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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.

Freshman Cassandra Vickery reached double-figures tallying 12 points as the Western New Mexico University women's basketball team ran into a tough matchup with the University of Arizona Monday night with the Wildcats claiming the 80-36 exhibition victory.

WNMU put together their best quarter in the third piling up 15 points. They added 10 more in the fourth. The Lady Mustangs committed just 12 turnovers and forced 11. They came close in blocks posting two to four for Arizona, while coming away with six steals to seven for Arizona.

Vickery and senior Jade Botelho each connected on four field goals with Botelho ending up with eight points. Senior Melody McLaughlin made three from the field, including a three-pointers to score seven points. Vickery also led the team in rebounds with six, while McLaughlin, junior Takiyah Lopez and Vickery dished out two assists each.

Botelho put the first points on the board just over a minute in with a jumper. WNMU got to within a point on a three-pointer by Lopez at the 7:31 mark of the first quarter to leave the Wildcats with a 6-5 lead.

Junior newcomer Haneef Vaughn-Wilson led the Mustangs with 12 points, while junior Willie McCray added 10 points as the Western New Mexico University men’s basketball team opened the 2017-18 season with an exhibition contest at UTEP with the Miners taking the 98-50 victory Friday night.

WNMU took a lead two minutes in when senior Latrell Spivey connected on a jumper for the 2-1 advantage. UTEP quickly answered back with a 12-0 run for the 13-2 lead just over five minutes into the opening half.

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