MATCH DAY: TexAnns head north as LSC title inches closer

Tarleton State heads north to Midwestern State and Cameron (Okla.) holding a two-game lead atop the Lone Star Conference standings and ranked second in the South Central Region and 14th in the nation. || Courtesy NATE BURAL/Tarleton Athletics

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AT A GLANCE
No. 14 Tarleton makes its last road trip of the regular season as they head to Midwestern State and Cameron. The TexAnns take on the Mustangs on Friday, Nov. 3 at 6 p.m., followed by a match with the Aggies on Saturday, Nov. 4 at 2 p.m. The TexAnns are 22-5 overall and have a two-game lead for first place in the Lone Star Conference at 14-2 with four games to go.

LOOKING TO LOCK UP A TITLE
Tarleton has control of its own destiny in guaranteeing at least a share of the Lone Star Conference championship this weekend. The TexAnns have a two-game lead over Texas A&M-Commerce with four games left. With two more Tarleton wins, the TexAnns will lock up a share of the league title. They can claim the championship outright with two wins and one Texas A&M-Commerce loss on the road at Western and Eastern New Mexico.


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GAME COVERAGE
Live stats will be available for both games, courtesy of the home teams. The links can be found on the Tarleton Volleyball schedule page at TarletonSports.com. Live video will be available for Saturday’s game at Cameron only. Midwestern State will not have a video stream.

LAST TIME OUT
The TexAnns’ program-record 15-game winning streak came to an end with a four-set loss on the road to West Texas A&M. It was Tarleton’s first loss in over a month, which last came on Sept. 16. Hailey Roberts led the team with 16 kills, while Jordyn Keamo led all players with 37 assists and Adriana Knutson posted 24 digs.

IN THE NATIONAL SPOTLIGHT
Tarleton comes into the week at No. 14 in the American Volleyball Coaches Association national poll. The TexAnns have been ranked in every poll this season since opening the year at No. 25 and reaching a ranking as high as No. 11 last week. The TexAnns are the highest ranked team in the LSC with Angelo State coming in at No. 23.

CHASING HISTORY: THE DRIVE FOR 2405
Hailey Roberts enters the weekend with 2,259 career kills and is on the heels of the Lone Star Conference kills record, which has been held by Central Oklahoma’s Alma Brahimaj since 2002. Brahimaj boasts 2,404 career kills during her 1999-02 tenure with the Broncos. She is 145 kills shy of Brahimaj’s record with four regular season games left to play.

SERIES HISTORY: MIDWESTERN STATE
Tarleton holds the all-time series lead over Midwestern State, 32-26, since the teams first met in 1978. The TexAnns have won seven straight over the Mustangs and 13 of 14. The TexAnns are 10-17 on the road against MSU, but have swept the last three matches at D.L. Ligon.

SERIES HISTORY: CAMERON
Tarleton and Cameron are meeting for the 46th time in program history since they first played in 1978. The Aggies hold the series lead at 25-20, but the TexAnns have won 16 straight against Cameron. The TexAnns have also won eight straight in Aggie Gym.

UP NEXT FOR TARLETON
The TexAnns return home for the final home series of the regular season when they take on Western New Mexico on Friday, Nov. 10 at 6 p.m. and Eastern New Mexico on Saturday, Nov. 11 at 12 p.m. on Senior Day. The TexAnns will recognize seniors Chandler Gow, Hailey Roberts, and Jordyn Keamo in a pregame ceremony before the game against Eastern New Mexico.


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