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Tarleton Sports Information

Omaha, Neb. – The Tarleton TexAnn volleyball team dropped both games in Saturday’s final matches at the UNO Showcase at Sapp Fieldhouse in Omaha, Neb.

Tarleton dropped the opener in straight set to No. 9 Truman State (15-25, 23-25, 24-26) before falling to Dallas Baptist (22-25, 10-25, 25-20, 16-25) to conclude the tournament.

The TexAnns went 0-4 throughout the two-day tournament as the offensive numbers took a turn for the worse. Tarleton hit just .075 as a team, recording just 128 kills in 14 games (9.14 kpg). The TexAnns couldn’t get anything going while serving the ball either, collecting just two aces during the event. Defensively the TexAnns have something to look forward to as the TexAnns led all team with 13 solo blocks throughout.

The TexAnns were down early, 6-5 before Truman would go on to post a 6-0 run and take a 12-5 lead. The Bulldogs scored most of their points on Tarleton’s unforced errors to take the seven point lead. Three more errors by the TexAnns later in the match put Truman on top by 10 points, 20-10. Tarleton was unable to overcome the errors and dropped the game 25-15.

 and  assisted each other on a block to begin the second game and Tarleton was able to build a 9-4 lead following Catherine Cutbirth’s kill. Truman countered with a 6-1 run to tie the game a kill from Truman’s Johanna Ruff. Tarleton took an 11-10 lead on Erin Lynn’s kill, but Truman took back the lead on a ball handling error by Tarleton to go up 13-12. Tarleton was unable to relinquish the lead and Truman went on to edge out game two, 25-23.

The TexAnns found themselves down throughout most of the third game. Tarleton was able to tie the game 9-9 on following a bad set by Truman and then again 17-17 on Cutbirth’s kill. had a kill late in the match to tie the game 24-24, but consecutive points from the Bulldogs gave Truman the game, 26-24, and match, 3-0.

For the second day of the tournament, Tarleton was unable to find a rhythm offensively, failing to connect on most of their attacks and finishing the match with a .019 hitting percentage. Despite Tarleton out-attacking Truman, 32 to 31 in kills, the Bulldogs connected on .176 percent of their attacks.

Gracy and Cutbirth led all players with eight kills on the day. Both players along with Wolf had three blocks as well. finished the match with 17 assists to lead the TexAnns. followed with 13 assists. led the squad with 12 digs.

Four different Truman players had five kills each to lead the Bulldogs offensively. Natassia Hegyi and Allison Barker lead Truman with 10 digs each. Ashley Petak had 16 assists.

Wolf’s kill in the opening game against DBU gave the TexAnns an early 5-0 lead. Tarleton built onto that lead to make it 7-1 before a Patriots run of 6-1 pulled DBU to within two points, down 9-7. An assisted block from Lynn and Gracy gave the TexAnns a 14-10 lead midway through the match, but DBU countered with a 7-3 run to tie the match 17-17. Late in the game, Lynn recorded a kill to give Tarleton a 21-17 lead and DBU responded scoring eight of the final nine points to win the game 25-22.

It was all DBU in the second game as runs of 8-0, 5-0 and 8-3 were more than enough to overtake the TexAnns, 25-10, and take a 2-0 lead in the match.

Tarleton tied the third game 4-4 on Wolf’s kill and the TexAnns scored three straight points to take an early 7-4 lead. DBU took back the lead until a 4-1 run from the TexAnns pushed Tarleton back into the front, up 12-11. The Patriots looked to pull away late in the game, taking a 20-19 lead on Kaylyn Fink’s kill, but Gracy recorded three kills over the final six points to give the TexAnns a 25-20 lead.

A block by DBU gave the Patriots an early 4-0 lead in the fourth game. DBU then extended its lead to 10-4 on Kristen Second’s kill shot. A block from Cutbirth and  pulled the TexAnns to within three points, down 11-8, but scored on two straight points to extend their lead to five points. The TexAnns would back to within two points of DBU when a Patriot service error made it a 15-13 game. That would turn out to be the closest that Tarleton would get as DBU took the final game 25-16 and won the match 3-1.

Gracy recorded double-digit kill totals for the second straight day, finishing with 11 kills in the match. She added a team-high five blocks as well. Hartman finished with 20 assists and McBrearty led all defensive players with 18 digs.

DBU’s Tiffany Coffey (14 digs), Frink (12 digs) and Second (12 digs) each recorded double-digit kills for the Patirots. May Allen led DBU with a match-high 23 assists.

The TexAnns will look to rebound in their home opener against Texas Wesleyen at 7 p.m. Wednesday at Wisdom Gym South.