LIONS FINISH ROAD SWING FACING TARLETON STATE, ANGELO STATE
A&M-Commerce Lions at Tarleton State TexAnns
Friday, October 5 • 6:00 p.m.
Wisdom Gym • Stephenville, Texas
Records: A&M-Commerce (12-4, 4-3 LSC); Tarleton State (11-5, 6-2 LSC)
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A&M-Commerce Lions at No. 12 Angelo State Rambelles
Saturday, October 6 • 2:00 p.m.
Stephens Arena • San Angelo, Texas
Records: A&M-Commerce (12-4, 4-3 LSC); Angelo State (14-3, 7-1 LSC)
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A&M-Commerce closes out its four-match road swing this weekend with a pair of tough contests against two teams the Lions are chasing in the Lone Star Conference standings. A&M-Commerce opens up the weekend with a 6 p.m. meeting with Tarleton State in Stephenville Friday night before taking on 12th-ranked Angelo State at 2 p.m. Saturday, October 6.
Lions on the Web
Lion volleyball fans can keep up to date on every serve against both the TexAnns and Rambelles this weekend. Live video will be offered of both matches for a fee, originating from TarletonSports.com and AngeloSports.com. Live stats of both matches will also be available through LionAthletics.com.
Scouting the TexAnns
2012: 11-5 overall, 6-2 Lone Star Conference (4th), 6-2 home
Last Three Matches: L vs. Angelo State (3-2), W at Eastern New Mexico (3-1), W at West Texas A&M (3-2)
Head Coach: Mary Schindler (Tarleton State, 2002). Ninth season at Tarleton State (129-108, .544).
• #13 Katie Covell (R-So., OH): 159 kills, .134 hitting pct., 6 aces, 186 digs, 17 blocks
• #16 Nikki McNorton (Sr., MB): 145 kills, .329 hitting pct., 6 aces, 39 digs, 89 blocks
• #1 Stacie Murrah (Jr., OH): 138 kills, .234 hitting pct., 39 digs, 37 blocks
• #18 Meg Umbel (Fr., MB): 91 kills, .217 hitting pct., 39 blocks
• #3 Danielle Barker (Jr., S): 506 assists, 35 kills, .164 hitting pct., 14 aces, 130 digs
• #11 Emily Klein (Jr., L): 279 digs, 22 assists, 10 aces
Synopsis: Tarleton State has come on strong heading into Lone Star Conference play having won nine of its last 11 matches. The TexAnns notched arguably the biggest victory of the LSC season thus far, knocking off fifth-ranked West Texas A&M 3-2 in Canyon on September 28 as the TexAnns only two conference losses have both come at the hands of Angelo State.
Series Information: A&M-Commerce and Tarleton State meet for the 27th time Friday evening with the Lions holding a 15-11 advantage in the all-time series. The TexAnns have had the upper hand as of late, winning both matches in 2011 and have won six of the last eight against A&M-Commerce. The Lions are 5-6 all-time against the TexAnns in Stephenville with their last victory at Wisdom Gym coming in a 3-1 decision in 2009.
Scouting the Rambelles
2012: 14-3 overall, 7-1 Lone Star Conference (T-1st), 5-0 home; Ranked 12th in this week’s AVCA Division II Top-25 poll
Last Three Matches: W at Tarleton State (3-2), L at West Texas A&M (3-2), W at Eastern New Mexico (3-0); Angelo State faces Texas Woman’s Friday evening
Head Coach: Chuck Waddington (Rensselare Poly, 1993). Fifth season at Angelo State (103-49, .678)
• #14 Shelbi Goode (Jr., MB): 227 kills, .261 hitting pct., 105 digs, 31 blocks
• #12 Kaelen Valdez (Jr., OH): 138 kills, .192 hitting pct., 207 digs, 15 blocks
• #17 Chelsea Gibson (Sr., OH): 132 kills, .225 hitting pct., 53 digs, 28 blocks
• #3 Maddie Huth (Jr., MB): 129 kills, .307 hitting pct., 6 aces, 49 digs, 52 blocks
• #6 Alex Woolsey (Sr., S): 661 assists, 31 kills, .179 hitting pct., 7 aces, 158 digs, 20 blocks
• #1 Shelby Wilt (So., L): 285 digs, 68 assists, 17 aces
Synopsis: Angelo State sits atop the Lone Star Conference standings with a 7-1 LSC mark, tied with Texas Woman’s as the Rambelles and Pioneers square off Friday evening prior to the match against A&M-Commerce. Angelo State’s lone conference loss came in a 3-2 defeat at West Texas A&M on September 29 as the Rambelles are coming off a 3-2 victory over Tarleton State Tuesday evening.
Series Information: Saturday marks the 49th meeting between A&M-Commerce and Angelo State as the Rambelles hold a 29-19 edge in the all-time series. Angelo State currently holds a five-match winning streak over A&M-Commerce, dating back to 2008, and are 6-4 in the last 10 meetings. The Lions are 7-10 all-time in San Angelo as their last victory over the Rambelles came at Stephens Arena in 2007 when A&M-Commerce notched a 3-1 decision.
The Week That Was
A&M-Commerce began a tough four-match road swing this past weekend and got the trip off on a positive note, rallying to defeat Midwestern State 3-1 in Wichita Falls Friday evening. Four Lions finished with double-figure kill totals, led by 14 from Rachel Robertson with three blocks as Morgan Moeller notched a double-double with 10 kills and 11 digs. Saturday the Lions traveled to Lawton, Okla. and stumbled against Cameron, falling 3-1 to the Aggies. Robertson again led the way with 18 kills and a .368 hitting percentage and Kayla Bond posted 10 kills for the Lions, but it wasn’t enough as the Lions dropped their third-straight to the Aggies.
Lions Among the Lone Star Conference Leaders
As we near the midway point of the 2012 season, A&M-Commerce continues to rank in the top half of the Lone Star Conference leaders in a number of statistical categories. The Lions rank second in the LSC in service aces per set (1.73) while sitting fourth in both hitting percentage (.200) and fifth in opponent hitting percentage (.161), kills per set (12.78) and blocks per set (1.80). Individually, four Lions rank among the LSC leaders in six statistical categories, highlighted by Rachel Robertson leading the conference in hitting percentage (.366) and Breanne Snyder sitting first in service ace per set (0.42).
|Hitting Pct:||Rachel Robertson||1st||.366|
|Service Aces:||Breanne Snyder||1st||0.42|
Following the conclusion of the four-game road trip, A&M-Commerce returns home for three matches in the span of five days, opening up with its final non-conference match of the season hosting Henderson State at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, October 9. The Lions then begin the second half of its 2012 Lone Star Conference slate, beginning with Texas A&M-Kingsville at 7 p.m. Friday, October 12 before hosting Incarnate Word on Saturday, October 13 at 2 p.m.