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STEPHENVILLE (November 20, 2015) – Tarleton is heading back to the Lone Star Conference Volleyball Championship game after a thrilling 3-1 victory (25-19, 22-25, 25-22, 25-16) over Cameron on Friday night at Wisdom Gym.
No. 1-seeded Tarleton (27-5) faces No. 2 Angelo State (29-5) tomorrow at 3 p.m. in Wisdom Gym as the TexAnns look to repeat as LSC Tournament champions. Tarleton would join West Texas A&M and Angelo State as the only current LSC teams to win back-to-back tournament titles. The two teams split the season series with each winning 3-1 at home.
Tarleton has won eight in a row and improved to 13-0 at home this season.
Hailey Roberts had a game-high 24 kills for the TexAnns along with 17 digs. Roberts has 684 kills on the season, which is already the most by a single player in a season, and is closing in on the Lone Star Conference record for kills in a season, which is 735 by West Texas A&M’s Sarah Butler in 1999.
Xzache Mathis provided 12 kills for Tarleton while Kenya Alexander had eight kills and Kelsey Raglinand Meg Umbel each had seven kills.
Chandler Gow had a game-high 47 assists for Tarleton, giving the sophomore 1,347 assists on the year and breaking Christina Ortiz’s single-season assists record set back in 2005.
As a team, the TexAnns had 80 digs. It’s only the fourth time this season Tarleton has dug 80 or more attacks in a match. In addition to Roberts’ 17 digs, Ayssa Garcia was right behind with 15, while Raglin and Gow had 14 digs apiece and Adrianna Knutson finished with 10 to give the TexAnns five players with 10 or more digs.
Alexander also had six blocks to give the senior 161 on the season and move into seventh on the single-season blocks lists.
Photos courtesy Dr. CHET MARTIN