MATCH DAY: Tarleton Volleyball Sept. 28-29 at Cameron, MSU Texas

AT A GLANCE
Tarleton will take its volleyball show on the road as the No. 19 TexAnns head north for a pair of Lone Star Conference matches against Cameron and MSU Texas, formerly Midwestern State. Tarleton will visit Cameron in Lawton, Oklahoma tomorrow at 5:30 p.m. before wrapping up the road trip Saturday at 2 p.m. against the Mustangs.

GAME COVERAGE
Live stats will be available for every game. The stat links can be found on the Tarleton Volleyball schedule page at TarletonSports.com. For a fee, there will be a live video feed for each match courtesy of the respective home teams.

NATIONAL SPOTLIGHT
Tarleton moved up one spot to No. 19 in the American Volleyball Coaches Association poll. Tarleton is one of two Lone Star Conference schools in the top 25, joining Texas A&M-Commerce who is tied for 21st. Tarleton has been ranked in every poll since the final ranking of the 2016 season, which is 21 consecutive weeks in the national spotlight.

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RAFFLE TO BENEFIT SUSAN G. KOMEN
Tarleton Volleyball is doing its part to raise funds in support of breast cancer research by hosting a month-long raffle throughout October. The tickets cost $5 each. One ticket will be drawn at random prior to each Tarleton home game in the month of October. The winner will be contacted prior to the match and given the chance to pick one of two TexAnn Volleyball Prize Packages. Prize Package No. 1 will consist of an autographed volleyball, a T-Shirt, and a coupon for two free ice creams at the Blue Bell Ice Cream stand inside Wisdom Gym during the match. Prize Package No. 2 will be a T-Shirt and allow the winner the opportunity to sit on the TexAnn bench during the match, as well as lead-off the match with a ceremonial ‘first serve’. All proceeds from the ticket sales will go to the Susan G. Komen Foundation. Anyone wishing to purchase a ticket at any other time can contact a Tarleton Volleyball player or email assistant coach Katie Hoekman at hoekman@tarleton.edu.

ABOUT TARLETON
Tarleton enters the weekend leading the way in the Lone Star Conference standings with a 14-2 record overall and a 6-0 mark in the league. Tarleton is also among the national leaders in blocks per set (2.95) and the conference leader in hit percentage (.250). Adriana Darthuy leads the team with 176 kills while Hannah McManus, a recent two-time LSC Defensive Player of the Week, leads the team and conference with 1.39 blocks per set. Blanca Izquierdo earned her first LSC Setter of the Week award last week and is leading the team with 327 assists.

DIGGING FOR A MILESTONE
Adrianna Knutson, Tarleton’s senior libero, is currently chasing down the all-time mark for digs at Tarleton State University. Knutson enters this weekend with 1,681 career digs and recently passed Emily Klein (1,656) for No. 2 in program history. She is 167 digs away from passing Shea McBrearty (1,847) for the all-time lead.

CRACKING THE TARLETON TOP 10
Hannah McManus is making her own history at Tarleton as the senior middle blocker enters the weekend tied with Shay Gracy for the eighth-most total blocks in program history (316). She is also fourth all-time in assisted blocks with 260. With 13 more total blocks, she will pass Nicole Conques (328) for seventh all-time. She will pass Lacey Adkisson for third all-time in assisted blocks with six more.

SERIES HISTORY: CAMERON
Tarleton and Cameron are meeting for the 47th time in program history since they first played in 1978. The Aggies hold the series lead at 25-21, but the TexAnns have won 17 straight against Cameron. The TexAnns have also won nine straight in Aggie Gym.

SERIES HISTORY: MSU TEXAS
The Mustangs may play under a new name, but Tarleton still holds the all-time series lead against the university formerly known as Midwestern State. Tarleton is 33-26 against the Mustangs since the inaugural meeting in 1978. The TexAnns have won eight straight over the Mustangs and 14 of 15. The TexAnns are 11-17 on the road against MSU Texas but have swept three of the last four matches at D.L. Ligon Coliseum.

UP NEXT FOR TARLETON
Tarleton will be back home next weekend to close out the first round of conference play against UT Permian Basin and Western New Mexico on Friday and Saturday, respectively. Friday’s match will begin at 6 p.m. with the first serve of Saturday’s match set for 2 p.m.

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