Lions and Pioneers Come to Canyon to Open Lone Star Conference Play This Weekend

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The Lady Buffs of West Texas A&M will begin the pursuit of their 20th Lone Star Conference Championship this weekend as they start their title defense with matchups against Texas A&M-Commerce (Friday, 6 p.m.) and Texas Woman’s (Saturday, 2 p.m.) at the WTAMU Fieldhouse “The Box” in Canyon to open up league play.

WEST TEXAS A&M
The Lady Buffs had a rough weekend at the Florida Southern Terrace Hotel Classic this past weekend in Lakeland, Florida as they topped Armstrong State in the opener before falling to Saint Leo, Central Oklahoma and #11 Florida Southern. It marks the first time since the 2010 season that the Lady Buffs have dropped three straight matches, the 2010 team rebounded as they finished unbeaten in LSC play and made the NCAA Tournament with an overall record of 27-9 before falling to Emporia State in the South Central Regional Quarterfinals.

HOME DOMINANCE
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 436-63 at The Box since the 1980 season for an incredible winning percentage of 87.5%. 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 last Friday afternoon.

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 340-54 (.870, 12th year) including a 204-34 (.865) mark in Canyon.

LIVE COVERAGE
The West Texas A&M Athletic Media Relations Department will provide live stats and a free webstream of both matches this weekend can be viewed on mobile devices. For links, please visit the Lady Buff Volleyball schedule page at GoBuffsGo.com. A tournament central website is also available with a complete schedule of games for the BritKare Lady Buff Classic, visit GoBuffsGo.com for more information.

THE LONE STAR CONFERENCE
LSC volleyball teams are 30-10 overall this season. The squads are currently 11-4 combined versus Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference teams, and 7-2 against the Heartland Conference, which are the other leagues in the NCAA South Central Region.. TSU’s Hailey Roberts (Offensive) and A&M-Kingsville’s Brett Zaccardo (Defensive) picked up weekly Lone Star Conference awards while TSU’s Chandler Gow was tabbed the league’s Setter of the Week announced on Wednesday afternoon by the LSC offices located in Richardson, Texas.

TEXAS A&M-COMMERCE
The Lions of Texas A&M-Commerce enter the week with an overall record of 6-3 after a 3-1 showing at the South Central Classic in Oklahoma as they picked up wins over Southern Arkansas, Southeastern Oklahoma State and Southern Nazarene while falling to former LSC foe East Central in four sets. The Lions are led by sixth year head coach Craig Case who has a 131-168 career record in his 10 years of coaching including a 75-75 mark in Commerce. Layne Little leads the way offensively with 117 kills on 364 swings to hit .239 on the season while Taryn Driver has registered 108 kills, Courtney Tate guides the TAMUC offense with 383 assists so far this season to average 10.08 per frame. Commerce is hitting .197 as a team with 478 kills and 202 attack errors to go along with 435 assists, 46 service aces, 598 digs and 59.5 total blocks in nine matches so far.

THE SERIES vs. TAMUC
The Lady Buffs lead the all-time series against Texas A&M-Commerce, 39-9 with WT claiming the last 21 meetings against the Lions dating back to the 1996 season. The Lions are 2-20 all-time in Canyon with the Lady Buffs claiming the last 13 meetings at the WTAMU Fieldhouse “The Box”. The last TAMUC win came in Commerce on Oct. 12, 1996 in four sets. Seven of the last eight meetings between the two teams have ended in straight set wins by the Lady Buffs excluding a five set thriller during the 2013 LSC Semifinals in Canyon.

TEXAS WOMAN’S
The Pioneers of Texas Woman’s enter the weekend with an overall record of 6-2 following a 3-1 showing at the Steel & Silver Classic in Colorado with wins over Western State, Colorado State-Pueblo and Adams State while falling in four sets to Missouri Western. TWU is led by 13th year head coach Shelly Barberee who has compiled an overall record of 210-177 and a 105-63 mark in Lone Star Conference play in Denton. The Pioneers are led offensively by Makayla Mayfield with 90 kills on 283 swings with 25 attack errors to hit .230 on the season while averaging 3.46 kills per frame followed by Hillary Shaffer with 71 overall kills to average 2.73 per set to go along with 25 total blocks for an average of 0.96 to lead the team. Joey Redwine guides the Pioneer offense with 24 assists on the season to average 9.77 per set while teammate Mallory Kuechle leads the way defensively with 104 digs to average 4.00 per frame. Texas Woman’s is hitting .214 as a team with 329 kills, 112 attack errors, 304 assists, 35 service aces, 487 digs and 49 total blocks to average 1.88 per set this season. TWU will play at Eastern New Mexico on Friday night to open LSC action.

THE SERIES vs. TWU
The Lady Buffs lead the all-time series againt Texas Woman’s, 42-5 with WT claiming the last 24 meetings against the Pioneers. Texas Woman’s has dropped all 22 meetings against West Texas A&M at the WTAMU Fieldhouse “The Box” with the last two coming in straight sets. The last TWU victory came on October 4, 1996 in Denton when the Pioneers topped WT in four sets. Three of the last eight meetings between the two teams have gone to five sets with a pair of WT sweeps also happening in that span.

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