The opening season in the Southland Conference continues in its difficulty for Lady Wildcats volleyball.
The team dropped its last two games at home against Lamar and Sam Houston State. Lamar defeated ACU in straight sets and Sam Houston defeated the wildcats in five sets.
The ‘Cats played well in all three sets but couldn’t quite finish against Lamar.
A lead in the final set dwindled as Lamar would go on a 6-0 run to end the game.
Sam Houston State was a different story for the Wildcats as they forced the game to five sets against a solid Bearkat team.
The wildcats hit better than the Bearkats at .167 to .150.
The game not only went to 5 sets, but tied 27 times and had 12 lead changes.
The loss may have hurt against Sam Houston, but it was a moral victory considering the Bearkats are ranked No. 3 team in the conference.
“Overall the team played well and we are playing new, tougher teams and we are growing and getting better,” Mock said.
A big positive of the game was team’s 12 blocks to Sam Houston’s two. Junior Neely Borger’s 5 blocks led the way and added a solo block of her own.
“Our blocks that game were really good so we were definitely excited about that,” Mock said.
The two losses dropped the team’s overall record to 5-11 and their conference record to 1-7.
The first year for the wildcats may not look great in the wins and losses column but overall the team has played well in this season.
Borger also added, “We bounce back really easy we don’t take it lightly but just try to learn from it and carry it on to the next game.”
The ‘Cats will be back in action this weekend against another Southland newcomer, Incarnate Word. They will be looking to get back on track in front of a loud homecoming crowd in Moody.