Notebook from the Texas State volleyball team’s three-set win against Lamar Friday night.
WHAT THE WIN MEANS
Texas State is officially on a hot streak. The team has now won three straight games and are in position to win the Delta Zeta Tournament. The team beat Lamar in three sets, which is the second straight match they’ve accomplished this feat. The Bobcats came into the tournament with a nine set losing streak and have turned around and won seven straight sets. Texas State is making a statement.
Texas State had a 1-0 lead in the match and were leading 19-14 in the second set. The Bobcats allowed Lamar to get back into the set as the Cardinals won four straight points to bring the score to 19-18. Lamar started gaining confidence and momentum, but the Bobcats killed their hopes of tying the match. Texas State went on to win six of the next eight points and notched the win in the set, 25-20. After the Bobcats won the set, victory was in sight for Texas State. Lamar came out flat in the third set and the Bobcats won 25-15.
Morgan Lewis, junior middle blocker. This game was Lewis’ coming out party. She set her career-high in kills with eight on 17 attempts and is off to a good start to her Texas State career.
Emily Shelton, junior setter, and Erin Hoppe, sophomore setter, has solidified themselves as the top setter on the team. It’s been a tough call for Coach Karen Chisum, but that is because both are playing well for the team. Hoppe played the majority of the match against Lamar, recording a career-high 21 assists. Shelton played more in the Bobcats’ first two matches of the tournament, adding 39 assists against UTSA and 20 against Prairie View A&M.
Jordan Kohl, junior outside hitter, was a force once again for the Bobcats. Kohl broke the school record for hitting percentage against Prairie View A&M and added 11 more kills in 15 attempts against Lamar. Kohl has played close to perfect this weekend and she is on pace to win tournament MVP.
The team allowed Lamar to sneak back in the first two sets. In the first set, the Bobcats led 20-14, but the Cardinals responded with a 5-0 run to bring the score to 20-19. The second set had a similar moment as Texas State led 19-14, but then Lamar creeped back to bring the score to 20-19. Texas State buckled down and won both sets, but their killer instinct needs to get better.
Nothing ugly for the Bobcats. They dominated most of the match.
WHAT THEY SAID
“Our team is playing really well at home,” Chisum said. “We’ve won every match so far, and I’ve got give credit to our fans and the loud crowd. I can really tell our team loves playing here at Strahan.”
The Bobcats’ next game is Sunday afternoon against Indiana at Straham Coliseum. It’s the team’s last game of the Delta Zeta Classic Tournament.
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