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Sarah Campoli, originally from Azle High School in Weatherford, Texas, spent the past two seasons playing for Western Texas College and will be an incoming junior for the Western New Mexico University volleyball team.
"Sarah will focus exclusively on running the offense here at WNMU, and will do so with tremendous athleticism. Her physicality allows her to move the ball around and will help us keep our offense diversified," Head Coach Jim Callender said. "Additionally, her physicality at the net will provide an added benefit to what she already brings to the table. She is a phenomenal defender as well from the setting position, which is what I was looking for in recruiting setters. Adding Sarah to our setting with returner Sophie Mitchell and new recruit Madelynn Culp will provide an arsenal of offense that will build on this year's successes."
Sophomore Pedro De La Vega wrapped up his first postseason experience on Wednesday at the West/South Central Regional that took place at the par 71, 6,805 yard La Paloma Golf Club. De La Vega finished with a 78 during the final round and tied for 68th.
De La Vega carded rounds of 76-73-78 for a 227. Again starting out on the back-nine, he found his first birdie on the par-five, hole 17. He added another pair of birdies on holes two and six, both par fives as well. For the tournament he posted a 3.92 scoring average on par-three, 4.18 on par-four and 4.67 on par-five. He compiled 22 pars and added 10 birdies.
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.
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