Texan Beach Volleyball earns win in CUSA Beach Volleyball Championship before inaugural season ends late Thursday


YOUNGSVILLE, La. – The inaugural season for the Tarleton State Beach Volleyball program is officially in the books as of Thursday, as the Texans won their first match in the Conference USA Beach Volleyball Championship before back-to-back losses to knock them out of the double-elimination tournament.

The 8-seed Tarleton State opened their postseason in Youngsville, Louisiana, at Sugar Beach with a 3-1 win over 9-seed Jacksonville State Thursday morning. The Texans then lost 3-0 against 1-seed TCU Thursday afternoon, followed by a 3-0 loss against 4-seed UAB Thursday evening.

The Texans conclude their inaugural season at 2-13, with a regular season win against Nicholls State and a postseason win against Jax State.

Tarleton State 3, Jacksonville State 1

The Texans snapped an eight-match skid with a conference tournament opening win.

Melina Maldonado Ortiz and Charlize Ching earned Tarleton State’s first postseason victory on Court 4 with a 21-18 21-15 win over Kathryn Smith and Ellie Garrett.

Tarleton’s Breanna McDonough and Grayson Schirpik then defeated Carley Lynch and Hana Aiana 21-14 21-11 on Court 2 to put the Texans a win away from the team victory.

The Gamecocks got one back on Court 5, as Kiara Amigon and Morgan McClure defeated Rajini Fitzmaurice and Faith Wilkins 14-21 21-19 15-13.

Tarleton’s top pair then clinched the team victory on the top court, as Emma Halcomb and Allison Bryant defeated Stavroula Papazoglou and Brooklyn Schiffli 21-17 15-21 15-10.

The match on Court 3 was tied at a set apiece, as Jacksonville State’s Luci Wilkinson and Caty Havekost won the first set 21-13 before Tarleton’s Isabel Gonzaba and Sydney Garrison won the second set 21-18.

TCU 3, Tarleton State 0

The Texans had their work cut out for them in their second match, taking on the 1-seed and the sixth ranked team in the nation, TCU.

The Horned Frogs improved to 26-7 on the year with the 3-0 win.

TCU started with a win on Court 2 by Sutton MacTavish and Ana Vergara over McDonough and Schirpik 21-11 21-12. Then Olivia Clines and Anete Namike defeated Fitzmaurice and Wilkins 21-11 21-10 on Court 5. The team victory was clinched on Court 3 by Tara Patton and Morgan Williams over Gonzaba and Garrison 21-8 21-9.

The other two matches went unfinished with TCU’s Hailey Hamlett and Anhelina Khmil winning 21-15 over Halcomb and Bryant on Court 1, and TCU’s Keagan Polk and Emma Glagau leading 21-12 over Maldonado Ortiz and Ching on Court 4.

UAB 3, Tarleton State 0

Tarleton’s third match of the day started at 5:30 p.m., and the Texans needed a victory to survive the double-elimination tournament and advance to Day 2 on Friday.

Tarleton State ended up losing 3-0, concluding their 2023-24 campaign, as UAB improved to 19-14 overall.

UAB started with a win on Court 5 21-8 21-11 by Addison Atkins and Ashley Torsone over Fitzmaurice and Wilkins. Then Brooke Pertuit and Olivia Chychrun defeated Gonzaba and Garrison 21-10 21-9 on Court 3. The team match was clinched on Court 2 by Jess Ennis and Izzy Day over McDonough and Schirpik 21-18 21-10.

The other two matches went unfinished with UAB’s Olivia Stant and Sadie Sharpe winning 21-14 20-13 over Maldonado and Ching on Court 4, plus UAB’s Arden Copping and Jazzie Haas winning 21-12 over Halcomb and Bryant.

Halcomb and Bryant served as Tarleton State’s best pair all season. They played on the top court in all 13 matches, going 7-6 in the Texans’ inaugural season.

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