Texans fall in WAC volleyball opener against GCU


PHOENIX – Tarleton opened their WAC debut in a loss to Grand Canyon in Phoenix, AZ. The Texans fell in three straight sets.

The Texans (1-2) fell short to the Lopes with 18-25, 19-25, and 17-25 set losses. Amber Strange came out dominant again with 11 kills and led all players in total attacks, while Kayla Brannon led all players in hitting percentage at .667.

In the opening set, Tarleton led 7-6 coming out strong to start the set. The Texans went back-and-forth with the Lopes until they were tied 13-13 when the Lopes took the lead and eventually the win.

The second set vaguely mimicked the first set with the back-and-back and back flow of the set. Amber Strange was the first player to hit double digits in kills for the night. The Texans tried to battle it out in the end but ended up falling short 19-25.

The Lopes struggled beginning the third set but ultimately overpowered the Texans 16 kills to 6 to take the match in a three-set sweep.

Ana Costas was the second highest leader in digs for the night with 17 and Natalya Chatham, Brianna Rhodes, and Lauren Kersey combined for 7 blocks.

Kayla Brannon had another offensive standout leading the Texans in assists with 18 and leading all players in hitting percentage.

The Texans battle the Lopes again tomorrow for their second match in as many days. The match will be at GCU Arena at 4 p.m. CT.


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