TexAnns race past A&M-Kingsville to LSC semis

Tarleton State celebrates a point during its three-set victory over Texas A&M-Kingsville in the opening round of the Lone Star Conference Volleyball Championship in Canyon Thursday. || Photo courtesy NATHAN BURAL/Tarleton

(Nov. 13, 2014) — Ranked sixth in the South Central Region, Tarleton State inched ever closer to its first NCAA Division II Volleyball Championship appearance by sweeping Texas A&M-Kingsville in the opening round of the Lone Star Conference Championship in Canyon Thursday.

Tarleton (21-7) posted a season-best .423 hitting percentage – fifth best in school history –  and committed 10 less errors than the Javelinas (18-13) to win 25-16, 27-25, 25-23. The TexAnns, seeded fourth in the event, challenge top seed and host West Texas A&M at 7:30 p.m. Friday. The other semifinal is between third-seeded Angelo State and seventh-seeded Cameron at 5 p.m.

LSC Freshman of the Year Hailey Roberts landed a kill to give the TexAnns the last advantage they would need in the tight second set. The Javelinas folded a moment later with an error. The third set was just as tight, but Roberts stepped up again, this time with consecutive kills followed by another A&M-Kingsville error on match point.

Roberts had 20 kills while hitting .633, the sixth-best single game percentage in school history. Kaitlyn White hit .526 with 11 kills while Kelsey Raglin had seven kills and hit .412.

Emily Medlin had 24 assists and Chandler Gow, back from injury, added 20. Katie Covell made 13 digs.

It’s the third time Tarleton has swept A&M-Kingsville this season, going 9-0 in sets played against the Javelinas.

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