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Although No. 25 Angelo State University won in straight sets, the Western New Mexico University volleyball team made it anything but easy. Angelo State fought off a set point in the second set and then held off the Lady Mustangs for the 3-0 (18-25, 25-27, 17-25) Lone Star Conference victory Saturday afternoon.
With results from the final day of the regular season, WNMU ends up tying with Eastern New Mexico for seventh. Based on tiebreakers, WNMU ends up as the seventh seed and will play the second seed Texas A&M-Commerce in the first round of the Lone Star Conference Tournament. Tarleton State is the top seed and host and will face eighth seed Eastern New Mexico. In the other two matchups, three seed Angelo State against sixth seed Texas Woman’s and fourth seed Texas A&M-Kingsville versus fifth seed West Texas A&M.
Juniors Haneef Vaughn-Wilson, Willie McCray and Jordan Enriquez all scored in double-figures as the Western New Mexico University men’s basketball team nearly erased a 12-point deficit in the second half before New Mexico Highlands University escaped with the 85-81 victory in the Conference Challenge that took place at Dream Style Arena-The Pit on the campus of the University of New Mexico Saturday.
Vaughn-Wilson led the way with 22 points, going 9-15 from the field. He also grabbed four rebounds and dished out four assists. McCray added 19 points on 7-13 shooting, along with seven rebounds and two assists. Enriquez went for 14 points, connecting on 4-8 from the field, three rebounds and both an assist and steal
With the final two regular season matches on the schedule coming up this week, the Western New Mexico University volleyball team will face nationally-ranked Tarleton State and Angelo State this weekend to close the regular season.
WNMU (9-17, 9-9 LSC) has already clinched a spot in the Lone Star Conference Tournament that will take place Nov. 16 as top seed Tarleton State will host. Right now the Lady Mustangs are tied for sixth and likely won’t know their final seeding until the matches are completed on Saturday.
WNMU pulled off a big win over Texas A&M-Commerce this past Friday as the Lions are currently second in the conference standings. Texas Woman’s played a strong match on Saturday in defeating the Lady Mustangs, as the Pioneers clinched a spot in the tournament with that win.
The Western New Mexico University women’s basketball team opens the 2017-18 regular season with another Conference Challenge, only this time it will be in Oklahoma against Rogers State and Newman this weekend.
The Lady Mustangs will open the trip on Friday at 4 p.m. against Rogers State and then on Saturday against Newman also at 4 p.m. Both start times are Central Time. Rogers State will be the host institution for the challenge.
WNMU played Rogers State last year in the Conference Challenge that was played in Las Vegas, N.M., and they pulled out the tight 63-61 victory over the Hillcats. WNMU hasn’t faced Newman in the past at least 12 years. The Lady Mustangs went 3-0 in neutral site games last year defeating Oklahoma Panhandle State, Rogers State and Western State.
The Western New Mexico University men’s basketball game against Fort Lewis College this Sunday will be broadcasted live on ProView Networks, channel 26 on Comcast in Albuquerque.
The broadcast will also be aired via Facebook live through ProView Networks. That link will be provided later in the week and will be available on wnmumustangs.com and social media platforms.
The game against Fort Lewis is part of a Conference Challenge at The Pit on the campus of the University of New Mexico. The Mustangs will tipoff with Fort Lewis at 3 p.m. on Sunday, with the pregame show starting at2:45 p.m. This will be the first games WNMU has played in The Pit since Nov. 22, 2014 when they faced Eastern New Mexico and the Greyhounds claimed the 94-87 victory.
There was only one game in the Lone Star conference this past week that had the potential, albeit slim, to upset the standings in the conference. And it almost happened. But Midwestern State University was able to hold on for a win over Tarleton State University, 45-42, to remain undefeated and on top of the conference standings.
Sitting at 7-0 in the conference, Midwestern State remained one game ahead of both Eastern New Mexico University and Texas A&M - Commerce University, each of whom are 6-1 in the conference standings. Commerce was able to get the easy win over UT Permian Basin, 52-0, while Eastern went out of conference traveling to West Virginia to take on West Liberty University coming away with a 45-24 victory on Thursday night.
Both Western New Mexico University cross country teams placed 26th at the NCAA South Central Regional that took place Saturday in Canyon, Texas hosted by West Texas A&M.
On the women’s side, the Lady Mustangs ran in the 6k race and totaled 681 points. Adams State rolled to the title with 26 points as they had the top three finishers. Elizabeth Beltran was the first one across for the Lady Mustangs with a time of 24:31.51 to come in 110th. Fanny Farfan was the next one in for WNMU in 136th with a time of 25:03.96. Sister Amy Farfan was a few spots back in 146th with a time of 25:25.00.
Senior Ian Davis started senior day off right with a blocked punt and return for a score in the win against Texas A&M-Kingsville. For his big play, he took home Lone Star Conference Special Teams Player of the Week.
Davis set the tone for WNMU right away as he blocked a punt attempt and then returned the block 20 yards for a touchdown for the early 7-0 lead four minutes into the contest. He also had an interception before halftime, a solo tackle and a pass broken up. He is second on the team in tackles with 65, including tying for the team lead in solo stops with 41. He leads the team in passes defended with seven and is tied for the team lead in interceptions with two.
WNMU will conclude the 2017 season this Saturday when they will play at West Texas A&M starting at 1 p.m. Central Time.
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