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September 15th, 2012
Utah State hands Bobcats first volleyball conference loss



The Texas State volleyball team came up short against Utah State on Saturday afternoon at Strahan Coliseum, falling 3-0 (25-23, 25-15, 29-27) to the Aggies in the team’s second WAC match.

After dropping the first two sets, the Bobcats came out of intermission with a spark and took an 8-4 lead early in the third set. Freshman Brooke Smith saw her first action of the match and gave Texas State a lift with three kills early in the period.

Utah State rallied as the teams played evenly through most of the set that featured 17 tie scores and eight lead changes. With the score 23-23, setter Caylin Mahoney pushed a ball outside to Casey Heising who put it away to give the team its first of two set-point opportunities. However, Utah State fended off both of Texas State’s chances and took the lead 27-26 on a kill from Elle Brainard. Smith answered with her fourth kill of the set to even the score at 27-27, but an Aggie block followed by Shay Sorensen’s match-high 15th kill put the match away.

With the loss, Texas State dropped to 6-7 overall and evened its record at 1-1 in the WAC. Meanwhile, Utah State improved to 7-4 overall and 2-0 in the conference.

The Bobcats struggled terminating balls offensively, finishing the match with a .154 hitting percentage compared to a .286 mark for Utah State.

Alexandra Simms led the team in kills for the eighth time in the last 13 matches, posting 10 kills and the team’s only ace of the match. Amari Deardorff also had 10 kills for Texas State.

Caleigh McCorquodale notched her fourth double-double of the season, finishing with 14 assists and a team-high 15 digs, while Mahoney led the Bobcats with 21 assists to go along with four kills.

Defensively, Utah State held an 11.0-3.0 advantage in blocks, while Texas State had 58 digs compared to 48 for the visitors.

Next on the docket for Texas State is an I-35 Rivalry Series match with UTSA. The Bobcats and Roadrunners will meet in San Antonio on Friday, September 21 for a 6:30 p.m. match.

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