Jose Campos

Volleyball drops first conference game of season

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Two teams entered Saturday night's game with an undefeated record in the Sun Belt Conference. Only one team -- Texas State or Appalachian State -- would leave with that undefeated record still in tact.

Coming off their 3-0 sweep rematch with Georgia State on Thursday, the Bobcats had momentum going into their matchup against Appalachian State but a lack of finishing attacks and too many errors resulted in a three-set loss (14-25, 21-25, 16-25) and Texas State's first loss in the conference.  

"Appalachian State is a very good team, few mistakes tonight," said Coach Karen Chisum. "Definitely top three in the conference." 

Bobcats gearing up for early conference rematch

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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.      

Bobcats finish weekend with three-set sweep against Louisiana-Lafayette

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The Texas State volleyball team swept Louisiana-Lafayette in three sets (26-24, 25-17, 25-18) Sunday afternoon.

Texas State now opens up conference 2-0 after last Friday's four-set victory over Georgia State. 

The pivotal moment of the game came early as Texas State found themselves facing set point in the first set when Louisiana-Lafayette had a 24-21 lead. Jordan Kohl, sophomore right side hitter, had four straight kills to give the Bobcats a 25-24 lead.

A Louisiana-Lafayette attack error gave them the 26-24 win in the first set

Conference play for Bobcats begins Friday

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Coming off its three-set sweep of Sam Houston State, the Texas State volleyball team is preparing for the Sun Belt Conference slate.

The Bobcats’ first conference match is Friday night against Georgia State.

Coach Karen Chisum is not concerned with what kind of record the Bobcats have coming into conference play. All that matters to her is whether the team has consistently improved and learned from their losses when they take the court against Georgia State.

“They’re good, they’ve got two good middle blockers and they’re a solid program—I will tell you that,” Chisum said. “They’re a very solid program. We’ve just got to continue to get better on our side of the net and be more consistent.”

Volleyball sweeps Sam Houston State in final non-conference games

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For the Texas State volleyball team, the matchup with Sam Houston State served as one last tune up before conference play starts.

The Bobcats took advantage with a three-set sweep of the Bearkats (26-24, 25-23, 25-17) Tuesday nights.

During the first set of the match, the game stayed close as neither team could pull away from the other early. There were eight ties during the first set with only two lead changes. 

The turning point of the match came towards the end of the first set as Texas State saw themselves facing set point down 24-21. The Bobcats would come back with a 5-0 run behind kills from Shelby Vas Matt, junior outside hitter, and Morgan Lewis, junior middle blocker. 

Chisum anticipating 'bloodbath' against Sam Houston State

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Coach Karen Chisum is expecting a “bloodbath” in the Texas State volleyball team’s matchup against Sam Houston State tonight.

Sam Houston State will be Texas State’s last non-conference opponent before the Sun Belt Conference play begins Friday.

“I think what we’re going to see is scrappiness and desire because it’s going to be a bloodbath (Tuesday) night,” Chisum said. “They just fight and we’re going to have to be the same fighters, and when they push we’ve got to push back. I think it’ll be a very good tune-up. Hopefully we get a ‘W’ out of it and build a little bit of confidence.”

Chisum said Sam Houston State is one of the best teams the Bobcats have played this season.  

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 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.” 

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.

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.

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