Thursday, September 19, 2013

LSC Soccer & Volleyball Releases


LSC VOLLEYBALL

The season heats up with the start of Lone Star Conference action this week.  The league slate starts Tuesday with West Texas A&M at Midwestern State, Eastern New Mexico at Cameron and A&M-Commerce at Texas Woman's.
    
After two weeks of non-conference play, A&M-C and MSU top the standings with one loss each.
    
LSC volleyball teams are 47-29 overall this season.  The squads are currently 11-8 combined versus Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference teams, and 12-5 against the Heartland Conference, which are the other conferences in the NCAA South Central Region.
PLAYERS OF THE WEEK
OFFENSIVE
Stacie Murrah, Tarleton State University, SR, San Antonio, Texas, O'Connor HS

Murrah put together the best week of her career to lead Tarleton to three wins in five games - with the only two losses coming against No. 19 Colorado Mines and a five-set heartbreaker to No. 6 Washburn. The senior from San Antonio led the TexAnns by far in kills with 80 - nearly doubling her next closest teammate who had 41. Murrah hit .287 with her 80 kills to also lead the team with 87.0 points. She recorded double-figure kills in all five games last week, including a career-high 26 kills to guide Tarleton out of a 2-1 match deficit to defeat Western Oregon in five sets Friday night. For the week, Murrah also added 19 digs and 14 blocks.

Maddie Huth, Angelo State University, SR, The Colony, Texas, The Colony HS
Huth was named to the Colorado Premier Challenge's All-Tournament team after helping lead the Belles to wins over No. 3 Nebraska-Kearney and Metro State and finishing the tournament with 46 kills and 15 blocks. The returning AVCA All-American had a .289 hitting percentage in the competitive tournament and had 3.07 kills per set. She also added 22 digs over the weekend. Huth, who was the LSC's Preseason Offensive Player of the Year, now has 87 kills and a .303 hitting percentage through the first eight matches of the season.

DEFENSIVE
Emily Klein, Tarleton State University, SR, Amarillo, Texas, Amarillo HS

Klein was a defensive force for the TexAnns helping Tarleton to three wins in five games - with the only two losses coming to No. 19 Colorado Mines in Colorado and No. 6 Washburn in a five-set heartbreaker. The senior libero led Tarleton with 117 digs, including tying her career high with 34 in Friday night's comeback victory over Western Oregon. Klein recorded double-figure digs in all five games and at least 20 digs in four the five games. The only match in which she didn't record 20 digs was a sweep of Fort Lewis where she averaged 5.0 digs per set (15). Klein also led the team in service aces for the week with 6.

Laura Iwuchukwu, West Texas A&M University, SR, Edmond, Okla., Edmond North
Iwuchukwu had a big weekend for the then #9 Lady Buffs as the senior middle registered three solo and 31 assisted blocks on the weekend at the Colorado Premiere to go along with 31 kills for an average of 1.72 per set. Iwuchukwu averaged 1.89 blocks per set on the weekend including a stellar performance on Saturday in a five set win against Adams State that saw the Edmond native register 3 solo and 12 block assists. The 12 assisted blocks ranks tied for 5th (Megan Spivey vs. UCO '95) in the Lady Buff single game record books.

SETTER
Jordan Neal, Texas A&M University - Commerce, SR, Joshua, Texas, Joshua HS

Recorded a season high 64 assists against Dallas Baptist (9/10)...Notched a double-double against UTPB (49 assists, 17 digs) on 9/14...Averaged a half assist higher than her season average over the past week...Leads the LSC in assists per set by over 1 full assists/set.

Maggi Jo Keffury, Angelo State University, JR, Arroyo, Calif., Arroyo Grande HS
Keffury was named to the All-Tournament Team at the Colorado Premier Challenge after helping lead the Belles to wins over No. 3 Nebraska-Kearney and Metro State. The junior setter recorded 159 assists (10.60 per set), including establishing a career high 45 assists in a tough loss to No. 4 Concordia-St. Paul. Keffury now has 280 assists through the first eight matches of the season and has also provided 58 digs to the ASU cause.
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LSC SOCCER
Non-conference play continues this week for Lone Star Conference teams.  A&M-Commerce leads the league with a 2-1 overall record.
    
The women's teams are 10-13-4 overall this season.  The squads are currently 5-6-3 combined versus Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference teams, and 1-2 against the Heartland Conference, which are the other conferences in the NCAA South Central Region.


PLAYERS OF THE WEEK
OFFENSIVE

Ashley Cottrell, Midwestern State University, SO, Forward, Arlington, Texas, Mansfield Summit HS
Cottrell erupted for two goals and an assist to lead Midwestern State to a 3-0 win over Oklahoma Christian. The 5-9 sophomore striker beat numerous defenders traveling to the goal line before beating the OC keeper for a tally in the 38th minute then dished an assist to Katy Catney in the 85th minute. Cottrell polished off the effort by knocking in a tally off of a corner kick in the final minute of the match. It was her third career multiple-goal game and highest point output.

DEFENSIVE
Alyxandra Ortiz, Eastern New Mexico University, SO, Rio Rancho, N.M., V. Sue Cleveland HS

Ortiz posted two shutouts last week and made 15 saves. Her biggest save preserved a scoreless double-overtime tie against then sixth-ranked Colorado School of Mines. Ortiz followed with a 1-0 victory at Adams State. In four contests this season, she has allowed just one goal and currently has a shutout streak of 200 minutes.

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