Tarleton has a chance to stake a claim on the Lone Star Conference Football and Volleyball Championships this weekend while Cross Country looks to keep rolling with a Tuesday night run in San Angelo.
Texan Football will head to MSU Texas, formerly Midwestern State, for the first-ever NCAA national top-10 showdown Saturday at 7 p.m. Tarleton is currently ranked No. 8 in the nation by the AFCA while MSU Texas checks in at No. 10. With a win, Tarleton would secure a guaranteed share of the Lone Star Conference Championship with one league game left to play. It would also tie the program's second-longest unbeaten start to a season and bring the program's all-time record back to .500 (480-480-33).
Tarleton Football continued its unbeaten start to the season with another rout, this time against Texas A&M-Kingsville on homecoming at Memorial Stadium last Saturday. Head Coach Todd Whitten enters this weekend's game with 63 career wins as the head coach of Tarleton and trails only W.J. Wisdom's all-time record of 71 victories. Tarleton Football is looking to bring its all-time program record back to an even .500. The Texans currently boast an all-time mark of 479-480-33.
Tarleton Volleyball will be in action for three matches this week, including the final two regular season home matches this weekend. The TexAnns will visit Texas A&M-Kingsville Tuesday night before returning home to host MSU Texas and Cameron Friday and Saturday, respectively. The Saturday match against Cameron will start an hour earlier - at 1 p.m. instead of 2 p.m. With wins on Tuesday and Friday, Tarleton will clinch a share of the LSC championship and the right to host the LSC Championship Tournament on Nov. 8-10 for the second straight year and third time in program history. With three wins this week, Tarleton would claim the outright LSC title.
The TexAnns are in the midst of their greatest winning streak in school history, which sits at 20 in a row. Tarleton is 23-2 on the season and 15-0 in league. With those 23 wins, Tarleton is now 14 wins away from 700 all-time in program history while head coach Mary Schindler is 14 wins away from 300 in her career. Seniors Adrianna Knutson and Hannah McManus are currently in pursuit of career records. Knutson enters the weekend with 1,813 career digs, which has her 34 digs behind She McBrearty for the all-time lead. Meanwhile, McManus enters the week with 299 career assisted block, which has her 35 behind Marissa Galich for the all-time lead.
In addition to the career records, McManus has also moved to No. 7 on Tarleton's single-season assisted block list with 109. She is approaching No. 6 Nikki McNorton (111; 2012) and No. 5 Jasmyne Brown (115; 2014) this week.
The cross country programs, who have been making national noise through websites like TheStrideReport.com, look to continue their dominant running. Tarleton will head to Angelo State Tuesday night for the final regular season meet of the season before heading to Canyon in search of LSC titles next month.
Tarleton Women's Golf is back in action today and tomorrow at the Oklahoma Intercollegiate Tournament in Lawton, Oklahoma. No. 25 Tarleton Golf holds a one-stroke lead for first place after the opening round at the Lawton Country Club, led by Junie Khaw who shot 72 (+1).
In addition to the game action, Tarleton Basketball will be taking part in the Lone Star Conference Online Media Day Wednesday afternoon. The conference will release its annual preseason rankings and preseason players of the year.
TUESDAY, OCTOBER 23
Cross Country at ASU Blue and Gold Invitational in San Angelo at 5 p.m.
Volleyball at Texas A&M-Kingsville in Kingsville at 7 p.m.
FRIDAY, OCTOBER 26
Volleyball vs MSU Texas in Stephenville at 6 p.m.
SATURDAY, OCTOBER 27
Volleyball vs Cameron in Stephenville at 1 p.m.
Football at No. 10 MSU Texas in Wichita Falls at 7 p.m.
FRIDAY, OCTOBER 26
It will be 'Polynesian Night' in Wisdom Gym. There will be 200 leis given away at the game.
SATURDAY, OCTOBER 27
It is 'Senior Day' for Tarleton Volleyball. The TexAnns will recognize seniors Adrianna Knutson, Elizabeth Muliaga, Hannah McManus, and Blanca Izquierdo in the final regular season home match of the year.
VOLLEYBALL RAFFLE THROUGH OCTOBER
Tarleton Volleyball is doing its part to raise funds in support of breast cancer research by hosting a month-long raffle throughout October. The tickets cost $1 each. One ticket will be drawn at random prior to each Tarleton home game in the month of October. The winner will be contacted prior to the match and given the chance to pick one of two TexAnn Volleyball Prize Packages. Prize Package No. 1 will consist of an autographed volleyball, a T-Shirt, and a coupon for two free ice creams at the Blue Bell Ice Cream stand inside Wisdom Gym during the match. Prize Package No. 2 will be a T-Shirt and allow the winner the opportunity to sit on the TexAnn bench during the match, as well as lead-off the match with a ceremonial 'first serve'. All proceeds from the ticket sales will go to the Susan G. Komen Foundation. Anyone wishing to purchase a ticket at any other time can contact a Tarleton Volleyball player or email assistant coach Katie Hoekman at email@example.com.
The Tarleton State Ticket Office is open from 1:30-4 p.m. in the main lobby of Wisdom Gym and can be reached by telephone at 254-968-1832. Tarleton's Stephenville Campus Students receive free admission to all home games with valid Stephenville Campus Student ID. On Saturday, the new Rudder Way Ticket Office will open from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. selling tickets for the football game.
THURSDAY, OCTOBER 25
The Todd Whitten Radio Show at 12 p.m. at TexStar Ford in Stephenville. Special guest, All-American Tyrell Thompson, will join the show. It can be heard on the Tarleton Sports Network at 90.5 FM in Stephenville or online at TarletonSports.com/ListenLive. There will be free food, courtesy of the Pizza Place, for the live audience.