SAN ANGELO – It only took six sets for Tarleton to wrap up the second day of the Angelo State Tournament as the TexAnns split day two with a morning sweep of Dallas Baptist before falling in three to Colorado Mesa to wrap up their trip.
Game 1: Tarleton 3, Dallas Baptist 0
In the first match of day two, Tarleton State got things started by earning its first sweep of the season over Dallas Baptist.
DBU struggled to get any kind of offensive against the stingy TexAnn defense, which held the Patriots to just a .041 hitting percentage for the match, including a .000 hitting percentage in the second set during which they had just seven kills and seven errors on 33 attempts.
The first set stayed tight over the first seven points with Tarleton holding a 4-3 lead, but after a Stacie Murrah kill gave Tarleton a 5-3 lead and the serve the TexAnns took control. Murrah immediately served up six straight points to push the Tarleton lead to 11-3.
After Dallas Baptist cut the Tarleton lead to 16-13, Murrah ended the run again with a kill that started a 9-3 Tarleton run down the stretch and secured the first set for the TexAnns.
Tarleton dominated the second set from the get-go when Jasmyne Brown opened the set with a kill to give the serve to Tarleton. Danielle Barker answered by serving up the next six consecutive points, including a pair of aces, to give Tarleton an early 7-0 lead.
Dallas Baptist pulled as close as six on a couple different occasions, including 23-17, but a Kelsey Raglin ace and a Kaitlyn White kill closed out the second set for the TexAnns.
In the third and final set, Tarleton used another early run – this time sparked by four straight points served up by White – to take a 5-1 lead.
The TexAnns maintained at least a five-point lead through the 16-11 mark before three straight kills from Raglin, Meg Umbel and Barker opened the flood gates for Tarleton. They would end the set on a modest 6-5 run to seal the victory.
White recorded her third double-double in as many games this season with 10 kills and a team-high 17 digs. She also hit .300 with 10 kills and one error on 30 attempts. Stacie Murrah was the only other TexAnn to crack double figures in kills with 10.
Danielle Barker led the team with 36 assists while Emily Klein cracked double figures in digs with 15.
Game 2: Colorado Mesa 3, Tarleton 0
In the first ever meeting between Tarleton State and Colorado Mesa, the TexAnns dropped the final game of the Angelo State Tournament in straight sets to the Mavericks – returning home with a record of 2-2 to start 2013.
Tarleton jumped out to an early 4-0 lead against the Mavericks to open the match after a Mesa error, a Barker ace and two kills from White and Murrah. Tarleton carried its four-point advantage over the first 20 points to a 12-8 lead.
At the 12-8 mark, however, Colorado Mesa struck for an 8-1 run to take a 16-13 lead. Tarleton managed to get the score back to even at 18-18 but was unable to finish off the set as the Mavericks outscored the TexAnns 7-2 down the stretch.
In the second set, Tarleton once again jumped out to an early lead – taking a game-high five-point lead at 13-8. The advantage would not hold up, however, as Tarleton surrendered nine straight points and 12 of the next 13 points to fall behind 20-14.
Back to-back kills by Murrah stopped the Maverick run and brought the score to 20-16, but Colorado Mesa ended the set with a 5-3 run to go up 2-0 in the match.
Things seemed to go in revers at the start of the third game as, this time, Colorado Mesa jumped out to an early lead at 5-1 forcing Tarleton to make a run. The TexAnns responded with a 6-1 run on kills from Jazmine Green and Murrah, a block by Murrah and Meg Umbel and two Murrah aces.
The TexAnns continued to push and eventually stretched their lead to 22-18 before allowing Colorado Mesa to score five straight points to take a 23-22 lead. Tarleton added one more point on a Mesa serving error but ultimately lost the set 25-23 and the match 3-0.
White and Murrah led the Tarleton offensively with 11 and nine kills, respectively. White's run of three consecutive double-doubles came to an end with only four digs in the match. Barker, however, did record a double-double with 25 assists and 10 digs. Klein led the team with 13 digs.
Tarleton returns to action Tuesday night in its home opener at 7 p.m. against Texas Wesleyan at Wisdom Gym in Stephenville.
- Tarleton middle blocker Jasmyne Brown had a career day, setting new single-game highs in kills (7), hitting percentage (.455) and blocks (4). Entering this season she had just nine kills and nine blocks for her career.
- In the game one sweep of DBU, Tarleton's defense held four Patriot hitters to a negative hitting percentage.
- This is the second consecutive season in which Tarleton has started the season 2-2 following a season-opening tournament.