By Reilly Low
Texas State Volleyball fought hard against Northern Iowa, but ended up losing in three sets at the end of the Bobcats opening weekend.
The relatively slow start that the match had made Texas State fight harder. In the first set, the Bobcats came from behind to tie the set three times. The first tie happened after several errors made by Northern Iowa, but the second tying score was made by sophomore Kenedi Rutherford. Rutherford made several big blocks throughout the game, including one that tied the set after being down by three or four points. The first set tied the third time at 23, but unfortunately, the Northern Iowa Panthers were able to win the set 25-23.
The second set consisted of Northern Iowa changing the typical bump, set, spike offense allowing Texas State to fall behind quickly. After several long rallies, Northern Iowa continuously earned points because of the team’s ability to guess which part of the court the ball was about to be hit too. Sophomore Kayla Granado continued to serve well into the second set, leading the Bobcats to have several multi-point runs. The Bobcats lost the set after a late comeback attempt 25-19.
Going into the third set Texas State started down again, but continued to fight. After a continuous back-and-forth score, the Panthers continued to change up their offense causing the Bobcats to lose the third set 25-13.
Freshman Caitlan Buettner saw plenty of playing time during the second and third sets. Buettner had four kills and ten digs throughout the whole game, helping the Bobcats try to hold off the Panthers.
When asked how the Bobcats picked up their energy after a slow start, Buettner said, “We have a few players that I really want to commend, Connor and Micah, they really stepped it up and brought everyone’s emotions up.”
This week the Bobcats play the Rice Owls on Tuesday, Sept. 3 at Strahan Arena at 6 p.m. Coverage of Tuesday night’s match can be found on KTSW 89.9.
Featured image by Reilly Low.