Texas State defeated their sixth opponent of the season in three straight sets against Louisiana-Lafayette at Strahan Coliseum Friday, claiming their first Sun Belt Conference victory for the year.
“The first set is as good as we played all year long,” Coach Karen Chisum said. “We really came out strong tonight, something that we were concerned about prior to the game. Louisiana-Lafayette has played 14 matches, and out of those, has only lost three first sets. It will be a lot easier to get up tomorrow morning to prepare for Sunday’s match against Louisiana-Monroe.”
The Bobcats led throughout the entire first set of the match, finishing with a score of 25-15. Senior right-side hitter Amari Deardorff and freshman outside hitter Shelby Vas Matt both tallied a set-high three kills. Deardorff ended the set with a .500 hitting percentage from the court, which accounted for the best percentage on the floor. She finished the game with a team-high 13 kills in the game.
Vas Matt hit .429 on seven attack attempts, ending the game with 11 kills and six digs. As a team, Texas State amassed a shot percentage of .333, with the Ragin’ Cajuns ending the set with an overall .031.
Louisiana-Lafayette responded from the first set by jumping out to a quick lead early in the second, but the Bobcats managed a 5-2 run, gaining the lead at 10-9. The Ragin’ Cajuns manufactured a run of points of their own, going on a 4-1 run and tying the game at 19 all.
Texas State managed to gain and maintain the lead in the set, ending the set, 26-24. Freshman defensive specialist Ali Hubicsak recorded the final point of the game with a servicing ace. Hubicsak finished the game with eight digs.
The Bobcats held the lead throughout the third set, ending the set and match, 25-12. Texas State ended the match with a .297 hitting percentage. Louisiana-Lafayette hit a collective .124 from the court.