fort Lewis in the campaign opener. That's a first in program history, but MSU rallied to peel off a 13-match unbeaten streak to advance to the 2013 South Central Region finals.

Midwestern will try to avoid an 0-2 start when it takes on defending Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference postseason champion Colorado Mesa Sunday afternoon in Grand Junction. Kickoff is set for 1 p.m.

Senior midfielder Andrew Power got the ignited the Mustangs with two goals in the first 30 minutes of the game.

The Waterford, Ireland native converted an assist from Albert Rodriguez to allow MSU to draw first blood in the 23rd minute, then blasted a ball into the net from 40 yards out in the 31st minutes to give the Mustangs a 2-0 edge.

It was his first multiple-goal performance for MSU after tallying five goals in 2013.

The Skyhawks retrieved one of the goals right before the half as Tamino Kroeger headed a corner serve from Yannis Becker in the 44th minute.

Fort Lewis needed less than three minutes into the second session to claim the equalizer off of the boot of Cesar Castillo in the 48th minute.

The Skyhawks capitalized on a turnover in MSU's defensive third to grasp lead on Kroeger's second goal of the contest in the 55th minute then Tyler Miller tapped in a rebound goal in the 77th minute to salt the game away.

Fort Lewis held a narrow 9-7 edge in shots in each half while placing just one more shot on frame.