Returning from a win against the Arkansas Razorbacks at the Golden Hurricane Classic, Texas State battled Big 12 Conference opponent Texas Tech at Strahan Coliseum Tuesday in a five set match, resulting in its first home game loss of the season.
“The team is all very disappointed in this loss,” said senior right-side hitter Amari Deardorff. “This is a game we shouldn’t have lost, and it falls all on us. Based on how (Texas Tech) was doing in the beginning of the season, we didn’t go into the game with the right mindset. We have to approach every team like they’re the best in the nation.”
The Red Raiders came into the game 6-8 on the season after two consecutive losses against Cal State Fullerton and Incarnate Word. Texas Tech currently ranks second to last in Big 12 Conference standings above Baylor. The Red Raiders place last in overall hitting percentage, averaging .188 as a team.
Senior right-side hitter and middle blocker Aubree Piper leads the Red Raiders in kills, with 146 on the season. Junior outside hitter Breeann David ranks atop conference standings in average kills per set. David holds a team-high 15 serving aces for the year.
During the first set of the match with Texas State leading 16–10, Texas Tech went on an 8–2 scoring run, tying the game at 18i18. After a timeout by the Raiders the Bobcats managed a run of their own, going on a 7–2 scoring surge and closing out the set at 25–20. Freshman outside hitter Shelby Vas Matt recorded three kills out of four attempts for the team, with a hitting percentage of .750 in the set.
Early in the second set, with both teams exchanging points, Texas State took the lead 6–5. The Bobcats never relinquished the lead in that set, closing it out 25–18. After two sets Texas Tech totaled 10 serving errors, compared to the Bobcats’ 2 in both sets. Texas State hit 73 percent from the court during the second set.
Texas Tech went on to take the third set in the match 27–25. During the fourth set, with the Bobcats down 17–10, Texas State mounted an 8-2 run bringing the score to a one point difference. However, the Bobcats were never able to take the lead, and the Red Raiders closed out the set with a score of 25–22.
Texas State never held the lead in the entire fifth and final set. The Bobcats managed to cut the Red Raiders’ lead down to two, but they finished the set on a 3-1 scoring drive, ending the match with a score of 15-11.
Sophomore defensive specialist Sierra Smith gathered a team-high 14 digs in the game. Senior middle blocker Ashlee Hilbun recorded 15 kills in the match, the best of the team.
“After the loss, coach said it was all on us,” Smith said. “It had nothing to do with their side of the net. After being up two sets, we got comfortable, sliding back on our heels and let (Texas Tech) get back in the game, which was the worst thing we could do.”
Coach Karen Chisum discussed her thoughts and feelings about losing in five sets to Texas Tech.
“We deserved everything we got tonight,” Chisum said. “We didn’t come out to play, and it started with the upperclassmen. (Texas Tech) didn’t do anything for us to lose, but it was what we didn’t do. I’m frustrated that we didn’t take care of business. I thought Jordan Moore and Ali Hubicsak did a good job tonight, but I can’t say that to anyone else on the team.”