COLLEGE STATION – The Sam Houston State Bearkats got 10 kills from Brooke White, but Texas State hit .270 for the match and surged past the Kats in the final two sets for a 3-0 win in the opening match of the Texas A&M Invitational on Friday at Reed Arena.
The Bearkats (0-1) started off well, hitting .226 in the opening set and leading the majority of the way before the Bobcats (1-0) were able to mount a late rally and squeak out the win in the opener. From there Texas State hit .328 in the final two sets on their way to the sweep.
White led the way with 10 kills on 28 swings, while Jordyn Vaughn added nine and three digs. Taylor Cunningham put home seven kills and added a pairof blocks and Jaclyn Ward dished out 21 assists from her setter spot.
Vaughn delivered five of her kills in the opening set and the Kats played from out in front for the majority of the way, leading by as much as three at 19-16y after a pair of scores from Cunningham. But Texas State responded with a run of their own, tying it up a 22-22 before a Bearkat misfire gave the Bobcats a 23-22 late. Two more kills from Vaughn had it at 24-24. Ward found Cunningham for a kill that gave the Kats a set-point try, but from there Texas State managed to score the final three points of the set to take a 1-0 lead despite hitting just .111 in the frame.
The second set saw Texas State’s Megan Porter score nine times on 16 swings as the Bobcats hit .341 in running their lead to 2-0. The teams traded points in the early going before a 5-1 Texas State run opened the lead up to 11-6. Vaughn got one of her three kills of the set in a Bearkat run that saw them draw back to within 14-12, but Texas State was able to stretch the lead back out and never led by less than two points the rest of the way in holding the Kats to just .179 hitting for the set.
White turned in half of her kill total in the second set, but the rest of the Bearkat roster did not fare as well. Texas State forced 11 attack errors in the set while only committing two of their own. Sam Houston opened up with a 5-2 spurt, but the Bobcats re-took the lead at 7-6 and never gave it up, closing out the set on a 10-3 run.
The Kats will wrap up Day 1 of the Texas A&M Invitational on Friday evening when they take on the host Aggies. First serve is set for 6:30 p.m. at Reed Arena and will be aired on SEC Network+ and the WatchESPN app.