Volleyball drops first conference game of season

By: 

Sports Reporter

Two teams entered Saturday night's game with an undefeated record in the Sun Belt Conference. Only one team -- Texas State or Appalachian State -- would leave with that undefeated record still in tact.

Coming off their 3-0 sweep rematch with Georgia State on Thursday, the Bobcats had momentum going into their matchup against Appalachian State but a lack of finishing attacks and too many errors resulted in a three-set loss (14-25, 21-25, 16-25) and Texas State's first loss in the conference.  

"Appalachian State is a very good team, few mistakes tonight," said Coach Karen Chisum. "Definitely top three in the conference." 

Texas State never found its rhythm early in the first set as Appalachian State closed out the first set on a 13-3 run. The Bobcats had nine errors in the first set to go along with 13 kills on 32 total attempts. The Mountaineers had 11 kills with one error on 24 attempts.  

The second set was much better for Texas State, finishing with a .375 hitting percentage. and were down only point late in the second set 20-19.  However, another 5-2 run by Appalachian State clinched the second set victory. 

Texas State had 24 errors for the game including the third set, which had 13 errors.

The terminating issue was also apparent for the Bobcats as hitters like Shelby Vas Matt, Morgan Lewis, Kelsey Weynand and Jordan Kohl all had hitting percentages of .275 or lower.  The team finished with a .134 hitting percentage for the match. 

"We struggled in every position, very disappointing," Chisum said. "Lack of competiveness." 

Kohl lead Texas State in kills with eight while Erin Hoppe, sophomore setter, lead the Bobcats in assist with 21. For Appalachian State, Keller and Emily Corrigan, senior outside hitter, each had a game-high 11 kills. Brown had a game-high 28 assists. 

This was also the first game back for Lauren Kirch, sophomore middle blocker, since Aug. 29 against SMU.  Kirch finished with four kills and three errors on eight total attempts. 

Next up for Texas State is a rematch at home with last year's Sun Belt Conference champions Little Rock. The Trojans are currently 2-0 in the Sun Belt and are second in the conference in blocks per set with 2.44. 

"(We) need to turn this around quickly before Thursday night," Chisum said.