By Caleb Ryan-Davis
Texas State fans set a new volleyball attendance record of 3,591 Wednesday during the team’s home opener.
The Bobcats started the match with an outstanding first set, winning 25-18. Texas State couldn’t carry on with their early lead and fell to Baylor, 3-1 (18-25, 25-23, 25-14, 25-23), and later dropped to 2-2 in the young season.
After the game, Head Coach Karen Chisem said, “The team is still growing, players are filling roles they didn’t have last year and we are growing as a team.”
Chisem added, “UALR is good, but nobody else in the conference is as good as Baylor.”
Senior Alexandra Simms and sophomore Shelby Vas Matt kept the team afloat throughout the match with 12 kills each and a combined 26.5 of the 56 points scored.
In addition to her kills, Vas Matt also made it another double-double, finishing with 11 digs and a block.
Junior Sierra Smith also led the team with 16 digs, but sophomore setter Jordan Moore finished the four set match with 15 digs and 39 assists for another double-double.
A big block by Vas Matt and freshman Lauren Kirch gave the Bobcats an early 8-3 lead in the first set.
With 8 digs from Smith and the final point by Simms, the Bobcats took a 25-18 victory, making the match 1-0.
Baylor answered back in the second set, barely getting by, with a 25-23 lead over Texas State.
The Bobcats struck first to begin the third set but ultimately couldn’t get past Baylor’s tough block.
After a three-point run, Baylor led the final set 20-19, and after a down-to-the-wire match, Baylor sealed their victory over the Bobcats 3-1.
The Bobcats next match was last weekend when they hosted the Delta Zeta Classic.
Texas State looked to bounce back Friday against Wichita State, which was followed by a match against UTSA. Saturday the Bobcats faced Abilene Christian and North Texas.