Bobcats fall to No. 12 Oregon in three sets

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Sports Reporter

The Texas State volleyball team showed its willingness to fight for every point but fell to No. 12 ranked Oregon in three sets (22-25, 16-25, 19-25) Tuesday night.

This was the Bobcats’ first game since their five-set loss to Indiana last Saturday. 

It was a close first set for Texas State as the Bobcats had a quick start as they went up 8-1 to start.

Erin Hoppe, sophomore setter, had two aces early and Morgan Lewis, junior middle blocker, had two kills.

“We thought if we jump on them early then we might have a pretty good shot,” said Coach Karen Chisum. “Our serving was tough, we served very well and we passed well early on but they chipped back into it and took that first game.” 

In that first set, Texas State had nearly as many kills as errors with 12 kills with 11 errors on 36 total attempts. Oregon had 13 kills with two errors on 28 total attempts. 

The second set for Texas State didn’t go much better as the team went eight kills with nine errors on 36 total attempts. Oregon put up similar numbers from its first set having 14 kills with three errors on 33 total attempts. 

Oregon had complete control during the second set, as Texas State never came closer than four points throughout the set.

Shelby Vas Matt, junior outside hitter, Kelsey Weynand, junior outside hitter, and Madison Daigle, freshman middle blocker, had hitting percentages of .167, -.143, and .000.

Martenne Bettendorf, Ducks senior outside hitter, had six kills with one error on 13 total attempts during the second set and Maggie Scott, Ducks sophomore setter, had nine assists in the second set.

The third and final set of the match seemed like a continuation of the second set as Oregon’s rhythm never broke. Texas State continued to make errors and couldn’t capitalize on their attempts.

For the match, Texas State had a team hitting percentage of .092, while Oregon had a team hitting percentage of .358. 

“What I’m proud of our kids though is that we never quit, we kept chipping away, chipping away.” Chisum said. “Outside we had way too many hitting errors and one of the things we had talk about going into it was they’ve got to earn the points we can’t give it away but we gave 24 on hitting errors and that’s a game in itself.” 

The next challenge for the Texas State will be Shocker Volleyball Classic, which begins Sept. 11 with double-header against South Dakota State and Northern Illinois. The last game of the Shocker Volleyball Classic is Sept. 12 against Wichita State. 

“I’m so excited,” Vas Matt said. “I feel like every game were getting better as team and we’re learning more about each other. Honestly, if we can cut out these errors we’re going to be an unstoppable team.”  

 

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