Flash Staff Report
STEPHENVILLE (October 17, 2017) — No. 13 Tarleton State (18-4, 10-1) has been here before, in 2015, in fact. They boasted 11 straight wins and needed one more to match the school record of 12 set back in 1992.
The 2015 club couldn’t keep it going, however, following that 11th straight as lubbock Christian beat the TexAnns in four sets to prevent them from matching the record. They lost again the same day, in five sets this time to Newman (Tenn.), just to be sure they knew they weren’t going to break the record, regardless the record.
This season, consecutive win No. 11 for the Lone Star Conference leaders was a dominating 25-13, 25-15, 25-22 sweep of Texas A&M-Kingsville (13-9, 6-5) Tuesday evening at Wisdom Gym. Matching the record will be no easy task this season, either, as Texas Woman’s (10-10, 7-4), which has replaced A&M-Kingsville in third place in the LSC, visits Wisdom Volleyball gym at 6 p.m. Friday.
The continuation of the win streak Friday evening would only add to the implications already surrounding Saturday’s showdown between the TexAnns and second-place Texas A&M-Commerce the last team they lost to. The Lions beat the TexAnns in five sets on September 16, and have gone 8-2 overall including 7-2 in conference matches in the one month and one day since, staying within a single game of Tarleton.
All told, Saturday’s match could determine a school record, and will no doubt go a long way in deciding the host and top seed of the LSC Volleyball Championship November 16-18.
Tarleton established order immediately against A&M-Kingsville with 15 kills and no attack errors in the first set. The TexAnns ultimately collected 4 kills with eight attack errors on 95 total attacks for an attack percentage of .379.
Th Javelinas, conversely, hit .179, landing 35 kills but also committing 18 errors on 95 attacks.
Tarleton aced eight serves, three of them by Jordyn Keamo, who also accumulated 26 assists, eight kills and seven digs. Amber Strange had 11 kills and three blocks, Hailey Roberts collected 10 kills, six digs three assists and two aces, Hannah McManus had five blocks, and Alexis Applewhite added three. Adrianna Knutson led in digs with 13.