Bobcats trusting the process leading up to Shocker Volleyball Classic

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Sports Reporter
Players work together Sept. 8 during the Texas State volleyball teams' game against Oregon.

Coach Karen Chisum understands the non-conference schedule is a process.

It doesn't matter what the Texas State volleyball team’s record will be after this weekend in the Shocker Volleyball Classic. The Bobcats will play against South Dakota State, Wichita State and Northern Illinois in the tournament.

The only thing Texas State needs to do is play when it counts once the Sun Belt Conference seasons starts.  

Until then, Chisum will use the wait-and-see approach.

After the three-set loss Tuesday night to 12th-ranked Oregon, the focus is shifting to the Shocker Volleyball Classic. 

The Bobcats are familiar with Wichita State after the Shockers defeated the Bobcats in a five-set game (24-26, 31-29, 25-22, 25-19, 15-9).

"Wichita State I think is going to be the best team we play and we played them last year,” Chisum said. “They beat us. They're just as good this year if not better." 

She said Northern Illinois is a good volleyball school. Chisum would feel good coming out the Shocker Volleyball Classic with a 2-1 record this weekend. 

However after the loss to Oregon, it's apparent Texas State is still making some of the same mistakes time and time again. 

Last Saturday's loss to Indiana saw the Texas State volleyball team commit a season-high  of 28 errors.

Tuesday's Oregon loss saw more of the same as the team committed 24 errors. While the errors may seem large, they represent that the Bobcats are getting scoring opportunities with a combined 266 total attempts over the last two games. 

"If we could take away some of the errors, I'd be really happy," Chisum said. "We never quit, we fought, our energy level was pretty good. We're getting better, I can say that." 

A spot where the Bobcats have improved each game has been the setter position. Erin Hoppe, sophomore setter, appears to have earned the top position after 25 assists against Oregon and 33 assists against Indiana. Emily Shelton, junior setter, has also contributed 107 assists this season.

"We just want them to run our game plan," Chisum said. “(Hoppe) got away from that for a little bit as you saw (in the Oregon game). They're learning. We've improved a lot since two weeks, Erin will probably get the starting nod." 

The Shocker Volleyball Classic begins this Friday with two games for Texas State. The first matchup is against South Dakota State at 11 a.m. followed by Northern Illinois at 5:30 p.m. 

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The tournament concludes Saturday with Wichita State at 1 p.m.