Saturday brings busy slate of Tarleton Athletics to highlight Family Weekend

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STEPHENVILLE – The families are coming to Stephenville and Tarleton Athletics is treating them to plenty of activities on Saturday, September 22.

No. 20 Tarleton Volleyball will host two matches on Saturday, including a conference showdown against Texas A&M-Kingsville to start the afternoon. Tarleton and Kingsville will begin at 12 p.m. and then Tarleton will play against Saturday night at 6 p.m. against St. Mary’s, who will play Kingsville in a neutral site match inside Wisdom Gym at 2:30 p.m. The price of one ticket will be good for all three matches for the day.

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Tarleton went 3-0 last weekend, earning victories over Angelo State, West Texas A&M, and Eastern New Mexico, the latter two came on the road. Tarleton is currently alone at the top of the LSC standings with an 11-2 record and a 5-0 mark in league play. With those 11 wins, Tarleton is now 26 wins away from 700 all-time in program history while head coach Mary Schindler is 26 wins away from 300 in her career. Senior libero Adrianna Knutson (1,644) is also chasing history as she is 12 digs away from tying Emily Klein (1,656) for the second-most all-time at Tarleton.

Texan Football will cap off the day’s festivities in Stephenville with a 7 p.m. kickoff against UT Permian Basin at Memorial Stadium for the inaugural ‘Legends Game’. Tarleton is 2-0 on the season and 1-0 in Lone Star Conference action after defeating West Texas A&M 44-7 on the road last weekend in the largest win over the Buffs since 2001.

During halftime of Saturday’s game, Tarleton will welcome back the 2001 Texan Football team for the Legends Game. The 2001 team, led by Tarleton Hall of Famers Steve Kelly and Ryan Seward, was the first in Tarleton history to earn a bid to the NCAA football playoffs. They defeated Chadron State in the first round for the first NCAA playoff win by any team sport in Tarleton history.

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Tarleton Football is looking to bring its all-time program record back to an even .500. The Texans currently boast an all-time mark of 474-480-33. Head coach Todd Whitten is also two wins shy of 60 in his Tarleton career. Only W.J. Wisdom (1920-35) has at least 60 wins as the head coach of the program.

Away from Stephenville, meanwhile, Tarleton Cross Country hopes to finally get its season underway with a meet in College Station at the Texas A&M Invitational. Tarleton’s season opener in Commerce on Sept. 7 was postponed due to rain and will now run on Friday, Oct. 12.

GAMES
SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 22
Cross Country at Texas A&M in College Station at 8:45 a.m.
Volleyball vs Texas A&M-Kingsville in Wisdom Gym at 12 p.m.
Volleyball vs St. Mary’s in Wisdom Gym at 6 p.m.
Football vs UT Permian Basin at Memorial Stadium at 7 p.m.

PROMOTIONS
SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 22
Steel City Pops will be on hand for the volleyball matches in Wisdom Gym. The ice cream company will have 300 popsicles available for purchase while supplies last.

TICKETS
The Tarleton State Ticket Office is open from 1:30-4 p.m. in the main lobby of Wisdom Gym and can be reached by telephone at 254-968-1832. Tarleton’s Stephenville Campus Students receive free admission to all home games with valid Stephenville Campus Student ID.

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