Flash Staff Report
(October 28, 2017) — All good things must come to an end, they say.
At least the record-setting win streak by the Tarleton State TexAnns didn’t come until they had all but wrapped up the Lone Star Conference championship.
There is still work to be done following a four-set loss at West Texas A&M that snapped a 15-match Tarleton win streak Saturday, a streak three victories longer than any other such streak in program history. But the TexAnns are still two matches ahead of second-place Texas A&M-Commerce with four matches remaining in the regular season.
Erin Clark landed 17 kills, dug 12 balls and posted a .425 attack percentage for to lead the Lady Buffs to the 22-25, 25-16, 25-21, 25-20 win at The Box in Canyon Saturday afternoon.
Hailey Roberts turned in 16 kills and nine digs for Tarleton, but the three-time All-American who is now 165 kills short of the Lone Star Conference career record, committed six hitting errors and hit .159. WTAMU hit .296 as a team and Tarleton just .189.
Kamille Jones and Michaela Montgomery each had 12 kills while hitting .310 and .400, respectively, for the Lady Buffs, who received 35 assists from Selena Batiste. Three from WTAMU posted double-doubles. Joining Clark in doing so were Batiste, who also had 12digs and Gabby Emery with 17 assist and 10 digs.
Tarleton picked up 37 assists, nine digs, seven kills, 3 service aces and a block stat-stuffing All-American setter Jordyn Keamo, while libber Adrianna Knutson had 24 digs and six kills.
But Roberts was the only player to reach double figures in kills. Amber Strange had nine and two blocks, and the other middle, Hannah McManus added eight kills and three blocks. Adrianna Darthuy also had eight kills, while Michaela Rodriguez made 11 digs.
Tarleton has six days to get back on track. The TexAnns visit Midwestern Sate at 6 p.m. Friday in Wichita Falls, followed by a 2 p.m. matinee against Cameron next Saturday in Lawton, Oklahoma.