Volleybuffs rebound in Stephenville

The #11 Lady Buffs of West Texas A&M got back to their winning ways on Saturday afternoon as they topped the TexAnns of Tarleton State in four sets (25-17, 21-25, 25-15, 25-21) in front of over 300 fans at Widsom Gym in Stephenville, Texas. The win lifts the Lady Buffs to 21-4 (12-3 LSC) while the TexAnns fall to 20-6 (13-3 LSC) on the season.

â??Good way to bounce back after how we played last nightâ?? said WT head coach Jason Skoch â??Tarleton is an athletic team and Stephenville is always a tough place to play, defensively we blocked well and Lauren (Beville) has another big game on the back row.â??

The win lifts the Lady Buffs to 36-3 all-time against Tarleton State with WT extracting a little revenge after a Tarleton State five set victory in Canyon on September 29. The turning point of the match came in the third set with the two teams tied with one set apiece as the Lady Buffs hit .385 as a team with 16 kills to win the set, 25-15.

The Lady Buffs were led offensively by Halie Harton with 18 kills and 19 digs for her seventh double-double of the season. Kameryn Hayes tallied 14 kills on the night while senior Erin Dougherty had 10. Defending LSC Setter of the Week Lacy Hayes tallied a match high 48 assists to go along with 13 digs for her 12th double-double of the season.

Lauren Beville tallied a career high 29 digs on the afternoon to improve her career total to 2,187 and move just 61 digs away from Sara Contreras (2,248) for first all-time in Lady Buff history. The Hereford, Texas native passed former Lady Buffs great Brittani Bell (2,150) on Friday night for second place.

WT as a team hit .260 with 17 attack errors and nine total blocks on the afternoon. Defensively, the Lady Buffs were led by All-American middle blocker Dougherty with four solo and four block assists in the match.

The TexAnns offense was led by Katie Covell with 11 kills followed by teammates Jazmine Green and Stacie Murrah with 11 each. Danielle Barker dished out 42 assists on the match and Emily Klein tallied a match high 34 digs on the afternoon.

Tarleton hit .168 as a team with 23 attack errors and eight total blocks. The TexAnns were led defensively by the LSCâ??s leader in blocks, Nikki McNorton, with two solo and three block assists.

The Lady Buffs return to action on Wednesday night as they step away from LSC action to host the Patriots of Dallas Baptist with first serve set for 7 p.m. at the WTAMU Fieldhouse â??The Boxâ?? in Canyon.