Texas State rallies from two-set deficit to defeat UTA

Texas State Volleyball

A season sweep of rival UT-Arlington couldn’t have been scripted better. Texas State went on the road for the final time this regular season on Monday and found themselves in an early hole.

The Mavericks jumped out to an early lead after fighting for the first set. The Bobcats fended off two set points before UTA took a 1-0 match lead, 26-24. Texas State had a 18-15 advantage before UTA went on a 6-1 run to regain confidence. The Mavericks won four of the last six points to shift momentum in their favor.

Momentum led UTA to a 10-5 second-set lead. The Bobcats got within six points but the home team stayed on top the whole set, pulling away to a 25-17 win. Things took a turn in the third set as Texas State battled to avoid a sweep. An early 10-3 lead led to an 18-point win in the third set, 25-8. This was the first time UTA was held under double-digits at home since 2012.

The fifth and final set of the match was a back-and-forth struggle with an early 6-6 tie. A late four-point run gave Texas State the momentum they needed to win the final set and complete the comeback (26-28, 17-25, 25-8, 25-21, 15-11).

Sophomore outside hitter Megan Porter finished with a double-double, 16 kills and 12 digs. Senior middle blocker Jaliyah Bolden recorded 10 kills, while sophomore outside hitter Amy Pflughaupt produced 18 digs of her own. Senior Erin Hoppe distributed a match-high 47 assists. Sophomores Mattie Adams, 13, and Micah Dinwiddie, 11, also posted double-digit digs.

The Mavericks had a pair of double-doubles themselves behind Qiana Canete (21 kills, 15 digs) and Kylie Jedlicka (18 kills, 18 digs). The team-leader in assists was Haley Higgins with 43.

As a whole, Texas State led in every statistical category - kills (60-55), attack percentage (.229-.138), assists (56-53), aces (6-4), digs (67-63), and blocks (15-13).

The Bobcats return to Strahan Coliseum for the final two games of the regular season. Monday’s win puts Texas State in position to claim the Sun Belt Conference West Division with a win over Louisiana-Lafayette on Friday. The winner will also earn a top-two seed in the 2017 Sun Belt Conference Tournament.

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