By Joshua Orozco
Assistant Sports Director
In a night consisting of 32 total attack errors, the Bobcats struggled to get any sort of momentum as Rice defeated Texas State in three straight sets on Tuesday.
Rice entered their matchup inside Strahan Arena with a perfect set record of six for six in the Owls’ first two victories. Unfortunately for the ‘Cats, the Owls’ dominance continued following an abundance of Bobcat errors.
Tuesday’s game marked the first time Texas State battled Rice since the Bobcats eliminated the Owls in their first round NCAA tournament bout last season. Outside hitter Nicole Lennon led the path to revenge for the Rice Owls with 32 attacks and 14 kills.
Sun Belt preseason setter of the year Emily DeWalt finished with a team-high 18 assists on the night. DeWalt led the team in total assists in each of the first four games of the season for the Bobcats.
Cheyenne Huskey led the team with seven kills; however she also had the most errors with 12. The underclassmen for the Bobcats also came out in full force as Jillian Slaughter, Kenedi Rutherford and Courtney Heiser all finished with double-digit attacks.
Junior Brooke Johnson displayed impressive defensive work against Rice with 10 total digs. The Bobcats continuously made attack mistakes; however their defense evened out the dig battle with 37 points a piece.
With the loss, Texas State falls to 1-3 on the year for the second straight season.
The ‘Cats will look to bounce back from a rough season opening stretch in their next slate of opponents at the Long Beach State Mizuno Classic in Long Beach, California. Texas State begins their three-game road trip on Thursday, Sept. 5 at 10 p.m. against Long Beach State.
Coverage for all three games of Texas State volleyball in the Mizuno Classic can be found on KTSW 89.9.
Featured image courtesy of Texas State Athletics.