Midwestern State hit a season-low .027 attack percentage in a 3-0 loss to West Texas A&M in a Highway 287 Challenge match Saturday afternoon at the WTAMU Fieldhouse.
West Texas A&M (14-9, 9-4 LSC) controlled the momentum early, hitting .257 in the opening set while eight hitting errors for the Mustangs resulted in a -.088 hitting clip to begin the match. The Lady Buffs used an 8-2 run out of the gate while receiving four kills apiece from Cori Haley and Larami Lancaster to claim a 25-12 first set win. Midwestern State (11-13, 5-8 LSC) pulled back within three at 8-5 following a service ace for Meghan Bettis before the Lady Buffs stretched their lead again with a 7-0 spurt to take the frame.
An 11-2 run to begin the second set helped the Lady Buffs control the momentum throughout the game. The Mustangs were only able to come as close as six points in the frame before WT recorded a 25-16 win to take a 2-0 lead in the match.
The Lady Buffs hit a match-best .281 percentage in the third set, building a sizeable advantage in the early going after a 14-3 start. The Mustangs responded after the strong play by WT in the first half of the set, answering with a 7-0 run behind the serve of Bettis and play of Edwards, who recorded three kills during the run to pull MSU within four at 15-11. The Mustangs came within three points on three separate occasions, but kills for Selena Batiste and Elisa Bentsen down the stretch helped WT earn a 25-21 win.
Five Midwestern State runners earned all-league honors as the Mustangs rolled to their sixth Lone Star Conference title Saturday morning at Centennial Park.
Sophomore Bridget Reilly led the charge as the front runner placing fourth overall on the 6K course with a time of 22:43.70, while sophomore Sara Smith claimed all-conference honors for the second consecutive season placing seventh with a time of 22:59.60.
Once again, MSU packed five runners with a gap time of 46.8 seconds as seniors Leticia Shaban and Ana Lopez finished 12th and 13th with times of 23:25.60 and 23:29.00, respectively, while sophomore Michelle Rieves ran a PR to turn the final team countable time of 23:30.80 to place 15th.
The Mustangs have claimed LSC crowns in two of the last three years after claiming four consecutive making six of the last nine, but had to fight off a strong effort from Eastern New Mexico outpointing the Greyhounds 51-58.
Midwestern extended its string of seasons with at least one team meet victory to nine.
Freshman Valeska Vitt narrowly missed giving MSU a sixth all-league performer finishing 18th with a time of 23:43.80, while senior Brandi Hobson, a 2015 All-LSC performer, was MSU's second spacer with a time of 24:12.90 to finish 28th.
Other performers for the Mustangs included junior Angela Dees (24:55.10/37th), sophomore Kylee Gorney (26:31.20/60th) and sophomore Stefanie Blaine (26:58.20/62nd).
West Texas A&M freshman Nikolena Hrelac claimed the individual title covering the course in 22:01.70.
Midwestern State competes in the NCAA Division II South Central Regionals on Nov. 5 in Denver.