MSU Volleyball Wins Two in Home Debut

Mustangs Rally Past SWOSU, 3-1 in Home Opener

After a first set defeat to Southwestern Oklahoma State, the Midwestern State volleyball team roared back to claim the next three sets and take a 3-1 victory (17-25, 25-20, 25-22, 25-23) over the Bulldogs in the team's home opener Wednesday at D.L. Ligon Coliseum.

Sophomore outside hitter Meghan Bettis tallied a double-double with 14 kills and 10 digs while freshman setter Hayden Blair matched a season-best  41 assists along with 10 digs for the Mustangs.

The Bulldogs (2-3) took a 25-17 first set win thanks to a late 5-1 run that gave SWOSU a 1-0 advantage.

The Mustangs (2-3) jumped out to a 9-4 second set lead after a 5-0 spurt that was sparked by a Bettis kill. The Bulldogs pulled back within two before a SWOSU service error and an ace by junior defensive specialist Madelyn Johnson helped the Mustangs open up a cushion once again.

Midwestern increased its lead to as many as eight following a kill by sophomore middle blocker Angel Summers that put the Mustangs up 20-12. MSU kept the Bulldogs from putting together a rally with a 25-19 second set win to even the match at 1-1.

It was a back-and-forth battle through a majority of the third set before back-to-back kills by freshman middle blocker Kiley Beaver and an ace by Johnson opened up an 18-15 advantage for the Mustangs. After the Bulldogs evened the match at 18-all, MSU responded with kills from Bettis, Summers and sophomore outside hitter Addison Semer to take a 25-22 win.

Midwestern finished off SWOSU in the fourth set, jumping out to an early 4-1 lead. However, the Bulldogs had one more bite left in them as a kill from Carly Zak capped off a SWOSU run to make it a 15-9 contest.

The Mustangs continued to trim away at their deficit with kills from Bettis and Summers, bringing the Mustangs within two at 16-14. After Summers knotted up the set, Bettis put the Mustangs on her back with three kills to build a 22-19 lead. Trailing 23-22, the Mustangs refused to go to a fifth set and recorded the next three points to take the 3-1 victory.

Summers joined Bettis in double-digit kills with 12 while Beaver added 10 for Midwestern. Defensively, freshman defensive specialist Matti Dix paced the Maroon and Gold with a season-high 22 digs.

Zak led the Bulldogs with 15 kills while adding 10 digs. Kaila Lancaster was the top defensive player for SWOSU with a team-high 28 digs.

Mustangs Sweep Texas Wesleyan to Even Record

After a home-opening win over Southwestern Oklahoma State to begin Wednesday's action, the Midwestern State volleyball team followed by hitting a season-best .288 to record a 3-0 (25-19, 25-20, 25-17) sweep over Texas Wesleyan in the nightcap at D.L. Ligon Coliseum.

While hitting a season high, the Mustangs held the Lady Rams (8-4) to a .150 hitting percentage and finished with 9-3 advantage in service aces.

Sophomore outside hitter Meghan Bettis led the Mustangs (3-3) with 13 kills, hitting .375 for the match with just one error on a team-high 32 attempts. Senior outside hitter Hunter Porter added 12 kills for MSU, finishing with a team-best .450 attack percentage.

In the first set, a kill by Porter opened up a 12-8 advantage for Midwestern before the Lady Rams trimmed the Mustangs lead down to one. A kill by sophomore middle blocker Angel Summers brought the momentum back to the home team late in the set, putting the score at 19-14. TWU would get back within two before kills by Bettis and freshman middle blocker Kiley Beaver gave the Mustangs a 25-19 first set victory.

It was a tight contest in the second set before three kills by Beaver helped Midwestern mount a 7-1 run to take a 14-8 advantage. After a kill by TWU's Bre Blackburn to make it 16-15 MSU, three-straight points for MSU helped the Mustangs stretch their lead back out and go on to take a 25-20 second set win and 2-0 lead in the match.

The Mustangs opened the third set with three-straight kills from Porter, building as much as a 7-2 lead following back-to-back service aces from junior defensive specialist Madelyn Johnson.

MSU continued to cruise, opening up a 15-6 lead before TWU halted a 5-0 run by the Mustangs with three-straight points.

The Rams pulled back within five after a Blackburn ace but their deficit was too much to overcome as the Mustangs came away with a 25-17 third set win to record the sweep.

Freshman setter Hayden Blair recorded her third double-double of the season with 20 assists and 12 digs. Freshman libero Matti Dix led the Mustangs with 18 digs while Johnson totaled 11 along with six service aces.

Midwestern travels to Russellville, Arkansas, this weekend for the Arkansas Tech Tournament. The Mustangs will face the host institution and Missouri Southern on Friday before wrapping up the weekend Saturday with contests against Newman (Kan.) and Ouachita Baptist (Ark.).