Bobcats to host nationally-ranked Oregon

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Jaliyah Bolden, sophomore middle blocker, and Emily Shelton, junior setter, jump up to block the ball Sept. 5 against Indiana at Strahan Coliseum.

After going 3-1 in the Delta Zeta Classic last week, the Texas State volleyball team is ready for another home matchup against No. 12 Oregon. 

Texas State rebounded from a 0-3 start to the season, with wins over UTSA, Prairie View A&M and Lamar during the Delta Zeta Classic.

But the five-set loss to Indiana Saturday afternoon is still resonating with the team. Texas State won the first two sets and held a 21-19 lead in the third set.

Indiana erased the deficit in the third set and closed the game with victories in the fourth and fifth set.

“It was great to get to those first three wins,” said Coach Karen Chisum. “We just have such a bad taste in our mouth after losing that last match to Indiana when we were up to 2-0, but we’ve all got to get over it and that’s what I told the kids today.” 

In preparation for Oregon, Chisum said the team has prepared by executing the Ducks’ offensive style.

“They’re good, they’re fast and that’s the thing, they run a very fast offense and their setter is very, very good,” Chisum said. “We worked on some of their favorite play sets today, us being on defense against them, but we have to serve tough and keep them out of their offense as much as possible.” 

During the loss to Indiana, didn’t lack in taking shots with players Shelby Vas Matt, junior outside hitter, Jordan Kohl, sophomore right side hitter, and Kelsey Weynand outside hitter, had many attempts for a combined 95 total attempts but only converted a kill a combined 26 times. 

“Terminate that’s the key, you know you’ve got to reduced the errors, we’re getting the opportunities we just got to terminate the ball,” Chisum said. 

Chisum wants to see the team become more confident and consistent as well as having her setters continue to make improvements throughout the season. 

“We don't have two big 6-feet-11, 6-feet-2 outside hitters like some teams are going to when we come up,” Chisum said. “Our outside hitters have got to have what we call shots. They’ve got be able to do something besides barrel through the block.” 

Chisum is grateful for the chance to play against a team of Oregon’s caliber Tuesday night. She believes it’ll be a great opportunity for the fans to come to Strahan Coliseum and watch the team play against a nationally-ranked opponent. 

“That’s why I schedule them,” Chisum said. “I never back away, I don’t worry about what the record going into conference. I’m just trying to prepare our kids for the best caliber volleyball we can possibly can before our first conference match.”

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