Cameron University's volleyball team went from playing possibly its best set of the season to one of the worst in a matter of a couple of minutes and in the end the collapse allowed Lone Star Conference cellar-dweller Midwestern State University to steal a 3-1 victory Tuesday night at the Aggie Gym.
Cameron hit a sizzling .429 with just one attack error and the Aggies had five blocks while winning the first set 25-19. But from that point forward, it was just a different Aggie team as the Mustangs rolled to the victory with wins of 25-19, 25-18, 25-23, to climb to 2-6 in conference, the same mark as the Aggies.
It was just one of those happenings that is hard to explain, even for a seasoned coach like CU skipper Doug Tabbert.
"We just were so inconsistent," Tabbert said. "For whatever reason, we went from doing a great job blocking in Set 1 to just doing nothing at the net. In the second set we touched one ball at the net and we got called for a net violation on that one.
"We also did a poor job in serve-receive and on defense. When you aren't getting good passes to the setter, it makes for a long night. Plus our hitters just vanished after that first set. And, we've talked about the lack of depth; when somebody is struggling we just don't have anyone to throw in there."
And, this is one of those matches where the home team sure didn't get the breaks. Late in the fourth set it appeared that MSU had hit a ball wide, right at the feet of the down official. However, the line judge called the ball good. For a moment the actual officials overruled the call but after discussion, went ahead and gave the key point to MSU that arranged a 21-19 Cameron lead.