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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." 

Volleyball wins first conference road game of season

The Texas State volleyball team discovered something new about itself from the first conference road game of the season on Thursday night.

The road is no challenge for the Bobcats.

Texas State traveled to Atlanta to face Georgia State and the Bobcats defeated the Panthers in three straight sets (25-20, 25-17, 25-15).

The Bobcats were in control of the match from beginning to end.

The team trailed Georgia State three times during the match and each deficit was in the first points of the set.

After Texas State gained the lead in each set, the team turned it on and gave Georgia State no hope.

Shelby Vas Matt, junior outside hitter, led the team in kills with 15 in 32 attempts and recorded a .438 hit percentage, which is her season-high.

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

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.

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. 

Hoppe solidifying role on the team

The setter position is one that requires experience and chemistry with the rest of the team. For Erin Hoppe, sophomore setter, gaining the trust of her teammates has not been a problem.

Hoppe is a newcomer to the team after she decided to transfer to Texas State in January.

Since joining the team, Hoppe has begun battling Emily Shelton, junior setter, for a role.

Hoppe and Shelton know their playing time relies on how they perform.

The two athletes are not letting the competition between them impact their camaraderie.

“It’s been really cool competing with her and we know since it’s just us two that we need to push each other,” Hoppe said. “We’ve been so supportive of each other, and we have become really good friends.”

Volleyball defeated in four sets by Northern Illinois

The Texas State volleyball team came into Saturday’s match against Northern Illinois with a chance to make its mark in the Shocker Classic.

The Bobcats came up short in their efforts as they lost to the Northern Illinois Huskies in four sets (23-25, 25-23, 20-25, 13-25).

Texas State and Northern Illinois looked even in the first two sets as both came down to a two-point victory.

Northern Illinois won the final two sets 50-33.

Texas State beat themselves over and over in the match and they could not recover.

The Bobcats recorded a total of 25 errors, their highest mark this season in matches shorter than five sets.

Many of the errors came on attack errors from Jenna Radtke, Huskies junior middle blocker.

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