No. 20 Tarleton Volleyball extended its winning streak to 10 with a pair of sweeps over Texas A&M-Kingsville and St. Mary's on Saturday in the Wisdom Volleyball Gym.
With the wins, the TexAnns improve to 13-2 overall and add a Lone Star Conference victory to remain undefeated and atop the standings at 6-0.
Match 1: No. 20 Tarleton 3, Texas A&M-Kingsville 0
Led by 10 kills from Amber Strange and the Tarleton offense hitting .326 for the match, the TexAnns made quick work of Texas A&M-Kingsville with a straight sets win (25-10, 25-21, 25-14).
Adrianna Knutson, who had a game-high 15 digs in the match, moved into sole possession of second place on the Tarleton all-time digs list with 1,659 career digs, passing Emily Klein. Knutson, a four-year starter, trails only Shea McBrearty's 1,847 digs.
The opening set was highlighted by an 11-2 run to close out the set. The TexAnns led 14-8 before Strange delivered three kills in the next 11 points while Hannah McManus added a kill and service ace during the stretch. The TexAnns closed the set on a 6-0 run.
Tarleton led from start to finish in the second set that featured a 6-0 lead to start behind a pair of kills from Lauren Kersey. The lead would grow as large as eight on a McManus kill, but the Javelins worked the set back to within two at 22-20. Adriana Darthuy and Tatyana Tuialii-Umi put the final points on the board with kills to go up 2-0 in the match.
The TexAnns opened the final set like they did the second set, this time with an 8-0 start. However, there was no comeback by the Javelinas in this one. The TexAnns quickly jumped out to a 10-point lead on a kill from Strange to make it 15-5. Sofia Tonga's kill made it 20-7, the largest lead of the set.
Elizabeth Muliaga and Strange put the finishing touches to the sweep with back-to-back kills to end the match.
Match 2: No. 20 Tarleton 3, St. Mary's 0
The TexAnn defense was no match for St. Mary's in the final game, holding the Rattlers to only 31 points in the three-set sweep (25-7, 25-14, 25-10).
Adriana Darthuy and Lauren Kersey led the TexAnns with nine kills each while Hannah McManus followed with eight kills and five blocks.
Tarleton opened the game on a commanding 13-0 run before St. Mary's scored its first point. McManus powered down four kills in the first 13 points. The lead grew to 20-5 and later 23-6 on two straight kills by Darthuy en route to a 1-0 lead in the match.
St. Mary's had its only lead of the match in the second set at 1-0, but it was short lived as the TexAnns jumped out in front 7-1 with kills from Amber Strange, Lauren Kersey and a service ace from Darthuy. Darthuy delivered another ace to give the TexAnns a double-digit lead at 21-11. Kersey's kill gave the TexAnns the second set win.
The TexAnns jumped ahead early once again, this time an 8-1 lead that grew as large as a 14-point advantage at 23-9. The TexAnns closed the final set on a 10-2 run to complete the sweep.
Blanca Izquierdo led the way with 18 assists in the match, while Adrianna Knutson posted 14 digs and Michaela Rodriguezfollowed with 12 in the defensive-led game.
No. 20 Tarleton will remain at home to take on Dallas Baptist in a non-conference match on Tuesday, Sept. 25, at 6 p.m