Volleyball defeated in four sets by Northern Illinois

Senior Sports Reporter

The Texas State volleyball team came into Saturday’s match against Northern Illinois with a chance to make its mark in the Shocker Classic.

The Bobcats came up short in their efforts as they lost to the Northern Illinois Huskies in four sets (23-25, 25-23, 20-25, 13-25).

Texas State and Northern Illinois looked even in the first two sets as both came down to a two-point victory.

Northern Illinois won the final two sets 50-33.

Texas State beat themselves over and over in the match and they could not recover.

The Bobcats recorded a total of 25 errors, their highest mark this season in matches shorter than five sets.

Many of the errors came on attack errors from Jenna Radtke, Huskies junior middle blocker.

Radtke converted 10 blocks for her team and the Huskies recorded 14 blocks overall in the game.

The play at the net for Northern Illinois turned into five errors each for Jordan Kohl, sophomore outside hitter, Shelby Vas Matt, junior outside hitter and Morgan Lewis, junior middle blocker.

The team recorded a .136 hitting percentage which is a recipe for failure for Texas State.

In all of the team’s losses they have a had a hitting percentage below .136. In victories they have exceeded .207.

The Huskies recorded more digs, blocks, assists and kills. The Bobcats had more serving aces, but not much else.

Texas State did contain Northern Illinois’ leader in kills, T’Ara Austin, junior outside hitter.

Austin came into the match leading the team with 85 kills, and finished with 23 kills on 54 attempts (.259 hitting percentage).

This match belonged to Radtke who recorded a .600 hit percentage on 25 attempts. Radtke made the first team All-Mac last season and she proved herself worthy of that honor tonight.

Kohl, the only player to exceed double-digits in kills, led the team with 16.

Texas State ends the Shocker Classic tournament Saturday against Wichita State.

Wichita State has won both of their matches in the tournament including a four-set victory against Northern Illinois.

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