Jazmine Green continued her recent dominance as her 15 kills Friday night led the way for Tarleton to a four-set victory over Texas A&M-Kingsville.
The TexAnns trailed from the opening serve, falling behind as much as 9-2. The Javelinas, however, gave Tarleton the serve back with service error and Tarleton never looked back.
Tarleton responded with a 20-7 run and didn't allow the Javelinas to score consecutive points over the remainder of the set to claim a 25-17, ending the game with a kill from Jasmyne Brown.
The second set began with Tarleton scoring nine of the first 11 points for a 9-2 lead to force a Kingsville timeout. Kingsville answered with a 13-6 run to cut the Tarleton lead to one at 17-16.
Tarleton took control right back with four straight points to lead 21-17, but the Javelinas ended the set with an 8-2 run to claim the set 25-23, sending the match to a third set in a 1-1 deadlock.
In the third set, the teams stayed neck-and-neck through 11-11 until a block by Meg Umbel and Stacie Murrah shifted the momentum to Tarleton's side. After the Umbel-Murrah block, Tarleton scored 13 of the final 21 points to take the set and enter the fourth set with a 2-1 advantage.
The TexAnns dominated the final set, leading by as much as eight at 18-10. The big lead was enough to hold up despite the Javelinas outscoring Tarleton 10-8 down the stretch.
Green led the team with 15 kills while Murrah had 12. Brown had seven kills and led the team in hitting percentage at .375 while Green hit .314 for the night.
Danielle Barker had 44 assists for the night while Emily Klein (23), Kaitlyn White (12) and Kelsey Raglin (12) all cracked double figures in digs.
Tarleton was originally scheduled to visit Our Lady of the Lake tomorrow, but due to scheduling conflicts the game has been cancelled. The TexAnns will be back in action next Friday when they host West Texas A&M at 6 p.m.
-Jazmine Green entered this season with a career-high of 11 kills. She has topped that mark in three of the last four games, including tonight with 15 kills.
-Stacie Murrah has now recorded double-figure kills in nine straight games and 10 of the last 11 games. The last time she had less than 10 kills in a match was Sept. 7 against Colorado Mesa, when she had nine.