Texas State was defeated by nationally-ranked Western Kentucky Friday in three straight sets in their first road game of Sun Belt Conference competition, dropping to 2-1 in conference play.
“In my opinion, we lost the match in the first set,” Coach Karen Chisum said. “We were ahead 23 to 21, and made some crucial errors. The next thing you know, the set is over 25 to 23 and they won it. I think they were bigger competitors than we were tonight, but hats off to Ashlee Hilbun and Sierra Smith. They wanted to win this match badly, but didn’t have their teammates rise to the occasion.”
Senior middle-blocker Ashlee Hilbun led the team in kills, scoring nine in the contest with a .280 hitting percentage from the court. Sophomore defensive specialist Sierra Smith recorded a team-high 10 digs in the game.
The game against the Hilltoppers marks the fifth consecutive match Smith has tallied double-digit digs, totaling 65 during the span. Smith currently leads the team in digs, averaging 3.52 per set with a total of 225 on the season.
The Bobcats committed five servicing errors in the game. Texas State totaled a team hitting percentage of .155. WKU finished with a collective hitting percentage of .320 Senior outside hitter Paige Wessel contributed the most kills for the Hilltoppers with 10 in the game, ending the game with a .625 hitting percentage from the floor. WKU committed zero errors in the game. The Hilltoppers lead in all major statistical categories of the game.
Texas State will play Georgia State on Sunday, a team defeated by the Hilltoppers earlier in the week. The Panthers currently ranks second to last in conference standings with a 5-13 record. Georgia State has a home record of 1-4 for the year.