SPECIAL TO THE FLASH
SAN ANGELO (September 16, 2015) – Tarleton dropped its first conference game of the season Wednesday night with a four-set loss at the hands of Angelo State in the Junell Center.
The match began with the TexAnns having to play from behind as Angelo State jumped out to a 9-4 lead, forcing an early timeout from head coach Mary Schindler.
Tarleton answered with a 16-10 to take its first lead of the set at 20-19. The TexAnns held the advantage through 22-21 before Angelo State evened the score with a kill and took the opening set after three consecutive attack errors by the TexAnns.
The TexAnns opened up the floodgates in the second set to rebound with a seven-point win.
After the match opened up in a tight 6-6 battle over the opening 12 points, Xzache Mathis landed a kill shot from Chandler Gow to start a run of five straight kill shots for Tarleton – three from Hailey Roberts and one from Kenya Alexander – and put Tarleton up 11-6.
Angelo pulled things as close as three before Tarleton pulled away by as many as nine at 22-13. Tarleton put the game away with a service error and two kills from Roberts for a 25-18 win and a 1-1 score in the match.
Tarleton ran into some trouble with errors in the third set and fell behind in the match 2-1 following a 25-14 loss.
In the fourth set, Tarleton jumped out to a quick 7-5 lead before a 5-1 Angelo surge put the Rambelles up 10-8. The TexAnns battled back valiantly to even things at 12-12 and again at 13-13, but a service error gave Angelo its last lead of the set at 14-13 as Angelo outscored Tarleton 11-7 the rest of the way for a 25-20 TexAnn loss.
Tarleton committed 35 unforced errors in the four sets – including 15 attack errors in the third set that allowed Angelo to swing the momentum back after the TexAnns took set two 25-18. Tarleton had 28 attack errors on the night en route to a .115 hitting percentage for the match.
Roberts led the way with her sixth 20-kill game of the season, going for 25 kills and adding 12 digs for her ninth double-double of the season and the 26th of her career. Xzache Mathis added 10 kills of her own.
Chandler Gow, the reigning LSC Setter of the Week, dished out 47 assists while Adrianna Knutson had the first 20-dig game of her career as the freshman defensive specialist led the team with 24 digs. Kelsey Raglin had 21 digs while Ayssa Garcia posted 19. Meg Umbel led the team with seven blocks.
Tarleton will have a week between matches, as the TexAnns will return to action next Tuesday, September 22 at 7 p.m. in Denton against Texas Woman’s at Kitty Magee Arena.