The Wildcats went to Huntsville Saturday looking to go 4-0 in conference, but couldn’t stay undefeated as they fell to Sam Houston three sets to one.
ACU dropped the first set 25-17 then made a quick comeback and won the second set 25-22. They couldn’t hold on though, and lost the next two sets 25-22 and 25-20.
Sam Houston ended the match with 66 kills against ACU’s 48. The Bearkats also won the assist battle 61-48 and earned nine aces.
Lauren Walker, senior middle blocker, said getting momentum was the toughest part in Saturday’s game.
“The biggest challenge was getting our energy up in the game. It was a dull environment and we needed to bring more energy and intensity,” Walker said.
Walker had 10 kills and 4 blocks for the Wildcats.
Another skilled player for the Wildcats, Lily Drever, senior libero and defensive specialist said that despite the loss the takeaway from this game would be to keep the energy going some how and some way.
“A take away from this game is to keep our momentum by creating points and not letting a mistake bring us down. We need to capitalize on their errors and what is working for us,” Drever said. “Another take away for us is to realize early on what the other team like to do and stop it early.”
Driver said that going into Tuesday’s game against HBU the big focus will be how they execute.
“Going into Tuesday a lot of the focus is going to be on our style of play. We have one day to practice and workout some things. So, we need to get back in our rhythm and play our game. I think our serve and pass game is going to be an important factor in how well we do against HBU,” Drever said.
Drever had 23 digs in Saturday’s game.
ACU will be back in Abilene next to welcome Houston Baptist Tuesday at 6 p.m.