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Maggie Roe, originally from Boulder City High School in Nevada, is coming off of a season in which she helped lead her team to the state tournament for the first time in 28 years. She inked her name to join the Western New Mexico University volleyball team for the 2018 year.

"Maggie Roe became a Mustang in this early signing period. A right side/setter from Nevada, she comes to us with tremendous potential. Her height, agility, and speed make her a threat on the block and attack," Head Coach Jim Callender said. "The thing that sets Maggie apart is her work ethic and attitude. She is a tremendous worker, and while she is merely scratching the ceiling of her potential, this blue collar hard-working attitude will propel her to be a top performer sooner rather than later. Her outgoing personality will be infectious in our gym and we are thrilled as a staff to bring her on board."

Sophomore Pedro De La Vega (Toluca, MX/Colegio Argos) again had to dig out of a tough start to his day, but to his credit, he found his stroke when needed and put together a very solid round on Tuesday. De La Vega fired a two-over 73 during the second round of the West/South Central Regional at the par 71, 6,805 yard La Paloma Golf Club.

Starting on the back-nine Tuesday, De La Vega had a rough start as he compiled four straight bogeys. After put together five straight pars to end the back-nine, he put it all together on the front-nine. He quickly began to sink birdies on holes one and two and then after a pair of pars, he drilled another birdie on hole five. He finished with pars on three of his final four holes to finish the day with a two-over 73.

Junior centerfielder Ariana Maldonado led the Lady Mustangs in nearly every offensive category and was named to the Lone Star Conference Third-Team as the conference awards were announced Thursday night.

Maldonado led the team in batting average (.357), hits (61), doubles (18), home runs (11), RBI (36) and runs scored (33), along with eight walks and four stolen bases while starting all 49 games. She tied for the conference lead in doubles and was near the top-10 in home runs and RBI.

Sophomore Pedro De La Vega put together a strong year and will be able to continue his season right into the NCAA South Central/West Regional that will take place May 7-9 at the Tascosa Golf Club in Amarillo, Texas.

De La Vega is one of four individuals to make the field from the South Central portion of the regional, as Colorado Mesa’s Grant Olinger, Dallas Baptist’s Joaquin Arguelles and Regis’ Nicholas Tenuta will join him in Amarillo.

After a tough opening game to start Senior Day, the Western New Mexico University softball team regrouped and nearly pulled off the impossible in the second game. Trailing 14-6 in the seventh, the Lady Mustangs put four on the board and had a pair of runners on when the game ended to allow Texas A&M-Kingsville to escape with the 14-10 game two victory. The Javelinas won the opener 13-1 in five innings that counted as the final Lone Star Conference game of the series.

Junior Carolyn Castillo kept battling and finally got a pitch she liked. What followed was a no doubt three-run homer to center that helped turn around game one and led the Western New Mexico University softball team to a 7-4 victory over Texas A&M-Kingsville. The Javelinas recovered in game two defeating the Lady Mustangs 11-2 in six innings during Lone Star Conference action Friday.

WNMU (5-42, 3-26 LSC) got the boost they needed from Castillo in the third. With Texas A&M-Kingsville (28-24, 14-15 LSC) jumping out to a 3-0 lead entering the third, the Lady Mustangs used a big five-run inning to take the victory. 

Junior Liam Fraboulet and senior Jeanne Kolb were both honored for their singles play, while a pair of Mustang doubles teams earned awards as the Lone Star Conference All-Conference accolades were released Thursday.

Fraboulet played at the top flight all season and was named to the All-Conference singles team. He tallied six wins, picking up top victories against Colorado Mesa, Oklahoma Baptist, and nationally ranked Vasudev Vijayaraman from Midwestern State. He also added nine doubles victories, five with fellow senior Vladimir Gnilozubov and four with freshman David Valles

Junior Shelby Turner landed in the top-10, with sophomore Brenda Dominguez right behind, as they helped lead the Western New Mexico University women’s golf team to a fifth place finish at the Lone Star Conference Championships that concluded Tuesday at the par 71, 6,009 yard Diamondback Golf Course.

Turner was on fire Monday as she was tied for first with a 69. She remained in the top-10 after a second round 80 for a 140 to finish 10th. Dominguez made a huge jump during the second round as after opening with a 79, she ripped of a 71 for a 150 to tie for 11th.

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