By Kyle Spencer
Baylor set the tone early by winning the first set 25-16. Despite four service errors, the Bears were able to record three aces and three blocks. Texas State could only block one attempt and did not record an ace. Texas State was able to tie the score twice, but did not lead at all in the first set.
The Bobcats answered in a big way in the second set, downing the Bears 25-19. Baylor’s play got sloppy and the Bobcats jumped on the opportunity and led the entire set and were even up 9-3 at one point.
From there, both teams went back and forth in the third set. Baylor went up 9-7 before Texas State was able to answer and tie the set at 9-9. The Bears went on a run from that point going up 18-13 after a kill from Jaelyn Jackson. The Bobcats would go on a run to come within one (21-20) on a nice kill from Jordan Kohl. Baylor then ended the Bobcat’s run and the set with a kill from Aniah Philo to end the set 25-22.
Baylor ended the game in the fourth set despite the excellent play by Kohl 25-21. Baylor’s defense was strong, out-blocking the Bobcats 11.5 to 9.5. The Bears were also able to dig out Texas State’s kills 68 times compared to the Bobcat’s 58. Katie Staiger led the kills category with 26, but Kohl was a close second with 21 kills and hitting at 56% clip.
Texas State’s next game is Friday morning at 10:30 a.m. in Strahan Coliseum against Stephen F. Austin State University. This will be the opening game of the Creeds & Crests Classic. The game against SFA will be broadcast live starting at 10:15 a.m. on KTSW-FM 89.9.