Kaylin King | Staff Photographer

Bobcats begin conference play with four-set win against Georgia State

The Sun Belt Conference season began with a bang for the Texas State volleyball team.

Texas State took control of the match early and took care of business against the Georgia State Panthers, 3-1 (25-20, 25-18, 20-25, 25-17).

Texas State came out focused as they won the first two sets, but set two was not easy.

Georgia State began to comeback in set number two after a 6-1 run to bring the score to 15-14.

It was time to buckle down for Texas State, and they finished off the set on a 10-4 run to give them two sets to the Panther’s zero.

Texas State couldn’t fight off Georgia State in set three to sweep the match, but set four was all Bobcats.

Analyzing the victory: Texas State 3, Georgia State 1

What the win means: This match began conference play for both teams, and the Bobcats showed their presence throughout. Texas State dominated the majority of the match even though Georgia State ran away with some big runs. Texas State recorded a better hit percentage, more kills, set assists, and digs than the Panthers. The Bobcats were projected to finish second in the Sun Belt this season and they showed why tonight.

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.” 

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