MSU Volleyball, Women's Soccer Both Fall to Angelo State

#5 Rambelles Stop MSU's Win Streak

No. 5 Angelo State limited the Midwestern State women's soccer team's attacking game Friday night at MSU Soccer Field as the Rambelles allowed just three shots on goal in a 2-0 victory that snapped the Mustangs' three-match win streak.

"I think that we played well," said head coach Damian Clarke. "We grew a lot today as far as figuring out what it's really like to play against a legitimate top-10 team. I think we showed for long periods of time that we're a good team. We're difficult for teams to play against. There has to be more growth. Hats off to an excellent team."

Midwestern State (6-3-2, 2-2-1 LSC) put pressure on the Rambelles defense early, earning a corner kick just over a minute into the contest. The Mustangs recorded their first shot attempt in the second minute as junior forward Aly Wade sent a shot from the middle of the box just high of the goal.

However, just three minutes later Angelo State (10-1-1, 4-1-0 LSC) struck as junior midfielder Demi Tsambasis found the net off a free kick from the right wing by redshirt junior defender Shay Williams to give the Rambelles an early 1-0 lead in the fifth minute of play. Tsambasis would later add her second score of the match in the final minute, collecting a loose ball in the box off senior forward Sierra Anderson's blocked shot to make it a final 2-0 score.

While being limited to six shots on the evening, the Mustangs put together several scoring opportunities. In the 26th minute, senior midfielder Morgan Hannon had a header hit the crossbar off a corner kick from Wade to keep Midwestern State from recording the equalizer.

Early in the second period, junior forward Nicole Coetzer sent a rocket towards senior goalkeeper Shantel Wittke but the veteran was able to record the save as she reached up near the crossbar to swat the ball away.

"When we get to the end lines, we have to be a little bit more clinical," Clarke said. "It's picking a pass, not just crossing. I thought today we had a hard time just relaxing enough to pick a pass. That's goes back to the team we played against. They put enough pressure on you to make those situations more difficult."

Angelo State totaled nine shots with seven being placed on target. Anderson led the Rambelles with four shots with two on goal.

For Midwestern State, Wade recorded a team-high three shots with two on goal.

Wittke (10-1-1) earned the win for the Rambelles with three saves while sophomore goalkeeper Courtney Burnette (6-3-2) took the loss with two goals against and five saves for the Mustangs.

Midwestern State will return to action Friday when the Mustangs travel to Canyon to face West Texas A&M in a 7 p.m. kickoff.

Volleyball: Mustangs Fall, 3-0 in San Angelo

The Midwestern State volleyball team hung with one of the nation's top offenses in sets two and three before Angelo State pulled out a 3-0 sweep (25-10, 25-21, 25-21) Friday evening at the Junell Center.

It was a rough beginning for the Mustangs (5-15, 0-6 LSC), dropping the opening set 25-10 as the Rambelles hit .359 with just three attacking errors. After a service ace by freshman libero Matti Dix to bring the score to 3-2 ASU, the Rambelles mounted a 10-2 run to force a Midwestern State timeout. ASU kept pounding away throughout the remainder of the set as the home team took a 25-10 win.

ASU (16-4, 5-1 LSC) took a 10-2 lead to begin the second frame before a kill by sophomore outside hitter Meghan Bettis ended the run and sparked the Mustangs to begin one of their own. Trailing 12-5, freshman middle blocker Olivia Schiffner helped Midwestern pull within three with a kill before teaming up with freshman setter Hayden Blair and senior outside hitter Hunter Porter for blocks to make it 12-9 ASU.

With the Rambelles holding a 20-16 advantage, two ASU attack errors sandwiched around a kill from freshman middle blocker Kiley Beaver brought the Mustangs within one at 20-19 and forced the Rambelles to call a timeout. Out of the break, ASU reeled off three points to take control of the set and claim a 25-21 win.

The Mustangs put together a strong start to the third set, going up 7-2 with kills from Beaver, Bettis and sophomore middle blocker Addison Semer. However, the Rambelles answered with a 3-0 spurt to stay within striking distance after a block by sophomore outside hitter Brianna Sotello and junior outside hitter Alyssa Orr.

Midwestern State stretched its lead to 14-9 following an ASU attack error but the Rambelles kept answering every MSU run as a kill by sophomore right side hitter Abbie Lynn made it a one-point contest at 16-15. A 4-0 run by the Rambelles gave them their first lead of the set since 1-0 to force the Mustangs to call timeout trailing 19-17. A hitting error by ASU brought Midwestern within two late before back-to-back kills from junior outside hitter Mallory Blauser gave the Rambelles the 3-0 sweep with another 25-21 win.

Beaver led the Mustangs with seven kills while Semer and Bettis each tallied six in the loss. Defensively, Dix recorded her third-straight 20-plus dig performance to lead all players with 23 on the night.

Blauser led the Rambelles with 13 kills while Sotello recorded a double-double with 12 kills and 18 digs.

Midwestern State faces Tarleton State tomorrow in a 2 p.m. match at Wisdom Volleyball Gym in Stephenville.