LIONS CLOSE OUT ROAD SWING WITH 3-0 DEFEAT AT 12TH-RANKED RAMBELLES
No. 12 Angelo State 3, A&M-Commerce 0
Location: Stephens Arena · San Angelo, Texas
Records: A&M-Commerce (12-6, 4-5 LSC); Angelo State (16-3, 9-1 LSC)
Up Next: vs. Henderson State · Tuesday, Oct. 9 · 7 p.m. · The Field House
SAN ANGELO, Texas – A&M-Commerce's four-match road trip came to an end Saturday afternoon as the Lions dropped a 22-25, 17-25, 17-25 to 12th-ranked Angelo State at Stephens Arena. The Lions fell to 12-6 on the year and 4-5 in Lone Star Conference play while the Rambelles retained their position atop the conference standings, improving to 16-3 overall and 9-1 in LSC action.
Rachel Robertson once again paced A&M-Commerce at the nets, finishing with 10 kills and five blocks, complemented by a pair of service aces. Ezon Onditi and Kayla Bond each recorded seven kills for the Lions while Breanne Snyder added six kills. Chelsee Hudson was the only other Lion to notch a kill on the afternoon, finishing with two.
Jordan Neal led the way with 30 assists and six digs with libero Michaela Spicer recording 18 on the afternoon, falling short of her fourth-straight 20-dig game but still averaging 6.0 per set. Haley Richburg finished second on the team, netting nine digs defensively.
Coming off a heartbreaking five-set loss at Tarleton State Friday evening, A&M-Commerce fell behind early in the opening set to 12th-ranked Angelo State. The Lions showed their resolve, pulling to within one at 22-21 and again at 23-22. But the rally came up short as the Rambelles took the opener 25-22, setting the tone for the remainder of the match.
Angelo State never trailed on the afternoon as the match was tied just once early in the first set. The Rambelles raced out to early leads in both the second and third sets, pulling away in both to record identical 25-17 victories in both to defeat the Lions in straight sets.
It was the sixth-straight win for Angelo State over A&M-Commerce as the Rambelles improved to 30-19 all-time against the Lions. Shelbi Goode led the way for Angelo State, recording 11 kills and eight digs with Maddie Huth, Kaelen Valdez and Emily Booth each adding seven kills for the Rambelles.
With the road trip complete, A&M-Commerce returns to the Field House for three matches in five days this coming week. The Lions open up with their final non-conference match of the season, hosting Henderson State at 7 p.m. Tuesday evening. A&M-Commerce then hosts Texas A&M-Kingsville at 5 p.m. Friday and Incarnate Word at 1 p.m. Saturday, looking to get back in the win column and make a run at the conference standings.