Derrick Holland

Volleyball season review: Balanced team effort, young talent propel team to second place finish

The San Antonio Spurs win by committee with a selfless approach that has resulted in a present-day dynasty. The Texas State volleyball team shares the same mindset. 

Texas State entered the season with only four seniors on the active roster. The Bobcats had to find a way to replace three senior starters from last year’s championship team. Couple that with the fact that Caylin Mahoney, senior setter, was out for most of the season and many players were wondering if the Bobcats could even qualify for the Sun Belt Conference Tournament.

Volleyball loses in Sun Belt Conference Championship

Winning by committee has been the mantra for the Texas State volleyball team this year, but that wasn’t enough against the Arkansas-Little Rock Trojans in the Sun Belt Conference Championship.

Texas State was defeated by Arkansas-Little Rock in three sets. With the victory, the Trojans captured the Sun Belt Conference title and a berth in the NCAA Tournament. The Bobcats finish the season 22-13 overall and 14-5 in conference play.

Volleyball advances to Sun Belt Conference Championship

With the four set win against the Arkansas State Red Wolves, the Texas State volleyball team advances to the Sun Belt Conference Championship for the second straight year. 

The Bobcats will face the Arkansas-Little Rock Trojans, who were undefeated in conference play this season. The championship matchup will pit the two top seeds in the tournament.

Volleyball clinches second seed with road win

With the Sun Belt Conference tournament looming, it would’ve been easy for the Texas State volleyball team to look past the Georgia Southern Eagles. 

Instead, the Bobcats defeated the Eagles in three sets. Texas State secured the second seed in the tournament, which allows the Bobcats to avoid the first-seeded Arkansas-Little Rock Trojans until the championship game. The Bobcats finished the regular season with 20-12 overall record and a 15-5 conference record. 

Volleyball beats Troy, Chisum earns 800th career win

Coach Karen Chisum captured her 800th career win in the Texas State volleyball teams' three set victory against Troy.

Chisum is the sixth winningest coach in Division I volleyball history. 

The match was never in question, as the Bobcats tallied 42 kills, six service errors and a .364 hitting percentage. Texas State completed the season sweep of the Trojans after defeating them in five sets in their previous matchup.

The win improved the Bobcats’ overall record to 19-11 and 14-4 in conference play.

Volleyball rekindles home court dominance

Georgia State came into Friday’s match in desperation mode, fighting for a spot in the Sun Belt Conference tournament.

The Texas State volleyball team matched that intensity in its four set victory.

The Bobcats had every chance to let the match slip away in the first two sets, but instead they showed why they are 8-1 at home this season in conference play.  Georgia State dominated the second set after losing the first set by two points.

Mid-way through the set second set, a frustrated Coach Karen Chisum called a timeout to settle the team down.

Volleyball loses at home to top-seeded conference team

The Texas State volleyball team hangs its hat on home court advantage, but the Arkansas-Little Rock Trojans didn’t get that memo.

Arkansas-Little Rock, with the best record in the Sun Belt Conference, completed the sweep of the Bobcats with a three-set win.

Texas State struggled early and often at the net against the Trojans, committing 25 errors and registering only a .043 hitting percentage. The Bobcats tallied 30 kills and four service aces. They committed five service errors.

“Arkansas-Little Rock is a good team,” Coach Karen Chisum said.  “They have some big hitters.  We can’t be timid, and we have to play better defense. We didn’t have good connection tonight with Caylin Mahoney and some of our hitters, and we have to work on that in order to get better.”

Volleyball loses in three sets to Arkansas-Little Rock

The Texas State volleyball team was defeated by the Arkansas-Little Rock Trojans in three sets, dropping the team’s record to 17-11 and 12-4 in Sun Belt Conference play.

With the win, Arkansas-Little Rock captured the regular season Sun Belt Conference title.

Texas State scored 52 points, registering 30 kills and four service aces in the match.

The Bobcats had six players with at least four kills, but no players with more than six kills. Caylin Mahoney, senior setter, finished with 20 assists, eight digs and four kills.

Texas State will play Georgia State in their next conference game, Nov. 14.

Bobcats clinch berth in Sun Belt Conference tournament

Getting Caylin Mahoney, senior setter, back from injury was the cherry on top if clinching a berth in the Sun Belt Conference tournament wasn’t sweet enough for the Texas State volleyball team.

Mahoney was a key contributor to Texas State’s four-set victory against South Alabama, nearly registering a quadruple-double with 41 assists, 10 digs, nine kills and six block assists.

The Bobcats registered 59 kills and a .257 hitting percentage, the highest mark since Sept. 25. The defense was a key factor in the victory, with Texas State recording a season-high 14 blocks.

Bobcats notch 12th conference victory

The Texas State volleyball team defeated the South Alabama Jaguars in four sets, improving the team’s record to 17-10 overall and 12-3 in Sun Belt Conference play.

Texas State scored 97 points, registering 59 kills and five service aces in the match.

Caylin Mahoney, senior setter, had 41 assists, 10 digs and nine kills in her second game returning from injury.  Jordan Kohl, freshman right side hitter, tallied 18 points and 16 kills.

Texas State will play Arkansas-Little Rock in their next conference game, Nov. 8.

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