Mustangs drop 3-1 contest to undefeated Cameron

The Midwestern State volleyball team came up short in their quest to hand Cameron its first loss of the 2015 season, falling 3-1 (25-14, 23-25, 27-25, 25-16) Tuesday night at Aggie Gym.

Cameron (10-0, 2-0 LSC) held the Mustangs to a .093 hitting percentage while recording nine service aces for the match.

Midwestern State (4-8, 0-2 LSC) was led by sophomore outside hitter Meghan Bettis, who posted her seventh double-figure kill performance of the season with a team-high 10. The Dripping Springs native also matched a career-best 16 digs for the double-double.

Cameron put together an 8-3 run in the first set to break away from the Mustangs and take a comfortable 14-7 advantage. Freshman middle hitter Jenna Gillean and senior outside hitter Kat Evans combined for five-straight Aggie kills before an ace by freshman setter Tori Luckenbill capped off the CU run.

Midwestern State pulled within five after kills from Bettis and freshman middle blocker Olivia Schiffner, but a 10-2 spurt by the Aggies ended MSU's chance for a comeback with a 25-14 opening set win.

In the second set, a 3-0 run by the Mustangs forced a Cameron timeout after a kill by senior outside hitter Hunter Porter put Midwestern up 11-7.

The Mustangs maintained a slight lead through a majority of the second set, answering every Cameron rally. Trailing 23-20, a kill by Gillean ended a quick run by the Aggies to knot up the set at 23-all. However, Midwestern received back-to-back kills from Bettis to even the match at 1-1 with a 25-23 win.

After the Aggies took an early three-point advantage, the Mustangs offense came to life to take an 8-7 lead following a solo block from sophomore middle blocker Angel Summers. Cameron retook the lead at 13-10 before kills by four different Mustangs tied the contest at 15-15.

With the Mustangs leading 18-16, Cameron came out of the timeout to even the set for the seventh time at 20-all. The Aggies caught a break on two Midwestern set points due to service errors before kills from Evans and Gillean completed the Cameron comeback to take a 2-1 lead in the match.

In the fourth set, the Aggies broke an 8-8 tie with a quick 4-0 run to force Midwestern State to call a timeout. Cameron continued to extend the lead, ending back-to-back MSU points with a 5-0 spurt to claim an 18-10 advantage. The deficit was too much for the Mustangs to overcome late as a kill by freshman outside hitter Jordan Williams gave Cameron a 25-16 set win to take the match 3-1.

Evans led the Aggies with 14 kills on a .462 percentage while Williams contributed 13 kills and 10 digs.

Midwestern takes a break from LSC play Saturday with a doubleheader against Lubbock Christian and Texas-Permian Basin beginning at 2 p.m. at the Rip Griffin Center in Lubbock.