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Coming off of their first win of the season, the Western New Mexico University football team will hit the road this Saturday when they will play at No. 11 Texas A&M-Commerce with kickoff set for 4 p.m. Central Time.

The WNMU (1-5, 1-3 LSC) defense was solid throughout the game against Tarleton State, as the Mustangs recorded six sacks and limited the Texans to just three points through the first three quarters. Redshirt senior Dominic Barry had a big game with 14 tackles, including 3.5 tackles for loss and 1.5 sacks. For his efforts, he was named the LSC Defensive Player of the Week, while junior Collin Grady took home both LSC Special Teams Player of the Week and D2Football.com National Special Teams Player of the Week after averaging 42 yards on six punts, with four inside the 20 and two that traveled over 50 yards. He also went 5-5 on extra points and connected on a 34-yard field goal.

It was a near-win for the Western New Mexico University volleyball team the last time out against Texas A&M-Commerce, but after just falling short, they will look to return home and face a pair of nationally-ranked team in No. 17 Angelo State and No. 15 Tarleton State.

WNMU (4-12, 4-4 LSC) rebounded from a 3-0 loss to Texas Woman’s to go four sets with Texas A&M-Commerce before the Lions held on for the win. The road won’t get any easier this week with the two highest ranked teams in the Lone Star Conference, in terms of AVCA National Poll rankings, come to town.

When you are early in the football season, you always wonder which week will see the standing shaken up the most. For the Lone Star conference it was week six, last weekend. Three teams, Texas A&M Commerce, Midwestern State, and Tarleton State all entered the weekend unbeaten in conference play. Only one would emerge unscathed as two of those teams played each other and a huge upset significantly damaged the second team’s postseason chances.

Commerce and Midwestern State met in Wichita Falls where a fourth-quarter comeback that saw Commerce score 21 points but fell just short. Midwestern took the contest 47 to 42 to remain undefeated overall and in conference play with a 4-0 and a 3-0 respective record. Commerce drops from the ranks of the unbeaten with a 4-0 and a 2-1 record. The win leaves Midwestern alone atop the conference rankings, while Commerce drops to fourth.

Coming off of their first victory of the season, both Dominic Barry and Collin Grady took home Lone Star Conference Player of the Week awards Monday.

Barry, a redshirt senior from Moreno Valley, Calif., took home Defensive Player of the Week honors, while Grady, a junior from Glendora, Calif., was honored with Special Teams Player of the Week accolades.

Following a marathon opening set, the Western New Mexico University volleyball team was right there with Texas A&M-Commerce. The Lions escaped with the first set and later responded to the Lady Mustangs winning the third set to take the fourth set and the 3-1 victory (28-30, 16-25, 25-17, 16-25) in Lone Star Conference action Saturday afternoon.

The first set featured just about everything, as WNMU (4-12, 4-4 LSC) held two set points before Texas A&M-Commerce (11-7, 6-2 LSC) held off the Lady Mustangs to pull out an entertaining opening frame. The set was extremely close throughout, with the Lions starting to pull away late in the set at 18-15. Ahead 23-19, WNMU caught fire scoring the next five points to move to set point at 24-23. During the run, junior Aspen Luna started things with a kill, junior Kijana Best added a kill, redshirt freshman Christiana DuBose and freshman Sarai Migao combined for a block and then a pair of attack errors had WNMU thinking a first set win. WNMU had a swing at set point, but missed to even the set at 24. After Migao tallied a kill on the next point to again move to set point at 25-24, the Lions responded with a big double-block to knot the set at 25. After that, WNMU fought off set point twice at 27-26 and 29-28 before a kill by Jaryn Wacker gave Texas A&M-Commerce the 30-28 first set win.

Tarleton State University entered as the top team in the Lone Star Conference with a perfect 3-0 mark, but ran into a determined Western New Mexico University football team that shut down the Texans for a majority of the game on their way to picking up the 38-25 LSC victory Saturday afternoon.

The WNMU (1-5, 1-3 LSC) defense stuffed TSU (4-2, 3-1 LSC) throughout the game, allowing just a field goal through the first three quarters and posting six sacks. The six sacks is the most by a team in a conference game this year, with redshirt senior Dominic Barry and junior Connor Mowat tallying 1.5 sacks each. Seniors Aaron Leauma and Leo Marin added one apiece, while junior Joe Tito and redshirt sophomore James Lee added a half-sack each.

The Western New Mexico University volleyball team came oh so close to taking the first two sets against Texas Woman’s University, but the Pioneers held off the Lady Mustangs for the 3-0 (21-25, 23-25, 17-25) victory Friday afternoon in Lone Star Conference action.

WNMU (4-11, 4-3 LSC) fought back to within a few points in the first set before coming up short and then got even closer in the second set, holding a late one-point lead before falling by two.

Senior Ross White and sophomore Pedro De La Vega each posted one-over 73’s to help lead the Western New Mexico University men’s golf team up a spot to 12th after the third and final round of the WNMU Intercollegiate took place Tuesday at the par 72, 7,139-yard Golf Club of Estrella Course.

The Mustangs tallied rounds of 291-295-295 for an 881 to land in 12th, a stroke ahead of Colorado Mesa in 13th and five-shots back of Claremont-Mudd-Scripps and Fort Lewis in 10th. CSU-San Marcos and Texas A&M-Commerce tied for the top spot with 851’s. Commerce took home the trophy because of their non-counting score was lower. St. Mary’s Emilio Gonzales ran away with the individual title with a 13-under 203.

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