Junior setter Kristan Aduddell and sophomore middle blocker Kiley Beaver put together a pair of career-best performances to lead Midwestern State to a 3-0 sweep (29-27, 25-22, 25-19) of Cameron for its first win inside Aggie Gym since 2013.
In the opening set, Cameron (2-9, 1-2 LSC) built a four-point lead on the Mustangs out of the gate before the visitors pulled even with back-to-back kills from junior outside hitter Meghan Bettis followed by a Beaver kill to knot the set at 10. The Aggies extended their lead back out midway through the frame, taking as much as a five-point advantage. A kill for junior middle blocker Addison Semer followed by a pair of aces for freshman outside hitter Erin Richburg inched Midwestern State (6-5, 2-1 LSC) to within two at 19-17 before Cameron stretched its lead back out by taking set point at 24-20.
However, Beaver put down three of her eight kills in the set to help MSU fend off four-straight set points for the Aggies. CU added two more set points before the Mustangs took control of the set late with kills from Richburg and junior right side hitter Sarah Garfield to record a 29-27 first set win.
Garfield paced the Mustangs offense in set two, hitting .875 with seven kills. Midwestern built a slight lead early on in the frame before stretching it out to five following a CU attack error for a 17-12 advantage. The Aggies pulled within two points on two different occasions but the Mustangs responded each time with Garfield and Semer putting down kills to give MSU a 25-22 win in the second set.
Richburg led the Mustangs to a match-best .325 hitting percentage in set three with six kills on seven attempts. An early 4-0 Midwestern run set the stage for the Mustangs in the third set, stretching the lead to as many as six points following a service ace for sophomore setter Christy Carruth to make it 16-10. Cameron was only able to pull back within four points down the stretch as a Beaver kill gave the Mustangs the sweep with a 25-19 victory.
Midwestern State's struggles over the final three holes sent the Mustangs to a fifth-place finish in the season opening Western New Mexico Fall Intercollegiate Tuesday at the par-72, 6,087-yard Golf Club of Estrella.
"The last three holes of each of our countable rounds, the girls combined for 8-over," MSU coach Jeff Ray said. "But it was a good first tournament on a great golf course. You have to put two really good rounds of golf together to win and this team is capable of doing that."
Tarleton State and St. Mary's (Texas) shot matching 1-under 287s for the top team scores of the day.
The TexAnns rolled to the team title with a two-round total of 584 (+8) followed by California Baptist (307-292 599/2nd), Regis (Colo.) (304-295 599/2nd) and St. Mary's (313-287 600/4th).
"This tournament showed how good Division II college golf has gotten," Ray said. "There are some great players in women's golf right now."
Senior Sierra Campbell logged her 17th Top 10 showing of her career marking scores of 72 and 75 to finish tied for seventh with a two-round total of 147 (+3). The Rio Rancho, N.M. native notched two birdies but was slowed by to bogeys over her final three holes.
Fellow senior Hayley Dambold marked her second-straight 3-over 75 to place 18th with a total of 150 (+6). The Highland Village native notched 16 pars in the second round that was marred by a double bogey on her penultimate hole.
Junior Sarah Moore blitzed the back nine with three of her four birdies on the day, but bogeyed two of her final three holes. That didn't take away from a great turnaround as she followed an opening round 79 with a 75 to move up to 36th with a two-round total of 154 (+10).
Freshman Cheleen Cousins couldn't escape the dangers of her final three as she wrapped a bogey and a double bogey around her lone birdie of the day to give the Mustangs their final countable score of the day at 80. She tied for 57th with a total of 158 (+14).
"For whatever reason, we just didn't finish well," Ray said. "The last three holes really cost us. It just shows that it's not over 'til it's over."
Senior Kellie Martin notched scores of 74 and 81 for a total of 155 (+11) to finish tied for 43rd, while Alxis Read marked scores of 77 and 80 for a total of 157 (+13) to tie for 54th competing as an individual medalist.
Regis (Colo.)'s Mary Weinstein and California Baptist's Laura Scrivner tied for top individual medalist honors with 3-under totals of 141.
Midwestern competes in the West Texas A&M Lady Buff Stampede on Oct. 3-4 at the Tascosa Country Club in Amarillo.
"We have enough depth that when we get clicking we will win some tournaments," Ray said.