MSU Volleyball splits tri-match with TAMUK, SEU

MSU volleyball wore pink jerseys in honor of Breast Cancer awareness on Saturday / Source: KAUZ
MSU volleyball wore pink jerseys in honor of Breast Cancer awareness on Saturday / Source: KAUZ

WICHITA FALLS, TX (KAUZ) - Midwestern State was held to a season-low .069 hitting percentage in a 3-0 loss to Texas A&M-Kingsville Saturday afternoon at D.L. Ligon Coliseum.

In the first set, Texas A&M-Kingsville (16-5, 7-3 LSC) used a 6-0 run to pull away from the Mustangs and take a comfortable 19-11 lead before a kill by Kiley Beaver snapped the Javelinas spurt. The Javelinas grabbed a 24-12 advantage before Midwestern State (8-12, 3-7 LSC) reeled off eight-straight points to pull within four at 24-20. However, Krystal Faison prevented the Mustangs from coming any closer with a kill to give TAMUK the opening set at 25-20.

The Javelinas opened up a 9-4 lead in the second set before the Mustangs came back within two points at 10-8. A 7-2 TAMUK run in the middle of the frame gave the Javelinas a cushion before taking a 25-16 win in set two.

The Javelinas hit a match-best .267 in the third set, pulling away in the middle of the set with a 5-0 run to take a 19-11 lead. A kill by Lexi Wick completed the sweep for TAMUK with a 25-14 victory in the third frame.

Sarah Garfield led the Mustangs with eight kills. Kristan Aduddell dished out a team-high 25 assists while Leah Lychock finished with 10 digs to lead MSU.

In the second match, the Mustangs earned a split with a 3-0 sweep of St. Edward's in non-conference action.

Midwestern State (9-12) carried the momentum early in the match, building a 6-2 lead on the Hilltoppers following a Christy Carruth ace and kill by Sarah Garfield. St. Edward's (8-12) could only pull as close as three in the frame before the Mustangs stretched their lead to 10 following a 5-0 run capped off by a Garfield ace. The fourth kill of the set for Aerielle Edwards gave the Mustangs the opening frame with a 25-14 victory with the Maroon and Gold hitting .343 with 13 kills and just one error.

The Mustangs opened up an 8-2 lead in the second set to force an early timeout for the Hilltoppers. An 11-3 run for SEU pushed the visitors into the lead at 13-11 before MSU evened up the set. The Mustangs used a 5-0 run to regain the momentum late and carry out a 25-18 win in set two behind Erin Richburg's team-best five kills.

Sarah Garfield recorded nine of her team-high 16 kills while Kristan Aduddell came in at setter to dish out 16 assists to lead the Mustangs to a 25-14 win in set three. Midwestern went on a 7-1 run to force an SEU timeout and pull away from the Hilltoppers midway through the frame. Garfield recorded four of MSU's final six points to help MSU record the sweep.

Midwestern State hosts Texas A&M-Commerce for a 6 p.m. matchup Tuesday at Ligon Coliseum.

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