Non-conference play on tap for this week
West Texas A&M and Midwestern State each remain perfect in Lone Star Conference action. The Lady Buffs have recorded sweeps in each of its four conference matches, while the Mustangs have needed five sets in two of its LSC victories.
For the second straight week, six of the 13 conference matches played last week were decided in three sets, with four going four frames and three needing the fifth set.
LSC teams take a break from conference play this week, with non-conference action on tap including several tournaments.
LSC Volleyball Players of the Week
Laura Prinsen, West Texas A&M, Sr., Rightside Hitter, Spring, Texas/Klein Collins HS
Prinsen led the Lady Buffs in kills last week in sweeps of Texas A&M-Commerce and Texas Woman’s. She had 23 kills in 53 swings for a hitting percentage of .340 and an average of 3.83 kills per set. She also tallied two service aces and 17 digs. Against Texas Woman’s, Prinsen recorded her sixth double-double performance with 14 kills and 10 digs. Prinsen leads the team in total kills this season with 208, averaging 3.25 kills per set.
Nikita Abbott, Cameron, So., Outside Hitter, Trinidad & Tobago/Tunapuna Gov’t.
Abbott had a phenomenal week for the Black and Gold this past week. She played a total of 16 sets and contributed with 68 kills with an average of 4.25 kills per set. In addition to her amazing offensive skills, Abbott recorded 7 digs and 5 blocks which sums up to an astonishing 73 points for the week. Her standout match was during a 3-1 win over Southeastern when she had a match-high of 26 kills which is only four away from the school record. Abbott attacked the net a match-high 53 times with only 6 errors for an impressive .377 attack percentage.
Shawna Hines, Abilene Christian, Jr., Middle Blocker, Aurora, Colo./Rangeview HS Hines led ACU to a win last week in its only match, a 3-0 rout of LSC rival Angelo State. ... Hines -- one of the top defensive players in the LSC and NCAA Division II volleyball -- finished with seven total blocks against the Rambelles. ... Hines also tied for the team lead with 11 kills and hit .529 in the victory.
Kiara Jordan, Midwestern State, So., Libero, Gilmer, Texas/Gilmer HS
Jordan averaged 5.08 digs per set while helping Midwestern State to a pair of Lone Star Conference wins of Southeastern Oklahoma State and East Central. The sophomore libero from Gilmer had a career-high 32 digs in a five-set win over East Central on Saturday to culminate a stellar as she had 14 digs against Lubbock Christian on Tuesday and 19 against Southeastern Oklahoma on Thursday as the Mustangs rolled out to an unlikely 3-0 start in conference play. Jordan has notched 10-or-more digs in her in each of her last five matches and in 17 of 18 this season including six with 20-or-more and two performances of 30-or-more digs.
Katie Rickwartz, West Texas A&M, Sr., Setter, Canyon, Texas/Canyon HS
Rickwartz set two solid matches in the Lady Buffs’ two sweeps last week of Texas A&M-Commerce and Texas Woman’s. She registered a combined 79 assists to average 13.1 assists per set. She led the team to a hitting percentage of .296 against TWU and .265 against Commerce to combine at .281 in the two matches. She also contributed two kills, three service aces, 10 digs, and three blocks. Rickwartz’ season total for assists is currently 703. She boasts a career total of 4,174 assists and is currently second in the WT record books.
Meaghan Wedberg, Central Oklahoma, Sr., Setter, Flower Mound, Texas/Marcus HS
Wedberg helped pave the way for a pair of LSC wins that enabled UCO to even its league record at 2-2, dishing out 81 assists to go along with 12 digs and four blocks. The senior had 31 assists in a three-set sweep of Tarleton State, then handed out a season-high 50 two days later in a four-set win over Texas A&M-Kingsville while adding seven digs and three blocks. Wedberg ranks second in career assists at UCO with 4,670.
Men's Soccer - NSCAA/adidas regional rankings
- Truman State (#10 nationally)
- West Texas A&M (#16)
- Midwestern State (#20)
- Northeastern State
- Eastern New Mexico
- Texas A&M-International
- Midwestern State (#10 nationally)
- St. Edwards (#12)
- Incarnate Word (#19)
- West Texas A&M (RV)
- Central Oklahoma
- Northwest Missouri
- Southwest Baptist
- Angelo State
- Missouri Southern
- Dallas Baptist
- Pittsburg State
- Truman State
- Midwestern State
- Central Missouri
- Fort Hays State
- Northwest Missouri
- West Texas A&M
- Southwest Baptist