Texan Volleyball falls in LSC Tournament Championship, awaits regional tournament seeding

COMMERCE – Tarleton Volleyball (22-11) fell just short in their bid for their second Lone Star Conference Tournament Championship in three years by falling to No. 14 Angelo State in five sets on Saturday afternoon in Commerce.

The Texans await their NCAA Tournament fate, which will be decided on Monday, Nov. 25 at 6:30 p.m. CST for the NCAA Selection Show on NCAA.com. The Texans entered the LSC Tournament as a No. 7 seed in the latest NCAA regional rankings.

Angelo State jumped out to an early lead in the opening set before Tarleton battled back and took a 11-8 lead. Despite five more tied scores, the Rambelles rallied to win the opening set, 25-21. In total, there were 10 tied scores in the first set of the championship.

The Tarleton offense came alive in the second set, holding the lead from the very first serve. The Texans registered 14 total kills, including four from Tatyana Tuialii-Umi, and held Angelo State to a -.028 hitting percentage to take set two, 25-18.

Looking to keep the momentum, the Texans went up 14-8 early in the third set. The Rambelles started to show some life, coming within three of the Texan lead, 22-18. However, the Texans were able to hold on and take the 2-1 lead, 25-21.

Angelo State wasn’t ready to lie down just yet as they took control of the fourth set 25-11, forcing a final set to determine the championship.

The fifth and final set was a battle between the two finalist. Angelo State was able to lift themselves over Tarleton, taking the final set, 15-8.

Lauren Kersey led the team with 17 kills while Carmen Kinsey added nine. Adriana Darthuy and Kayla Brannon recorded 21 and 13 digs respectively.

Darthuy, Tuialii-Umi, and Kersey were named to the All-Tournament team.


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