Bobcats finish weekend with three-set sweep against Louisiana-Lafayette

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Sports Reporter

The Texas State volleyball team swept Louisiana-Lafayette in three sets (26-24, 25-17, 25-18) Sunday afternoon.

Texas State now opens up conference 2-0 after last Friday's four-set victory over Georgia State. 

The pivotal moment of the game came early as Texas State found themselves facing set point in the first set when Louisiana-Lafayette had a 24-21 lead. Jordan Kohl, sophomore right side hitter, had four straight kills to give the Bobcats a 25-24 lead.

A Louisiana-Lafayette attack error gave them the 26-24 win in the first set

Kohl had 11 kills in the first set and finished the game with a game-high 18 kills. Coach Karen Chisum said its fine if the opposing team begins to focus more on Kohl because that draws their focus away from the other hitters, resulting in more opportunities for kills. 

The opportunities were apparent after the game with Kohl, Shelby Vas Matt, junior outside hitter, and Madison Daigle, freshman middle blocker, finishing with double-digit kills.

Daigle had new career-highs in kills with 13 and hitting percentage with .500 after the win against Louisiana-Lafayette. Daigle has been getting more playing time lately after an injury sidelined Jaliyah Bolden, sophomore middle blocker. 

"Daigle had a great game," Chisum said. "That's whats got to happen, when Jaliyah and Lauren Kirch both middles get healthy and get back, it's going to be hard for them to get in the lineup and get her out because Daigle is doing a great job." 

As a team Texas State had a hitting percentage of .258 with 53 kills and 20 errors on 128 total attempts. Erin Hoppe, sophomore setter, had a gam-s high 40 assists along with two aces.  

Chisum, however, voiced some concern over how the team played defensively. 

"I thought we blocked extremely well Friday night but I didn't think we blocked very well today," Chisum said.  "That's just one of those things where we come back in and we focus on the fundamentals again on Tuesday and talk a little bit about blocking." 

Chisum said getting two conference home wins will provide a surge of confidence for Texas State. The team's next two conference games are on the road against Appalachian State and a rematch with Georgia State. 

"I think we're in a good spot no doubt about it, leaving our first weekend 2-0 is important now we got to hit the road," Chisum said. "We've got to get at least a split on the road." 

Texas State's next game will be this Thursday against Georgia State in Atlanta followed by Appalachian State on Saturday in North Carolina.