The Lady Buffs of West Texas A&M will look to get back on the winning track this weekend as they host the top two teams in the Lone Star Conference as Angelo State and Tarleton State come to Canyon for action at the WTAMU Fieldhouse “The Box”.
WEST TEXAS A&M
The Lady Buffs of West Texas A&M fell to 1-7 on the road and 3-9 in the Lone Star Conference on Tuesday night as they dropped a five set thriller to the Cameron Aggies (26-24, 18-25, 23-25, 27-25, 12-15) at Aggie Gymnasium in Lawton, Oklahoma. The Lady Buffs drop their third straight contest to move to 11-13 (3-9 LSC) while the Aggies snap a six match losing skid to improve to 14-6 (5-6 LSC) on the season.
The WTAMU Fieldhouse “The Box” boats one of the best home winning records in the NCAA on any level of competition. The Lady Buffs are 443-66 at The Box since the 1980 season for an incredible winning percentage of 87.3%. The Lady Buffs are no-stranger to starting off the season on a high-note, WT is 31-5 all-time in season opening games including an impressive 27-1 when the Lady Buffs open-up the season at home including a sweep of Dallas Baptist earlier this season.
WT HEAD COACH JASON SKOCH
WT head coach Jason Skoch, the 2014 Lone Star Conference Coach of the Year, is now in his seventh season at the helm of the Lady Buffs, carrying an overall career record of 347-63 (.870, 12th year) including a 211-43 (.865) mark in Canyon.
The West Texas A&M Athletic Media Relations Department will provide live stats and a free webstream of both WT matches this weekend that can be viewed on mobile devices. For links, please visit the Lady Buff Volleyball schedule page at GoBuffsGo.com. Fans can also follow the Lady Buffs on social media by searching @WTVolleyball or WTAMU Volleyball to get an inside look at the program.
THE LONE STAR CONFERENCE
Entering Tuesday, LSC volleyball teams were 127-82 overall this season. The squads were currently 20-7 combined versus Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference teams, and 21-9 against the Heartland Conference, which are the other leagues in the NCAA South Central Region. Texas A&M-Commerce’s Veronika Baric was named the LSC Offensive Player of the Week while Tarleton State’s Kenya Alexander picked up the Defensive honors, TWU’s Joey Redwine was tabbed the league’s Setter of the Week Tuesday afternoon by the LSC offices located in Richardson, Texas.
The Belles of Angelo State enter the weekend with an overall record of 22-5 with a 8-2 mark in Lone Star Conference play to sit in second place in the league standings. ASU will carry a three match win streak into the weekend. The Belles are led by eighth year head coach Chuck Waddington who has a 164-71 record at ASU after seven seasons, guiding the Belles to the NCAA Division II South Central Regional Title Match in 2012 and 2013. ASU is led offensively by Brianna Sotello with 347 kills on 968 swings to hit .197 on the season while averaging 3.65 kills per frame, Maggie Jo Keffury guides the ASU offense with 1,134 assists to average 11.94 per set this season. Defensively, the Belles are led by Katie MacLeay with 527 digs to average 5.49 per frame while Zoey Hanrahan leads the team in total blocks with 60 to average 0.77 per frame. The Belles are hitting .228 as a team with 1,419 kills on 3,903 swings with 530 attack errors to go along with 1,342 assists, 1,879 digs and 151 total blocks on the year to average 1.51 per set.
THE SERIES VS. ASU
The Lady Buffs lead the all-time series againt Angelo State, 55-16 with ASU snapping an eight match Lady Buff win streak with a sweep in San Angelo back on Sept. 26. WT and ASU has become one of the top rivalries in Division II Volleyball over the last few years as the teams have met 17 times since Jason Skoch came to Canyon with WT holding the 15-2 record including a perfect 6-0 mark against the Belles during LSC Tournament or NCAA Postseason play. The Lady Buffs are 26-4 all-time against the Belles in Canyon with WT claiming the last 22 meetings dating back to Nov. 6, 1993.
The TexAnns of Tarleton State enter the weekend with an overall record of 19-5 with a 9-1 mark in Lone Star Conference play to sit a game above Angelo State atop of the league standings. The TexAnns are led by 11th year head coach Mary Schindler who led TSU to the program’s first LSC Tournament Championship last season along with the first NCAA Postseason Appearance in school history. Tarleton is led offensively by the 2014 LSC Freshman of the Year Hailey Roberts who has tallied an impressive 522 kills on 1,141 swings with 210 attack errors to hit .273 on the season as she leads the LSC and Division II Volleybal in kills per set (6.07). Chandler Gow guides the TexAnn offensive with 1,011 assists to average a league leading 11.89 per frame while Ayssa Garcia leads the team with 362 digs on the season to average 4.11 per set. Tarleton State is hitting .236 as a team with 1,283 kills on 3,170 swings to go along with 535 attack errors while registering 1,222 assists, 1,357 digs and 215 total blocks in 88 sets played to average 2.44 per frame to lead the Lone Star Conference.
THE SERIES vs. TSU
The Lady Buffs lead the all-time series against Tarleton State, 42-4 with the TexAnns claiming the last two meetings between the two teams as they topped WT in the Lone Star Conference Tournament Semifinals in Canyon last November followed by a five set win over WT back on Sept. 25th in Stephenville. The Lady Buffs are 21-2 all-time against the TexAnns in Canyon with Tarleton claiming two of the last four meetings including last year’s LSC Semifinal matchup at The Box.