Special to the Flash
STEPHENVILLE – Tarleton Volleyball is ranked No. 3 in the first South Central regional rankings of the season.
Tarleton is 20-5 overall and in second place in the Lone Star Conference standings with a 12-4 record. The TexAnns have the second-most in-region wins this season with 20, trailing only Angelo State, who is ranked No. 1 in the region, with 21 in-region wins. Metro State of the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference is ranked No. 2 ahead of Tarleton.
Tarleton is one of four Lone Star Conference teams in the regional rankings, with Texas A&M-Commerce coming in eighth and Texas A&M-Kingsville in ninth. Also in the top 10 are Colorado Mesa (4), Colorado Mines (5), Arkansas Fort-Smith (6), Regis (7), and Colorado Christian (10).
The top eight teams in the regional rankings at the end of conference tournament championship weekend will advance to the NCAA postseason. The conference tournament champions are guaranteed an automatic berth into the playoffs, which could affect the rankings if a non-regionally ranked team wins their respective tournament and earned the berth.
The South Central region is comprised of the Lone Star Conference, the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference and the Heartland Conference. The regional tournament will be played at the home gym of the highest seed during the first weekend of December.
Tarleton plays its final home games of the regular season this weekend with matches against Midwestern State on Friday, Nov. 4 at 6 p.m. and Cameron on Saturday at noon.