Mustangs Rally Past Dallas Baptist

Midwestern State brushed away a match point then rolled to a 21-25, 13-25, 27-25, 25-23, 15-13 win over Dallas Baptist Tuesday night at the Burg Center.

The Mustangs flipped the script after taking their only loss of the season in a similar fashion the last time out to improve to 4-1 on the season.

Redshirt-freshman Angel Summers sparked the comeback by putting down seven kills without an error in 16 attacks (.438) over the final three sets after MSU battled back from a 21-17 deficit in the third set.

Dallas Baptist controlled a 21-17 edge before the Mustangs claimed five consecutive points fueled by freshman Leah Lychock's service game to give MSU a 22-21 edge on a service ace.

The Patriots responded by taking three of the next four points and had a match point when Carly Hess put down a kill at 24-23.

MSU junior Hunter Porter put away a kill to dispatch the match point and sophomore middle blocker Sarah Garfield finished off the set with one her three solo blocks for the evening and smashed one of her nine kills to MSU a 27-25 win.

The Mustangs' attack came alive in the fourth set as MSU hit .324 as a team with 14 kills and three errors led by freshman right-side hitter Addison Semer with four kills and no errors in seven attempts while Garfield, Lychock, Summers and Porter had two kills each.

Midwestern raced out to an 8-2 lead in the fifth and decisive set before BBU's Erika Papadeas served the Patriots on a seven-point run resulting in a 9-8 lead.

The Mustangs used a late surge to close out the match with four consecutive points fueled by kills from Lychock, Summers and Porter after trailing 13-11.

Senior middle blocker Kat Molloy put down 10 kills to lead the attack, while Garfield and Semer had nine each. But the Mustangs spread the attack well as Porter finished eight kills and Lychock joined Summers with seven.

Sophomore Sarah Rosinke notched 34 set assists and eight digs, while freshman Christy Carruth had 17 set assists and 14 digs to notch her first collegiate double-double.

Garfield paced MSU with six total blocks at the net, while senior libero Casey Fletcher had 32 digs to lead the back row effort.

Krystal Wunderlich (18 kills, 14 digs) and Tiara Gipson (17 kills, 6 blocks) combined for 35 kills for Dallas Baptist, which dropped to 1-2 on the season.

Midwestern State opens Lone Star Conference play Friday night against Tarleton State at D.L. Ligon Coliseum. First service is set for 5 p.m. The Mustangs then take on Angelo State and Harding (Ark.) Saturday at noon and 5:30 p.m., respectively.....

Midwestern State slipped out of the National Soccer Coaches' Association of America Division II Poll as released Tuesday afternoon, but continues to receive votes.

The Mustangs took a 4-2 setback in their season opener at Fort Lewis (Colo.) then recovered for a 2-1 win over defending Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference tournament champion Colorado Mesa Sunday in Grand Junction.

Midwestern is one of four teams in the South Central Region to receive mention in the poll joining No. 6 Texas A&M International, No. 15 Metropolitan State (Colo.) and No. 20 Fort Lewis (Colo.).

Texas A&M International leaped into the poll after claiming a 2-1 win over West Texas A&M coupled with a victory over Ouachita Baptist (Ark.), while Metropolitan State claimed a 2-1 win over Hawaii Pacific in its season opener.

Fort Lewis jumped into the Top 25 despite taking a 1-0 loss to St. Edward's (Texas) Sunday in Durango.

Defending national champion Southern New Hampshire maintained its grip on the top spot while Simon Fraser (B.C.), Rollins (Fla.), Saginaw Valley State (Mich.) and Limestone (N.C.) round out the top five.

Midwestern State takes on Colorado-Colorado Springs in its home opener Saturday afternoon at the MSU Soccer Field. Kickoff is set for 2:30 p.m. The Mustangs then take on Lubbock Christian Monday night at 7 p.m.