By BRAD KEITH
(November 15, 2014) — Tarleton State won its first ever Lone Star Conference volleyball championship Saturday, edging Angelo State in five sets in the final of the LSC postseason tournament at The Box in Canyon.
The 25-20, 17-25, 23-25, 25-19, 15-11 victory also produces another first for the TexAnns – the tournament title guarantees them a spot in the South Central Regional phase of the NCAA Division II Championship.
LSC Freshman of the Year Hailey Roberts played like a seasoned vet in the biggest match of her young college career, landing 19 kills and making 11 digs.
Kenya Alexander had 11 kills and nine blocks for the TexAnns, while Kaitlyn White and Ashley Rine each killed nine balls.
Rine killed match point with an assist from freshman Emily Medlin. The TexAnns took control of the decisive fifth set with a 4-1 run after it was tied at 5-5, and led by at least two the rest of the way.
Jasmyne Brown had seven kills and five blocks, and Kelsey Raglin tallied five kills and seven blocks.
Tarleton was the No. 4 seed enter in the tournament. The TexAnns reached the final for the first time with a first-round sweep of Texas A&M-Kingsville and a five-set upset of West Texas A&M in which they overcame an 11-5 fifth set deficit.
Facing elimination, Tarleton fought off a two-point deficit early in the fourth, and later scored three straight to build a 15-10 advantage. Roberts eventually killed the winner in the fourth with a helper from Chandler Gow.