TOPEKA, KS (KAUZ) - Midwestern State received a season-high 11 kills from junior outside hitter Aerielle Edwards but it was enough for the Mustangs in the finale of the Washburn Invitational as Missouri Western hit .308 to earn a 3-0 sweep (25-15, 25-14, 25-23) Saturday afternoon at Lee Arena.
Missouri Western (2-2) used a 10-2 run in the opening set to claim a comfortable lead on the Mustangs before going on to record a 25-15 victory to grab a 1-0 advantage.
After hitting just .028 in the first set, the Midwestern State (1-3) offense rose to a .286 hitting percentage in the second frame, led by Edwards' four kills. However, the Griffons committed just one error in the set while hitting .500 to post a 25-14 victory and move ahead 2-0.
A trio of kills and one block for Edwards helped carry the Mustangs to an early 9-2 lead in the third set. After a Missouri Western timeout, the Griffons crawled back before evening the frame at 13 apiece following a kill from Rachel Friedrichs. The Mustangs moved back in front at 21-18 before MWSU rallied with four-straight points to take the momentum late in the set. A kill by junior outside hitter Meghan Bettis evened the score at 23-23 before the Griffons recorded the final two points to earn the 25-23 win.
Junior outside hitter Meghan Bettis registered a career-high 19 kills while adding 10 digs for her fourth career double-double to help Midwestern State erase a 2-0 deficit, but Emporia State (Kan.) spoiled the comeback for the Mustangs in a 3-2 win (25-17, 25-13, 16-25, 19-25, 15-10) Saturday morning at Lee Arena.
In the first set, an 8-1 run for Emporia State (1-2) propelled the Hornets to an 18-12 advantage before going on to win the opening frame, 25-17.
The Hornets carried that momentum into the second set, taking a 6-0 lead before Midwestern State (1-2) put together a run of its own to overtake ESU at 7-6. The Hornets pulled away midway through the set and ended the frame on a 6-0 run to take a 2-0 lead after a 25-13 set win, holding the Mustangs to a -.105 hitting percentage.
Bettis and junior right side hitter Sarah Garfield each tallied five kills in the third set as MSU used an early 5-0 spurt to pull away and record a 25-16 victory.
Bettis' attack continued to get stronger as the match went on, totaling nine kills with a .357 attack percentage in the fourth to lead the Maroon and Gold to a 25-19 win and knot the match at 2-2.
Emporia State put together a 5-1 run to break at 5-5 tie in the fifth set to hold a slight edge in the final frame. An ace for freshman setter Sarah Glawe pulled the Mustangs within two but the Hornets recorded the final three points of the match for the 15-10 win.
Midwestern State was unable to come away with a day one sweep at the Washburn Invitational Friday as the Mustangs fell to host and No. 16-ranked Washburn, 3-0 (25-6, 25-19, 25-23), in the nightcap at Lee Arena.
Washburn (2-0) opened up the match with a sizeable first set win at 25-6 after committing zero errors and hitting .625 while holding the Mustangs to -.217 for the 1-0 lead.
In the second set, junior outside hitter Aerielle Edwards and junior right side hitter Sarah Garfield combined for 10 of Midwestern State's (1-1) 15 kills in the frame but the Ichabods benefitted from an early advantage and held on for the 25-19 victory in set No. 2.
The Mustangs hit .361 in the final set with 15 kills and just two errors on 36 attempts while holding Washburn to a .135 percentage. Garfield registered five of her nine kills of the evening in the third set, helping the Mustangs pull in front at 14-13 to force a Washburn timeout after a 4-0 run. The remainder of the frame remained close until the Ichabods crept ahead at the end to break a 23-23 tie and come away with a 25-23 victory to sweep the match.
Junior setter Kristan Aduddell and junior right side hitter Sarah Garfield finished with double-doubles while five players recorded at least eight kills to lift Midwestern State to a 3-1 (18-25, 25-14, 25-13, 25-15) season-opening victory over Pittsburg State (Kan.) Friday afternoon at the Washburn Invitational.
Pittsburg State grabbed a 1-0 advantage after a 25-18 first set win as the Mustangs committed six of their 15 service errors for the day in the opening frame while being held to a .056 hitting percentage.
The MSU offense shined over the final three sets, hitting over .400 in the final two frames including a game-high .429 in the fourth set.
In the second set, junior outside hitter Aerielle Edwards came off the bench to provide an offensive spark for the Mustangs, finishing with four kills in the frame to lead Midwestern to a 25-14 win.
Sophomore middle blocker Kiley Beaver paced the Mustangs offense in the third frame with five kills as the Maroon and Gold hit .423 to record a 25-13 victory to go on top, 2-1, in the match after building a 12-4 lead to open the set.
In the fourth set, the Mustangs built another early lead at 7-2 to earn a 25-15 win and clinch the victory with junior middle blocker Addison Semer posting four kills in the final frame.