After the first two sets, the match was dominated by the Texas State volleyball team.
Texas State outscored South Dakota State 75-47 in three consecutive sets to secure its four-set victory Friday afternoon in its first game of the Shocker Volleyball Classic.
South Dakota State came into Saturday’s match with nine losses and the team will add one more loss to their tally.
Texas State jumped out to a 5-0 lead in the first set, but the team was unable to take full control of the set.
South Dakota State took advantage of some early mistakes by the Bobcats. The Jack Rabbits finished the on a 5-2 run to win the first set after the two teams were tied at 20-20.
The second set’s pace was similar to the first as both teams could not pull away from each other, but Texas State was the team that took over in the end with a 25-22 victory.
Texas State did not allow South Dakota to break 14 points in either of the sets as the Jack Rabbits were held to a .037 hitting percentage in the fourth set and .040 in the final set.
The Bobcats’ hitting percentages were .429 and .458 in the fourth and fifth sets.
Shelby Vas Matt, junior outside hitter, Morgan Lewis, junior middle blocker, and Claire Kreuz, junior outside hitter, were the efficient hitters for the team. All three girls recorded .400 hitting percentages for the team with a combined 35 kills.
Lewis was heavily involved in the match, with a match-high 30 attempts. The team relied on Lewis after Jordan Kohl, sophomore outside hitter, converted on 10 of 29 attempts for a .138 hitting percentage. Kohl committed a match-high six errors.
The team converted 61 kills, compared to 36 by South Dakota State, and this discrepancy is in part due to Erin Hoppe, sophomore setter, who recorded 46 assists in the match.
Hoppe’s 46 assists is a career-high and she played the entire match as the setter.
Emily Shelton, junior setter, did not play in the match against South Dakota State and Hoppe has played in every single set in the last four matches.
The win for Texas State gets them one win closer to .500 with a record of 4-5.
The team will attempt to bring their record to even Friday night against Northern Illinois.
Northern Illinois is 3-4 and lost their first match of the Shocker Classic against Wichita State in four sets.
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