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Volleyball wins three consecutive sets in first game of Shocker Volleyball Classic

After the first two sets, the match was dominated by the Texas State volleyball team.

Texas State outscored South Dakota State 75-47 in three consecutive sets to secure its four-set victory Friday afternoon in its first game of the Shocker Volleyball Classic.

South Dakota State came into Saturday’s match with nine losses and the team will add one more loss to their tally.

Texas State jumped out to a 5-0 lead in the first set, but the team was unable to take full control of the set.

South Dakota State took advantage of some early mistakes by the Bobcats. The Jack Rabbits finished the on a 5-2 run to win the first set after the two teams were tied at 20-20.

Cross country focusing on bigger picture for Rice Invitational

Texas State cross country isn’t looking to just run a race Friday. The team is looking to better itself as a whole.

Texas State is ready to compete Friday night at the 40th annual Rice Invitational. The race will be held in Houston, Texas at the Rice Intramural Fields, beginning at 6:45 p.m. for the men’s side and 6:15 p.m. for the women’s side.

The Bobcats are not worried about times or placement—it’s all about teamwork.

“We are just very interested in making sure that we work together really well as a team,” said Coach Giles McDonnell. “Time and place isn't really something they're looking at. Of course we’d like to win the meet, but right now we’re just going to work on some strategic things.”

Matchups to watch: Texas State vs. Prarie View A&M

1. Trey Green and Johnta Hebert vs. Texas State’s linebackers

Green is the successor to Jerry Lovelocke, and will be the Panthers starting quarterback this season. Green is paired with Hebert, Panthers’ senior running back, to give the team a dynamic rushing duo in the backfield. Hebert rushed for 1,133 yards and 12 touchdowns last season, and the duo combined for 136 of the team’s 290 rushing yards in their first game against Texas Southern. The Bobcats counter with linebacker Trey McGowan, and running back Tim Gay, to whom Texas State will heap responsibility on the replacing of David Mayo.

2. Ryan Carden and Lawrence White vs. Damond Jackson

Game preview: Bobcats not underestimating Panthers in home opener

Prairie View A&M and the Texas State football teams’ first week of the season went in two different directions.

The Bobcats lost 59-16 to the 10th-ranked team in the nation and the Panthers defeated rival Texas Southern by 27 points last weekend.

Now the Bobcats and Panthers cross paths in the second week of the season.

Texas State won the last matchup against Prairie View A&M by 25 points in 2013 and own an 11-2 record in the all-time series. The Bobcats’ winning streak against the Panthers is 11 games.

Neither starting quarterback for either school played in the last matchup, but this doesn’t mean the teams aren’t familiar with each other.

Lunch with Coach Fran: Back to square one

Good news: The Texas State football team won’t play Florida State—or any team of that caliber—for the rest of the season.

More good news: Texas State’s next game is against the Prairie View A&M Panthers, who are currently slated as the underdog. ESPN’s Football Power Index gives the Panthers a 5.9 percent chance of winning.

The bad news?

The Bobcats’ Sept. 12 home opener against the Panthers will be as helpful as Texas State's 59-16 loss to Florida State last week.

That’s because Coach Dennis Franchione still won’t have an accurate barometer of what his team is or who the Bobcats can be by the end of the season.

Pregame questions for the Bobcats

Here are five relevant questions for the Texas State football team’s home opener against Prairie View A&M. The sports staff will answer these questions following the game.

1. WILL TYLER JONES BOUNCE BACK?

Odds are, he will. Jones, junior quarterback, tallied 139 total yards in the 59-16 loss to Florida State. He also outplayed Everett Golson, Seminoles senior quarterback, in every statistical category in the first half. For the most part, though, Jones was forced to escape the pocket to create anything for the offense. He only completed one pass of 20 yards or more in the game, with most of his throws occurring in the short and intermediate areas on the field.

That should change against Prairie View A&M.

Bobcats trusting the process leading up to Shocker Volleyball Classic

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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).

Bobcats look to continue winning ways against Northwestern State

The Texas State soccer team is back on track after two wins against Texas A&M-Corpus Christi and Prairie View A&M last week, which improved its season record to 3-2.

Assistant Coach Link Scoggins said the team will be working on spacing going into Friday’s matchup against the Northwestern State Lady Demons.

“Just from looking at the two games this weekend and practice, we got to start working together—more connected than we were this last weekend,” Scoggins said.

Scoggins wants to see more connection from the team and better movement.

Tennis travels to Mexico to begin season

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This year, the Texas State tennis team was introduced to a book called “Read This Book Tonight To Help You Win Tomorrow.”

Katy Collins, one of three returning players, read the book whenever she struggled during any of her matches.

In preparation for this season, Collins’ father has provided each player with her own copy of the book as the team begins the season Thursday in Cancun, Mexico for the Barcelo College Cup II.

“It has a lot of quotes and motivating advice and I read it before all of my competitions,” Collins said. “It worked really well with me, so we like to recommend it to everyone else.”

Collins reads the book before every match. Head Coach Tory Plunkett, who focuses on mental toughness, had high praise for the book.

Practice report: Bobcats focusing on Prairie View A&M

Tuesday’s practice for the Texas State football team was about preparation for the Prairie View A&M Panthers matchup this weekend and not about last week's 59-16 loss to Florida State.

Building team toughness was a goal for defensive coordinator John Thompson.

“Saturday night hurt for us, but when that happens we focus on making sure we don’t get that feeling again,” Thompson said. “I think our guys came out today and worked hard, and they showed me they are determined to get better.”

The team hung around in the first half against the Seminoles, but the Bobcats were over matched in the second half. Florida State’s speed was on display when they broke away.

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