|Coach Mike Needham|
The Aggie volleyball team was swept on Friday night by Texas State 3-0 as the Aggies lost set one in extra points 26-24 then lost set two by an identical score of 26-24 before falling in set three 25-20. It's the second time the Aggies have been swept this season both times coming in the second match of a tournament.
Kayleigh Giddens led all players with 23 kills on 40 swings and committed just six attack errors hitting .425 on the match and the Aggies hit .311 for the match and the Aggies struggled at the service line both receiving serve and serving as the Bobcats would record 10 service aces and the Aggies would commit 12 service errors.
The Aggies fell behind early 6-3 in the first set but rallied to tie the set 7-7 after back-to-back service aces by Rocio Gutierrez. A service ace by Ellen Miks gave the Aggies a 9-8 lead, however, the Bobcats would score four straight points to go ahead 12-9 and forcing the Aggies to call a timeout.
Out of the timeout Aggie setter Jennah DeVries recorded a solo block against Texas State's Mo Middleton to trim the deficit to 12-10. The Aggies would fall behind by four points at 17-13 as a Whitney Woods attack would get blocked back by Preslie Alexander and Ashlee Hilbun. Texas State would extend their lead to five points at 19-14 forcing another Aggie timeout. Kayleigh Giddens would come alive after the timeout scoring four of the next five Aggie points to draw the Aggies even with the Bobcats at 19-19.
After a kill by Texas State's Mo Middleton gave the Bobcats the lead at 20-19, Giddens would strike twice more to give the Aggies a 21-20 lead. The Bobcats would retake the lead 22-21 on back-to-back kills by A.J. Watlington but Kayleigh Giddens would put down another kill to tie the set at 22 points apiece. Another kill by AJ Watlington was followed by a service ace by Mo Middleton putting the Aggies in a 24-22 set point hole. The Aggies would stave off two set points after an attack error by Texas State's Melinda Cave and a kill by Amanda Tonga. However, the Bobcats would earn set point on a kill by Preslie Alexander and then would close out the set by blocking a Whitney Woods attack giving them the 26-24 set victory.
The second set saw the Aggies fall behind 3-1 early but would tie the set at 5-5 on a kill by Kayleigh Giddens. After falling behind 7-6, Giddens would again tie the set at 7-7 with another kill. The Aggies would trail by two at 9-7 but a solo block by Michelle Kuester was followed by a service ace by Giddens tying the set at 9-9. The Aggies would extend their run to four points on back-to-back kills by Rocio Gutierrez to go up 11-9 forcing Texas State to call a timeout. The Bobcats would come out of the timeout and go on a four point run to retake the lead at 13-11. The Bobcats would extend their lead to four points at 17-13 forcing an Aggie timeout. The Bobcats would take a five point lead at 18-13. However, the Aggies would cut the lead to 19-17 forcing a timeout by Texas State.
Out of the timeout, the Aggies would commit a mental error as they were called for a service violation as the wrong player came out to serve the next point. A point was awarded to the Bobcats and they would lead 20-17. Whitney Woods would get blocked on the next point giving the Bobcats a 21-17 lead forcing another Aggie timeout. As she did in the first set, Kayleigh Giddens would ignite a run at a comeback as she would get back-to-back kills to draw the Aggies to within two points at 21-19.
The Aggies would draw to within one at 21-20 after Amber Calhoun's attack would fall wide. The teams would trade service errors leaving the Aggies down 22-21. Preslie Alexander would record a kill to put the Bobcats up 23-21 and the two teams would again trade service errors giving the Bobcats a set point at 24-22. Whitney Woods would record a kill to stave off a set point and Desiree Scott would tie the set at 24-24. However, the Aggies would commit another service error, this time off a Madison Hardy serve, giving the Bobcats set point at 25-24 and the Bobcats would close out the set on a service ace by Preslie Alexander.
The third set would start the same way the second set finished as the Bobcats would earn a point on a service ace by Shelbi Irvin. The Aggies would take a 2-1 lead as Michelle Kuester would record a solo block against Amber Calhoun. The Bobcats would score four points to take a 5-2 advantage in the set. A service error by Madison Hardy put the Aggies behind by four points at 8-4 and a kill by Madeline Gaffney put the Aggies in a 9-4 hole. The Aggies would trail by four points at 10-6 after a kill by Kayleigh Giddens however, Texas State would score six of the next seven points putting the Aggies down by nine points at 16-7. The Aggies would mount a small rally to cut the deficit to five points at 16-11 and after a kill by AJ Watlington, the Aggies would score four more points in a row to cut their deficit to just two points at 17-15.
The Bobcats would go back up by four points at 19-15 but the Aggies would cut the deficit to just two points again after a kill by Deirdre Pajares and a service ace by Madison Hardy. After an attack error by AJ Watlington pulled the Aggies to within one at 19-18, the Aggies trouble at the service line would haunt them again as service ace by Madison Hardy pushed the Aggie deficit back to two at 20-18. Texas State would record a service ace to go up 21-18. Kayleigh Giddens would cut the Aggie deficit to two points at 22-20 but that would be as close as the Aggies would get as the Bobcats would score the final three points to close out the set 25-20 and the match 3-0.
The Aggies hit .311 on the match but had just one player, Kayleigh Giddens, finish in double-digits in kills. Whitney Woods finished with seven kills but also had seven attack errors, while Rocio Gutierrez and Desiree Scott each added five kills.
Texas State finished the match with a .267 hitting percentage and did not have a single player finish in double-digit kills. Amber Calhoun and AJ Watlington each finished with a team-high seven kills, Melinda Cave added six kills and Preslie Alexander and Mo Middleton each finished with five kills.
The Bobcats finished with 10 service aces and just five service errors while the Aggies committed 12 service errors while recording just six service aces.
With the loss the Aggies fall to 6-6 on the season. It's also the Aggies' sixth consecutive loss, the longest streak since the 1999 season.
The Aggies finish the Arizona Invitational on Saturday at 2:00 p.m. when they take on host Arizona.