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Coming off of their first victory of the season, both Dominic Barry and Collin Grady took home Lone Star Conference Player of the Week awards Monday.

Barry, a redshirt senior from Moreno Valley, Calif., took home Defensive Player of the Week honors, while Grady, a junior from Glendora, Calif., was honored with Special Teams Player of the Week accolades.

Following a marathon opening set, the Western New Mexico University volleyball team was right there with Texas A&M-Commerce. The Lions escaped with the first set and later responded to the Lady Mustangs winning the third set to take the fourth set and the 3-1 victory (28-30, 16-25, 25-17, 16-25) in Lone Star Conference action Saturday afternoon.

The first set featured just about everything, as WNMU (4-12, 4-4 LSC) held two set points before Texas A&M-Commerce (11-7, 6-2 LSC) held off the Lady Mustangs to pull out an entertaining opening frame. The set was extremely close throughout, with the Lions starting to pull away late in the set at 18-15. Ahead 23-19, WNMU caught fire scoring the next five points to move to set point at 24-23. During the run, junior Aspen Luna started things with a kill, junior Kijana Best added a kill, redshirt freshman Christiana DuBose and freshman Sarai Migao combined for a block and then a pair of attack errors had WNMU thinking a first set win. WNMU had a swing at set point, but missed to even the set at 24. After Migao tallied a kill on the next point to again move to set point at 25-24, the Lions responded with a big double-block to knot the set at 25. After that, WNMU fought off set point twice at 27-26 and 29-28 before a kill by Jaryn Wacker gave Texas A&M-Commerce the 30-28 first set win.

Tarleton State University entered as the top team in the Lone Star Conference with a perfect 3-0 mark, but ran into a determined Western New Mexico University football team that shut down the Texans for a majority of the game on their way to picking up the 38-25 LSC victory Saturday afternoon.

The WNMU (1-5, 1-3 LSC) defense stuffed TSU (4-2, 3-1 LSC) throughout the game, allowing just a field goal through the first three quarters and posting six sacks. The six sacks is the most by a team in a conference game this year, with redshirt senior Dominic Barry and junior Connor Mowat tallying 1.5 sacks each. Seniors Aaron Leauma and Leo Marin added one apiece, while junior Joe Tito and redshirt sophomore James Lee added a half-sack each.

The Western New Mexico University volleyball team came oh so close to taking the first two sets against Texas Woman’s University, but the Pioneers held off the Lady Mustangs for the 3-0 (21-25, 23-25, 17-25) victory Friday afternoon in Lone Star Conference action.

WNMU (4-11, 4-3 LSC) fought back to within a few points in the first set before coming up short and then got even closer in the second set, holding a late one-point lead before falling by two.

Senior Ross White and sophomore Pedro De La Vega each posted one-over 73’s to help lead the Western New Mexico University men’s golf team up a spot to 12th after the third and final round of the WNMU Intercollegiate took place Tuesday at the par 72, 7,139-yard Golf Club of Estrella Course.

The Mustangs tallied rounds of 291-295-295 for an 881 to land in 12th, a stroke ahead of Colorado Mesa in 13th and five-shots back of Claremont-Mudd-Scripps and Fort Lewis in 10th. CSU-San Marcos and Texas A&M-Commerce tied for the top spot with 851’s. Commerce took home the trophy because of their non-counting score was lower. St. Mary’s Emilio Gonzales ran away with the individual title with a 13-under 203.

Freshman Sam Ruston leads the charge, as the Western New Mexico University men’s golf team is in 13th after the first two rounds of the WNMU Intercollegiate took place Monday at the par 72, 7,139-yard Golf Club of Estrella Course.

The Mustangs carded rounds of 291 and 295 for a 586 to sit in 13th, three-shots ahead of West Texas A&M in 14th and a shot back of Embry-Riddle (AZ) in 12th. Fort Lewis College’s Matt Huntley leads on the individual side with a 134, a shot ahead of the field.

Behind four players posting at least six kills, the Western New Mexico University volleyball team cruised to a 3-0 sweep (25-18, 25-22, 25-18) against UT Permian Basin Saturday night in Lone Star Conference action.

WNMU (4-10, 4-2 LSC) hit just .172 (38-22-93), but made the points count, with Senior Kalie Lyle leading the way with nine kills, followed by eight apiece from seniors Heather Verrill and Kelli McGhiey and six from senior Alanna Watt. On the flip side, the Lady Mustang defense delivered big plays limiting UTPB (4-11, 1-6 LSC) to just a .056 clip (28-23-90), including 11 errors in the opening set.

With WNMU holding the big edges in kills, the Falcons made up the points in other areas as they held a 3-2 edge on service aces and 12-9 on blocks.

Just like last season, the Western New Mexico University football team and No. 12 Midwestern State University were close into the fourth quarter before MSU held on for the win. This year was no different, as WNMU trailed by just four entering the fourth quarter before MSU tallied the only score in the final frame to escape with the 35-24 Lone Star Conference victory Saturday night.

Three key components helped keep WNMU (0-5, 0-3 LSC) close, as they had only one turnover, after committing 20 over the first four games. The ground game got going, as they piled up 139 yards and lastly, chewing up the clock as WNMU held the ball for over 36 minutes.

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