The Texas State volleyball team opened its season Friday night with a three set loss (25-17, 25-15, 25-17) to TCU in the SMU/TCU Crosstown Challenge.
Texas State finished with 26 kills and 18 errors on 96 total attempts. The Bobcats’ hitting percentage was .083 compared to the Horned Frogs’ .295 hitting percentage.
Jordan Kohl, sophomore right side hitter, who was named to the Preseason All Sun Belt Conference Team this year, had three kills and five errors on 14 total attempts.
The Bobcats could not find a rhythm throughout as TCU would go on 3-0 runs multiple times during the sets, forcing Coach Karen Chisum to take timeouts in order to break up the momentum.
Chisum explained the lack of scoring that was apparent throughout the game.
“We’re just not swinging real hard at the ball right now, being smart we’ve got to use various shots,” Chisum said. “We’ve got to swing, we just got to be more aggressive, not be timid and going after it around the block.”
Chisum shuffled through different lineups as a way for the newer players on the team to gain experience playing in front of big crowd. 1,795 people attended Friday night’s game.
“I think you’ll see throughout all weekend long different lineups and stuff,” Chisum said. “We’ll go back look at video. We’ll look at stats. We’ll see who we think did the best in what rotations. You’re going to see a lot of different people all weekend long.”
Kelsey Weynand, junior outside hitter, led the team in kills tonight with seven. Erin Hoppe, sophomore setter, was the team leader in assist with 11 and Morgan Lewis, junior middle blocker, and Lauren Kirch, sophomore middle blocker, each had three blocks for the team.
As Chisum said last week, this team has 11 newcomers who haven’t worn a Texas State jersey until recently. Chisum did take notice of some players who trying to step up a leader for the team.
“Erin Hoppe probably did, when she was in there we played both the setters as you saw, Erin did a pretty good job,” Chisum said. “Jaliyah Bolden is the other one I’m going to kinda of stand out and talk about, for her first year playing with us she wasn’t real timid and I thought she did a pretty good job.”
Chisum said the loss shouldn’t affect the team negatively. She feels the team can gain a lot from this SMU/TCU Crosstown Challenge and that it won’t get any easier against SMU and No. 17 Arizona.
“You know if we go 0-3 or 2-1 it doesn’t matter,” Chisum said. “We’re here to get the experience. Like I said we have a lot of new kids on this roster and we’ve got to let them get comfortable in those jersey and be comfortable with the people their playing next to. This is all about experience and we’re getting ready for conference play.”
Texas State will play No. 17 Arizona Saturday at 11 a.m. followed by SMU at 7 p.m.
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