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Western soccer, volleyball teams start season

The 2011 season started on the right foot for Missouri Western Volleyball as they defeated Eastern New Mexico 3-1 in the Lady Buff Classic Friday in Canyon, Texas.

Western dropped the first set 23-25 but came back and took the next three sets to advance and play Angelo State. Western’s head coach Cory Frederick in now in his third season with an overall record of 24-30. Frederick took over after Western’s season ended in 2009 with a 4-32 record.

In their second matchup, Western did not find the same success, as they dropped three straight sets. Western’s record stands at 1-1. The Griffons will play two more games on Saturday, one against Texas Permian Basin, followed by West Texas A&M.

An exciting game started Coach Chad Edwards regime at Western, but the excitement did not fall in Griffon soccer’s favor as they lost a 3-2 overtime thriller against East Central.

Western started the game off hot when freshman K.C. Ramsell from Bellevue High School in Bellevue, Neb. knocked in a goal in the ninth minute. However, East Central responded well, tying the game minutes later.

Ramsell again scored, which put the Griffons on top 2-1 and looked to be heading home winners before the Tigers stole a goal late. Stephanie Flores put the goal in the net in the eighty-fifth minute, which sent the game into overtime and East Central took control from that point on and claimed the victory.

The Griffons’ Ramsell played well in her first game and must continue to help the Griffons if they want any success this season. They play in the GAC/MIAA challenge on Sunday against Southwestern Oklahoma State in Ada, Okla.

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