MSU Roundup: Soccer and Volleyball

Mustangs fall to Texas Woman's in Friday action

A balanced attack and a .285 hitting percentage helped Texas Woman's to a 3-0 sweep (25-15, 25-17, 25-20) over the Midwestern State volleyball team Friday night at D.L. Ligon Coliseum.

While the Pioneers tallied just seven hitting errors for the match, Midwestern State (4-12, 0-4 LSC) was held to a .139 attack percentage while being out-blocked 7-1. Freshman middle blocker Olivia Schiffner totaled a team-high nine kills on a .200 clip to lead the Mustangs. Defensively, freshman libero Matti Dix paced the squad with 17 digs while freshman setter Hayden Blair tallied her team-best eighth double-double of the season with 26 assists and 14 digs.

In the first set, three-straight attack errors by the Mustangs followed by three service aces from Texas Woman's (11-3, 4-1 LSC) helped the Pioneers take an early 9-3 lead to force a Midwestern State timeout. The Pioneers continued to stretch their lead on the Mustangs, opening up at 17-6 advantage before going on to claim a 25-15 first set win.

A rejection from sophomore middle blocker Angel Summers and sophomore outside hitter Addison Semer gave Midwestern a 6-5 lead in the early stages of the second set. However, the Pioneers put together a quick 4-0 spurt to reclaim the lead at 9-6. TWU only allowed the Mustangs to come back within two before the Pioneers extended their lead out late to take a 25-17 win.

After the Pioneers went on top 3-0 in the third set, the Mustangs answered with a 5-0 run capped off by an ace from junior defensive specialist Madelyn Johnson. It was a tight set throughout as the teams answered each other point-for-point. With the Mustangs holding an 18-17 lead, TWU claimed a 22-18 advantage as errors doomed Midwestern down the stretch. The Mustangs were unable to put together a late rally as back-to-back kills gave the Pioneers a 25-20 third set win and the sweep.

Sara Oxford led TWU with 11 kills while Makayla Mayfield and Mallory Kuechle added eight apiece.

Midwestern hosts Texas A&M-Commerce and Dallas Baptist in a doubleheader Saturday beginning at noon at D.L. Ligon

Mustangs blank Greyhounds in LSC home opener, 2-0

Two first half goals by sophomore forward Destinee Williamson were plenty for the Midwestern State women's soccer team Friday night in a 2-0 victory over Eastern New Mexico in the Lone Star Conference home opener for the Mustangs.

Williamson netted her third and fourth goals of the season with strikes less than 20 minutes into the contest to give Midwestern State (4-2-2, 1-1-1 LSC) an early advantage.

Williamson's first score came in the 15th minute as a pass from junior midfielder Lauren Fambrough found Williamson before she took a shot from the left side of the box for a 1-0 lead.

After receiving a ball from junior defender Haley Britton, Williamson gave the Mustangs a 2-0 advantage in the 20th minute, dribbling inside the six-yard box before sending a rocket into the left corner of the net.

"Destinee stretches people out in a way they can't deal with," said head coach Damian Clarke. "She's getting better in front of the goal, and it's the right time for her to start gaining confidence."

The Mustangs defense was once again superb as they recorded their fifth shutout of the season and third in the last four matches. Sophomore goalkeeper Courtney Burnette had a quiet night as the Greyhounds (3-5-1, 0-2-0 LSC) managed just one shot on goal among their four shots.

"We're always going to be tough to score on," Clarke said. "That's a mark of Midwestern State soccer. That's always going to be a staple of who we are."

Williamson along with junior forward Aly Wade and senior midfielder Morgan Hannon each placed two shots on goal to lead the Mustangs, who totaled 13 shots on the night.

"I think Eastern New Mexico played very well," Clarke said. "They made the game difficult for us. We won playing bad, which is a good sign for us if we're capable of winning not playing our best. The same time I have to take my hat off to Eastern New Mexico because they kept the ball better than we did. We need to continue to improve."

Midwestern State continues its homestand Sunday when the Mustangs host West Texas A&M in the Highway 287 Challenge at 1 p.m. at MSU Soccer Field.