SAN MARCOS, Tex. – App State volleyball dropped a tough 3-1 (26-24, 25-16, 24-26, 25-21) decision at Sun Belt West Division leader Texas State on Saturday evening.

McCall Denny had a solid night for the Mountaineers (7-15, 3-7 SBC), totaling 22 kills on a .381 hitting percentage and six digs. It marked the second 20-plus kill performance this season for Denny, joining a career-high 28-kill effort on Aug. 28 against Radford.
Victoria Wilform added 12 kills and Lulu Ambrose and Daryn Armstrong each had six kills.
Emma Reilly finished with a match-high 26 digs and Sam Bickley finished with 38 assists and seven digs. Morgan Flores added eight digs.
In the opening set, the Mountaineers broke a 9-9 tie with three consecutive points, capped by a kill from Armstrong, to take a 12-9 lead. Texas State (11-11, 7-2 SBC) used a 4-0 run later in the set to take a 15-14 lead and pushed its lead to 19-16 later on. App State battled back and used a 3-0 run to jump in front 23-22 late in the frame. Texas State won the next two points, but a Bobcat service error tied the set at 24-24. From there, the Bobcats used back-to-back kills to win the opening set 26-24.
In the second frame, Texas State opened up a 6-3 lead. App State scored two quick points on a Denny kill and Reilly ace to pull within two points at 13-11. But the Bobcats answered with five straight points to take a 18-11 advantage, en route to a 25-16 set victory.
Texas State jumped out to a 9-6 edge in the third set, but the Mountaineers countered with three consecutive points to knot the score at 9-9. Texas State opened a 12-10 lead, but App State answered with four straight points to jump in front 14-12. App State pushed its lead to five points at 23-18. Texas State scored four straight points to tie the score at 24-24 late in the set, but the Black and Gold used a kill from Denny and Bobcat attack error to win the set 26-24 to force a fourth set.
In the fourth set, the Bobcats broke a 5-5 tie with three consecutive points. The Mountaineers hung tough and pulled within a point five times, but were unable to get any closer. The Bobcats pushed their lead late to 23-19, but an Anna Kincaid kill pulled App State within three points. Texas State recorded a kill on the next point, but Denny came right back to cut the App State deficit to 24-21. Texas State then clinched the set and match with a kill on the next point.
App State registered 54 kills and hit .235 in the contest.
App State will return to the road next weekend on Oct. 29 at South Alabama at 7 p.m. EST and Troy on Oct. 30 at 7 p.m. EST. Both matches can also be seen on ESPN+.