The Texas A&M University-Kingsville volleyball team is coming off a 1-2 week, where two of the losses came from Texas Permian Basin and the number one team in the Lone Star Conference, West Texas A&M University.
The Lady Javelinas were able to capture a win against Eastern New Mexico in a full five sets, 25-21, 22-25, 20-25, 25-20, 15-7.
In their matchup with the Lady Falcons of UTB, Brett Zaccardo picked up 19 digs, but the outstanding offensive play from the Lady Falcons was too much as they defeated the Lady Javelinas in three straight sets, 25-20, 25-22, 25-18.
“We just didn’t seem prepared during warm-ups and I didn’t think we had a good warm up and it took us to long to get into rhythm and that’s why Permian Basin was able to get the jump on us,” said Head Coach Tanya Allen.
In their matchup with the best team in the conference, the Lady Buffs of West Texas A&M (20-3) and (11-0) in LSC play, TAMUK scored three unanswered points in the opening set to cut their deficit to two before the Lady Buffs won the opening set 25-20.
TAMUK was able to gain a 7 point advantage in the second set and with the momentum shifting in favor of the Lady Javelinas, the Buffs were able to tie the game at 22-22 and eventually win the set 26-24.
The Lady Javelinas would go on to lose the third set by only two points, 27-25. Kelsey Washington finished with 15 kills and three blocks, Ashley Tipps added three blocks and Casey Klobedans recorded 36 assists and three blocks.
Although TAMUK fell in three sets, with a few plays here and there, the Lady Javelinas could have easily taken this match against the first place Lady Buffs and Allen was pleased that her girls competed with the best in the league.
“Obviously we are looking for the win, but we are competing with the best in the conference and just a few plays here and there that we sort of let go and it ends up haunting us in the end obviously with a two point loss, so we need to make better decisions at crucial points,” Allen said.
With the 1-2 week, the Lady Javelinas find themselves at (13-8) overall and 5-5 in the LSC. The Lady Javelinas will look to rebound and turn their season around with two crucial LSC games coming up against Tarleton State and Angelo State, who are right above TAMUK in the LSC standings.
The Lady Javelinas will be able to play on their home court, where TAMUK holds a dominating (7-1) record at Hampton Inn Court in Kingsville.
“Every match is a must win, but this weekend we will face two of the top teams in the LSC. Tarleton has a great offense and so does Angelo State. It is going to come down to ball control. Can we make the passing plays and take care of the ball and will we be able to limit our errors? Physically we matchup with everyone in the conference, but in the end it will come down to the errors,” Allen said.