Errors hurt Bearkats in volleyball home opener loss against Bobcats
Published: Wednesday, September 4, 2013
Updated: Wednesday, September 4, 2013 23:09
The reigning Southland Conference champions Sam Houston State University Bearkats stumbled into the 2013 season, extending their record to 1-3 during their home-opener loss.
The Texas State University Bobcats improved upon their four-game win streak Tuesday night against SHSU with three consecutive set wins.
The Bearkats came out strong early in the first set, but after a few reception errors, the Bobcats soon took over the lead, winning the first set 25-19.
Bobcat head coach Karen Chisum said she was surprised by the Bearkats’ performance; claiming her team’s slow approach in the first set.
“I don’t know if we came out slow or if [SHSU] came out fast, but we continued to play our game,” she said. “I knew they would be scrappy defensively, so we worked on blocks because Sam Houston sets high, something other teams don’t do.”
Errors committed in later sets killed the Bearkats in the remaining three sets.
SHSU hit for a -.065 percentage with service and receiving errors from all fronts extending their offensive and defensive struggle.
“I thought we came out as the aggressors early, but then Texas State became the aggressors,” head coach Brenda Gray said. “We just have to be more consistent and the talent has to come together.
SHSU rallied within three points of the Bobcats during the third set, closing in 6-9, but consistent errors continued to haunt the Bearkats as the Bobcats went on a six point run, making the score 15-9.
Haley Neisler was strong during the third set making several key kills for the Bearkats, but it was not enough to pull out the win.
SHSU will head into the SMU Mustang Invitational this weekend ranked 14th in SLC standings.
The Bearkats will open the weekend against conference rival Lamar University (1-4).