Angelo State did the expected, but in an unexpected manner, when the Rambelles earned a 3-1 Lone Star Conference volleyball victory over Cameron University Saturday in the Aggie gym.
Scores were 25-11, 19-25, 25-18 and 25-21.
ASU, ranked 11th in the NCAA Division II AVCA Coaches poll, used its depth and solid defense to fight off Cameron's upset bid. The Rambelles, who lead the league in hitting percentage, kills, assists and digs, improve to 11-1 in league play and 18-3 overall. The young Aggies are 2-9 and 7-15.
ASU has lost just eight sets in its 12 league games. Three were in a loss to perennial power West Texas A&M.
Cameron stayed with the Texans until the end of the third set and they were tied at 21 in the fourth.
The Rambelles hit .203 to Cameron's .091, held a 56-45 advantage in kills and a 95-83 edge in digs.
Junior Maddie Huth paced the winners with 17 kills while junior Shelbi Goode reached double figures with 13. Six players had four or more kills. Shelbi Wilt led the defense with 21 kills.
Cameron had a solid 1-2-3 punch with freshman Kat Evans getting 15 kills, sophomore Rebecca Green 12 and frosh Annelise Carpenter 10. Senior Julisa Ocasio had 25 digs, junior Mariah Westlake 14 and junior Erin Hardy 13.
CU Coach Doug Tabbert his believes his youngsters still have a chance to qualify for the postseason tournament.
"Our effort in the second, third and fourth set gets us a long way against a lot of people if we play like that," he said. "I was very happy with that part of it."