After completing its season sweep of UT-Arlington Thursday, the Texas State volleyball team looked to carry that momentum against No. 22 Arkansas State, which is undefeated in Sun Belt Conference play.
Texas State dropped the first set 25-16 but then came roaring back winning the second and third sets (25-20, 25-23).
The Bobcats had the Red Wolves on the ropes in the fourth set but fell short losing 25-20 and Arkansas State then pulled away in the fifth set winning 15-10.
“Valiant effort,’ said Coach Karen Chsium. “They played just a little better than us.”
The first set was why Arkansas State is 8-0 in conference play, with the Red Wolves compiling a team hitting percentage of .306 compared to Texas State’s .045. The Bobcats committed eight errors during the first set as well.
Second and third sets saw a much different Texas State team after the first set, as the Bobcats had hitting percentages of .387 and .286 during those sets. The team ended the second set with a convincing 7-2 run with only one error.
During set four Texas State found themselves staying close throughout the set being tied 17-17 at one point. However after Arkansas State went on a 3-0 run making it 20-17, the Red Wolves closed out the set thanks to three Bobcat errors.
Fifth set saw the Bobcats fall out of rhythm as they never tied or had the lead in the set. Arkansas State closed out the fifth set with a 5-3 run after going up 10-7.
For the Bobcats, Kelsey Weynand (junior outside hitter), Jordan Kohl (sophomore right side hitter), Shelby Vas Matt (junior outside hitter) and Madison Daigle (freshman middle blocker) each finished with double digit kills as they kept the match close.
Brenna Lyles, junior libero, started tonight and recorded 21 digs out of the Bobcat’s 73 for the match. Vas Matt and Weynand each contributed with 15 and 14 respectively.
Erin Hoppe, sophomore setter, and Emily Shelton, junior setter, combined for 48 of the Bobcats’ 55 assists.
Errors were a factor for both teams as Texas State and Arkansas State finished the match with 24 each.
“We will continue to improve and see them in the conference tourney again,” Chisum said.
Next up for Texas State is another road game against Troy.