Small college notes: Tarleton St. football ready for test against Abilene Christian in Frisco

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Amidst its first 2-0 start under coach Cary Fowler, the No. 25 Tarleton State football team travels to Frisco to face Abilene Christian at Toyota Stadium at 4 p.m. Saturday.

The Texans will face a familiar foe in the Wildcats as Abilene Christian (3-1) was a former member of the Lone Star Conference before moving into the Southland this season.

“We are going to see two teams that are very familiar with one another,” Fowler said. “The last two games were decided by a combined six points. They have much of the same team as they did last season coming back.”

The Wildcats have won the last three meetings between the programs, including a 34-31 victory at Arlington’s AT&T Stadium in 2012 in the Lone Star Football Festival.

Fowler’s defense will be facing a test against an offense that has averaged over 65 points in its three wins before a 31-17 setback last week at Illinois State.

“You have to be physical with them,” Fowler said. “They know their offense. Their quarterback is a fifth-year guy and they have been together for a long time. You just have to knock them off of their spots and disrupt their offense. Our goal is to have one more point than what they have at the end of the game.”

The matchup will be Tarleton’s second neutral site game this season. The Texans defeated Midwestern State 27-24 in their season opener at AT&T Stadium.

TSU resumes LSC play

The Tarleton State TexAnns volleyball team opened Lone Star Conference play with a 2-0 start after wins against Cameron and Midwestern State.

The TexAnns, who fell to to St. Mary’s 3-2 on Tuesday, return to the court Friday when they travel to Texas A&M-Kingsville.

Stacie Murrah leads the TexAnns offense with 147 kills, good for third in the conference, and has a hitting percentage of .204.

Due to scheduling conflicts, Tarleton’s match against Our Lady of the Lake on Saturday has been canceled.

TWU nets honors

The Texas Wesleyan volleyball team picked up Sooner Athletic Conference honors this week as Stephanie Dominguez and Lauren Hutchinson were selected setter and libero of the week.

Dominguez, a senior, had 6.4 assists per game during a week in which her Rams went 2-1. She added 26 assists, 10 digs and six kills against Southwestern Christian on Thursday.

Hutchinson, a senior from Mesquite, picked up 59 digs in the three contests and averaged 5.9 digs per set last week.

The Rams (9-11, 1-1 SAC) host two matches this weekend, beginning at 7 p.m. Friday when they take on John Brown University and Oklahoma City University.

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