Two players added to their historic Tarleton State careers while a third got hers off to a historic start Friday.
The TexAnns split two matches to begin the 2013 season, dominating Colorado State-Pueblo in four sets before being swept in three by Arkansas-Fort Smith. They continued the ASU Invitational at Angelo State on Saturday, facing Dallas Baptist and Colorado School of Mines.
Danielle Barker amassed 80 assists over the opening two matches, giving her 2,206 for her career. She passed Didi Ebert (2,26) for sole possession of third place on Tarleton's all-time list.
Emily Klein dug out 36 balls on the day, moving into fifth all-time at Tarleton with 1,088. She passed Lacey Adkisson's 1,052, and entered Saturday action just 32 digs short of fourth-place Missy Castro.
Kaitlyn White, a junior transfer from Arkansas Tech, wasted no time making some Tarleton history for herself. She had a double-double with 21 kills and 14 digs against CSU-Pueblo. It was the most kills by any player in her Tarleton debut under ninth-year head coach Mary Schindler.
The TexAnns beat CSU-Pueblo 25-21, 24-26, 25-21, 25-13. Ark.-Fort Smith defeated Tarleton 25-23, 25-21, 25-14.
Tarleton was clinging to a one-point edge in the opening set against CSU-Pueblo, before three straightThunderwolf errors made it 21-17. Late kills by White, Barker and Meg Umbel put the set away for the TexAnns.
Tarleton used four straight points to even the second-set at 24-24 before committing an error and seeing the set end on a Thunderwolf kill.
The TexAnns trailed 14-11 in the third set before a 12-6 surge started by kills from White and Stacie Murrah for a 23-21 edge. A block by Jasmyne Brown and Murrah brought up set point before a CSU-Pueblo hitting error finished it off.
The final set was never close, as CSU-Pueblo failed to link together consecutive points at any time.
Everything that went right against CSU-Pueblo went wrong quickly against UAFS. Tarleton committed 23 hitting errors in the loss and couldn't close out sets. They had the first tied at 19-19 and led the second 17-14. The TexAnns were never close in the third set after falling behind 10-2 early.
Two TexAnns did have double-doubles in the loss. White tallied 12 kills and 15 digs, while Barker registered 35 assists and 10 digs.