Texas State defeated Big 12 Conference opponent Baylor for the first time since Sept. 13, 1996 Tuesday at Strahan Colesium.
During the first set in Tuesday’s game the Bobcats shot 86 percent from the court. Freshman outside-hitter Shelby Vas Matt, right-side hitter Amari Deardorff and senior middle-blocker Ashlee Hilbun all finished the game with double-digits kills. Deardorff led the game with 12 kills. Junior setter Caylin Mahoney recorded 37 assists in the game. Sophomore Sierra Smith led the team in digs, gathering 15. The Bobcats scored four serving aces in the match.
“We’re not going to just serve the ball in the court,” said Coach Karen Chisum. “We’re going to serve aggressive. The team knows that we (have) got to keep our opponent out of their offensive flow. We’re going to miss some serves, but hits better be long and out. We keep confident. That’s something we work on every day in practice.”
On Baylor’s side of the net, senior outside hitter Zoe Adom tallied a team-high 20 kills in the game on 48 attempts. Sophomore setter Amy Rosenbaum led the Bears in assists, amounting 42 in the game. Baylor outnumbered Texas State in kills, assists, blocks, digs and total team points, despite the Bobcats accounting for 10 fewer errors in the game. There were 18 tied scores and eight lead changes during the match.
“I think we did better as a team in this game,” Deardorff said. “We didn’t make as many serving errors. We just focused on putting the ball in play and continued letting them make their errors. There were times in the match where (Baylor) runs of points situations that we didn’t want to be in, but we were better at changes rotations, so (Baylor) was seeing different things all the time.”
Hilbun discussed the adjustments the team made after the North Texas Invitational where Texas State endured its first two losses of the year.
“We came in this game with the attitude we’re going to serve a lot tougher,” Hilbun said. “I think have a tougher mentality really helped us a lot with the win. In practice, we worked a lot on drills that focused on finishing games, not letting our opponents back in, and I think we showed that tonight.”
The team’s last meeting with Baylor was in Waco Sept. 4, 2012. In the first two sets, the score differential was a combined five points, with six lead changes and 12 tied scores. During the second set, with the score 22-20 and the Bobcats in the lead, the Bears went on a 6-2 scoring run, winning the set. Texas State managed 14 points in the third set, its lowest point total of the match. Baylor ended up with the victory in three sets.
Deardorff, a junior at the time, had seven kills on 12 attempts, hitting .417 from the court. Deardorff’s hitting percentage during the game was the highest for the team, with the remaining Bobcats failing to average a percentage higher than .200. Collectively, the team averaged .074 for the match, with Baylor hitting .309 from the field. The Bears tallied 14 more kills and 13 more assists than Texas State.
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