Originally Published: September 24, 2008
After Saturday’s victory over Minnesota State University, the Southwest Minnesota State University Mustangs volleyball team is off to its best start in program history at 13-1. The Mustangs have not lost a match since their second match, on Aug. 29 against Nova Southeastern. They were the No. 9-ranked team in the AVCA Division II Coaches Top 25 Poll released Sept. 15.
The Mustangs’ attack is led by senior middle blocker Kasey Loeslie, who, on Sept 15, was named NSIC Offensive Player of the Week. Loeslie had 58 kills (4.14/set) in four matches to lead SMSU to a 4-0 record at the Concordia-St. Paul Classic. The Mustangs faced some stiff competition at the CSP Classic, including matches versus No. 8 Augustana College and No. 5-ranked Truman State University. Southwest won the matches 3-0 and 3-1, respectively.
After a road trip to Wayne, Ne., sweeping the Wildcats 3-0, the Mustangs would return home to face the MSU Mavericks. The Mavericks came into town with a record of 5-7 after being swept the previous Tuesday by Augustana.
The Mustangs would start the first set of the match slow, as they were down 4-0 before Coach Terry Culhane called the team’s first timeout. Southwest came out with a vengeance after the time out, proceeding to score the next seven points of the set. After a back and forth battle, the Mustangs finally took control of the set late, winning 25-21.
It was a dominating performance by SMSU to win the second set 25-14 but the Mavericks came back to win set three by two – 25-23. In the fourth set, neither team wanted to lose. Mankato was trying their best to avoid defeat for at least one more set, while Southwest did not want this match to go to a fifth set. After Loeslie recorded a kill to tie the set at 29, the Mustangs forced two Maverick attack errors to win the set 31-29 and the match 3-1.
On Tuesday, Sept. 23, the Mustangs faced the No. 2-ranked Concordia University, St. Paul Golden Bears. Check the next edition of The SMSU Spur for a complete recap of this match.
The next home action for the Mustangs will be Oct. 3 versus Minnesota State University-Moorhead. Opening serve is set for 7 p.m.