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Bobcats fall to No. 12 Oregon in three sets

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The Texas State volleyball team showed its willingness to fight for every point but fell to No. 12 ranked Oregon in three sets (22-25, 16-25, 19-25) Tuesday night.

This was the Bobcats’ first game since their five-set loss to Indiana last Saturday. 

It was a close first set for Texas State as the Bobcats had a quick start as they went up 8-1 to start.

Erin Hoppe, sophomore setter, had two aces early and Morgan Lewis, junior middle blocker, had two kills.

“We thought if we jump on them early then we might have a pretty good shot,” said Coach Karen Chisum. “Our serving was tough, we served very well and we passed well early on but they chipped back into it and took that first game.” 

Press conference recap: Franchione discusses the season opener, previews Prairie View A&M

The monkey on the Texas State's football teams' back is off.

Following the 59-16 loss to Florida State, Coach Dennis Franchione can move on to the rest of the team's schedule.

Franchione discussed Florida State, Tyler Jones' performance, preparing for Prairie View A&M's quarterback and the differences in the team's offense from two seasons ago in his weekly press conference.

Opening statement: “Just kind of put Florida State behind us. I thought our guys really competed, played hard and played a really good football. I think they’re better than what we and a lot of other people thought going into the season.”

Bobcats to host nationally-ranked Oregon

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After going 3-1 in the Delta Zeta Classic last week, the Texas State volleyball team is ready for another home matchup against No. 12 Oregon. 

Texas State rebounded from a 0-3 start to the season, with wins over UTSA, Prairie View A&M and Lamar during the Delta Zeta Classic.

But the five-set loss to Indiana Saturday afternoon is still resonating with the team. Texas State won the first two sets and held a 21-19 lead in the third set.

Indiana erased the deficit in the third set and closed the game with victories in the fourth and fifth set.

Hormuth working to become goal scoring threat this year

A position change in sports can make or break an athlete. For Kassi Hormuth, sophomore forward, her biggest challenge this season is completing the switch from midfielder to forward.

“I think taking on a new role because last year I played primarily attacking mid,” Hormuth said. “Taking on forward is a little bit different. It’s good, I like it and it is something new and more of a challenge to get into a new position.”

Last season, Hormuth was second among her freshman class in goals (3) and assists (1) behind Rachel Grout, sophomore forward. Coach Kat Conner said Hormuth still needs to come out of her newcomer role.

Expectations rising for Kohl during her sophomore season

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Jordan Kohl, sophomore right side hitter, finished last season with 84 kills in her last seven games.

Kohl averaged 3.65 kills per set, which would have put her in the top five of the conference if she sustained that pace for the entire season. She was named the Sun Belt Conference Freshman of the Year.

Prior to this season, Kohl added another honor to her list with an appearance on the All-Sun Belt Conference first-team. She was the only player from Texas State to make the team.

But Kohls’ accolades come with more expectations.

Soccer responds with two goals in second half to defeat Panthers

After a scoreless first half, assitant coach Link Scoggins didn’t make many adjustments during halftime. He just asked for more work from the players.

“I don’t know if it was just hot or if they just weren’t fresh from Fridays game," Scoggins said. “But the movement off the ball wasn’t spectacular so we just demanded a higher work rate from the girls to make sure we could have better options once we moved the ball up.”

The Texas State soccer team gained the momentum early in the second half against Prairie View A&M and scored two goals to improve to 3-2 on the season.

The game was in the 72nd minute when the Bobcats finally got on the board when Kassi Hormuth, sophomore forward, launched the ball over the goalie.

Quick Five: Breaking down Texas State's 59-16 loss to Florida State

(Editor’s note: Quick Five is a University Star segment in which Sports Editor Quixem Ramirez and Paul Livengood tackle five quick-hitting questions regarding the Texas State football team.)

1. On a scale of 1-10, how well did Texas State compete against Florida State?

Quixem Ramirez: 4. Texas State’s first half was promising. At halftime, Texas State led in time of possession and in turnover margin, two facets that Coach Dennis Franchione focuses on. Tyler Jones, junior quarterback, outplayed Everett Golson, Seminoles sophomore quarterback, in the first half and the Bobcats made fewer mistakes.

Tomahawk Chopped: Bobcats outclassed by Seminoles in season opener

It was a fleeting moment.

The Texas State football team trailed by four points in the second quarter to Florida State, the 10th-ranked team in the nation.

For a brief moment in time, Texas State was in the same realm as Florida State.

Then the Seminoles outscored the Bobcats 45-6 in the final 35 minutes of the game to take a 59-16 victory Saturday night at Doak Campbell stadium.

“I was proud of our guys," said Coach Dennis Franchione. "They fought hard. We came up on the short end."

The deficit increased as quickly as the Bobcats’ attempt to climb back into the game.

Notebook: Florida State 59, Texas State 16

Notebook from the Texas State football team's 59-16 loss to Florida State at Doak Campbell Stadium. 

WHAT THE LOSS MEANS

Not much. Playing the 10th ranked team in the nation is quite a handful to deal with. So many things had to perfectly align for Texas State to pull off an upset, let alone compete. The biggest takeaway: Texas State isn’t quite ready to compete on a national stage. It will take some time for the Bobcats to climb the totem pole in college football. 

TURNING POINT

The opening kickoff. Texas State never stood a chance the entire game. Florida State was too big, too fast, and too strong. Goliath won this battle.

SPOTLIGHT PLAYER

Volleyball drops last three sets in loss to Indiana

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As the Texas State volleyball team took the first two sets early, the Bobcats seemed eager to finish up on what would have been their third straight three-set win.

However, Indiana came back and won the next three sets (25-23, 26-24, 15-10) leaving Texas State with a 3-1 record in the Delta Zeta Classic.

The first set for Texas State went well as Morgan Lewis, junior middle blocker, Jaliyah Bolden, sophomore middle blocker, and Jordan Kohl, sophomore right side hitter, contributed two kills each. 

Kohl ahad three blocks in the first set, while Erin Hoppe, sophomore setter, had six assists for Texas State. The Bobcats had a team hitting percentage of .570 percent in the first set continuing the aggression they showed against Prairie View A&M and Lamar.

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