STEPHENVILLE -- Caroline Noel notched a career-high 12 kills and Miri Shade posted 10 for Texas Woman's University but it wasn't enough as No. 13 Tarleton State swept by TWU 25-17, 28-26, 25-22 Friday night inside Wisdom Gym.
Katy Ranes tallied a match-high 33 assists, and Bailey French registered a match-high 17 digs. The Pioneers (10-11, 7-5 LSC) hit .173 with 37 kills during on the evening, while the TexAnns (19-4, 11-1 LSC) amassed a .219 attack percentage with 50 kills.
A block by Courtney Noel and Makayla Mayfield tied set one at 5-all, but the TexAnns posted seven kills and the Pioneers committed two errors for a nine-point TSU run. A kill by Courtney Noel and three straight TexAnn errors closed the gap to 19-14. A kill by Miri Shade kept it a five-point game at 21-16, but TSU closed out the match with an eight-point victory.
The TexAnns jumped ahead 9-4 in the second set before back-to-back kills by Caroline Noel sparked a seven-point run. Consecutive errors by the TexAnns put the Pioneers up 16-13, but TSU regained the leads at 21-20 and acquired set-point at 24-22. A kill by Shade and block by Caroline Noel alongside Shade made for a 24-24 tie, and the teams were square at 25 and 26-all before successive kills by TSU's Hailey Roberts closed the set.
Kills by Mayfield and Courtney Noel along with a block from Shade and Courtney Noel gave TWU a 3-0 lead to begin set three. Shade and Caroline Noel added two more kills for a 5-1 advantage, but a 7-1 TSU run flipped the lead for an 8-6 edge. The Pioneers regained the lead at 16-15 on a Caroline Noel kill and again at 22-21 on a kill by Briley Cole-Lewis, but TSU's Roberts finalized the match with four straight kills.
Head coach Jeff Huebner said, "It was a great match for our program against the No. 13 team tonight. Makayla Mayfield and Caroline Noel were both terrific for us. I'm very proud of our leadership and our ability to improve and make adjustments."
The Pioneers head to No. 22 Angelo State for a 2 p.m. match Saturday.