Despite a slow start in its home opener, Tarleton State (3-2) battled back to win Tuesday night's match against Texas Wesleyan in four sets at Wisdom Gym.
Things didn't go Tarleton's way in the first set, as the Lady Rams jumped out to an early 7-3 lead on the strength of three straight service aces to force a TexAnn timeout. Texas Wesleyan continued to pile it on, eventually extending the lead to 12-5.
Tarleton answered with a 6-2 run to pull back within four, and eventually clawed all the way back to make it a one-point game at 23-22, before two Wesleyan kills would closed out the set.
In the second set, Tarleton kept it tied through the first eight before a kill by Danielle Barker off an assist from Katie Covell sparked the TexAnns to a 6-0 run and a 10-4 lead. The lead would not hold, however, as Wesleyan eventually tied it at 21-21.
Tarleton scored four of the final six points to claim the second set, 25-23.
The TexAnns finally pulled away after trailing at the start of the third set.
Meg Umbel landed a kill to spark a 4-0 run and give Tarleton a 7-5 lead that eventually grew to 21-15 before the teams split the final four points, giving the TexAnns enough for the win.
Tarleton started the fourth set on a 4-0 run on two kills and a service ace by Kaitlyn White. The TexAnns pushed their lead to as many as seven at 21-14 and finished the match with a 4-2 run.
Leading Tarleton were Stacie Murrah and Umbel with 13 kills each.
The TexAnns return to action in their second tournament of the season this weekend when they travel to Golden, Colo. to compete at the Oredigger Classic at Colorado School of Mines.