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Beyond the Game: Shelby Vas Matt

Shelby Vas Matt, sophomore outside hitter, has never held a gun. She doesn’t hunt, and her first pair of cowboy boots weren’t purchased until she arrived in Texas from her hometown of Portland, Oregon.

Vas Matt is what she calls “the opposite of Texan.”

“(It was strange) adjusting to southern culture,” Vas Matt said. “When someone opens the door for me that much, it’s like they’re hitting on me.”

While Vas Matt’s saving grace is her love for Mexican food; it stops where her love for Hawaiian food begins. The northwest in her is something that hasn’t left Vas Matt’s personality since she made a home in Texas.

Soccer faces Arkansas State after strong non-conference season


After finishing 5-3-1 in non-conference play, the Texas State soccer team is fixing the flaws in its game to prepare for the start of Sun Belt Conference play this weekend. 

Texas State has already shown improvement from last season, as the Bobcats were 3-5-1 going into their first year of the Sun Belt Conference.

Coach Kat Conner believes the team had a solid non-conference season, but losses to Texas Christian, UTSA and Texas showed Texas State still has room for improvement.

“For conference play we are going to continue making our attacks as quick as we can and finishing,” Conner said. “We get a lot of good looks, but we aren’t finishing. Defensively, we are trying to make sure we work together better as a unit instead of individually.”

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