DENVER – Tarleton's historic season came to a somber finish Thursday afternoon as the No. 12 TexAnns were upset in four sets by West Texas A&M in NCAA South Central region quarterfinals at Regis Fieldhouse in Denver.
After the teams split the opening six points of the match, West Texas A&M opened things up with a 19-5 run to put the TexAnns behind 22-8 in the opening set. The Lady Buffs went on to take the opening set 25-11.
Tarleton came out swinging in the second set as a block from Amber Strange and Hailey Roberts started a 3-1 surge for the TexAnns. The teams traded the lead three times over the first 13 points with WT holding a 7-6 lead. Tarleton tied the score on six different occasions the rest of the way, but couldn't get back on top as the Lady Buffs took a 2-0 lead in the match.
Looking to keep their season alive, Tarleton opened the third set with a 4-1 start in the opening five points before the Lady Buffs scored six in a row to take a 7-4 lead. West Texas A&M carried a lead until Tarleton clawed back to tie the set at 22-22 and then put the TexAnns' season on the line at 24-22.
But the TexAnns weren't done yet.
Tarleton got back-to-back kills from Adriana Darthuy and Hailey Roberts to tie the set at 24-24. After a WT error, Roberts put it away with another kill to force a fourth set.
In the fourth set, WT scored first and Tarleton was forced to play from behind the entire set. The TexAnns rallied to tie the set on eight different occasions – as late as 19-19 – but the Lady Buffs scored the final five points to claim the match.
Hailey Roberts led the team with 21 kills on the night to go along with 17 digs for a double-double in her TexAnn finale. Adriana Darthuy was second on the team with 14 kills. Jordyn Keamo dished out 41 assists and had 13 digs for a double-double performance while Adriana Knutson (25) and Michaela Rodriguez (10) each cracked double digits in digs.
The match wrapped up the careers of seniors Hailey Roberts, Jordyn Keamo, and Chandler Gow, who will end their careers as three of the most decorated TexAnns to don the purple and white. Roberts and Gow led the TexAnns to four concesutive NCAA regional tournament appearances – the first four in program history – and the first four Lone Star Conference championships in program history. Roberts finishes her career with 2,389 career kills while Gow (2,020) and Keamo (2,404) each finish their careers with over 2,000 career assists.
The TexAnns won the LSC regular season and tournament championships and set a new school record with 29 wins this season. They also spent every week of the season ranked in the AVCA national poll.