SAN ANGELO — TWU fell to Angelo State 4-1 on Friday and dropped to 1-4-1 in Lone Star Conference action.
Angelo State found the net five minutes into the game and scored three times in the first 45 minutes to take a 3-0 lead at halftime. The Rambelles made it 4-0 with 12 minutes remaining in the game.
The Pioneers’ goal came with 9:15 left on the clock when sophomore Lauren Smith scored her second goal of the season. She took a pass from freshman Brook Hill and found the net through a crowd of defenders.
TWU was outshot 12-4 by the Rambelles, including 8-3 in shots on goal. ASU also had a 3-2 edge in corner kicks.
“The first 45 minutes we did not execute our game plan of what we have been training for,” TWU coach Babak Abouzar said. “They capitalized on our mistakes in the first half. Hats off to Angelo State for playing a good game. We regrouped and played better in the second half. Some players came off the bench and did a good job.”
The Pioneers (4-8-2) will head to Wichita Falls to face Midwestern State at 1 p.m. Sunday.
UNT 4, Tulsa 1
TULSA, Okla. — North Texas scored on three of its first seven shots and Kelsey Hodges added some late insurance to capture a key 4-1 victory at Tulsa.
The Mean Green (10-5-1, 4-2-1 Conference USA) and the Golden Hurricane (9-5-1, 3-2-1) entered the evening tied for second in the West Division, but a great finishing night from the UNT offense ensured that North Texas would hold that position alone with three regular-season games remaining.
“This was a great performance tonight against a very outstanding Tulsa team,” North Texas coach John Hedlund said. “We continue to finish our chances, which makes us a very tough team to beat right now.”
Tulsa was the aggressor for much of the game and outshot North Texas 21-9. The Mean Green put just four shots on goal, but each of them found the back of the net.
A strike from UNT’s Amber Haggerty in the second minute got things started right for North Texas, and Lynda Hercules notched her third goal of the year 12 minutes later. Vanessa Ibewuike added a goal just before halftime, and a Hodges free kick from 40 yards out slipped past the keeper in the 89th minute.
The Mean Green returns to action at Middle Tennessee at 7 p.m. Friday.
UAB d. UNT
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. — North Texas lost to Alabama-Birmingham 25-22, 27-25, 25-20, getting swept for the fifth time this season.
“It’s tough to lose on the road in a conference game that I felt we had an opportunity to win,” UNT coach Andrew Palileo said. “We will regroup quickly because we have to with a quality opponent in UTSA coming up on Sunday.”
The Mean Green held the early momentum in the first set only to allow the Dragons to steal it away late.
In the second set, North Texas found some traction, but untimely service faults late in the set doomed the Mean Green’s chances to even the match.
UAB closed out the match in the third frame behind a .287 attack percentage.
UNT sophomore Carnae Dillard posted her 19th double-double of the season with 13 kills and 10 digs.
The Mean Green (12-11, 4-3) will visit Texas-San Antonio at 1 p.m. Sunday.
TWU d. Tarleton State
STEPHENVILLE — Behind a balanced offensive attack, TWU beat Tarleton State 23-25, 28-26, 27-29, 25-16, 15-9.
The Pioneers (14-6, 6-2) had five players record double-digit kills, led by senior Josie Santos with 17. Jaqueline Santos added 14 kills while Chloe’ Tate, Marcela Alves and Courtnee Davis chipped in 11 apiece.
Josie Santos also led the defense with a career-high 22 digs. Davis had 13 digs, while juniors Morgan Wilson and Kayla Rivero and freshman Kimberly Bell each added 11 digs. Rivero posted a team-best 39 assists and Bell finished with 23.
In the first set, Tarleton State built a 19-13 lead but the Pioneers rallied to take a 23-22 lead. The TexAnns scored the next three points to capture the set.
In the second, TWU once again fell behind by six points and rallied to tie the score at 23. Trailing 26-25, the Pioneers scored the final three points to win the set.
In the third set, the teams went back and forth from start to finish. With the score knotted at 27, TSU recorded back-to-back kills to take the set and go on top 2-1.
The Pioneers regrouped and cruised to a nine-point win in the fourth to force a deciding fifth set. In the final set, TWU posted a .444 hitting percentage while holding the TexAnns to just .053.
The Pioneers finished the game with a .241 hitting percentage, led by Tate at .364. Davis hit .360 while Jaqueline Santos finished with a .355. TWU had 13 total team blocks, led by Alves with seven block assists and one solo block.
“This is tough place to play, and we picked up a big win,” TWU coach Shelly Barberee said. “The first three sets were a battle and then we picked up the steam in the fourth. We didn’t start pretty but finished strong. Josie played a good game on both offense and defense.”
The Pioneers now head to San Angelo to face No. 16 Angelo State at 2 p.m. today.