Mustang Volleyball Falls to LCU

Late runs by Lubbock Christian helped the Lady Chaps claim a 3-0 victory (25-21, 25-19, 26-24) over the Midwestern State volleyball team Tuesday night at D.L. Ligon Coliseum.

In the opening set, Midwestern State (6-24) chalked up three early aces from freshman setter Hayden Blair and sophomore defensive specialist Leah Lychock to jump out to a 6-1 advantage.

Lubbock Christian (18-9) slowly crept back into the game, coming within two points at 10-8 following an MSU attack error. Facing a 16-12 deficit, the Lady Chaps reeled off a 7-0 run capped off by a kill from freshman outside hitter Emily Hanaway to put LCU up three late in the frame. The Lady Chaps held off a Mustangs rally that pulled MSU within one to come away with a 25-21 victory.

Midwestern State shook off an early 6-2 hole with freshman middle blocker Kiley Beaver sparking a 4-0 spurt for the Maroon and Gold to even the set at 8-8. Kills from junior right side hitter Christiana Tavo and senior outside hitter Kacey Deterding helped the Lady Chaps open up a 16-12 lead before an MSU run brought the Mustangs back within a point at 17-16. A 4-0 run late in the set helped LCU carry momentum to a 25-19 win to take a 2-0 lead heading into halftime.

LCU went up 4-0 to begin the third set before the Mustangs rallied to tie the frame at eight apiece following a kill from senior outside hitter Hunter Porter. The Lady Chaps looked as if they would cruise late in the third set with an 18-13 advantage, but the Mustangs still had some fight left as a block by Beaver and Blair pulled MSU within one at 21-20.

After an LCU timeout, back-to-back kills from sophomore middle blocker Addison Semer gave the Mustangs set point at 24-23. However, Hanaway and Deterding posted kills before teaming together for a block to pull out a 26-24 victory to earn the sweep.

Freshman middle blocker Olivia Schiffner led Midwestern with nine kills on a .444 hitting percentage while sophomore outside hitter Meghan Bettis added seven kills and a team-best 16 digs.

Deterding tallied 15 kills on a .371 clip while Hanaway recorded 11 kills with just one error for a .556 percentage to lead the Lady Chaps.

Midwestern State closes out its season this weekend when the Mustangs host Tarleton State and Angelo State at D.L. Ligon Coliseum.

Mustangs to hold open tryouts Dec. 5 at Ligon Coliseum

Head coach Natalie Rawson and the Midwestern State volleyball program will hold open tryouts Saturday, Dec. 5 at D.L. Ligon Coliseum.

The tryout session will be held from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. for 2016 high school seniors and junior college/four-year university transfers that specialize as outside hitters, middle blockers, right side hitters or setters/hitters. 

Those interested in attending the MSU volleyball tryout will need to have a current physical examination (within the last six months), complete the online pre-registration form as well as the MSU release form, tryout form and a sickle cell trait test waiver or results.

Transfers also need to have completed their eligibility or will need an official release form from their current institution.

All documents can be brought to the tryout or emailed to MSU assistant coach Kiara Jordan at kiara.jordan@mwsu.edu. Any questions can be directed to Coach Jordan by email or by calling 903-424-1275.