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Volleyball: TWU oust Angelo State from LSC tournament

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STEPHENVILLE -- Miri Shade posted a career-high 24 kills to go with 13 digs for her 10th double-double of the season, Katy Ranes tossed out a career-best 60 assists and Briley Cole-Lewis tallied 20 kills in TWU's 25-22, 25-23, 24-26, 25-19 win against No. 25 Angelo State Thursday in the first round of the Lone Star Conference tournament.

The Pioneers (14-17) play in the semifinals at 5 p.m. Friday against second-seeded Texas A&M-Commerce.

Sixth-seeded TWU hit .296 compared with .238 by third-seeded ASU (21-9).

The Pioneers never trailed in Set 1 and built a 15-8 lead following back-to-back kills by Cole-Lewis. The Belles knotted the score at 19 before a kill by Shade. Courtney Noel gathered two blocks, one alongside Cole-Lewis and another next to Makayla Mayfield, for set point before Cole-Lewis ended the set with another kill.

ASU led 9-5 in the second. A Mayfield ace and kill from Ranes handed TWU the lead at 19-18. An ace by Ranes put the Pioneers up 23-22, and Shade ended the set on a kill.

TWU fell behind 12-9 in the fourth, but kills by Shade, Mayfield and Caroline Noel helped put the Pioneers back in front at 14-12. At 17-all, a kill by Shade and a pair of aces from Courtney Noel handed TWU a three-point lead. The Belles closed within two at 20-18, but the Pioneers finished with a Cole-Lewis kill.

"A great win for our group," TWU coach Jeff Huebner said. "Obviously we had top-end play from Katy, Miri and Briley. What doesn't come through is the toughness we played with and how our bench came in with timely points to add to or gain a lead."