WICHITA FALLS, TX (KAUZ) - Midwestern State committed 15 service errors while being held to a .148 hitting percentage to fall 3-1 to Western New Mexico in its home opener Friday evening at D.L. Ligon Coliseum.
Western New Mexico (2-9, 2-1 LSC) controlled the momentum early, hitting .375 in the opening set while using a 7-1 run midway through the frame to claim a 25-17 win.
Senior outside hitter Meghan Bettis erupted for six kills and a pair of aces in the second game to lead Midwestern State (6-5, 1-2 LSC) to a dominant 25-15 victory. MSU built a cushion in the early going, building as much as an 11-point advantage in the set.
Following intermission, Western squeaked out a 25-23 third set victory despite seven kills from Bettis with MSU posting six service errors in the game. WNMU jumped out to a 10-3 advantage before Midwestern rallied late with a 6-2 run to pull within a point at 22-21. However, kills from Kelli McGhiey and Alanna Watt down the stretch helped push the visitors to a 2-1 lead in the match.
A match-high 10 attack errors prevented MSU from forcing a decisive fifth set with WNMU closing out the fourth game on an 11-3 run to record a 25-17 win.
Midwestern State returns to action inside D.L. Ligon Coliseum tomorrow at 2 p.m. against Eastern New Mexico.
Angelo State's Cassandra Moosburger delivered a game-winning strike in the 98th minute to spoil a chance at another comeback victory for Midwestern State in a 3-2 result Friday night at Stang Park.
Midwestern State (4-2, 0-1 LSC) erased a 2-0 deficit with less than 20 minutes to play in regulation with Avery Lewis scoring the first goal for the Mustangs at the 72:11 mark with a strike from 25 yards out off an assist from Brandy Villasana for a 2-1 contest.
With less than three minutes remaining, Villasana's first career goal came on a header near the left post off a Destinee Williamson free kick from the right side of the pitch to deliver the equalizer with 2:42 to play.
However, the Mustangs were unable to complete the comeback in overtime with Moosburger sending a shot from the right side of the box to propel Angelo State (5-1, 2-0 LSC) to the 3-2 victory.
After a scoreless first half, the Rambelles went in front 2-0 midway through the second period with back-to-back goals from Trenadey Scott to push her season total to a Lone Star Conference-best eight.
Scott struck in the 67th minute with a rocket from the left side of the box into the top right corner of the net to lift Angelo State to 1-0 advantage. Just five minutes later, the Rambelles stretched their lead to 2-0 after earning a penalty kick to set up Scott for her second goal of the match.
Midwestern State closes out a seven-game homestand Sunday against UT Permian Basin at Stang Park. Kickoff is slated for 1 p.m.