TSU football and volleyball nationally ranked for first time together


STEPHENVILLE – Tarleton Volleyball will host its third match in four days inside Wisdom Gym when the TexAnns welcome Dallas Baptist on Tuesday at 6 p.m. for the only home action of the week. The football and volleyball teams will both hit the road for Lone Star Conference action this weekend.

This week marks the first time in Tarleton’s NCAA history that Tarleton is nationally-ranked in football and volleyball at the same time. Texan Football debuted at No. 25 in the AFCA poll for the first time since 2014 while Tarleton Volleyball is at No. 19 in the AVCA poll.


Tarleton Volleyball moved up one spot in the national poll this week and will play its three matches as the No. 19-ranked volleyball team in the country, according to the AVCA. The No. 19 TexAnns will play host to Dallas Baptist on Tuesday at 6 p.m. before heading north for league matches against Cameron and MSU Texas, formerly Midwestern State. Tarleton and Cameron will play Friday at 5:30 and Tarleton will square off with MSU Texas Saturday at 2 p.m.

The TexAnns swept a pair of matches on Saturday as Tarleton handled Kingsville and St. Mary’s in straight sets to improve to 13-2 on the season and 6-0 in conference play. With those 13 wins, Tarleton is now 24 wins away from 700 all-time in program history while head coach Mary Schindler is 24 wins away from 300 in her career. After Saturday’s match with Kingsville, senior libero Adrianna Knutson moved into sole possession of second place on the Tarleton all-time digs list with 1,659 career digs, passing Emily Klein. Knutson, a four-year starter, trails only Shea McBrearty (1,847) for the program record in digs.

Texan Football continued its unbeaten start to the season by knocking off UT Permian Basin 35-13 in front of a capacity crowd at Memorial Stadium last weekend. Daniel McCants led the way with 162 rushing yards and a pair of touchdowns while Ben Holmes threw for three more scores – two to Zimari Manning and one to J.F. Thomas. Prince Robinson added to his national lead in interceptions with his fourth pick in three games to start the season.

Head Coach Todd Whitten has a chance to join legendary coach, W.J. Wisdom as the only two leaders of Texan Football to reach 60 career wins. Whitten enters this weekend’s game at Angelo State with 59 career wins as the head coach of Tarleton. 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 475-480-33.

Volleyball vs Dallas Baptist in Wisdom Gym at 6 p.m.

Volleyball at Cameron in Lawton, OK at 5:30 p.m.

Volleyball at MSU Texas in Wichita Falls at 2 p.m.
Football at Angelo State in San Angelo at 6 p.m.

Tarleton Volleyball will welcome the Greek organizations on campus to the game for Greek Night. It is also ‘Hazing Prevention Week’ on campus so the player will wear green ribbons in support of the effort.

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.

The Mary Schindler Radio Show at 12 p.m. at F&M Bank in Stephenville. It can be heard on the Tarleton Sports Network at 90.5 FM in Stephenville or online at TarletonSports.com/ListenLive. There will be free food, courtesy of the Pizza Place, for the live audience.

The Todd Whitten Radio Show at 12 p.m. at TexStar Ford in Stephenville. Special guest, Ben Holmes, will join the show. It can be heard on the Tarleton Sports Network at 90.5 FM in Stephenville or online at TarletonSports.com/ListenLive. There will be free food, courtesy of the Pizza Place, for the live audience.

A new feature to TarletonSports.com for the 2018-19 season, ‘Week at a Glance’ presented by Mustang Ranch will come to the official home of Tarleton Athletics in addition to its usual location on our social media channels. Each week will provide updates of the upcoming games for the week, as well as promotional information, game changes, ticket information, and anything else Tarleton fans will need to know to prepare for a week of competition.

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