Red Wolves snap Texas State's winning streak
The Bobcats finally cooled off.
Texas State went into Friday’s matchup with Arkansas State in Jonesboro, Ark. red hot, riding a 17-match win streak and a 13-0 conference record. But the Red Wolves were able to figure out what every other team in the Sun Belt couldn’t, and the Bobcats lost for the first time in nearly two months, 3-2 (25-18, 17-25, 19-25, 25-18, 15-13).
The team got off on the wrong foot in the opening set. The schools split the first 10 points at an even 5-5, but a 6-2 run by Arkansas State gave the Red Wolves a 4-point lead. Texas State trailed by three points the rest of the frame and fell 25-18.
The Red Wolves seemed to have the momentum heading into the next game, getting off to a 7-4 start. But Texas State managed to tie things back up and the teams traded points until junior outside hitter Cheyenne Huskey picked up a kill to earn possession back for the Bobcats at 13-13. From there, Huskey served a 7-0 run, including three aces, and the team took the set, 25-17, to even out the match.
Texas State kept rolling in the third frame. Up 14-13, the Bobcats used a 6-2 run that included three Arkansas State errors to pry open a five-point lead. The Red Wolves never came within four points again, as Texas State took the set, 25-19.
Arkansas State found its footing in the fourth, though. Leading 10-9, the Red Wolves went on a 7-2 run to extend its lead to six points. The Bobcats dropped the frame 25-18, leading to a fifth and final set.
The team suddenly had its back against the wall for the first time in a long time. Arkansas State went up 14-9, one point away from taking the match. Texas State battled back. Senior outside hitter Amy Pflughaupt scored a kill on an assist from sophomore setter Brooke Johnson and Emily DeWalt served a 3-0 run with two aces to cut the score to 14-13.
But Red Wolves senior outside hitter Carlisa May swatted down the set-winning kill on the next play, and Arkansas State handed the Bobcats their first conference loss of the season.
Huskey and Pflughaupt tied for a team-high 11 kills each. DeWalt led the team with 19 assists and Johnson secured her career eighth double-double with 17 assists and 17 digs. Texas State’s last lost 3-1 at home to Kentucky on Sept. 8. The team's 17-game win streak will go down as the third-longest in school history.
The Bobcats are still one win away from clinching the Sun Belt regular season title outright. They’ll have another chance to earn it Saturday when they face Little Rock on the road at 6:30 p.m. The match ended after press time.