WICHITA FALLS, TX (KAUZ) - Midwestern State hit a season-high .292 behind a career-best 21-kill performance from junior outside hitter Aerielle Edwards in a 3-0 sweep (25-19, 25-21, 25-15) over Southeastern Oklahoma State in the finale of the MSU Hampton Inn-vitational Saturday evening at D.L. Ligon Coliseum.
Midwestern State (4-4) jumped out to a 10-4 lead in the opening set to force an early timeout for the Savage Storm after a kill from junior outside hitter Meghan Bettis. Southeastern Oklahoma State (5-3) was unable to pull closer than four the rest of the frame as Edwards recorded eight of her kills and junior setter Kristan Aduddell dished out 18 assists to lead the Mustangs to a 25-19 first set win.
SOSU held the momentum early in the second set, running out to a 5-1 lead and maintaining that advantage through most of the set until MSU went on a 4-0 run to even the score at 17 apiece following an Edwards kill. A Bettis kill and ace for Aduddell forced the Savage Storm to call a timeout after the Mustangs rallied to take a 19-18 lead. MSU claimed three of the final four points of the set to take a 25-21 win as Edwards recorded nine kills in the frame and Aduddell finished with a double-double with 12 assists and 10 digs.
The Mustangs overcame another early deficit in the third set, erasing an 8-4 hole with an Edwards kill capping off a 4-0 run. Behind the serve of Bettis and junior right side hitter Sarah Garfield, Midwestern coasted in the final stretch as the Mustangs went on a 16-3 run to take a 25-15 victory with Garfield posting five kills and six digs on a .714 hitting percentage to give the Mustangs the sweep.
Midwestern State opens up Lone Star Conference play inside D.L. Ligon Coliseum Friday at 6 p.m. against UT Permian Basin.
Midwestern State fell short in its third game of the MSU Hampton Inn-vitational despite 15 kills from junior outside hitters Aerielle Edwards and Meghan Bettis and a career-best 37 assists for freshman setter Sarah Glawe in a 3-1 defeat (25-15, 22-25, 25-22, 26-24) to St. Edward's Saturday afternoon at D.L. Ligon Coliseum.
St. Edward's (2-5) claimed a 25-15 first set victory after holding the Mustangs to a -.029 hitting percentage in the opening frame. After an Edwards kill pulled the Mustangs within one at 9-8, the Hilltoppers put together an 8-3 run to push the advantage to 17-11. Midwestern State (3-4) was only able to pull back within five the rest of the way before SEU closed out the frame on a 6-1 spurt for the 1-0 lead.
Bettis posted six kills in the second set to help the Mustangs even the match at 1-1 with a 25-22 victory after hitting .350 in the frame. An early 4-0 run helped MSU maintain a comfortable advantage through a majority of the set, fighting off an SEU rally that pulled the Hilltoppers within one at 13-12 before the Maroon and Gold mounted a 4-0 spurt. A pair of kills from junior right side hitter Sarah Garfield down the stretch put the set away after the Hilltoppers had climbed within two at 23-21.
In the third frame, the Mustangs erased an 18-15 deficit with a 5-1 run to take a 20-19 lead and force an SEU timeout. The Hilltoppers came out refreshed, putting together a 3-0 spurt to carry the momentum late before recording a 25-22 win to take a 2-1 lead in the match.
Back-to-back kills from Edwards gave MSU an 11-5 lead in the fourth set before a service ace from SEU's Avalon Frantz capped off a comeback for the visitors to knot the set at 15 apiece. The Mustangs stretched their lead back out to four at 22-18 before SEU evened the set at 24 apiece. A kill from Alexa McAndrew and an MSU attacking error completed the comeback for the Hilltoppers after a 26-24 win in the fourth to take the match, 3-1.
No. 9 Midwestern State closed out its season-opening road trip in winning fashion Saturday evening with three different Mustangs recording goals in a 3-1 win over Southern Nazarene (Okla.) at Wes Harmon Field.
Senior midfielder Gabriel Cavalcante scored the first of three first half goals for Midwestern State (2-0) in the ninth minute of action with a strike from the right side of the box off an assist from senior midfielder Leon Taylor to give the Mustangs a 1-0 advantage.
In the 23rd minute, senior defender Antonio Hernandez tallied his first score of the season and second of his career off a Taylor assist with a shot from the right side of the box to extend the MSU lead to 2-0.
Southern Nazarene (0-4-0) cut its deficit in half in the 26th minute as the Crimson Storm were awarded a penalty kick with Jared Rangel sending a shot past senior goalkeeper Noah Fazekas (2-0-0).
The Mustangs rounded out their scoring just before halftime as a corner kick by junior midfielder Christopher Mendez found freshman forward Jacob Hernandez near the back post for a 3-1 lead in the 42nd minute.
Senior keeper Brice Gardner appeared in goal for the Mustangs in the second half, collecting both shots on goal from SNU to keep the Crimson Storm from cutting into the MSU lead.
Midwestern State begins its home slate Monday at 7 p.m. as the Mustangs face off against former conference rival Northeastern State (Okla.) at the MSU Soccer Field.
Leticia Shaban set a personal best time leading Midwestern State to an impressive showing Saturday at the UTA Gerald Richey Invitational at Lynn Creek Park in Grand Prairie, Texas.
The senior from Phoenix covered the 5K route in 19:16.80 to take 14th overall as the Mustangs amassed a team total of 101 to finish behind Division I SMU (15), Georgia State (74) and UT-Arlington (96) but placed ahead of Division II rival Dallas Baptist which totaled 115 points.
The Patriots came into the week ranked fourth in the South Central Region.
Fellow senior Ana Lopez fought away a few aches and pains to finish 15th with a time of 19:23.50 just ahead of sophomore Sara Smith who also turned in a personal best 5K time at 19:36.70 to place 19th.
Senior Brandi Hobson also ran a collegiate best 5K time to take 26th with a 19:52.60 just ahead of the final MSU counter -- sophomore Michelle Rieves, who finished 27th with a time of 19:53.80.
The Mustangs turned in a top team performance even without sophomore frontrunner Bridget Reilly, who sat out due to injury.
True freshman Valeska Vitt bettered her 5K time by finishing 34th with a time of 20:16.30, while sophomore Stefanie Blaine clocked a 20:56.40 to place 37th.
Junior Angela Dees led MSU's other performers finishing in 21:27.60 ahead of senior Jasmine Stokes (21:35.10), sophomore Miriam Diaz (21:52.70), junior Maranda Rodriguez (23:32.60), redshirt-freshman Brittany Lindemann (24:28.30) and sophomore Natalie McLaurin (25:02.60).
Midwestern State is scheduled to compete in the Roy Griak Invitational on Saturday, Sept. 24 at the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis.