WICHITA FALLS, TX (KAUZ) - No. 12 Angelo State hit .378 to earn a 3-0 sweep over Midwestern State in a Friday evening matchup at D.L. Ligon Coliseum.
Angelo State (15-2, 6-1 LSC) began the match on a 5-0 run to set the stage early as Midwestern State (8-9, 3-5 LSC) was only able to pull within four in the opening set before the Rambelles recorded a 25-15 win in set one.
The Mustangs overcame an early three-point deficit with kills from Meghan Bettis and Addison Semer to even the frame at 5-5 in set two. A 4-0 ASU run gave the Rambelles a 12-6 lead and forced an MSU timeout before pulling further ahead in the latter part of the set to earn a 25-14 win and take a 2-0 lead in the match.
Midwestern State went point-for-point with Angelo State in the first half of the third set, grabbing a 10-8 lead after a kill by Sarah Garfield. A Kiley Beaver kill sparked a 3-0 run for the Mustangs to take a 13-11 lead before the Rambelles put together a 10-0 run to take the momentum before posting a 25-15 win in set three for the sweep.
Bettis led MSU with 8 kills, her fifth time leading that stat this season, while Garfield and Aerielle Edwards each contributed seven.
Midwestern State faces Tarleton State in a 2 p.m. meeting tomorrow at D.L. Ligon Coliseum.
West Texas A&M used an early advantage to hold off a Midwestern State second half rally and hand the Mustangs back-to-back losses for the first time this season in a 2-1 Highway 287 Challenge win Friday evening at MSU Soccer Field.
West Texas A&M (6-4-0, 4-2-0 LSC) went in front 1-0 in the 26th minute after a strike from Kaitlin Steele in the middle of the box. The Lady Buffs stretched their lead to two in the 38th minute as Marlene van Mourik tallied her sixth goal of the season with a shot from the left wing into the right corner of the net.
After being held to just two shots in the opening period, Midwestern State (6-3-2, 3-2-0 LSC) put pressure on the WT defense in the second half with a total of eight shots, four coming on goal. Just five minutes into the period, a pass by Destinee Williamson found Nicole Coetzer in the middle of the box before finishing into the left side of the net to cut the MSU deficit in half at 2-1.
Williamson and Lauren Fambrough looked to record the equalizer with each taking a shot on goal after Coetzer's score but WT goalkeeper Courtney Dippel came away with saves on each attempt to help the Lady Buffs to a road win.
"The girls showed a resiliency in the second half that should be applauded," said head coach Damian Clarke. We keep learning more about ourselves every game. The coaches and the players will continue to get better and we will move forward."
Midwestern State continues Lone Star Conference play Sunday with a 1 p.m. matchup against Eastern New Mexico.