Volleyball wins first conference road game of season

Senior Sports Reporter

The Texas State volleyball team discovered something new about itself from the first conference road game of the season on Thursday night.

The road is no challenge for the Bobcats.

Texas State traveled to Atlanta to face Georgia State and the Bobcats defeated the Panthers in three straight sets (25-20, 25-17, 25-15).

The Bobcats were in control of the match from beginning to end.

The team trailed Georgia State three times during the match and each deficit was in the first points of the set.

After Texas State gained the lead in each set, the team turned it on and gave Georgia State no hope.

Shelby Vas Matt, junior outside hitter, led the team in kills with 15 in 32 attempts and recorded a .438 hit percentage, which is her season-high.

Vas Matt started the season off slow, but got back on track once the Sun Belt season began.

Coach Karen Chisum said Vas Matt is one of the leaders on the team. She recorded 31 kills in the last two matches.

Before the last two games, Vas Matt averaged 6.5 kills per match, becoming an impact player for the team once again.

Vas Matt and the Bobcats executed their jobs in Thursday’s win.

Erin Hoppe, sophomore setter, put the ball right where the hitters wanted it all night. Hoppe recorded 38 assists in the match. She is averaging 40 assists per match in conference play.

Hoppe is in her first year on the team. She transferred from the United States Air Force Academy last season and is already proving herself to be an important piece of the puzzle for the Bobcats.

Hoppe was recently announced as the starting setter for the team, with an average of 7.76 assists per set.

Sierra Smith, senior defensive specialist, fulfilled her duty as the libero by diving all over the floor to record 23 digs against the Panthers.

Smith has provided senior leadership all season and leads the team with 3.96 digs per set. Her dig total ranks eighth in the Sun Belt Conference this season.

The Bobcats received strong performances from the whole team tonight and they are off to a good start in their conference schedule.

The team has now won four straight matches, putting them first in the conference.

Texas State will try and remain undefeated in its next road game against Appalachian State on Saturday.

Appalachian State, riding a five-game winning streak, is 2-0 in the conference.