Bobcats gearing up for early conference rematch

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Sports Reporter

Coach Karen Chisum said winning the first two home Sun Belt Conference games were crucial for the Texas State volleyball team because the victories boosted the confidence of the team.

An early conference rematch with Georgia State, who Texas State defeated in four sets Sept. 18, was the last home game before a matchup against Appalachian State.

The win was backed up by Jordan Kohl, sophomore right side hitter, Morgan Lewis, junior middle blocker and Madison Daigle, freshman middle blocker, as the trio led the team in kills with 14, 13 and 10 accordingly. Erin Hoppe, sophomore setter, had a game-high 43 assists.      

Chisum is ready for the adjustments Georgia State will make this time around. When Texas State traveled to play Georgia State last year, the Bobcats lost in four sets (13-25, 25-16, 23-25, 22-25).

"They're going to try to stop our middles. That's one thing we’re doing today, we’re putting in some different play sets," Chisum said. "We'll keep doing what we do good but we've got to have some other options."

Chisum knows Texas State will need to prepare better for Kristina Stinson, Panther’s junior outside hitter. Stinson had a game-high 19 kills against the Bobcats at the game.

"Six of those kills were off Jordan's right hand and they should've been blocks," Chisum said.  "We've got do to a better job of blocking her, she's the one that hurt us." 

Playing on the road means the team will have to face a difficult crowd and be in a location that they are not used to. However, Chisum said she sometimes prefers playing away games because there aren't as many distractions as opposed to staying at home. 

After Texas State plays Georgia State Thursday, the Bobcats will travel to North Carolina to play Appalachian State, who leads the conference in kills, assists and hitting percentage. 

Chisum remains unfazed because her team realizes the importance of each conference game. Texas State is taking things one match at a time without becoming overwhelmed by looking too far ahead.

Chisum is still waiting for everyone on the team to play at the peak of their game at the same time. 

Chisum is confident the Bobcats can compete with any team in the country when the entire team is playing at its best.

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