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(December 3, 2015) — It looked as if No. 2 seed Tarleton State would survive an opening round scare in the South Central Region Championship at Junnell Center in San Angelo Thursday afternoon.
But No. 7 seed Colorado Mesa had other plans.
Mesa scored the final seven points of the match, erasing a 13-8 deficit to top Tarleton in the fifth and decisive set. Mesa eliminated the TexAnns 25-17, 16-25, 24-26, 25-18, 15-13, improving to 17-7 since beginning the season by dropping six of eight matches.
Mesa (19-11) moves on to face No. 6 seed Arkansas Fort Smith, a five-set winner over No. 3 Metropolitan State, while Tarleton (27-7) saw its record-setting season come to an end.
The TexAnns set a school record for wins and won their first Lone Star Conference regular season championship. Hailey Roberts set the single-season Tarleton mark for kills, and also finished her sophomore season leading the nation in kills per set while earning Lone Star Conference and Division II Conference Commissioners Association South Central Region Player of the Year honors. She finished eight kills short of the LSC record of 1,752, set in 1999 by Sarah Butler of West Texas A&M.
Roberts had 18 kills and 13 digs Thursday, while senior Xzache Mathis finished her career with 19 kills while hitting .325. Chandler Gow had 43 assists and eight digs, while Kenya Alexander totaled 10 blocks and five kills. Ayssa Garcia made 22 digs and Kelsey Raglin added nine along with six kills.
Catie Breaux led a balanced Mesa effort with 14 kills, Abby Ney and Erin Perez added 11 each and Hattie Gianinetti tallied 10. Breaux and Ney each had four blocks, while Breaux and Perez doubled up with 13 and 10 digs, respectively. Ali Svorinic had 50 assist and 11 digs.
Mesa had 57 kills with a .170 attack percentage. Tarleton had 52 and hit .127. Tarleton made 48 total errors and Mesa 46.
Mesa lost six of its first eight matches to begin the season but is 17-7 since that time.
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