By Shehan Jeyarajah
Baylor volleyball lost in four sets to Texas State on Tuesday night in San Marcos. The Bears dropped the match 3-1 and the sets read 15-25, 19-25, 25-20 and 24-26.
The Bears fell to 2-6 after the loss, and Texas State improved to 8-2.
This marked the first time Texas State beat Baylor in volleyball since 1996.
Baylor was led by a strong showing from senior outside hitter Zoe Adom. Adom tied a career high with 20 kills on a .250 hitting percentage.
Adom was huge in the third set that Baylor won. She finished with seven kills in the third set as Baylor pulled off a 25-20 victory.
Sophomore outside hitter Thea Munch-Soegaard contributed a second straight double-double.
She had 14 kills and 12 digs. Sophomore libero Mackenzie Mayo came one dig short of a career high with 22 digs. Sophomore setter Amy Rosenbaum finished with 42 assists.
For Texas State, three players finished with double digit kills: senior right side hitter Amari Deardoff led with 12 kills and three total blocks on a hitting percentage of .385. Senior middle blocker Ashlee Hillbun had 11 kills, six digs and four total blocks. Freshman outside hitter Shelby Vas Matt finished with 10 kills, two total blocks and seven digs.
Baylor had trouble in the service game. For the match, they had 10 total service errors.
Eight of those errors occurred in the first two sets and were key reasons why Baylor fell behind early.
Baylor’s defense played relatively well. They held Texas State to a hitting percentage of .196. After a dominant first set when Texas State hit .440,
Baylor held Texas State to a hitting percentage of .144 and forced them to commit 19 attack errors.
The Bears also had 10 team blocks on the day, including four total blocks each from sophomore and junior middle blockers Adrien Richburg and Nicole Bardaji.
Baylor’s issue was not talent, but rather inconsistency.
The Bears finished with an overall hitting percentage of .141 for the match, but hit .233 in their third set win.
The last set was indicative of Baylor’s season so far. They went down 6-0 to start the set, but went on a run to make it 12-12.
Baylor fell down 21-17, but rallied to take a 24-23 lead and were serving for match point.
They subsequently allowed Texas State to take the next three points to win the match.
Baylor looks to rebound on Friday and Saturday in the Baylor Invitational hosted in Waco.
The Bears host Northwestern State, Appalachian State and Colorado in the three game tournament.