HUNTSVILLE, Texas — The University of Central Arkansas volleyball dropped its first five-set match of the 2011 season at the hands of Sam Houston State Thursday night at the Johnson Coliseum. The Bearkats won 25-20, 14-25, 26-28, 25-16, 15-8.

Despite the loss, junior middle blocker Taylor Hammonds was impressive for the Sugar Bears. The Tomball, Texas, native earned a season-best 15 kills while hitting .379. 

After the Bearkats took the first set, UCA came right back in the second set, hitting .280 while holding SHSU to a mark of just -.065 to even the match at 1-1. In the third set, the Sugar Bears used an 11-3 run to tie the game at 20 apiece after falling behind 17-9. Jessica Nagy was key down the stretch in the third game picking up a kill and a service ace to lead UCA to the third-set victory. SHSU turned up the heat however, hitting .357 and .333 respectively in the final two sets to hold off the Sugar Bear rally. 

Nagy finished the evening with eight kills and two aces for UCA. Lindsey Barron continued her strong performance in the absence of senior outside hitter Jesssica Hays, posting 12 kills and two digs. Freshman outside hitter Taylor Whileyman earned double-digit kills for the second time this season with 12. Marissa Collins also earned her third double-double of the 2011 campaign with 50 assists and 12 digs. 

For the match, the Bearkats out-hit UCA .206 to .175 and earned 15 total team blocks compared to just seven by the Sugar Bears.

UCA will return to action at 3 p.m. Saturday in Nacogdoches, Texas, when it takes on Stephen F. Austin.