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With only one conference game on the slate this past week, LSC football teams had a chance to make up for a tough opening week against non-conference foes. LSC teams won five of the six games that were played. Midwestern State was scheduled to travel to Pensacola, FL for a matchup against Western Florida but that game was cancelled due to Hurricane Irma.
The big win of the weekend came as West Texas A&M knocked off #7 Colorado State Pueblo 24-21 at home. Texas A&M Kingsville had the only road game and got a win at Simon Fraser 35-7.
It’s been an impressive four matches for senior Kalie Lyle this weekend in Salt Lake City, as she finished the week by being named to the Westminster Invitational All-Tournament Team. The Western New Mexico University volleyball team nearly got over the hump during the first match Saturday against Malone, but dropped a tough five set match (19-25, 25-15, 25-21, 22-25, 11-15). To conclude the tournament, the Lady Mustangs fell to West Alabama 3-0 (10-25, 21-25, 19-25).
Lyle put together her best match of the weekend against Malone as she ripped off 28 kills and hit .354 to help WNMU post a .265 hitting percentage. Senior Alanna Watt added 12 kills and hit .281. Sophomores Cristal Carrizoza with 29 assists and Sophia Mitchell with 22 set the table. On defense, senior Ashley Mataele recorded 18 digs and sophomore Hannah Tishlarich sent back four blocks.
The rivalry is back. Just the second year into renewing the yearly showdown, the Western New Mexico University football team went toe-to-toe with Eastern New Mexico University with The Greyhounds pulling out the hard-fought 37-34 Lone Star Conference victory on Saturday in front of a packed Altamirano Field.
Redshirt senior quarterback Javia Hall threw for 418 yards and four touchdowns, with senior Evan Beebe hauling in five passes for 125 yards and a score to lead the way. Freshman Elijah Jones added three catches for 104 yards and a TD, while reigning LSC Offensive Player of the Week redshirt senior D’Angelo Bowie brought in six for 93 yards and a TD.
Although the Western New Mexico University volleyball team lost a pair of matches Friday at the Westminster Invitational, all seven sets played were close, but the Lady Mustangs were only able to claim one with Harding taking the 3-0 (22-25, 25-27, 26-28) win and Westminster with the 3-1 (25-23, 21-25, 20-25, 18-25) victory.
Seniors Kalie Lyle and Alanna Watt paced WNMU (0-6) in the opener against Harding with Lyle posting 14 kills and Watt with eight. Sophomores Cristal Carrizoza and Sophia Mitchell set the table with 18 and 14 assists each, while on defense senior Ashley Mataele had 13 digs and redshirt freshman Christiana DuBose with four blocks, with two coming solo.
After the opening weekend of play three teams from the Lone Star Conference came out undefeated. Angelo State is 5-0 while Tarleton State and West Texas A&M completed weekend play at 4-0. Overall, teams from the conference are 22-22 early in the season. The LSC did not fare well against their fellow NCAA South Central Region opponents from the Rocky Mountain and Heartland conferences going 8-10 and 1-2 respectively.
PLAYERS OF THE WEEK
Hailey Roberts, Tarleton State University, SR, Cedar Park, Texas, Cedar Park HS
Roberts was phenomenal in the opening weekend of her senior season as the Cedar Park native led the TexAnns to four consecutive sweeps at the 2017 TexAnn Invitational, including straight-set wins over No. 23 Rockhurst and No. 18 Central Oklahoma. Roberts boasted a double-double performance in each of the two AVCA Top-25 matches with 17 kills and 12 digs against Rockhurst and 12 kills and 11 digs against Central Oklahoma. For the weekend, Roberts landed 53 kills, which is tops in the Lone Star Conference, and scored 63.0 points. She also dished out three assists and landed five service aces on a .930 serving percentage. The senior also shined on the defensive end with 37 digs in 12 sets and seven blocks. She was named the Co-MVP of the 2017 TexAnn Invitational.
The second four-match tournament of the season arrives this week for the Western New Mexico University volleyball team when they will compete in the Westminster Invitational Friday and Saturday.
The Lady Mustangs will face Harding and host Westminster on Friday and then they will go against Malone and West Alabama on Saturday.
WNMU went 0-4 at the Oredigger Classic last weekend falling in a close five-set match to Regis, before dropping 3-0 matches to Colorado Mesa, Wayne State and Colorado Mines. Freshman Sarai Migao leads the team in kills with 28, followed by 27 from senior Alanna Watt and 26 by senior Kelli McGhiey. Sophomore Cristal Carrizoza set the table with 75 assists, while sophomore Sophia Mitchell added 45. On defense, senior Ashley Mataele leads the way in digs with 65, while sophomore Hannah Tishlarich has sent back 12 blocks.
Sophomore Brenda Dominguez remained in the top-10 as she tied for eighth in helping the Western New Mexico University women’s golf team tie for third after the second and final round of the Farmers Insurance Samuel Proal Invitational wrapped up Tuesday at the Pueblo Country Golf Course.
The Lady Mustangs were in third after the first round and following a second round 324, they remained in third, while MSU Denver caught WNMU with a final day 319 as both teams shot a 636 as the Lady Mustangs opened with a 312. UC-Colorado Springs kept their lead and expanded it to nine-strokes to win the 12-team field. Lewis' Madison Hill took the individual title with a 146 to win by two-shots.
After the opening weekend of action, there was a lot of movement in the NCAA D-II football rankings, as can be expected. That included two teams from the Lone Star moving up while two others are receiving votes.
Texas A&M Commerce moved from #5 to #3 after an 8-7 road victory over then #6 Northern Alabama. NAU dropped to #11 in this week's poll.
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