Midwestern State volleyball wins two games to open tournament

Meghan Betts spikes home a kill for MSU vs. Fort Lewis. / Source: KAUZ
Meghan Betts spikes home a kill for MSU vs. Fort Lewis. / Source: KAUZ

Mustangs down Dallas Baptist in four sets

WICHITA FALLS, TX - Junior setter Kristan Aduddell dished out a career-high 46 assists while junior outside hitter Meghan Bettis tallied a double-double with 16 kills and 11 digs to lead Midwestern State to a 3-1 victory (25-16, 21-25, 25-22, 25-19) over Dallas Baptist and earn a first day sweep at the MSU Hampton Inn-vitational Friday night at D.L. Ligon Coliseum.
In the opening set, Midwestern State (3-3) held the momentum early after jumping out to a 9-3 advantage. After a Dallas Baptist (1-5) attack error made it 13-6 in favor of the Mustangs, the Lady Patriots put together an 8-1 run to even the set at 14. However, junior middle blocker Addison Semer registered three of her six kills from the second set down the stretch to help the Mustangs come away with a 25-16 first set win.
DBU pulled away from a 14-all contest with a 6-1 spurt in the second frame to go on to record a 25-21 win and even the match at 1-1.
Bettis and junior outside hitter Aerielle Edwards each recorded five kills while junior right side hitter Sarah Garfield added four in a 25-22 third set win for the Mustangs. It was a close set throughout before the Mustangs went on a 5-1 run after back-to-back service aces from Bettis for set point at 24-19. The Lady Patriots fended off three set points before a Garfield kill gave MSU the set.
Holding a 12-11 advantage in the fourth, Midwestern mounted a 7-1 run capped off by a Garfield kill to push the lead to 19-12. The Mustangs kept a comfortable distance from DBU the rest of the way before claiming a 25-19 victory and the match, 3-1.

Mustangs sweep past Skyhawks in tournament opener

Junior outside hitters Meghan Bettis andAerielle Edwards each registered 13 kills to lead Midwestern State to a 3-0 sweep (25-22, 28-26, 25-20) over Fort Lewis in the MSU Hampton Inn-vitational opener for the Mustangs Friday afternoon.
Both teams battled point for point in the opening set until Midwestern State (2-3) put together a 3-0 run late to break a 20-20 tie with kills from sophomore middle blocker Kiley Beaver and junior right side hitter Sarah Garfield. The Mustangs fended off a late push from Fort Lewis (1-4) to earn the 25-22 win in the first and take the early 1-0 lead.
Midwestern posted a match-best 20 kills in the second set, hitting .298 behind Edwards' eight kills and .667 hitting percentage. MSU built as much as a five-point lead midway through the frame until the Skyhawks pulled even at 24 apiece. The teams went back and forth until an FLC attack error and Bettis kill gave the Mustangs a 2-0 advantage with a 28-26 victory.
Bettis led the Mustangs with six kills in the third set as MSU coasted to a 13-6 lead behind the serve of Garfield. A late run by FLC pulled the Skyhawks within four at 24-20 but Bettis ended the match with a kill in a 25-20 third set win.

Freshmen lead Mustangs to first win of the season

 Freshmen Jaden Green and Hanna Mattinsonrecorded their first career goals to lift Midwestern State to its first win of the season Friday evening with a 2-1 victory over Texas A&M International at Dustdevil Soccer Field.
Mattinson gave Midwestern State (1-1-2) an early lead over the Dustdevils in the eighth minute with a strike from inside the box after a breakaway from midfield to put the Mustangs on the board.
Junior goalkeeper Courtney Burnette helped the Mustangs maintain a 1-0 lead at halftime after collecting all four of her saves in the opening period to keep Texas A&M International (0-4-0) from evening up the contest.
The Mustangs reeled off 20 shots in the second half while holding the Dustdevils to just four attempts. The lone shot on goal for TAMIU came in the 85th minute with the equalizer from Cio Bargallo following a shot from six yards out into the left corner of the net.
A minute later, Green came through for the Maroon and Gold with a shot from a few yards out that hit the cross bar and went into the net off a Mattinson assist to propel the Mustangs back in front at 2-1 with 4:26 to play in regulation.
The Dustdevils would be unable to even up the contest once again with the Mustangs holding TAMIU without a shot attempt in the final stretch to escape with the victory.

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