A slow start doomed the Fort Hays State University volleyball team Saturday, with the Tigers falling in straight sets against Northwest Missouri State (25-14, 25-18, 25-19). FHSU is now 9-12 on the year and 1-6 in conference play, while the Bearcats move to 10-9 overall and 4-3 in the MIAA.

The Bearcats put together one of their best offensive performances of the season, recording their second-best hitting percentage of the year to outhit the Tigers, 0.410 to 0.172. It was the highest hitting percentage the Tigers have allowed since 2015.

Kylie Rollman picked up one-third of FHSU's kills on the day, totaling 12. Taylor White led the team with 14 digs, while Amirah Bentley (16 assists) and Becca Page (14 assists) split setting duties.

The Tigers never led in the first or second set. FHSU kept things close early in the third set, leading by as many as two after a kill from Sydney Dixon. The Tigers later led 6-5 before the Bearcats took the lead for good thanks to a 9-0 run, jumping in front 14-6.

FHSU returns to the floor at 6 p.m. Thursday when they host No. 20 Central Missouri for the annual Pass, Set, Pink night. Fans that wear pink will get into the match free.