Small college notes: Tarleton State volleyball looks to build on last season

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The Tarleton State TexAnns volleyball team has its sights on even greater goals this season after a school-best 23-9 in 2012.

The TexAnns open their season Friday in San Angelo, as part of the Angelo State Tournament, with matches against Colorado State-Pueblo at noon and Arkansas-Fort Smith at 4 p.m.

Tarleton State turns to a trio of returning seniors to lead this year’s team that features 13 letter winners in all.

“Every year presents new challenges, different players and improved competition,” Tarleton State coach Mary Schindler said. “I am excited about having the opportunity to build on last year as well as the opportunity to establish ourselves as a quality program, not just a successful team.”

Stacie Murrah, 2012 first-team all-conference selection in the Lone Star Conference, will be joined by setter Danielle Barker and libero Emily Klein as four-year letter winners. Murrah recorded 311 kills and had a hitting percentage of .256.

The TexAnns were picked to finished fourth in the LSC this season, behind favorite West Texas A&M, Angelo State and Texas Woman’s University.

Wesleyan home opener

The Texas Wesleyan volleyball team opens its home schedule Friday after an impressive showing in the Indiana Wesleyan/Taylor University Crossover Tournament last week.

TWU went 3-1 in the tournament, with its lone loss came against No. 17 Indiana Wesleyan. The Rams (6-2) picked up victories against Point Park, Davenport and Olivet Nazarene.

The Rams host Briar Cliff and Embry-Riddle at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. Friday in the Wesleyan Hughes Classic at the Sid Richardson Center.

“It will be fun to be on our home court and the court that our girls work hard on every day,” Texas Wesleyan coach Kimberly Weaver said. “We will be able to display our talents in front of classmates and family.”

Katherine Rosenbusch lead the Rams with 87 kills (3.11 per set) in eight games.

Rosenbusch finished with double-digit kills in three of the team’s four games in Indiana and led with 14 kills against Point Park.

TWU hosts Lewis-Clark State at 2 p.m. Saturday and Our Lady of the Lake at 7 p.m.

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