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Volleyball: Pioneers fall in tourney semifinals

SAN ANGELO — The TWU Pioneers were eliminated by top seed and No. 11-ranked Angelo State 25-14, 18-25, 25-19, 24-26, 15-11 in the semifinals of the 2012 Lone Star Conference Championship on Friday night.

Senior Viktorija Jablonska recorded her eighth triple-double of the season with a game-high 21 kills, 25 assists and 15 digs. She also added four block assists. Junior Courtnee Davis had 14 kills and 11 digs, while sophomore Hannah Marshall added 27 assists and 15 digs. Sophomore Morgan Wilson led the team with 17 digs.

“What a game, and I am proud of the team for playing great without their starting setter,” head coach Shelly Barberee said. “Kayla [Rivero] played every set this season until she went down [Thursday]. Hanna stepped into Kayla’s rotation and played good. Viktorija had an unbelievable game with another triple-double and it is going to be hard to replace her next year.”

In the first set, both teams traded points early before ASU used a 7-1 run to build an 18-11 lead. The Pioneers (23-8) never recovered from the deficit as they fell by 11 points.

In the second, TWU regrouped and jumped out to an 8-2 lead. The Pioneers built a 20-12 lead and evened the game at 1-1 with a seven-point win. TWU recorded .317 hitting percentage in the set.

In the third set, the Pioneers once again jumped out to an early lead, 7-3, but ASU rallied to tie the score at 13-13. After two more ties, the Rambelles pulled ahead and captured a six-point win.

In the fourth, neither team led by more than three points. After 15 ties and six lead changes, the Pioneers captured the win to force the fifth and deciding set.

In the final set, Angelo State scored the first three points before TWU scored the next four. Both teams went back and forth before ASU scored three straight points to take a 13-11 lead and captured a four-point win.

With the loss the Pioneers end their season with a 23-8 record. The 23 wins are second highest under Barberee.


“We had a great season,” Barberee said. “The girls loved each other and had fun all season. We will miss the seniors.”