Local sports events
It will be a battle of Westerns this Saturday when the Western New Mexico University football team hosts Western Oregon University out of Monmouth, Ore. The Mustangs and Wolves will kick off Saturday at noon at Altamirano Field.
The two teams have met twice before, with Western Oregon taking both meetings in 2002 and 2003, with the last meeting taking place in Silver City. With the Super Region 4 realignment this year, both teams are now in the same region with the Great Northwest Athletic Conference (GNAC) joining the Lone Star Conference (LSC), Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference (NSIC) and the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference (RMAC).
Junior Shelby Turner climbed into the top-20, as the Western New Mexico University women’s golf team stayed in seventh after the second and final round of the TexAnn Fall Classic wrapped up Tuesday at the Squaw Valley Golf Course.
The Lady Mustangs opened Monday with a 311 and after a second round 313 finished with a 624 to land in seventh. Newman went from third to first to take the 10-team tournament with a 575, holding off St. Edward’s by two-strokes and Midwestern State by three. Newman’s Vicky Gonzalez kept her individual lead and won by five-shots with a seven-under 137.
Sophomore Gonzalo Pan De Soraluce continued to lead the Mustangs as he finished in the top-10. The Western New Mexico University men’s golf team as a whole ended up 11th after a final round 295 at the Ryan Palmer Foundation Invitational that concluded Tuesday at the Tascosa Country Club.
The Mustangs posted rounds of 296-283-295 for an 874 to land in 11th and two-strokes ahead of Colorado Mesa. St. Mary’s won the 17-team field with a 837, five clear of Cameron and host West Texas A&M. Pan De Soraluce was tied for first after yesterday’s strong rounds, but was overtaken by West Texas A&M’s Brayden Cruth who won by a stroke with a 203.
Coming home was just what the doctor ordered for the Western New Mexico University volleyball team. After a pair of tough road trips to start the season, the Lady Mustangs came home and responded in style rolling to the 3-0 (25-21, 25-19, 25-17) Lone Star Conference victory over Eastern New Mexico University Tuesdayevening inside Drag’s Court.
WNMU (1-8, 1-0 LSC) was clicking on all cylinders against the Greyhounds (2-7, 0-1 LSC) as they held the edge in points (56-42), kills (45-32), blocks (6-4), assists (42-31) and in digs (52-42). After a slow start to the first set in which the Lady Mustangs hit just .174, they caught fire posting .387 in the second and .323 in the third. They held ENMU under .200 in sets one and two and then to a .212 clip in the third.
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