MSU round up: Golf and Volleyball

Midwestern's Jared Baker during the MSU Invitational. / Source: KAUZ
Midwestern's Jared Baker during the MSU Invitational. / Source: KAUZ

WICHITA FALLS, TX (KAUZ) - Midwestern State senior Jared Baker notched his fourth career top 10 finish Tuesday leading the Mustangs to a fifth-place showing in the MSU Invitational played at the par-71, 6,882-yard Wichita Falls Country Club.

The Holliday native earned all-tournament honors firing rounds of 73, 71 and 74 for a 5-over total of 218 to finish third. It was second top showing of the campaign after finishing seventh in the season opening Ryan Palmer Invitational last month in Canyon.

Baker logged 35 pars and seven birdies on his way to running his streak of team countable finishes to 24 rounds.

He was joined on the all-tournament team by top individual medalist Benjamin Arnett of St. Mary's (71-69-70 210/-3), Rogers State's Hagan Barmasse (68-72-75 215/+2), Texas A&M-Commerce's Hagan Wood (74-73-72 219/+6) and Southeastern Oklahoma State's Hayden Foster (81-68-70 219/+6).

As a team, the Mustangs struggled as tournament play progressed logging team totals of 294, 302 and 305 for a 49-over 901 to tie for fifth with Cameron.

Southeastern Oklahoma State claimed the team title logging scores of 307, 289 and 288 for a 32-over total of 884 to finish ahead of St. Mary's (Texas) (888/+36), Arkansas-Fort Smith (899/+47), St. Edward's (Texas) (900/+48) and MSU.

MSU senior Thomas Smith matched Baker with 35 pars on his way to tie for 19th with a three-round total of 225 (+12), while junior Trip Hobson notched seven birdies to tie for 39th with a total of 230 (+17).

Sophomore Clayton Meyers also carded seven birdies before tying Hobson for 39th, while senior Colton Dorion tied for 66th with a 24-over 237.

Sophomore Chance Craig (232/45th), senior Luke Thomas (242/77th) and redshirt-freshman Simon Ospina (264/99th) competed as individual medalists only.

Midwestern State closes its fall schedule with the GolfWeek Challenge on Oct. 31 and Nov. 1 in Austin.

MSU Women finish 5th at Oklahoma Intercollegiate

Freshman Cheleen Cousins notched team leading second par-or-better score of the season Tuesday afternoon helping Midwestern State to a fifth-place showing in the Oklahoma Intercollegiate played at the par-72, 5,933-yard Fort Sill Golf Course.

The Frisco Liberty High product delivered her ninth consecutive team countable finish improving five strokes from the first round to fire an even-par 72 to place 13th overall with a two-round total of 149 (+5). Cousins ranked among event leaders posting 26 pars.

Four of MSU's five competitors fared better in the second day as the Mustangs as the improved one spot notching rounds of 305 and 297 for a 26-over total of 602 (+26) to place behind Oklahoma Christian (582/+6), Newman (592/+16), Texas A&M-Commerce (592/+16) and Rogers State (594/+18).

Junior Sarah Moore logged five birdies improving her score from 76 to 74 to tie for 17th with a 6-over total of 150, while sophomore May Chimsuti also logged five birdies while competing as an individual medalist only to take 19th carding scores of 74 and 77 for a 7-over total of 151.

Freshman Alexis Read followed a team-best first round score of 74 with a 78 to tie for 20th with an 8-over total of 152, while seniors Sierra Campbell (78-75 153/+9) and Hayley Dambold (78-76 154/+10) placed 25th and 27th, respectively.

Senior Kellie Martin (85-75 160/+16) improved 10 strokes over her first round score to tie for 44th, while senior Madison Smith (86-79 165/+21) also made strides to finish 52nd. Both competed as individual medalists only.

Oklahoma Christian's Kate Goodwin claimed top honors firing scores of 65 and 75 for a 4-under total of 140.

The tournament concludes fall competition for the Mustangs who are next in action on Feb. 13-14 at the Rattler Invitational in San Antonio.

MSU Volleyball outlasts Texas A&M-Commerce

Double-doubles for Meghan Bettis, Aerielle Edwards and Sarah Garfield paced Midwestern State to a thrilling 3-2 victory over Texas A&M-Commerce Tuesday evening at D.L. Ligon Coliseum.

In the opening set, Edwards led the Mustangs with five kills as Midwestern State (10-12, 4-7 LSC) used four service aces to help build a 16-7 lead to begin the match. Texas A&M-Commerce (12-10, 6-5 LSC) quickly closed the gap following a 9-2 run to pull within two points after a kill from Jaslyn Wacker. The Lions pulled ahead for their first lead since 1-0 at 21-20 after a Neka Nelson kill to force an MSU timeout. With A&M-Commerce holding a 23-21 advantage, the Mustangs reeled off four-straight points, capped off by an Edwards kill and a Christy Carruth ace for a 25-23 victory.

The Mustangs hit .273 in the second frame, led by Garfield's five kills, as Midwestern overcame an early three-point deficit before grabbing an 18-15 advantage. The Lions pulled as close as a point down the stretch but a kill by Kiley Beaver helped MSU stretch its lead before taking a 25-21 win in set two.

Despite eight kills from Bettis in the third frame, the Mustangs were held to a .083 hitting percentage as the Lions prevented the sweep with a 25-17 win. A&M-Commerce broke a 5-5 tie with an 8-0 spurt to build a commanding lead before taking the set.

A&M-Commerce put down 20 kills with two errors while Midwestern totaled 16 kills and just one hitting error in the fourth set. The Mustangs jumped out to a 10-5 lead following an Edwards kill, but the Lions answered right back to even the set following a Wacker kill. The Lions opened up a four-point advantage late in the frame at 20-16 before kills for Edwards, Beaver and Garfield evened the set at 22 apiece. However, following an A&M-Commerce timeout, the Lions recorded the final three points to force a decisive fifth set with a 25-22 win.

The Mustangs opened up a 7-4 lead in the fifth set after back-to-back attack errors by the Lions. A block for Wacker and Payton McMillan evened the game at 7-all before the Mustangs mounted a 5-0 run to force an A&M-Commerce timeout. The Lions came within three but an Edwards kill helped spark a late 3-0 run capped off by an ace for Kristan Aduddell to take the match with a 15-9 victory.

Meghan Bettis paced the Mustangs with 17 kills on a .298 hitting percentage while adding 12 digs for her seventh double-double of the season.

Midwestern State begins a two-match road swing Friday when the Mustangs travel to UT Permian Basin for a 7 p.m. contest at the Falcon Dome in Odessa.

Semer named LSC Defensive Player of the Week

Midwestern State junior middle blocker Addison Semer was named the Lone Star Conference Defensive Player of the Week, the league office announced Tuesday afternoon.

Semer averaged 1.55 blocks per set in three matches last week for Midwestern State following a career-best 11-block performance at Lubbock Christian on Thursday to become just the fifth Mustang in school history to record at least 10 blocks in a match.

Semer's 11 blocks tied for the third most in school history while her 10 block assists tied for second in the program record books, both one shy from matching school records.

With Semer's play at the net, opponents were held to a .122 hitting percentage on the week with St. Edward's hitting an MSU opponent low this season with a .027 clip. The Bastrop native added four blocks in a win over the Hilltoppers while recording a pair of stuffs against Texas A&M-Kingsville.

The LSC weekly honor is the first for Semer and the first for the Mustangs this season.

Mustangs fall to 19th in NSCAA poll

Despite an undefeated week that included a pair of shutouts, the Midwestern State men's soccer team fell four spots in this week's National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) Division II poll.

Midwestern State improved to 11-2-1 overall and 9-1-0 in the Heartland Conference last week with 2-0 wins over Rogers State (Okla.) and Oklahoma Christian. The Mustangs took sole possession of first place in the conference standings, sitting with 27 points with second place St. Edward's close behind at 25 points.

The Hilltoppers climbed three spots to No. 3 in the national poll this week. The South Central Region was also represented by No. 11 Regis (Colo.), No. 14 Colorado Mesa and No. 19 Midwestern State. Colorado Mesa jumped 10 spots in the national rankings to move into third in the regional poll ahead of the Mustangs.

The top three teams in last week's NSCAA poll dropped in the rankings with Rockhurst (Mo.) falling out of the No. 1 spot after suffering its first loss in a 1-0 defeat to McKendree (Ill.). Wingate (N.C.) climbed into No. 1 for the first time this season and was followed by LIU Post (N.Y.), St. Edward's, Simon Fraser (B.C.), Rockhurst, Charleston (W. Va.), Tusculum (Tenn.), Lynn (Fla.), Adelphi (N.Y.) and Limestone (S.C.) in the top 10 in the national poll.

Midwestern State squares off against St. Edward's in a 3 p.m. matchup Thursday at Lewis-Chen Family Field in Austin as the teams battle for first place in the Heartland Conference race.

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