The Texas A&M-Kingsville volleyball team picked up its first Lone Star Conference victory Thursday night at the Steinke Center against the Angelo State Rams behind an all-around effort.
The Javelinas won by scores of 27-25, (23-25), 25-23, (25-27) and 15-12. The win against the Rams avenged last season’s road loss to Angelo State.
TAMUK returned to home action Saturday against Abilene Christian.
The win improved TAMUK to 3-7 overall and 1-0 in LSC play. The loss dropped Angelo State to 0-1 in the LSC standings and are 9-6 on the season.
In a see-saw battle the Javelinas came out on top thanks to the play of Sha Tramble, Kristin Chancellor and Shaday Smith.
Tramble led the Javelinas with 12 kills and 11 digs and K. Chancellor added 10 kills and 10 blocks while Smith pounded out 10 kills and six blocks.
TAMUK also got some timely play from freshmen Casey Chancellor, Chelsea Hower, and Amanda Waclawczyk. The freshmen trio combined for 17 kills and 11 blocks to help lift the Javelinas.
While the offense was clicking on all cylinders, the Javs defensive came to the forefront on the play off Tara Grier and Virgina Hernandez combined for 42 digs. Hernandez had a game-high 26 digs while Grier added 16.
The Javelinas also got superb outings from Kirby Krueger (28 assists) and rookie Madison Shelton (14 assists).
Angelo State was led by Kimber Duncan’s 20 kills and Alaina Sivells had 16. Tess Brindock added 43 assists and Kayla Smith had 17 digs. At least four Rams players had at least 10 digs in the match.
• With Billy Garza earning LSC South Division Offensive Player of the Week honors, the Hogs have now had a player of the week in each category; offense, defense and special teams.
• Garza had the Javelinas’ most prolific passing game since Cory Miles threw for 353 yards on November 5, 2005. Garza went 24-of-38 for 350 yards, two touchdowns and an interception.
• The offense recorded 564 total yards, their best total in the last six seasons and first time since 2005 that they accumulated at least 500 total yards.
• Senior WR Jareko Taylor and sophomore WR Ryan Lincoln each accounted for over 100 yards receiving against Central Oklahoma. It was the fifth time Taylor had surpassed 100 yards in a game and second time that Lincoln had accomplished the feat.
• The Hog defense has allowed just 66 yards rushing in the last two games and only 569 total yards. They have allowed 20 points while forcing six turnovers and scoring a touchdown.
• Sophomore Christian Brom kicked field goals of 37 and 41 yards on Saturday, each was a new career long. He connected of 5-of-5 extra points in the game to finish with a career high 11 points.
• Junior Cody Smith is quietly putting together another strong season. He booted a 62-yard punt early in the game and then angled another out of bounds at the 6-yard line.