MSU Volleyball and Cross Country

MSU Volleyball and Cross Country

Rally comes up short for Mustangs against Tarleton State, 3-1

A late rally by the Midwestern State volleyball team fell short Saturday afternoon as the Mustangs suffered a 3-1 defeat (25-13, 25-22, 21-25, 25-19) to host Tarleton State at Wisdom Volleyball Gym.

Tarleton State (16-3, 6-1 LSC) built an early 6-1 lead in the first set following four kills from the nation's top offensive player in sophomore outside hitter Hailey Roberts. The Mustangs later pulled back within four at 11-7 following a Tarleton State service error, but the TexAnns extended their lead to 15-7 after another kill from Roberts for a comfortable advantage. Tarleton went on to claim the opening set as Roberts recorded nine kills in a 25-13 win.

It was close second set as freshman setter Hayden Blair forced a Tarleton timeout following a service ace to put Midwestern State (5-16, 0-7 LSC) in front at 11-10. Following a block by freshman middle blocker Kiley Beaver and senior outside hitter Hunter Porter that gave Midwestern a 20-19 advantage, the TexAnns reeled off four-straight points out of a timeout to take a 23-20 lead. The Mustangs came back within two points but a Roberts kill gave Tarleton a 25-22 win and 2-0 lead in the match.

The Mustangs went in front at 11-8 in the third set following a 3-0 run that began with a Porter kill. However, the TexAnns came right back to even the set following a Midwestern attack error. The Mustangs answered back with another run as a kill by sophomore middle blocker Addison Semer gave the visitors a 17-14 advantage to force the TexAnns to call a timeout. A Beaver kill broke a 19-19 tie late as the Mustangs built a 24-20 lead after a Tarleton hitting error for set point. Sophomore outside hitter Meghan Bettis lifted Midwestern to a third set victory as she recorded a kill for a 25-21 score.

Tarleton jumped out to a 15-6 lead in the fourth set to force the Mustangs to call a timeout. However, Midwestern slowly crept back into the game as a block by Semer and freshman outside hitter Kelsey Purcell made it an 18-13 contest. The TexAnns were able to keep their distance from Midwestern late in the set before recording a 25-19 win to take the match 3-1.

Porter led the Mustangs with 11 kills while Bettis added eight with just one error on 16 swings for a team-high .438 hitting percentage. Blair posted 30 assists along with nine digs while freshman libero Matti Dix recorded a team-best 18 digs.

Roberts led the TexAnns with 30 kills on a .333 clip. Sophomore setter Chandler Gow totaled 53 assists and 12 digs while senior libero Ayssa Garcia posted a team-high 22 digs.

Tarleton hit .222 for the match while holding Midwestern to a .072 percentage. The Mustangs held an advantage in blocks, 10-6, with Beaver tallying five block assists and one solo stuff.

Midwestern State continues its road trip Friday against West Texas A&M in Canyon before taking on Eastern New Mexico the following day in Portales.

Strong showing nets win at Incarnate Word Invitational

Midwestern State got season best performances from all nine runners on the way to claiming a win against the non-Division I squads in the 10th Annual Incarnate Word Invitational Saturday morning at Live Oak City Park.
 
"We finally came out and ran like I know we can," MSU coach Koby Styles said. "This was a great result at the right time of year."
 
The Mustangs ride the momentum into the Lone Star Conference Championships set for Monday, Oct. 26 in Stephenville.
 
Freshman Bridget Reilly broke into MSU all-time 6K list at No. 25 pacing a 22:39.00 to take third just ahead of junior Leticia Shaban, who clocked MSU's 33rd best time in program history at 22:54.00 to take fourth.
 
The Mustangs flexed their depth with a 64-second gap time between Nos. 1-5 as junior Brandi Hobson (23:12.00/8th), freshman Sara Smith (23:31.00/12th) and senior Maira Salinas (23:43.00/13th) also scratched MSU's all-time top 100.
 
"The girls came in with a solid game plan and executed it very well today," Styles said. "They have been working hard all year and it is starting to pay off."
 
Freshman Michelle Rieves finished 15th with a time of 23:54.00 while junior Tia Streeter was 21st with a time of 24:24.00 and junior Jasmine Stokes placed 32nd with a 25:24.00 to round out MSU competitors.
 
The Mustangs totaled 40 points finishing ahead of Texas A&M International (56), Our Lady of the Lake (Texas) (57), Trinity (Texas) (128), Concordia (Texas) (145), Austin College (Texas) (161), Southwestern (Texas) (167) and Schreiner (Texas) (231).
 
Texas A&M International sophomore Rebekah Hernandez claimed top individual honors completing the 6K course in 21:49.80.