Volleyball sweeps Sam Houston State in final non-conference games


Sports Reporter

For the Texas State volleyball team, the matchup with Sam Houston State served as one last tune up before conference play starts.

The Bobcats took advantage with a three-set sweep of the Bearkats (26-24, 25-23, 25-17) Tuesday nights.

During the first set of the match, the game stayed close as neither team could pull away from the other early. There were eight ties during the first set with only two lead changes. 

The turning point of the match came towards the end of the first set as Texas State saw themselves facing set point down 24-21. The Bobcats would come back with a 5-0 run behind kills from Shelby Vas Matt, junior outside hitter, and Morgan Lewis, junior middle blocker. 

Vas Matt had a game-high 12 kills and Lewis had a game-high six blocks for Texas State. The win for Texas State snaps a two game losing streak and in Coach Karen Chisum's words changes the feeling around the locker room.

"That makes the kids ready to come back to practice tomorrow, get better, and now we don't have to think about anything but Sun Belt Conference and Georgia State is the number one thing on our mind right now,” Chisum said. 

Chisum said the team executed their game plan against Sam Houston State well. She saw that the Bearkats weren't playing up to their usual tempo on offense and credited that to the blocking for the Bobcats.

The one disappointment that Chisum still has with the team despite the sweep tonight is one that has plagued the team all season. 

"We had too many service errors, we cannot give those points away but that's something we can correct,” Chisum said. 

The Bobcats had 34 kills with 16 errors on 118 total attempts. Sam Houston State put up similar numbers with the key difference being that they had 32 errors.

Chisum will still have to address the termination issue that has also been hurting Texas State during the season. The Bobcats had a team hitting percentage of .153 for the game, their lowest since their loss to Northern Illinois. 

"We may not be making as many errors but we're not terminating the ball," Chisum said.  "They're digging them up, so our termination percentage, our kill percentage, needs to go up." 

The Texas State volleyball team will now set their sights and their momentum towards Georgia State and the rest of the Sun Belt Conference.

"I just know that the kids feel good about themselves, we're excited and ready to get going with Sun Belt," Chisum said.